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Stevie Wonder Announces U.S. Tour

Plus: Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn will star in romantic comedy, Frank Miller casts the lead in ''The Spirit,'' two more join Cameron's ''Avatar,'' and more

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Stevie Wonder will tour for first time in 20 years
The ''Wonder Summer's Night'' U.S. tour will kick off Aug. 23 in San Diego and travel to at least 13 different cities through the end of September, the pop legend announced Thursday. According to Pollstar, it's his first big national outing since 1986, though he has performed several one-off gigs during that period. (Reuters)

Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn set for romantic comedy
In Management, Zahn will play a motel worker who has a fling with a traveling saleswoman (Aniston) and later follows her all over the country. The movie will be the directorial debut of Stephen Belber, a screenwriter who has a number of high-profile scripts in development, including projects for Jamie Foxx, Brad Pitt, and Tom Cruise. (Variety)

Frank Miller casts lead in comic-book adaptation
Gabriel Macht will star in Will Eisner's The Spirit, the solo directorial debut from graphic novelist Miller, who previously collaborated on the big-screen version of his own Sin City and earlier this year saw the adaptation of his 300 become a box office hit. In The Spirit, Macht (The Good Shepherd) plays the title hero from the classic comic, who fakes his own death so he can fight criminals unhindered. (Variety)

More castings for Cameron's Avatar
Michelle Rodriguez (formerly of Lost) and stage actor Stephen Lang have been added to the cast of James Cameron's ambitious, sci-fi, digital 3-D project Avatar. Rodriguez will play an ex-Marine pilot; Lang, a Marine Corps colonel who takes charge of troops on a planet called Pandora. The live-action portion of the shoot will begin in October. (Variety)

Roger Avary tapped for another videogame adaptation
The writer/director will helm a big-screen version of Return to Castle Wolfenstein, a WWII-set title in which gamers play as a U.S. Army Ranger who travels to a castle to investigate the Nazis' SS Paranormal Division. Avary — who previously directed another videogame adaptation, Silent Hill, and is the screenwriter of the upcoming Beowulf — will also write this script. (Variety)

Fox makes changes to fall schedule
The network has announced it will keep its summer game show Don't Forget the Lyrics on the air through fall and push back the debut of New Amsterdam, its series about an immortal homicide detective, to midseason. Other changes: Bones will switch to Tuesdays at 8, and Gordon Ramsay's show Kitchen Nightmares will take the Wednesdays-at-9 slot, kicking off wall-to-wall unscripted programming through Sunday night. (Variety)

Folk singer Tommy Makem dies The singer/songwriter, best known for his work with his Irish countrymen the Clancy Brothers in the '50s and '60s, has died of cancer at age 74. (Variety)

Katherine Heigl sets up production company
The actress (Grey's Anatomy, Knocked Up) and her mother/manager Nancy have started a production shingle; their first project, an action comedy (as yet untitled) that will serve as a vehicle for Heigl, is set up at Fox 2000. ()

William H. Macy pilot gets the green light
TNT has approved the one-hour drama pilot, Family Man, about a father of three (Macy) who is an upstanding citizen by day and the leader of a team of burglars by night. The project will be executive-produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of Hairspray. (Hollywood Reporter)

Lane Garrison to undergo psychiatric tests The Prison Break actor, who pleaded guilty in May to vehicular manslaughter following a car accident in which he was driving intoxicated and killed a 17-year-old passenger, was ordered by a judge to undergo psychiatric evaluations in order to decide his sentence. (People.com)

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Originally posted Aug 03, 2007
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