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Odds and ends from Friday:
- Amy Adams is heading off to battle after the actress was tapped to star alongside Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson's War. Directed by Mike Nichols, pic is based on the book by George Crile and tells the true story of a "rogue congressman and CIA operative who conspired to arm Afghan rebels against invading Soviet forces." The cast rocks. The director rocks. I'm certainly pumped up and ready for War.
- One week into his new role as President of Walt Disney Pictures, Oren Aviv spit out a preemptive seven-figure deal for a comedy pitch by Family Man writers David Diamond and David Weissman. Of course, this is one of those top-secret pitches, so all we know is that it's being described as a raucous adult comedy built for two male stars a la Wedding Crashers. After cutting back most of its staff, Disney has supposedly assigned the project to its fleet of brand new state-of-the-art robots.
- According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox is set to release X-Men: The Last Stand on October 3, with not one, but two special edition DVDs loaded with tons and tons of X-citing goodies. Among the features are: Three alternate endings, commentary from Brett Ratner, writers and producers, 10 deleted scenes and two hidden "Easter eggs" which, once found, unlock a scene where Beast recites Shakespeare and another showing the X-Jet landing in Washington. Oh, but that's not all -- Fox also plans to release a collector's edition that features "an exclusive 100-page commemorative book with an all-new story penned by Marvel Comics master Stan Lee." Time to start counting the seconds, X-fans.