There’s a ton of TV news coming down the pipeline, so let’s get right to it. After the jump:

  • The Newsroom and True Blood get premiere dates
  •  Fox will celebrate its 25th birthday with its biggest stars
  •  Elisha Cuthbert says she’s “on standby” for the 24 movie
  •  Is Saturday Night Live losing three of its cast members?
  •  The CW’s Supernatural finds a new co-showrunner
  •  A This American Life segment turns into an HBO drama
  •  Funny or Die’s Drunk History heads to Comedy Central
  •  Is this really the script of Breaking Bad‘s season premiere?
  •  Jimmy Smits turns to the dark side on FX’s Sons of Anarchy

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It was announced earlier this week that Ben Affleck and longtime pal Matt Damon would reunite for a biopic about Whitey Bulger, with Casey Affleck set to co-star. We now have a more information about the younger Affleck’s part. He’ll be playing Bill Bugler, little brother of Whitey Bugler (Damon’s role). Unlike notorious gangster Whitey, Billy was an upstanding member of society — Korean war vet, lawyer, politician, and educator. He lost his post as the president of the University of Massachusetts in 2003 when he was found to have spoken with his fugitive brother in secret.

In addition to starring, Damon will also script the film; Affleck the Elder will direct and co-star. It’s unclear when exactly the picture will get off the ground, as both brothers and Damon have plenty of other projects on their plates. But they’ll have to get moving if they want to beat the two other Whitey Bulger movies in the works — there’s one in development with producer Graham King, who produced The Departed, and another titled Black Mass, which was scripted by Russell Gerwitz. [Showbiz 411 via The Playlist]

After the jump, new jobs for Dylan McDermott, Rufus Sewell, Gabriel Byrne, and Toby Stephens.

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Friday we let you know there a pitch circling Hollywood for a film project, directed by Jay Roach, that would feature Zack Galifianakis and Will Ferrell as political rivals in a comedy timed for release near the 2012 Presidential Election. Well, it only took 24 hours or so for a studio to scoop it up. Deadline reported that Warner Brothers acquired the project Saturday. We also learned that the script was penned by Chris Henchy, who co-wrote Ferrell’s last comedy The Other Guys, and Shawn Harwell, who worked on Eastbound and Down. It’ll be produced by Ferrell, Galifianakis, Adam McKay and Jay Roach. Warner Brothers is thought of as one of the most innovative and exciting studios in town, so this should be a great fit.

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The ensemble cast for The Other Guys, the latest collaboration between funnymen pals Will Ferrell and writer/director Adam McKay, is of a higher-profile than on their previous flicks, sans Anchorman. Today brings news that Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne “Tooth Fairy” Johnson will play stud “super cops” to the unfulfilled desk pigs played by Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Rob Riggle, and Craig Robinson. In addition, Brit comedy and Alan Patridge mastermind, Steve Coogan, will play the villain, automatically kicking the craziness up a notch. Last week we reported that Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, and a Wayans have mounted up for unspecified roles.

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“Woo.” To Hollywood’s long line of buddy-cop duos we can now add Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. The pair will team up for The B Team, an action-comedy from director and uber-reliable Ferrell collaborator Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers). “Woo.” No other plot-points were given, but according to the trades, a bitchin’ bidding battle went down on Tuesday. The script is by Chris Henchy, who wrote Ferrell’s Land of the Lost reboot and co-produces HBO’s Entourage with Wahlberg and East Bound & Down for Gary Sanchez Prod.

So, what do you guys think? Under McKay’s eye, the project won’t make for smelly summer tripe a la Bulletproof or I-Spy, and if an R-rating is in the cards, that would equal amazing in blood spray. Though, I doubt that’s the case, judging by a title that spoofs a Mr. T show and upcoming remake. Ferrell remains attached to star in a Sherlock Holmes comedy alongside Sacha Baron Cohen and produced by Judd Apatow, and is still making a mint on Broadway (and Conan‘s final show) as some Texan guy.

via Pop Watch

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