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There's a new 'Karate Kid' on the block: Jaden Smith

Columbia Pictures is refashioning the 1984 hit The Karate Kid for Jaden Smith, the 10-year-old son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, according to Variety.

Jerry Weintraub (who launched the original franchise) is the producer, along with Overbrook Entertainment's James Lassiter, Will Smith and Ken Stovitz.

The script is being written by Chris Murphy, and the film will shoot next year in Beijing and other cities. The plot will follow the original: A bullied boy learns how to stand up for himself with guidance from an eccentric mentor.

Jaden, who next stars in The Day the Earth Stood Still, is a martial arts practitioner.

Anticipating Oscars

Disney's Wall-E, DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Fox's Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who are among the 14 films that have been submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with hopes they'll be one of the three nominations available in the best animated feature category, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Other submissions are Bolt, Delgo, Dragon Hunters, Fly Me to the Moon, Igor, Kung Fu Panda, $9.99, The Sky Crawlers, Sword of the Stranger, The Tale of Despereaux and Waltz With Bashir.

Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 22.

Bank on this

Bruce Springsteen wants to make sure one bank remains solvent: the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

The singer will appear in a newspaper ad for the state's largest food bank that says: "We Can't Let This Bank Fail!"

Springsteen has been a supporter of the food bank for 23 years, often donating proceeds from concerts or encouraging fans to bring food donations to his shows. This is the first time he's lent his image to the anti-hunger campaign.

The food bank assists charities serving a half-million people each year.

TV's top 10

CBS' 60 Minutes claimed the top spot for the week of Nov. 3-9 with 18.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The presidential election influenced other spots in the top 10: NBC's Saturday Night Live's Presidential Bash '08 came in at No. 8 with 14.4 million viewers, and ABC came away with the best election night audience at No. 10 with 14.2 million viewers.

The remaining top 10 are (in millions): CSI, CBS, 18.2; Sunday Night Football (Eagles vs. Giants), NBC, 17.6; Dancing with the Stars, ABC, 17.1; Desperate Housewives, ABC, 15.9; Dancing with the Stars Results, ABC, 15.8; Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 15.7; and Criminal Minds, CBS, 14.3.

today's birthdays

Singer Neil Young, 63.

Actress Megan Mullally, 50.

Figure skater Tonya Harding, 38.

Actor Ryan Gosling, 28.

Actress Anne Hathaway, 26.

Pop singer Omarion, 24.

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