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Ben Affleck and Jon Hamm go to 'Town,' Robert Rodriguez wants Lindsay Lohan for 'Machete,' 'How I Met Your Mother Star' Josh Radnor makes his feature directorial debut, and more of today's top movie headlines. Jon Hamm ('Mad Men') and Rebecca Hall ('Vicky Cristina Barcelona') will star opposite Ben Affleck in 'The Town,' a romantic crime drama that Affleck will also direct. Based on Chuck Hogan's novel, 'Town' sees Affleck playing Boston's most wanted bank robber, Hamm the FBI agent hot on his trail and Hall the bank teller with whom both men fall in love. Awkward! [The Hollywood Reporter] | [Variety]


'How I Met Your Mother' star Josh Radnor has just wrapped production on his feature directorial debut 'HappyThankYouMorePlease,' an indie comedy which he also wrote and stars in opposite Malin Akerman, Tony Hale, Kate Mara and Richard Jenkins. The film follows a group of New Yorkers not yet ready to embrace adulthood. Hmmm ... sounds a bit like 'HIMYM.' [Variety]

If Robert Rodriguez has his way, Lindsay Lohan will soon be starring opposite Danny Trejo in 'Machete,' Rodriguez's feature-length action-comedy based on a faux trailer he did for 2007's 'Grindhouse.' While LiLo has yet to commit to the role, Rodriguez says: "Lindsay's cool. There's actually a cool part for her in the movie if she takes it." Please, Lindsay, take it. [MTV.com]




Richard Linklater is in negotiations to direct 'Liars (A-E),' a romantic comedy about a woman who retrieves lost items from her ex-boyfriends while on a road-trip to President Obama's inauguration. The lead has yet to be cast, but 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist' star Kat Dennings is set to play her gal pal. [Variety]


Alcon Entertainment has acquired Aaron Guzikowski's hot spec script 'The Prisoners' -- about a man's vigilante quest to save his kidnapped daughter and her friend -- and put it on a fast track for release in October 2010. Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg, who recently teamed for 'The Fighter,' had been attached to star in 'Prisoners' as well -- but are no longer on board. [The Hollywood Reporter] | [Variety]


With rodents enjoying a renaissance at the box office, Paramount is bringing Robert C. O'Brien's Newbery Award-winning book 'Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH' back to theaters with a new big-screen adaptation. The book, which tells of a mother mouse who enlists the help of highly evolved lab rats to save her family from a farmer's plow, was previously made into a 1982 animated film entitled 'The Secret of NIMH.' [The Hollywood Reporter]