James Franco's Apes Held Up, and 5 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today

james_franco_tmi_225.jpgAlso in today's edition of The Broadsheet: Jennifer Love Hewitt puts her director's cap on... Aretha Franklin has a casting recommendation... We're finally rid of Hanna Montana... and more...

· I'm sorry to kick the day off with bad news, but hey: Fox has pushed Rise of the Apes out of the summer 2011 fray and into... Thanksgiving. That's five more months you have to wait for James Franco to rally humanity against is primate aggressors, which is like... like... God, I can't bear it. Back to bed. [LAT]

· What Jennifer Love Hewitt really wants to do is direct. And after helming a couple of Ghost Whisperer episodes, she's getting her chance with a feature: Wait Til Helen Comes, about a "12-year-old girl who's the eldest of three children that moves into a haunted house converted from a church in the Maryland countryside." [THR]

· Aretha Franklin wants Halle Berry to play her in a biopic, which is apparently happening. The biopic, that is -- not the casting. "If I could carry a tune, I'd consider it," Berry told Ryan Seacrest prior to last night's Golden Globes. [THR, THR]

· Hannah Montana ended its four-year TV run over the weekend. Here's what you missed: "The episode focused on the longstanding friendship between Miley (Miley Cyrus) and Lilly (Emily Osment), who have made plans to attend Stanford together. Unfortunately, just before orientation, Miley is offered a role in a Steven Spielberg blockbuster opposite Tom Cruise and shooting in Paris. What's a famous-yet-loyal friend to do?" That's easy; it's not like a girl can put herself through school on Adam Shankman lap dances, you know? [Yahoo!]

· Well, here's the saddest picture of the year to date. You've been warned. [Gawker]

· What's shakin' in North Korea? Oh, not much, just trying to figure out if all that recent shelling of Yeongpyeong Island symbolizes, despite all appearances, "a reassuring sign of its underlying stability." Hmm. [38 North]