Fee fie foe fum! Ewan McGregor is in talks to join the long-gestating Bryan Singer production of 'Jack the Giant Killer,' a modern day fairy tale in which a long-standing peace between men and giants is threatened when a young farmer leads an expedition into the giants' kingdom in hopes of rescuing a kidnapped princess. The movie is finally taking off -- with shooting scheduled to begin in March in London -- and several key roles have been cast: Nicholas Hoult ('Skins') will play Jack and Stanley Tucci will play the villain, an advisor to the king with designs on usurping power. Bill Nighy and John Kassir will play the two-headed leader of the giants. McGregor will play the leader of the king's giant-fighting elite guards. Still to be cast: the princess. [The Hollywood Reporter]

We all know that 'Toy Story 3' was the top-grossing film of the year, both in North America and overseas (with $1.062 billion worldwide) -- followed by 'Alice in Wonderland' ($1.023 billion), 'Inception' ($817 million), 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1' ($824.1 million) and 'Shrek Forever After' ($750 million). But what was the top-grossing independent film of the year? That honor goes to 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,' which took in $698.3 million, according to the Independent Film & Television Alliance. 'Resident Evil: Afterlife' was second with $270.7 million, followed by 'The Expendables' with $228.4 million worldwide. [TheWrap]