These “bits” pieces always tend to be a mixed bag, but this particular bag seems particularly varied — and stuffed. Whether you’re into showtunes, comic books, social networking, or the law, we’ve got a little something for everyone in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Glee releases a promo for its third season
  • Showtime begins developing comic book adaptation The Damned
  • ABC buys scripts from Friends with Benefits and Changing Lanes writers

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Update: GI Joe 2 star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has tweeted a confirmation that Bruce Willis has officially signed on to the cast in G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation. Original story follows.

Earlier this summer, we briefly mentioned a report that Bruce Willis was at the top of the wishlist for a certain role in G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation. Now it seems someone’s wishes are one step closer to coming true. Willis has entered talks to board G.I. Joe 2 in the part of General Joe Colton, the original G.I. Joe. In the ’80s comic book series, the character is the one who forms the G.I. Joe strike team.

Directed by Jon M. Chu and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, G.I. Joe 2 will be the second installment in the film franchise based on the iconic line of toys. Read more after the jump.

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David O. Russell may have left behind the video game adaptation Uncharted, but the director’s not exactly wanting for new projects to work on. The latest potential additions to his slate are a Lorenzo di Bonaventura-produced action film titled The Mission, and Disney’s Sleeping Beauty retelling Maleficent. (In fact, the latter is likely the reason Russell was allegedly meeting with star Angelina Jolie last week — Russ called it when he expressed his skepticism that Jolie would be interested in the Silver Linings female lead.)

Oh yeah, and that’s in addition to The Silver Linings Playbook and a handful of other projects he’s been linked to previously. The man has been keeping himself very, very busy. More details after the jump.

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Antoine Fuqua is interesting proof that, with the right combination of ingredients, a director can really surprise you. Most of his catalog isn’t particularly impressive (Bait, King Arthur, Shooter) but then there’s Training Day. While we wait to see if Fuqua and his Training Day star Ethan Hawke can do a little alchemy again in Brooklyn’s Finest (have to say, doesn’t look like it) the director is lining up other work. He’s just signed on to direct an adaptation of the Vince Flynn novel Consent to Kill, about CIA assassin Mitch Rapp. Read More »

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