Russell Crowe Denies Murdoch Rumors, Spider-Man Netting Women: Biz Break

Also in Wednesday morning's round up of news briefs, Jack Bender of ABC's Lost is developing a new thriller and Justin Timberlake is tipped to be headed to Baywatch movie. And thriller/comedy The Revenant to hit theaters.

Lightning Entertainment and Paladin Team on Horror Comedy, The Revenant
New York distributor Paladin will handle the theatrical release of Lightning Entertainment's The Revenant in a deal between the two companies. Starring David Adners (The Vampire Diaries) and Chris Wylde (The Ten), the story centers on a soldier and his slacker best friend who become zombies, and then use their newfound powers to become vigilante crime fighters with hilariously mixed results when their adventures become more complicated and bloody than expected. 

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Russell Crowe Denies Rupert Murdoch Rumors
Reports in the U.K. linked him and Colin Firth to Good Times, Bad Times, based on the memoirs of Sunday Times editor Sir Harold Evans, THR reports.

Women the Target of The Amazing Spider-Man Marketing Campaign
Men have been easy customers for past Spider-Man installments, but for this go-around, Sony Pictures is partnering with companies like Kellogg's, beauty brand OPI, Walmart and Target to reach out to women, Variety reports.

Lost Director Developing Thriller
Jack Bender, the preeminent director on ABC's Lost is developing Devolution, a thriller. Details are being kept quiet, but it's based on an original idea by Max Brooks, the author of World War Z, THR reports.

Justin Timberlake a Possible Bay Watch Babe
The singer/actor is being sought to star in the Baywatch movie, joining Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff in the big screen version of the '90s television show. He would likely play a disgraced Olympic swimmer who tries out for the crew, Twitch reports.