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Hollywood deserters: David O. Russell has left Sony's 'Uncharted: Drake's Fortune' and Albert Hughes has exited the helm of Warner Bros.' live-action remake of the Japanese manga project 'Akira.' The reasons given for both: the standard "creative differences." It seemed that Russell was pretty keen on 'Uncharted' -- based on a PlayStation 3 video game -- and he was set to write and direct the adaptation. A lot of names had been attached to 'Uncharted,' among them Mark Wahlberg, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro, according to Variety, but nothing was finalized and with Russell gone, the studio will most likely start from scratch. Meanwhile, Hughes had been working for a year on 'Akira,' the big-screen take on the 1988 animated cult classic that was having difficulty getting off the ground. According to Deadline, Warners had put together a list of actors for the two leads in the story about the leader of a motorcycle gang in a futuristic New Manhattan who tries to save his friend from a medical experiment: Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy were given the script for the role of Tetsuo, and Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix were courted for Kaneda. But the studio changed its mind, wanted a big-name star in the film, and offered a role to Keanu Reeves, who passed on it. Now the studio has back pedaled to the first plan, and Hughes has walked (though he will co-produce with brother Allen). Just another day in Tinseltown.

Elijah Wood is a busy young man. Beginning in June he will headline his very own TV series on FX, the offbeat comedy 'Wilfred'; he'll reprise his role as Frodo in Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit'; he'll voice a lead character in Disney's 'TRON: Uprising' animated series; he's the voice of Mumble in 'Happy Feet 2'; and also has a co-starring role in Syfy Channel's 'Treasure island.' Now The Hollywood Reporter reports that Wood has been cast in 'Celeste and Jesse Forever,' a rom-com starring Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg about a couple going through a divorce who remain friends while having other relationships. Wood will play Celeste's business partner, described as "a metrosexual who tries to be her saucy gay friend."