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Marshall to direct all-star cast in romantic comedy 'Valentine's Day'

New Line is putting together an all-star cast for its latest romantic comedy, "Valentine's Day," to be directed by Garry Marshall.

Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Shirley MacLaine, Bradley Cooper and Ashton Kutcher are in final negotiations to star in the movie, which has five slightly interconnecting stories playing out during a Valentine's Day in Los Angeles.

A scorecard might be needed to keep track of the story lines:

Major roles yet to be cast are the gay football player, MacLaine's husband, the mailroom worker, a talent agent and a young boy looking to give his crush some flowers.

Mike Karz is producing with Wayne Rice.

Sam Brown and Michael Disco are overseeing for the studio. Katherine Fugate wrote the initial draft, and Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein penned the latest.

New Line had success with its recent ensemble romance "He's Just Not That Into You," but "Valentine" is more ambitious in scope and cast. The project, which could be compared to "Love, Actually," has upped the budget from its initial $25 million to the mid-$30 million range, though New Line would not comment on the dealmaking or the budget. (partialdiff)