'Emily the Strange' -- the iconic character first developed to promote Cosmic Debris, the clothing line founded by artist and skateboarder Rob Reger back in 1991, and who has now come to adorn clothing, stationery, stickers, fashion accessories and Dark Horse Entertainment comic books -- is getting ready for her turn before the cameras. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Chloe Moretz is attached to star as the punky goth figure in a story line that is being kept under wraps. Universal has tapped Melisa Wallack, who wrote the script that became Relativity's high-profile Snow White project, to write 'Emily.'

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced three special awards that will be handed out before next year's Oscar ceremony: Oprah Winfrey will be honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith will receive Honorary Awards. The trophies will be handed out at the 3rd Annual Governors Awards, which will be held Nov. 12 but will not be broadcast.

Bradley Cooper is back in talks to star in 'The Silver Linings Playbook,' The Weinstein Company's adaptation of the Matthew Quick novel -- following the adventures of a former high school history teacher just released from a mental institution -- that David O. Russell will direct this fall. Robert De Niro is in negotiations to join the cast. [full story]

Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Mike Epps and Sanaa Lathan are set to star in 'Vipaka,' a psychological voodoo horror movie about a severely disturbed man who kidnaps and terrorizes his life coach. [full story]

Russell Brand has been offered the male lead in Diablo Cody's directorial debut 'Lamb of God.' [full story]

Ben Foster has been cast as John Gotti Jr. in Barry Levinson's 'Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father,' starring John Travolta, Al Pacino and Kelly Preston. [full story]

Iconoclastic filmmaker Paul Schrader is teaming up with nihilistic author Brett Eason Ellis for the shark-infested psychological horror film 'Bait.' [full story]

'The Big Wedding,' an ensemble comedy starring Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes and Topher Grace, has been picked up by Lionsgate for an Oct. 19, 2012 release. [full story]

Fox has scheduled a Dec. 20, 2013 release for the 3D 'Walking With Dinosaurs,' which is based on the live touring and TV show. [full story]

The sequel 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,' starring Nicolas Cage, will be released by Sony's Columbia Pictures on Feb. 17, 2012 -- in 3D of course. [full story]