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Zac Efron leaves his wholesome Disney image behind to star in a "sexy thriller," Katherine Heigl gets a 'Life,' Heather Graham plays a lesbian who beds Kevin Spacey, and more of today's top movie headlines. Zac Efron is drop-kicking his wholesome Disney image to star in an untitled film for Mandate that's described as a "sexy thriller." Written by 'The Thomas Crown Affair' and 'Hairspray' scribe Leslie Dixon, the movie is a logical step in Efron's career shift from 'High School Musical' pinup to more mature leading man. [Variety] | [The Hollywood Reporter]



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    Actor Zac Efron sits courtside during Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic in Los Angeles, June 7, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL ENTERTAINMENT)

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    Actor Zac Efron (L) sits courtside with actor Leonardo Dicaprio during Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic in Los Angeles June 7, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL ENTERTAINMENT)

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    Singer Adam Levine (3rd R) and actor Zac Efron (2nd R) sit courtside during Game 2 of their NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic in Los Angeles June 7, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL ENTERTAINMENT)

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    Actor Zac Efron sits courtside during Game 2 of the NBA Finals basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic in Los Angeles, June 7, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL ENTERTAINMENT)

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    Actor Zac Efron attends the Game 2 of the NBA final between Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on June 7, 2009. Los Angeles Lakers won 101 - 96 and leads 2-0. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Actor Zac Efron attends the Game 2 of the NBA final between Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on June 7, 2009. Los Angeles Lakers won 101 - 96 and leads 2-0. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Actors Zac Efron, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio talk during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals Sunday, June 7, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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    Actors Zac Efron, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio talk during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals Sunday, June 7, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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    Actors Zac Efron and Leonardo Di Caprio (R) attend the Game 2 of the NBA final between Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on June 7, 2009. Los Angeles Lakers won 101 - 96 and leads 2-0. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Actors Zac Efron and Leonardo Di Caprio (R) attend the Game 2 of the NBA final between Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on June 7, 2009. Los Angeles Lakers won 101 - 96 and leads 2-0. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Katherine Heigl is getting a 'Life.' She'll take a break from romantic comedies to star in the drama 'Life as We Know It,' about two single adults whose mutual best friends die in a car accident and leave them to care for their orphaned daughter. Heavy stuff. [Variety] | The Hollywood Reporter]


Heather Graham, Johnny Knoxville, Craig Robinson and Camilla Belle will star opposite Kevin Spacey in 'Father of Invention,' a comedy about an egomaniacal inventor/billionaire (Spacey) who returns from an eight-year prison stint to find his life in a shambles. Belle will play Spacey's daughter, while Graham takes the part of the lesbian roommate who seduces him. Makes sense. [The Hollywood Reporter]


Publisher Little, Brown has revealed the brand-spanking-new book cover for the movie tie-in edition of 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon.' While Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart get most of the attention, the cover also gives Rob Pattinson lovers a reason to howl at the moon. [See the cover on EW.com]


David Fincher is in talks to direct 'The Social Network,' the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film about the origins of Facebook. Way to give MySpace the shaft, Aaron. [Variety]



Daniel Craig is in early talks to star in 'Dream House,' a psychological thriller in which he'd play a man who moves his family to an idyllic small town and soon discovers that his house is haunted by its murdered former inhabitants. Hate it when that happens. [The Hollywood Reporter]