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The months of rumors have proved true: 'Gossip Girl' star Chace Crawford will step into Kevin Bacon's dancing shoes for the eagerly anticipated 'Footloose' remake.

In other news, Robert Pattinson has confirmed the 'Breaking' news that he'll star in a fourth 'Twilight' movie; 'Frozen River' Oscar nominee Melissa Leo is set to play mom to pugilistic bros Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in 'Fighter'; and Steven Spielberg's dream of a Martin Luther King Jr. biopic may be squelched by two of MLK's kids.

Get the latest scoop on blockbuster deals, casting coups, hot scripts and news from the set of Hollywood's biggest projects.



Chace Crawford Is Officially 'Footloose'
The months of rumors have proved true: 'Gossip Girl' star Chace Crawford will step into Kevin Bacon's immortal dancing shoes for the eagerly anticipated remake of 'Footloose,' EW.com confirms. Zac Efron had been on tap for the role, but dropped out earlier this year for fear of being typecast (and yet he was totally fine with the gratuitous dancing scene at the beginning of '17 Again' -- go figure). No word yet on who will play the love interest to Crawford's cool-haired, warehouse-dancing Ren McCormack -- though rumor has it 'Heroes' star Hayden Panettiere is up for the part.

Pattinson Confirms 'Breaking' News
Another day, another Robert Pattinson story. While in Cannes to promote his upcoming romantic drama 'Remember Me,' the 'Twilight' heartthrob confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that he will reprise his role as tender-hearted vampire Edward Cullen in an adaptation of the fourth 'Twilight' book, 'Breaking Dawn' -- which fangirls will be happy to know should feature some racy Bella-Edward love scenes. In other news, Variety reports that Pattinson will star as a "totally amoral character" in an adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's short story 'Bel Ami.'

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Leo to Play Mom to Bale, Wahlberg
'Frozen River' Oscar nominee Melissa Leo is in negotiations to play the mother of pugilistic bros Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in David O. Russell's inspirational boxing flick 'The Fighter,' Variety confirms. The flick tells the real-life tale of Boston brawler "Irish" Mickey Ward (Wahlberg), who makes a 'Rocky'-esque run at the world lightweight championship with the help of his half-brother Dicky Eklund (Bale).


MLK's Kids Threatening to Scuttle Biopic?
Steven Spielberg's dream of bringing a Martin Luther King Jr. biopic to the big screen may be squelched by two of MLK's kids. Variety is reporting that Bernice King and Martin Luther King III are threatening legal action to block their brother Dexter King, who is chairman-CEO of the King Estate, from selling MLK's life rights to DreamWorks and producer Spielberg. DreamWorks insiders remain unfazed, however, and believe the project will continue unimpeded.