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Jack Huston sinks his teeth into 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,' Taylor Lautner's abs star in a new sneak peek at 'New Moon,' Natalie Portman gets 'Booksmart,' and more of today's top movie headlines. Jack Huston (the nephew of Anjelica and Danny) will sink his fangs into the role of Royce King II, a human who lived during the Great Depression, in 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.' The actor, who appeared opposite Kevin Spacey in 'Shrink' and will also star in the ABC series 'Eastwick,' joins Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Bryce Dallas Howard and Taylor Lautner in the third flick based on Stephenie Meyer's hit vampire series. [The Hollywood Reporter]


The second trailer for 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' is slated to debut this Friday in theaters in front of Vanessa Hudgens' 'Bandslam,' but you don't have to wait until then to get a taste. In advance of the video's debut, Summit Entertainment has released a 14-second preview that stars Taylor Lautner's abs and should sufficiently whet the appetites of Twihards. [Watch the 'New Moon' preview on Moviefone]


In the morning's most interesting news, Disney has tapped David Mamet, a man best know for writing heady, testosterone-fueled fare such as 'Glengarry Glen Ross' and 'The Untouchables,' to write and direct a new take 'The Diary of Anne Frank.' The film will combine elements of Anne's diary, the stage adaptation and Mamet's own vision, and will recast the story as a young girl's rite of passage. [Variety]


Ed Helms is still feeling the effects of 'The Hangover.' On the heels of the surprise summer hit, the actor has booked the lead in the comedy 'Central Intelligence,' in which he'll play an accountant who becomes caught up in international espionage after reconnecting with an old pal via Facebook. Stupid friend requests. [Variety]


Apparently, having Ben Stiller and Jason Schwartzman as your stars isn't enough to score your movie a wide release these days. At least that's what Todd Louiso is finding about his indie comedy, 'The Marc Pease Experience,' which, in the wake of the demise of Paramount's speciatly marketing department (Paramount Vantage), will open in a contractually minimal 10 markets. Ouch. [Thompson on Hollywood]


Natalie Portman is getting 'Booksmart.' The actress has signed on to produce the titular Fox comedy, about two overachieving high school seniors who realize that while they've conquered the world of academia, athletics, etc., one thing they've never done is have boyfriends ... a situation they set out to remedy in time for prom. [Variety]


Warner Bros. is getting in on on of the hottest games in town: Converting board games into big-screen properties. The studio is building a flick based on the popular Lego brand of building blocks. Writers Dan and Kevin Hagernan are penning the script, which is described as a family comedy/action-adventure, which will be set in Lego world and combine live action and animation. [Risky Biz Blog] | [Variety]