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Will Barrymore direct 'Eclipse'?

She starred as a buddy to that lovable alien E.T., but does Drew Barrymore have what it takes to direct vampires?

The 34-year-old actress has confirmed that she's being considered for Eclipse, the third movie in the blockbuster teen vamp saga that launched with Twilight last year.

"I'm one of the directors that is being talked about, which is great, because I'm a director now," Barrymore said in a recent interview. "But, you know, they'll make their choice."

Eclipse is slated for a summer 2010 release.

Barrymore directed Whip It!, starring Ellen Page, which is due in theaters this year.

Fox on TV special

Since his diagnosis with Parkinson's disease cut short his acting career, Michael J. Fox has every reason to be a pessimist.

Instead, he's doing a special for ABC in May about the nature of optimism. Fox explores science and his own personal experiences - he says the past decade since his diagnosis has been among his happiest.

For his special, Fox visits the Himalayan nation of Buhtan, which he says is unusually committed to the well-being of its citizens. Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist airs May 7.

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