Bill_CondonDisney has hired Bill Condon to direct a live-action Beauty And The Beast as the studio continues to mine the fairy tale books for all they are worth. Condon is coming off The Fifth Estate, the Julian Assange movie that unfortunately didn’t have a fairy tale ending…

John LavelleJohn Lavelle has joined the cast of Paramount’s Selma for director Ava Duvernay. He will play Roy Reed, a reporter covering the Martin Luther King Jr-led march on Washington for The New York Times. The ensemble also features David Oyeloko, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr and Tim Roth. Lavelle, whose recent credits include Zerosome, Dirty Movie and voices in Frozen, is repped by Innovative Artists and Coronel Group.

Janeane GarofaloJaneane Garafolo, Phyllis Somerville and Ed Weeks are set to star in the indie comedy 3rd Street Blackout. Production is underway on the film from co-directors Negin Farsad and Jeremy Redleaf, which follows a technology-obsessed couple forced to re-examine their relationship when they become suddenly unplugged in NYC during Hurricane Sandy. The cast also includes Jordan Carlos, Arthur French, Rachel Feinstein, Katie Hartman and Miles J. Harvey.