PDI & Stefani: PDI, the makers of Shrek and Antz, announced that Gwen Stefani has beaten out both Jennifer Lopez and Madonna for the voice-over role of a hippo named Gloria in the new animated feature Madagascar.

Source: Dark Horizons

Apocalypse Now in the Wild Wild West: Director Mike Newell will develope and direct an untitled project written by John Milius for Catch 23 Entertainment. Set in the wild west after the end of WW1 and at the beginning of the industrial revolution, pic follows a half Apache bounty hunter, a woman and a black soldier who hunt down the last renegade Apache indian.

Ben Kingsley: Oscar nominee Ben Kingsley (Sexy Beast, Sneakers) has signed onto an independent film titled All For Nothin'. Based on the story of Walter L. Shaw and his son Walter T. Shaw the confessed "Dinnertime Burglar." Kingsley will play Walter L. Shaw.

From Somewhere on the Beach... ~Jane Doe