WHO Kevin Hart
THE MOVIE "Central Intelligence"
THE DEAL The diminutive comedian will continue his movie streak ("Think Like a Man," "Ride Along") with a buddy comedy co-starring Dwayne Johnson, Variety reports. In a bit of counter-casting, Hart plays a former high-school sports star, while Johnson is a onetime bullying victim who now works as a contract killer for the CIA. The director is Rawson Marshall Thurber, who scored a hit last year with the pot-laced comedy "We're the Millers."
WHO Brie Larson
THE MOVIE "Room"
THE DEAL The 25-year-old star of such youth-oriented movies as "21 Jump Street" and "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" plays a single mother in the movie version of Emma Donoghue's novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The story is told from the perspective of 5-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay), who lives cloistered in a tiny room with his mother, known only as Ma. Lenny Abrahamson, of the indie hit "Frank," will direct from Donoghue's screenplay.
WHO Russell Brand
THE MOVIE "Citizenfour"
THE DEAL The suddenly politicized actor-comedian is among more than 60 people who have signed a letter of support for Edward Snowden, the young computer whiz who leaked thousands of documents revealing the NSA's surveillance operations. The signatories are an eclectic and international bunch from the worlds of film (Susan Sarandon, Alfonso Cuarón), academia (Noam Chomsky, Fredric Jameson) and music (M.I.A., Tom Morello). Their letter comes as Laura Poitras' documentary on Snowden, "Citizenfour," expands to additional theaters nationwide following its initial October release.