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Ryan Reynolds is 'Green Lantern,' 'Bruno' sashays his way to box office glory, Danny Huston is set to play King Richard the Lionheart in Russell Crowe's 'Robin Hood,' and more of today top movie headlines. Ryan Reynolds has beat out a field of actors that included Bradley Cooper, Jared Leto and Justin Timberlake to land the coveted lead role in Warner Bros.' upcoming superhero flick 'Green Lantern.' The film, based on the popular DC comic, casts him as a hot-shot Air Force pilot who's chosen by a dying alien to wield a powerful green ring. The news caps off a sweet summer for Reynolds, who scored a $100M+ hit with 'The Proposal' and his own 'X-Men' spinoff. [Variety]




Sacha Baron Cohen's controversial comedy 'Bruno' has cat-walked past 'Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs' and 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' to claim the No. 1 spot at the box office with an estimated $30.4 million. [PopEater]


Perennial movie villain Danny Huston will take a break from playing the bad guy to portray King Richard the Lionheart in Ridley Scott's upcoming 'Robin Hood' flick. The film also stars Russell Crow as the titular folk hero and Cate Blanchett as his ladylove Maid Marion. [The Hollywood Reporter]


Susan Sarandon and John Goodman will star opposite Al Pacino in 'You Don't Know Jack,' a biopic about Jack Kevorkian, aka Dr. Death, who served eight years in prison for assisting more than 130 terminally ill patients commit sucide. [The Hollywood Reporter]


'Transporter' star Jason Statham is in final negotiations to headline 'Blitz,' a London-set thriller about a serial killer who targets cops -- which will inevitably provide the actor with a reason to fight someone with his shirt off. [Variety]



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After teaming with Mattell for a 'G.I. Joe' movie, Paramount is once again joining forces with the toy company for a big-screen flick based on the 'Max Steel' line of action figures. 'Steel,' which spawned an animated series that ran from 2000-02, centers on a 19-year-old extreme sports junkie recruited by a secret agency after an accident infects his body with nanobots, rendering him superhuman. [Variety]

'Family Guy' scribe David Gordon has been hired to write 'Hong Kong Phooey,' a live-action/CGI hybrid adaptation of the '70s Hanna-Barbera cartoon about a kung-fu-fighting crime duo comprised of a dog and his sidekick cat. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Warner Bros. has tapped Soo Hugh to pen 'Vegas Adventures,' a 'Top Gun'-esque action flick about a cocky pilot forced to enter a top-secret program out of at Nellis Air Force base that flies experimental, unmanned planes. [The Hollywood Reporter]