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Leave it to Beaver: Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster Reunite

Fans of "Maverick," the cute, funny western that came out in 1994, will be happy to hear that Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster are teaming up for another comedy — albeit one with a darker, quirky, indie edge. In "The Beaver," Mel Gibson plays a suicidal husband and father who copes with his feelings of hopelessness by letting a beaver hand puppet do all the talking for him. Foster plays his wife, and she's also directing the film.

All the President's Men

Abraham Lincoln is the subject of two high profile upcoming flicks. Currently filming in Georgia is "The Conspirator," about the trial of Mary Surratt (Robin Wright Penn), the sole female accused of plotting Lincoln's assassination. James McAvoy ("Last King of Scotland") plays Mary's lawyer, and Robert Redford is producing and directing.

A second Lincoln project, based at least in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's Lincoln biography, is in development with Steven Spielberg directing and producing. Liam Neeson is attached to star as the 16th President. Goodwin's book focuses on the Civil War, as well as Lincoln and his extraordinary cabinet: the so-called "Team of Rivals" who all competed against one another for the Republican nomination in 1860.

Facebook Sent you a Message: See our Movie

Jesse Eisenberg ("Adventureland") and pop star Justin Timberlake will star as the founders of Facebook in "The Social Network," a film written by "West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin. Considering the fact that Facebook is used by over 250 million people, I think marketing the film will be a snap ;)

Cozy Up for the Holidays

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday movie season on TV. Classics like "It's a Wonderful Life," "Miracle on 34th Street," and "A Christmas Story" are great, but if you're in the mood for something new, there's also plenty of original fare to go around.

Dean Cain stars in "The Dog Who Saved Christmas" (awwww), premiering on ABC Family Channel on November 29th, and country star Billy Ray Cyrus headlines "Christmas in Canaan" for the Hallmark Channel on December 12th. "Christmas in Canaan" centers on the coming-of-age friendship that forms between a white boy and a black boy growing up in 1960s Texas.

Over at Lifetime, Doris Roberts ("Everybody Loves Raymond") and James Van Der Beek ("Dawson's Creek") join forces for "Mrs. Miracle," based on the book by Debbie Macomber. In the vein of "Mary Poppins," Roberts plays a nanny who helps bring a family back together. She also proves to be an astute matchmaker. "Mrs. Miracle" premieres on December 5th.

Happy Holidays!

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