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Rock brings film biz to ICM

Chris Rock has signed with ICM for film representation. Rock has been repped for years by ICM's Steve Levine for touring and personal appearances, but had been repped by Endeavor for his movie deals. The comedian is on a world tour that includes dates in London and South Africa.

KNBC adds 2 lifestyle series

KNBC Los Angeles is making room on its schedule for two new locally produced cultural and lifestyle series: "LX.TV OpenHouseLA" and "LX.TV 1stLookLA." The half-hour series, both of which will be hosted by Shira Lazar (Court TV's "Hollywood Heat"), will debut at 7 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. "Your LA" is exiting the schedule to make room for the two shows. In addition, Mo Rocca will host "5 Minutes With …," a humorous interview segment that will air during "1stLookLA."

Rhames, Mitchell, Pike are 'Surrogates'

Ving Rhames, Radha Mitchell and Rosamund Pike have joined Bruce Willis in the sci-fi thriller "The Surrogates" for Disney. Jonathan Mostow is directing the film, which is based on the graphic novel by Robert Venditti and artist Brett Weldele of Top Shelf Comix. Michael Ferris and John Brancato penned the script. Mandeville Films' David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing with Max Handelman and Elizabeth Banks. Production is set to begin this month on the film, which will be released through Touchstone.

Film clips will be here and

NEW YORK — Users of the popular young adult-centric virtual world will soon be able to quote from their favorite movies — using actual clips from those movies. has teamed with Paramount Digital Entertainment to license short clips from thousands of movies and TV shows. The clips will be available for users to buy for $1.

Palm tunes up O'Day biopic

NEW YORK — A jazz singer's tragic life will hit screens in May in the Palm Pictures documentary "Anita O'Day: The Life of a Music Legend." Palm has picked up all North American rights to the portrait of O'Day, who overcame alcoholism, rape, heroin addiction and jail time in her seven-decade career. Directors Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden filmed interviews with the singer shortly before her 2006 death at age 87.

Rajskub an ingredient in 'Julia'

Mary Lynn Rajskub has joined Amy Adams and Meryl Streep in Columbia Pictures' "Julie and Julia," currently filming in New York. The film is the true story of Julie Powell (Adams), who spent a year cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child's classic cookbook, "Mastering the Art of French Cuisine," and blogging about her trials and tribulations. Rajskub ("24") plays Powell's best friend, Helen. The film also covers Child's life in France in the 1940s and 1950s, based on her biography. Streep plays Child, and her "The Devil Wears Prada" co-star Stanley Tucci plays her husband, Paul. Nora Ephron is directing the Scott Rudin production. Rajskub is repped by Endeavor and Mosaic Media.