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+ Jim Carrey will star in the dark comedy I Love You Phillip Morris. Based on true events, it's a man-goes-to-prison, man-meets-cellmate, man-falls-in-love-with-cell-mate tale. Says producer Andrew Lazar, ''It's Don Quixote-like: It has this sense of whimsy, but at the same time, it's a genuine relationship.''

+ In an awesome comedy convergence, Jack Black and Michael Cera (Arrested Development) will star in Harold Ramis' Year One — produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) and scripted by current Office writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. ''It's 3000 B.C.,'' explains Stupnitsky, ''and Black plays the lazy hunter-gatherer [who] becomes the first modern man.''

+ Songstress Ciara is ready to pull a Beyoncé and cross over into film. She'll play an R&B artist in an adaptation of the musical Mama, I Want to Sing! ''Her mother [Lynn Whitfield] is an evangelist preacher,'' says producer Jeff Clanagan. ''They drift apart [and] ultimately reconcile.''

Originally posted Jun 08, 2007 Published in issue #939 Jun 15, 2007 Order article reprints

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