Talent Quest: Dr. Dre, Short, Davis

“New Line has signed music mogul Dr. Dre to a multiyear feature producing deal. Dre plans to focus first on developing dark comedies for the mini-major before moving into other areas…” (full details)

“24-year-old Stomp the Yard and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” star Columbus Short tells MTV that he is in talks for the Denzel Washington-directed The Great Debaters. The film is based on a true story about an all-black high school debate team rising up to challenge Harvard’s best in 1935. Short would play one of the students on the team…” (full details)

Walt Disney Pictures has announced that Warwick Davis has been cast as Nikabrik, the Black Dwarf in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Davis adds “Narnia” to an impressive list of fantasy-adventure films, including roles in the “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter” movies.