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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 3, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 3, 2009 |

It’s another one of those mornings where there’s quite a bit of meaningless news, none of which warrants belonging in a round-up, much less a post of its own. But I’m a creature of habit. I like routine and scheduling. And I have an 11:00 EST trade-news spot to fill, so you get to be the beneficiary of all these sub par developments.

The first item, and by far the most interesting, is really just a casting rumor involving a fantastic actor half of you aren’t even familiar with: Jeremy Renner, the impressive star of The Hurt Locker and the now cancelled “The Unusuals.” According to Renner himself, he’s fighting for a part in George Miller’s new Mad Max movie, a film that may not even happen. And if it does happen, Renner will be one of hundreds of men competing for a chance to replace Mel Gibson. But this is different: Jeremy Renner actually expressed interest to a local newspaper in Modesto, California. And, so far as I know, no other actor has spoken to the Modesto Bee about their interest in Max Max. I think that makes him the frontrunner, folks!

In other news barely fit to print, Michael Moore has revealed that his upcoming Capitalism: A Love Story will probably be his last documentary, at least for a while. Moore has decided to turn his attention to feature films. “I have been working on two screenplays over the last couple of years. One’s a comedy, one’s a mystery, and I really want to do this,” said Moore. Great idea, Michael, because your first feature film, Canadian Bacon, was so bad that it killed John Candy. Please don’t cast John Goodman.

The real reason, I suspect, that Moore is turning his attention away from documentaries? Because he doesn’t have a Republican administration to beat up on right now. All but one of Moore’s documentaries was released during a GOP administration, and the doc he released during the Clinton years, The Big One, was his least successful movie except for, well, Canadian Bacon.

What else? Lee Unkrich, the director of Toy Story 3, revealed on Twitter that Tom Hanks’ character, Woody, actually has a last name. It’s Pride.

See, I told you it was a slow news day.

Believe it or not, though, that’s more interesting than this: Wayne Brady is lined up to host a new version of “Let’s Make a Deal,” for CBS. The game show will fill the slot vacated by the cancellation of “Guiding Light.”

Finally, I leave you with three new movie posters , for The Surrogates, Priest, and The Informant, in that order. (Click on the hyperlinks if you want to know more about the movies)




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