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The Deal Report: November 3, 2006

The biggest upcoming projects in entertainment

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+ Jennifer Aniston will produce and likely star in Counter Clockwise, a true story based on a 1979 study by Harvard psychology prof Ellen Langer, who isolated a group of elderly men for two weeks in a location made to resemble 1959. The result? ''Eyesight got better,'' says Kristin Hahn, Aniston's producing partner. ''Physical conditions improved. People got taller.'' Let's see Botox pull that off.

+ Speaking of evil agents, Live Free or Die Hard has its villain, Deadwood's Timothy Olyphant. ''I am the mastermind of a cyber-terrorism plot,'' says Olyphant. ''I'll have to learn some new fancy tech words, but I know all about acting like a badass.''

+ Eddie Murphy is set for Starship Dave, about — deep breath — a human-size, Murphy-shaped spaceship piloted by tiny humanlike aliens led by a miniature Eddie Murphy. (Phew!) Explains director Brian Robbins, who just helmed the February '07 Murphy comedy Norbit: ''The little Eddie gets thrown out of the ship and stranded in Manhattan.''

Originally posted Oct 27, 2006 Published in issue #905 Nov 03, 2006 Order article reprints