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The Deal Report: November 10, 2006

The biggest upcoming projects in entertainment

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+ Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson are going Semi-Pro, a comedy set in the final year of the American Basketball Association about the Flint (Mich.) Tropics, a ragtag ABA team whose owner, Jackie Moon (Ferrell), hopes to take them to the NBA. ''He's a player, the coach,'' says director Kent Alterman. ''He announces the team. He sings the song at halftime.''

+ But is he faster than a speeding bullet? That's right, Superman Returns, again! Warner Bros. signed Bryan Singer to produce and direct a sequel to his Man of Steel box office disappointment. A script and budget are still forthcoming.

+ Sarah Jessica Parker has hopped aboard Smart People, replacing Rachel Weisz as an ER doc who treats an antisocial English prof (Dennis Quaid). Raves producer Michael London (Sideways): ''She's able to be dysfunctional and incredibly charming at the same time.'' The same could be said of Thomas Haden Church, who'll costar as Quaid's ne'er-do-well brother.

Originally posted Nov 03, 2006 Published in issue #906 Nov 10, 2006 Order article reprints