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Pacino to play Paterno

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Al Pacino will play Joe Paterno in a movie about the late Penn State football coach.

Producer Edward R. Pressman confirms Brian De Palma will direct “Happy Valley,” the tentative title of the film, based on Joe Posnanski’s best-seller “Paterno.”

Posnanski’s book followed Paterno’s final years, as the winningest coach in college football history saw his career end in disgrace in 2011 with the sex abuse scandal involving assistant Jerry Sandusky.

Books in auction

A collection of works by the late children’s author Maurice Sendak is coming to a New York City auction.

Swann Auction Galleries says many of the works at the Thursday sale are signed.

Sendak died May 8, 2012, at age 83.

Among the highlights is a first edition of “Where the Wild Things Are.”

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor-director Kevin Costner is 58. Singer Mark Collie is 57. Actress Jane Horrocks is 49. Comedian Dave Attell is 48. Actor Jesse L. Martin is 44. Singer Jonathan Davis is 42. Actor Jason Segal is 33.

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