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The Newsdesk 07.08.09 – Phillipe in MacGruber; Baywatch Gets a Director

• The Baywatch movie is becoming more of a reality now that writer/director Jeremy Garelick has landed the gig. Now someone tell Hasselhoff to start waxing his chest hair.

Bill Nighy will play Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Congrats, Potter — you have now officially run out of acclaimed British actors to play bad guys.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince looks to be outpacing Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in advance online sales.

Tobey Maguire will star alongside Elizabeth Banks in the indie comedy Details.

Ryan Phillipe and Val Kilmer are in talks to star in the MacGruber movie, based on the Saturday Night Live sketch. Yes, those MacGyver parodies you’re already tired of are becoming a movie. Still, can’t be any worse than It’s Pat

Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrayed Sid and Nancy for a Mean Magazine‘s new short film series. Their depiction is heavy on the twee, light on the ultra-violence. 

• Beau Bridges has joined Selma Blair in the cast of the indie thriller Columbus Circle. Can Beau navigate through the Upper West Side Whole Foods without going mad?

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