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Penelope Ann Miller, last seen in the USA Network telefilm “The Mary Kay Letourneau Story: All American Girl,” will portray a mother who loses her child in a kidnapping, in Paramount’s “Along Came a Spider.” Pic is based on James Patterson’s bestselling novel and co-stars Morgan Freeman reprising his Detective Alex Cross role from 1998’s “Kiss the Girls,” based on another Patterson novel.

Miller is repped by UTA and Jo An Kincaid of Gilbertson & Kincaid Management.

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“The Mummy’s” Oded Fehr will reteam with Brendan Fraser and helmer Stephen Sommers from the 1999 Universal click for the upcoming sequel “The Mummy II,” set to begin lensing in May. Fehr is repped by Ilene Seldman at IFA Talent Agency.

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“The Hurricane’s” Debbi Morgan will topline “The Learning Curve,” a one-hour pilot for the WB. Morgan, who’ll next be seen with Omar Epps in New Line’s “Love and Basketball,” is repped by Mitchell K. Stubbs and managed by Reel Talent Management’s Elissa Leeds-Fickman.

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Thesp Ben Caswell (“Verses”) joins Mary Steenburgen in the CBS telepic of William Inge’s play “Picnic” for helmer Ivan Passer. Caswell is repped by Schiowitz/Clay/Rose and managed by Michael Wallach Management.

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Aunjanue Ellis, who co-stars with Robert De Niro in the soon-to-be-released “Navy Diver,” has been tapped to star opposite Samuel L. Jackson in helmer Kasi Lemmons’ (“Eve’s Bayou”) “Caveman’s Valentine.” Ellis is repped by CAA.

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Thesp Melissa De Sousa, a recent NAACP Image Award nominee for her turn in “The Best Man,” has been added to the cast of Darren Star’s Fox pilot “The Street.” She’s repped by Paradigm’s Aaron Mazzolini and managed by Sheree Cohen of Chris Wright Management.

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Adam Ferrara (“Caroline in the City”) will join Denis Leary in an as-yet untitled DreamWorks/Touchstone pilot for ABC, co-scripted by Leary and Peter Tolan (“What Planet Are You From?”). Ferrara is repped by the Gersh Agency and managed by the Conversation Co.’s Peter Rosegarten.

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Chris McKenna (“One Life to Live”) has landed the lead in the Viacom/UPN pilot “The Contender.” He’s repped by Dan Baron of the Metropolitan Agency and managed by Rachel Bati of Fidelity Management.

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Emmy-winning scribe Paul Dini (“Tiny Toon Adventures”) has been tapped by New Line and Scott Rosenberg’s Platinum Studios to pen “Milliondollar Heroes,” based on the Platinum Studios comic book. He’s repped by Metropolitan Talent Agency’s Jeff Okin.

nRosa Blasi, who portrays Bob Hoskins’ mistress in next month’s Showtime telepic “Noriega: God’s Favorite,” will join Janine Turner in the Lifetime Network pilot “Strong Medicine.” She’s repped by John Kelly at Bresler Kelly & Associates and Rick Siegel Management.

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Joanne Baron (“Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”) joins JoBeth Williams in helmer Martha Coolidge’s “The Ponder Heart” for PBS. Baron is repped by Richard Sindell & Associates and managed by Michael Wallach.

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