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Casting Net: 'Rockford Files' film in development for Vince Vaughn. Plus: Octavia Spencer, Michael Douglas, James Van Der Beek

• Talk about timing is everything. In the wake of media saturation coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting, Octavia Spencer and Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) are negotiating to star in Fruitvale, an indie drama about another real-life, racially charged shooting death. Jordan would play Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old man who was accidentally shot and killed on New Year’s Day in 2009 by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer. Spencer would play his mother. First-time feature director Ryan Coogler will direct from his script; Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker is producing. [THR]

• Call it Grumpy Old HangoverMichael Douglas is in talks to star in Last Vegas, about a man who indulges in a bachelor party in Sin City before marrying a woman half his age. Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure) is directing. [Variety]

• Director Jason Reitman is beginning to fill out the cast of his newest project, Labor Day. Gattlin Griffith (Changling) is in talks to play the child at the center of the film, about a divorced woman (Kate Winslet) who encounters an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) with her son over Labor Day weekend. James Van Der Beek is also in talks to play a police officer. [THR]

John Cho (Star Trek) and Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) have signed up for The Identity Thief, a comedy starring Melissa McCarthy as a woman who takes the identity of an average family man (Jason Bateman). Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) is directing. [THR]

• The Good Wife‘s Josh Charles has signed on for Bird People, a French- and English-language drama from Lady Chatterley director Pascale Ferran about an American starting his life over in Paris. French actress Anaïs Demoustier will costar. [Deadline]

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I gave 'A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas' an A. And yes, the movie deserves it! But no, that doesn't mean it's 'The Hurt Locker' or 'Citizen Kane'

Oh, for the good old days! For the days when critics like me were hated for being too highbrow. Back in those ancient and quaint times, the surest way to get your readers pissed off at you was to pan a popular movie. If you did, it let everyone know that you were an uptight, pointy-headed art- house prig who wasn’t on the side of The People, who didn’t enjoy the honest fun of down- and-dirty lowbrow Hollywood schlock. To be honest, I still get that kind of complaint all the time. But in the everyone’s-a-rebel perversity of the Internet era, I am just as likely to be assailed these days for liking down-and-dirty lowbrow Hollywood schlock too much. In our brave new world, mainstream media types like myself are either snobs…or we’re sellouts. The real point is that we can’t win. READ FULL STORY

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