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'Harry Potter' destroys the record for the biggest midnight box office opening of all time, a third 'Bridget Jones' movie is in the works, Hugh Jackman is set to peddle makeup for 'Avon,' and more of today's top movie headlines. Looks like Batman is no match for a boy wizard. 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' has smashed the record for the biggest midnight box office opening of all time. The sixth installment in the 'Potter' franchise hauled in an estimated $22.2 million from Wednesday's midnight screenings to decimate the $18M mark previously set by 2008's 'The Dark Knight.' [The Hollywood Reporter] | [PopEater]




Renee Zellweger had better start packing on the pounds. A third movie in the 'Bridget Jones' franchise is in the works with Zellweger once again set to portray her slightly plump British alter-ego. What's next for Bridget now that she's found true love? A baby, of course. [Variety]


Hugh Jackman is trading in his metal claws for a makeup case in the new comedy 'Avon.' Jackman stars as a man who is laid off from an auto dealership, reluctantly becomes an Avon salesman and soon recruits his pals into the biz in an effort to save their financially strapped community. [Variety]


Miley Cyrus is getting her 'Wings' at Disney. The 'Hannah Montana' star and Mouse House poster girl will play the lead in the adaptation of the young adult novel 'Wings,' about a 15-year-old girl who sprouts the titular appendages and discovers she's a fairy. So it is, quite literally, a fairy tale. [Variety]


Stephen Chow has dropped out of the superhero comedy 'The Green Hornet,' in which he was to play Kato, the chauffeur/crime-fighting sidekick to Seth Rogen's playboy-turned-vigilante Brit Reid. Chow was also initially on tap to direct the flick, but Michel Gondry has since taken over the reins. [The Hollywood Reporter] | [Variety]


Brit comic Russell Brand has been tapped to provide the voice of the Easter Bunny in 'I Hop,' a live-action/CGI hybrid family film for Universal. 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' director Tim Hill is on tap to helm for a March 4, 2011, release. [Variety]


Emily Blunt has scored the female lead opposite Matt Damon in the sci-fi thriller 'The Adjustment Bureau.' Based on a Philip K. Dick short story, the film follows a smooth-talking congressman (Damon) whose life is thrown into tumult when he meets Blunt's mysterious ballerina. [Variety]


Jon Amiel's Charles Darwin biopic 'Creation,' has been slated to open the 34th Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 10. Paul Bettany stars as the legendary scientist and 'Origins of the Species' author, while real-life wife Jennifer Connelly plays his on-screen wife Emma. Art always has imitated life. [Variety]