News Briefs – February 8, 2013

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Reese Witherspoon is out, and Anne Hathaway (pictured) is in on “The Intern”, the Nancy Meyers-directed comedy about the owner of an internet company who gets assigned an intern who is a retiree (De Niro). Witherspoon, who was involved in the project when it was selling at AFM, left the project last month over a scheduling clash. Hathaway did a table read with De Niro and Meyers last week. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has announced that they have taken all rights in international English-speaking territories, Latin America and other key European territories to the film “The End of the Tour”, which stars Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg and is directed by James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”). The script was penned by playwright Donald Margulies, who adapted David Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace. Jesse Eisenberg stars as Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, who accompanied Wallace on the tour. Along the way, jealousy and competition emerge between the two writers as they discuss women, depression and the pros and cons of fame. (Deadline)

Rob Riggle (“21 Jump Street”) has joined the cast of the new Rob Lowe sitcom “The Pro”. Riggle plays Lowe’s former tennis doubles partner who is now the head pro, much to the chargin of former champ Lowe. (Deadline)

“Nikita” star and “Mission : Impossible III” co-star Maggie Q is set to play “Ching Shih, a beautiful young Chinese prostitute who goes on to become one of history’s most powerful pirates and head of the most successful crime syndicate in China” in a limited series. (Deadline)

MTV are doing a new horror film “The Dorm”, set to star Alexis Knapp (”Pitch Perfect”), Cassie Steele (“Degrassi”) and Max Lloyd Jones (“Teen Wolf”). Rachel ‘Freddy’s Dead’ Talalay directs. (Deadline)

FOX has cancelled the American version of “The X-Factor” after three seasons (Simcoe Reformer)

The Weinstein’s have picked up “The Imitation Game” – for a sumly $7 million – starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing (Variety)

“50 Shades of Grey” co-star Eloise Mumford has been cast in the ABC pilot “Warriors”, which follows “the best and brightest active duty military doctors and nurses as they practice trailblazing medicine.” (Deadline)

A new TV spot for “Captain America : The Winter Soldier” is online.

Jere Burns (“Bates Motel”) looks to join Rashida Jones in the Steve Carell-directed/co-written pilot “Tribeca” (Deadline)

John Scalzi’s novel “Redshirts” is set to be adapted for television by FX, Jon Shestack (”Dan In Real Life”) and producer-director Ken Kwapis (”Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants”) and his partner Alexandra Beattie (Deadline)

Sony has picked up Kevin Smith’s latest, “Tusk” (Screen Daily)

Ian McShane and Patrick Wilson are set to star in the new film from “Buried” director, Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego. “The Man on Carrion Road” stars McShane as “an aging retired Sheriff of a small border town with violent tendencies. He teams with the town’s new sheriff (Wilson) to stop a mysterious cartel butcher who’s brutalizing the town’s residents.” (Deadline)

Debi Mazar is set for a new TVLand comedy pilot called “Younger” from “Sex & The City” creator Darren Star. The actress will also reprise her role as publicist Shauna in the “Entourage” movie. (Deadline)

22 new images from Kevin Costner-starrer “Three Days to Kill” are online.

Saoirse Ronan (“The Host”) and Cynthia Nixon (“Sex and the City”) are set for “Stockholm”, a Nikole Beckwith-directed film about “developmentally stunted Leia, a young woman raised by a kidnapper who now struggles to acclimate to her actual parents after 20 years of separation. Nixon plays the girl’s grief-stricken mother, who goes to extreme lengths to recapture her daughter’s love.” (Deadline)

Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays Missandei on “Game of Thrones”, has been upped to a regular for season 5. Meanwhile, a new Season 4 trailer for the series is up on Instagram.

Aussie Sarah Snook (“Not Suitable for Children”) has been cast in the lead role of “Clementine” in the ABC Studios/Mark Gordon co drama pilot. Co-starring David Straitharn, the pilot “centers on troubled 28-year-old psychic Clementine Ross (Snook) who sees her life begin to change in unexpected ways when she decides to stop running from her past.” (Deadline)

Rob Cohen (“xXX”) will helm “Risk”, an action heist film about “a brilliant thief who’s sprung early from prison to execute a nearly impossible art heist. Reluctant to follow the same path that put him in jail in the first place, he’s drawn into a dangerous triangle with a crime boss and a beautiful and mysterious accomplice.” (Deadline)

Eliza Dushku and Bradley Whitford have joined the cast of the Greg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” (THR)