Russell Crowe is Dracula; 3-D Blues at the Box Office: Biz Break

Also in Wednesday morning's round-up of news briefs, Charlie Sheen takes a bite at Axl Rose at a Slash Walk of Fame ceremony. Jason Bateman is heading behind the camera (and in front) for his directorial debut. And new projects for Anna Kendrick and Adam Brody.

Mid-Year Box Office Report: What's Worrying Hollywood
The 3-D juggernaut has seen a steady decline. "Across Hollywood, studio executives say the dips point to a sea change in habits that have left the first half of the year littered with heartbreak: Cash-conscious consumers are becoming more discerning about what movies they see, 3D or otherwise," THR reports.

Charlie Sheen Grabs Spotlight at Slash Walk of Fame Event
The Anger Management star took a bite out of former Guns & Roses frontman at a ceremony honoring G&R guitarist Slash with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, saying, "It's quite fitting that Slash is getting a star on the very street Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on," THR reports.

Russell Crowe Morphs into Dracula
Eli Roth (Hostel) will direct the thriller Harker for Warner Bros, which will star Crowe as Dracula. The plot revolves around a Scotland Yard detective who tracks the vampire, Deadline reports.

Jason Bateman to Add 'Director' to Resumé
Bateman is in negotiations to make his directorial debut with indie comedy Bad Words, that his Aggregate Films label will produce with Darko Films. He'll likely play the main character which revolves around a bitter thirtysomething who uses a loophole in the system to enter a national kids' spelling bee, Variety reports.

Anna Kendrick Toasts Drinking Buddies
She will play the lead in the indie comedy directed by Joe Swanberg. The film begins shooting in Chicago later this month, Deadline reports.

Adam Brody Boards All the Wrong Reasons
He'll play the lead in the indie by Gia Milani about four friends who wander around New York over the course of an eventful day, Variety reports.



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