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Chase catches 'Brothers'

Chevy Chase has been tapped for a multiepisode arc on ABC's "Brothers & Sisters." He will play Stan Hirsh, the high school boyfriend of Nora Walker (Sally Field) on the ABC Studios show. Chase, who now has his own segment on "Saturday Night Live's" "Weekend Update" on NBC, is set to being filming "Brothers" on Thursday. He is repped by Fortitude and Kritzer/Levine/ Wilkins.

Read all about it: Trio invades 'Hatching'

TORONTO — Isabella Rossellini, Judd Nelson and Gil Bellows are toplining "The Hatching," a TV movie about an alien invasion, producer Muse Entertainment said Tuesday. Adam Weissman will direct the sci-fi thriller, which features Bellows and Maxim Roy as newspaper reporters facing an alien conspiracy and working together to save mankind. Rossellini will play a newspaper editor, and Nelson will be the friendly alien helping the reporters battle the invasion. Shooting begins Oct. 27 in Montreal.

'Woman' opens, 'Postal' closes HFF

The U.S. premiere of Petter Naess' "Gone With the Woman" will kick off the 11th annual Hollywood Film Festival, which is set for Oct. 17-22. Uwe Boll's uncensored cut of "Postal" will conclude the festival with its U.S. premiere.

Fiorina in business with Fox

NEW YORK — Less than a week before turning on the lights, Fox Business Network has added another player. FBN said that former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will become a contributor to the channel. FBN begins on the air in New York and other key markets Monday. Fiorina is the only woman ever to be in charge of a Fortune 20 company.

Jones leads Genius into urban world

Genius Products has partnered with Quincy "QD3" Jones III and QD3 Entertainment to produce and acquire original home entertainment titles and feature films. The multiyear output deal with QD3 affiliate Digerati Holdings will yield at least two original titles a year. QD3 also will work jointly with Genius to acquire completed or nearly finished urban titles for sole distribution under the QD3 Entertainment brand. The first title, already in production, is "Who Shot Ya," a documentary that examines the violence in hip-hop through conversations with prominent rappers discussing their personal experiences of being shot. Genius is 70% owned by the Weinstein Co.

Anchor Bay weighs in on Durst's first film

NEW YORK — Anchor Bay Entertainment has acquired North American theatrical and DVD rights to Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst's directorial debut, "The Education of Charlie Banks." Written by Peter Elkoff and produced by Strongheart Pictures, the film won the Made in New York Award at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. It is set for a spring release.