Paramount is going to be giving all the good girls and boys a Christmas (or whatever) present this year, with True Grit getting a December 25 release date. It is a strange choice for the holidays -- a John Wayne Western remake? -- but a little blood and guts could cheer up those tense family outings. Paramount is probably counting on good will towards the Dude, who will be taking over John Wayne's part as Marshall Reuben J. 'Rooster' Cogburn, since his amazing performance in Crazy Heart is winning him accolades right and left. True Grit also stars Matt Damon and Josh Brolin.

Paramount held open casting for one part in the film, fourteen-year-old Mattie, who was originally played by Kim Darby. However, today's your last day to enter if you want to see yourself on the screen come Christmas. http://www.truegritcasting.com/

Paramount's also offering an early Christmas prezzie: No one will be getting Footloose this summer, the Kenny Ortega remake which was due for release this June. Ortega -- whose most recent gig was directing This is It, and is also famous for his High School Musical films -- apparently dropped out due to "creative differences." Guess he had to cut loose...