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Good News! No One's Remaking Weekend at Bernie's. Yet.

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 1, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 1, 2010 |

  • Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep are set to start together in an adaptation of Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County. John Wells (The Company Men, “ER”) will direct. This is awesome news. Ten years ago. (Deadline)

  • Matthew McConaughey will play a supporting role in Richard Linklater’s Bernie. It’s a dark comedy starring Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine. It follows Renaissance man/mortician Bernie (Black), who begins an unlikely friendship with a wealthy widow (MacLaine) in a small Texas town. Upon killing her, he tries to maintain the illusion that she is still alive. McConaughey will play the town’s district attorney. Get it. It’s called Bernie! (THR)

  • Chris Pine is in early talks to star in Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut, Welcome to the People. If he signs on, Pine would play a man who has to deliver $150,000 in cash to an alcoholic sister that he never knew he had. (THR)

  • Warner Brothers has offered the directing gig for Tales from the Gangster Squad to Ben Affleck. The script comes from Castle writer, Will Beall. The film is about an off-the-record gang of LAPD officers who attempt to force legendary gangster Micky Cohen out of town in the late 1940s, and it’s based on a series of LA Times articles written by Paul Lieberman. Affleck will consider this, among several other projects he’s up for. (Collider)

  • The big-screen adaptation of Preacher, which once had Sam Mendes attached, now has Darren Aronovsky as a potential director. (MTV)

  • George Clooney wants Ryan Gosling to star in his Farragut North (which Clooney will direct). Gosling would join Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, and possibly Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei. (Deadline)

  • Emma Thompson has joined the cast of Men in Black 3. No word on what her role will be. (Deadline)

  • Greta Gerwig will star in Whit Stillman’s next movie, which is exciting news because there will be a Whit Stillman movie. (Playlist)

  • Finally, I leave you with Bryan Cranston’s promo for this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live.”

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