Odds and ends for Friday:

  • Looks like someone has taken a liking to playing the villain. After taking on the Man of Steel's arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor, Kevin Spacey is now attached to a role that will pit him against yet another beloved character -- Santa Claus. Spacey will star opposite Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti in Joe Claus (previously titled Fred Claus), to be directed by Wedding Crashers helmer David Dobkin. As we reported previously, story will revolve around Santa's (Giamatti) bitter older brother (Vaughn) who heads back to the North Pole in order to redeem himself.
  • Aww, there's nothing more inspiring than a story about a man and his beloved dog. Jeff Bridges has signed up to star in A Dog Year for HBO Films, to be distributed by Picturehouse. Pic will tell of a man going through a mid-life crisis who has his life turned upside down after taking in a dog that's nuttier than him. I'm game for almost anything Bridges is in, so long as Tim Allen doesn't wind up playing the part of the dog.
  • Damn, remember when losing a tooth would net you one, maybe two dollars? However, in order to obtain that money, you were forced to place the tooth under your pillow and listen to stories about a magical fairy arriving at some point during the night. Well, now I understand why she never shelled out more money. That woman was holding out and, with the help of 20th Century Fox, just cashed in on a massive pay day. For a little under $2 million, Fox picked up the pitch (based off a 17-page treatment)  titled, The Tooth Fairy. The script will be written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, based off Jim Piddick's concept. The plot is being kept under wraps, but one can assume it has something to do with the stock market -- er, I mean the tooth fairy.