Newman booked for "Jolene"

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FILM -- Zeb Newman has booked a role in "Jolene," an indie film adaptation of the E.L. Doctorow short story "Jolene: A Life." Dan Ireland is directing. Newman stars as a young man who marries the title character and brings her home to live with his aunt and uncle. He later discovers that Jolene and his uncle are lovers. The cast includes Dermot Mulroney, Denise Richards, Donald Sutherland and Michael Vartan. Newman recently appeared in an episode of "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and in a November sweep episode of "House," in which he played a patient and son of John Larroquette. Newman is repped by Peter Strain and Associates and Howard Green at Framework Entertainment.

Julian Morris is feeling "Privileged" for director Jonah Salander. In the psychological high school drama set in a community where social status is a birthright and newcomers are kept at a distance, Morris plays a closeted gay teen who wants to destroy the relationship between a girl and the boy he secretly loves. Morris, whose credits include "Whirlygirl" and "Cry Wolf," is repped by ICM and Jai Khanna at Brillstein-Grey.

Matt Lanter, who recently wrapped an arc on NBC's "Heroes," is set to star as the lead in MGM's "War Games 2: The Dead Code," helmed by Stuart Gillard. The direct-to-DVD sequel is shooting in Montreal. Lanter is playing Will Farmer, a genius-grade computer hacker whose world gets turned upside down when he begins to play an online game. Lanter, who also has appeared in "Shark" and "Commander in Chief," is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and manager Faras Rabadi of Emerald Talent Group.

E.G. Daily has signed to star in "The Unlikely's," an indie comedy being directed by Nick G. Miller. Daily plays an ex-wife who will do anything to get her alimony checks. The film, also starring William Forsythe, Matthew Ashford, Christopher Atkins, Rob G. Kahn and Alexis Thorpe, is shooting in North Carolina. Daily is best known for her voice work -- among her credits is the "Powerpuff Girls" character Buttercup -- and currently can be heard in the animated film "Happy Feet," in which she voices the young version of the dancing penguin Mumble. She is repped by ICM, Immortal Access and Society Entertainment.

Joe Estevez, Kerry Wallum and Derek Lee Nixon will star in the low-budget horror movie "The Lights," being directed by John Sjogren. The story revolves around four college kids who, while watching a meteor shower in the Texas countryside, encounter a psychopath connected to the mysterious lights in the sky. Principal photography began Nov. 28 at Ranch Studios in Kyle, Texas.
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