• Christian Slater scored another series after his NBC spy thriller "My Own Worst Enemy" fizzled last Fall. He'll be replacing British actor Rupert Penry-Jones as the lead of a new ABC mystery drama "The Forgotten." It's about "a group of amateur detectives led by a former cop (Slater) whose 11-year-old daughter was kidnapped three years before."
• Hilary Duff will appear on "Gossip Girl" for a few episodes as a celebrity student who rooms with Vanessa and flirts heavily with Dan starting Oct. 5th. Also, the CW threw Joanna Garcia a bone after her series "Priveleged" was canceled, giving her a three-episdoe stint on "Gossip Girl" as an evil Southern Miss America-type, who has a political agenda that involves Nate.
• Callum Blue ("Dead Like Me" and Princess Diaries 2) will play General Zod in "Smallville."
• I was truly amused when I read the plot to a new family comedy called Relativity: "The story centers on a close-knit family that comes together for the parents' 30th wedding anniversary only to have their adult children stumble upon the family secret - they're all adopted." I was even more interested when I discovered that it's being produced by the guy behind Dan in Real Life, a really sweet dramedy. I feel like the characters in The Family Stone, however, would've been really good in this.
• Amy Adams is going to scuff up her good girl reputation when she joins the cast of Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale's boxing film The Fighter. She'll "play Charlene, a gritty bartender and former college high-jumper from Massachusetts who ends up dating" Walhberg's character.
• I like to think of director Tommy Wirkola's next film Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters as a "where are they now?" sequel to the fairytale. Apparently, if you're hunted and abused by a witch as a child, you grow up to be a witch hunter. Taking place 15 years after their kidnapping, the film has been dubbed an action/horror movie with dark humor.