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Paul Giamatti may be in (and Jim Carrey may be out) for 'The Three Stooges,' a 'G.I. Joe' sequel is already in the works, Jonah Hill gets a leading-man gig, and more of today's top movie headlines. It looks as though the Farrelly brothers' upcoming 'Three Stooges' has gained a Larry and lost a Curly. Peter Farrelly has reportedly confirmed that Paul Giamatti has signed on to replace Sean Penn as Larry and that Benicio del Toro is still on tap for the role of Moe. He dropped a big bomb, however, when he revealed that the part of Curly, for which Jim Carrey was thought to be packing on 50 pounds, has yet to be cast. N'yuk, n'yuk, n'yot so much. [Cinematical]


With 'G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra' gunning its way to an impressive $100.5M opening weekend ($56.2M domestically, $44.3M internationally), it's no shocker that Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore has confirmed that a sequel will soon go into development. While most of the cast are contractually obligated to reprise their roles, it remains to be seen whether director Stephen Sommers will return. [L.A. Times]


Get ready for Jonah Hill, the romantic leading man. The Judd Apatow regular will star in 'The Best Thing About Pam Rooney,' a high-concept romantic comedy written by 'Funny People' producers Brendan O'Brien and Andrew Jay Cohen. The log line is being kept under wraps. [Variety]


Stike Entertainment and 821 Entertainment are teaming up to make a biopic about country music icon Hanks Williams. Williams life certainly is fodder for film: He grew up in poverty in Alabama during the Depression, shot to fame with 11 No. 1 hits and died in 1953 at the age of 29, after spina bifida drove him to alcohol and morphine abuse. [Variety]


In the wake of '80s film legend John Hughes' tragic death last week, Alliance Films has snapped up Canadian distribution rights to 'Don't You Forget About Me,' a low-budget documentary in which four pals (including director Matt Austin-Sadowski) road-trip to Illinois in search of the reclusive filmmaker. A U.S. deal is in the works. [Variety]


Alexander Payne is stepping behind the camera to direct his first feature film since 2004's 'Sideways': He'll helm the adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings' novel 'The Descendants,' the Hawaiian-set story of a man who takes his two daughters on a search for his wife's lover in hopes of salvaging their family. Payne will then direct 'Downsizing,' a social satire about shrinking people starring Paul Giamatti, Reese Witherspoon and Sacha Baron Cohen. [Variety]


Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the married filmmaking couple behind 'Half Nelson,' are set to write and direct 'It's Kind of a Funny Story,' a coming-of-age dramedy about a depressed 15-year-old boy who checks into a psychiatric hospital only to be placed in the adult ward. [The Hollywood Reporter]


'Harold & Kumar: Escape From Guantanamo' directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg will helm 'One Night Stan,' about a man named Stan who -- after discovering that his fiance has slept with way more people than he has -- gets a one-night free pass to bed as many women as possible. Shockingly, things do not go according to plan. [The Hollywood Reporter]