The Day in Deals

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John Malkovich will play the title role in “The Great Buck Howard,” a comedy that starts “lensing” as we used to say at Variety, in late July here in L.A. Colin Hanks and Tom Hanks also star.

Teri Hatcher will voice a dual role opposite Dakota Fanning in “Coraline,” the first animated film from Laika Entertainment, Phil Knight‘s animation studio based in Portland, Ore. Focus Features has worldwide sales distribution rights to director Henry Selick‘s latest.

— Swoosh! Ang Lee will start shooting the Chinese-language espionage thriller “Lust, Caution” in the fall, set in World War II-era Shanghai. Focus Features CEO James Schamus will executive produce.