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Adam Sandler, Cher and Sly Stallone team up to play talking animals in 'Zookeeper,' Cher also joins Christina Aguilera in 'Burlesque,' Johnny Depp talks 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4,' and more of today's top movie headlines. Talk about an eclectic cast. Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Cher, Jon Favreau and filmmaker Judd Apatow will voice talking zoo animals in the upcoming live-action Kevin James-Rosario Dawson romantic comedy 'The Zookeeper,' about a romantically challenged zookeeper (James) who gets dating (and mating) tips from the animals he tends. It is not based on a true story. [Variety]


In other big news for Cher, the one-time Oscar winner will tackle her first big-screen starring role in a decade when she joins Christian Aguilera in the musical 'Burlesque.' Added bonus for Cher fans: The part requires her to sing on film for the first time ever. [Variety]


Though there's no script or story idea for 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4' just yet, Johnny Depp is opening up about what he hopes is in store for Captain Jack Sparrow. "[I'm] trying to make it like a Beckett play," he says, adding that he hopes Jack gets to wear some geisha clothes. Interesting. [Ain't It Cool News]


Johnny Depp Photos

    NEW YORK - JUNE 22: Set prop worn by Johnny Depp in "Edward Scissorhands" is up for auction at the Christie's Pop Culture auction on June 22, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 18: ***EXCLUSIVE ACCESS*** Actor Johnny Depp (L) and Universal's Marc Shmuger pose at the afterparty for the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Public Enemies" on June 18, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Universal Studio) *** Local Caption *** Johnny Depp;Marc Shmuger

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 18: ***EXCLUSIVE ACCESS*** Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the afterparty for the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Public Enemies" on June 18, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Universal Studio) *** Local Caption *** Johnny Depp

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 18: ***EXCLUSIVE ACCESS*** Actors Christian Bale (L) and Johnny Depp arrive at the afterparty for the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Public Enemies" on June 18, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Universal Studio) *** Local Caption *** Christian Bale;Johnny Depp

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 18: ***EXCLUSIVE ACCESS*** Actor Johnny Depp (L) and Universal's Marc Shmuger pose at the afterparty for the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Public Enemies" on June 18, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Universal Studio) *** Local Caption *** Johnny Depp;Marc Shmuger

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 18: ***EXCLUSIVE ACCESS*** Director Michael Mann (L) and actor Johnny Depp pose at the afterparty for the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Public Enemies" on June 18, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Universal Studios) *** Local Caption *** Michael Mann;Johnny Depp

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 18: ***EXCLUSIVE ACCESS*** Director Michael Mann (L) and actor Johnny Depp pose at the afterparty for the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Public Enemies" on June 18, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Universal Studio) *** Local Caption *** Michael Mann;Johnny Depp

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 18: Actors Marion Cotillard (L) and Johnny Depp appear at the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Public Enemies" at the AMC Theater on June 18, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Universal Studio) *** Local Caption *** Marion Cotillard;Johnny Depp

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 18: Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Public Enemies" at the AMC Theater on June 18, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Universal Studio) *** Local Caption *** Johnny Depp

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 18: (L-R) Actors Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard and Johnny Depp appear at the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Public Enemies" at the AMC Theater on June 18, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Universal Studio) *** Local Caption *** Christian Bale;Marion Cotillard;Johnny Depp

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'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' is shaping up to be summer's biggest hit yet. With the film set to bow in theaters on June 24, online movie ticket retailers such as MovieTickets and Fandango are reporting that advanced sales for 'Transformers' are light years ahead of 'Star Trek,' the season's biggest grosser to date. [Hollywood Wiretap]


Could Paul Giamatti be replacing Sean Penn as Larry in the Farrely brothers' 'Three Stooges? While the bros insist Giamatti would make "a sensational Larry," they've also confirmed that they "have an offer out to someone else." Here's hoping it falls through. [The Boston Herald]


ALSO IN THE NEWS ...

After a decade of turning down offers to make his 1999 novel 'The Testament' into a movie, author John Grisham has finally said yes. Producers Mark Johnson and Hunt Lowry are teaming with 821 Entertainment Group to option the book, which tells of a billionaire who -- much to his family's chagrin -- leaves his fortune to his mysterious illegitimate daughter. [Variety]

Comedic actress Kathryn Hahn has signed on to play Paul Rudd's assistant in James L. Brooks' untitled comedy about a pro softball player (Reese Witherspoon) torn between two guys (Rudd and Owen Wilson). [Variety]

Universal has acquired the screen rights to Larry Doyle's upcoming novel 'Go Mutants!,' a teen comedy/adventure that imagines a world in which the children of iconic 1950s alien invasion mutants have become assimilated into society. [Variety]