Rachelle Lefevre is "stunned" by 'Twilight' recasting, Jennifer Aniston plays a cougar in 'Pumas,' Russell Crowe gears up for 'The Next Three Days,' and more of today's top movie headlines. 'Twilight' star Rachelle Lefevre has released a statement saying that she's "stunned" by yesterday's announcement that Bryce Dallas Howard will replace her as the villainous vampire Victoria in 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.' Lefevre was reportedly dismissed due to "scheduling conflicts" that stemmed from her involvement in the indie drama 'Barney's Version,' the shooting schedule of which overlapped 'Eclipse''s by 10 days. Lefevre contends she was "fully committed" to reprising her role. But Summit, the studio behind 'Twilight,' shot back with a statement calling Lefevre's claims "untrue" and saying that by appearing in 'Version' the actress would have missed key rehearsal time and thrown the 'Eclipse' production schedule out of whack. Talk about breaking out the fangs. [PopEater] | [Howard vs. Lefevre: Who Should Play Victoria?]
Jennifer Aniston will play a man-hungry cougar in 'Pumas,' a romantic comedy about two thirtysomething women with a taste for younger guys who find their romantic notions challenged when they take a French ski vacation. [Variety]
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Russell Crowe is in final negotiations to star in 'The Next Three Days.' The thriller from writer-director Paul Haggis ('Crash') follows a man's harrowing quest to free his wife after she's imprisoned for a murder she claims she didn't commit. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Ron Howard will direct the big-screen adaptation of 'Bourne' author Robert Ludlum's 'The Parsifal Mosaic,' about a CIA operative who thinks he witnesses the execution of his lover after she's identified as a KGB double agent. [Variety]
Steven Spielberg is eying up the spy thriller 'Matt Helm' as his potential directorial follow-up to last year's 'Indiana Jones 4.' Based on a series of 27 novels about a government spook who takes down enemy agents, the film could spawn a 'Bourne'-esque franchise. So long as there are no aliens, we're happy. [Variety]
Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah and Carter Jenkins have joined the ensemble romantic comedy 'Valentine's Day,' whose already all-star cast includes Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel and Patrick Dempsey. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Matthew McConaughey and Eva Mendes are in talks to team up for 'Southbound,' an indie drama about a patrol officer (McConaughey) on the Mexico-California border who takes a bribe from a beautiful Mexican woman (Mendes, naturally) and becomes embroiled in a bitter war between Mexican crime families and U.S. immigration police. So it's not a romantic comedy? [Variety]
Bridget Moynahan, Michelle Rodriguez and Michael Pena have joined Aaron Eckhart in 'Battle: Los Angeles,' a sci-fi action flick in which a Marine sergeant (Eckhart) and his platoon battle alien invaders on the streets of L.A. [The Hollywood Reporter] | [Variety]
'The Hurt Locker' breakout Jeremy Renner is in negotiations to join the Ben Affleck-directed 'The Town,' a romantic crime thriller in which a bank robber (Affleck) and the FBI agent pursuing him (Jon Hamm) fall for the same beautiful bank manager (Rebecca Hall). Renner would play the robber's best friend. [The Hollywood Reporter]
The Venice Film Festival unveiled its lineup today, with 71 world premieres and a field that includes Werner Herzog's 'The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,' starring Nicolas Cage, and Stephen Soderbergh's 'The Informant,' starring Matt Damon. [See the full lineup at Variety]