A few new shows in development, a bit of casting, and some new trailers comprise today’s TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Justified creator Graham Yost sells a female spy show to NBC
  • Showtime turns Robert De Niro‘s The Good Shepherd into a TV show
  • Lone Star and Awake creator to try again at ABC with Influence
  • William Fichtner and Donald Sutherland are Crossing Lines
  • American Horror Story adds Season 1 alum Frances Conroy
  • … and yes, of course they’ve released yet another new teaser
  • The Parks & Recreation cast goof off in a charming blooper reel
  • Tears and meaningful glances fill the Downton Abbey trailer

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In 1980, Martin Scorsese set the bar for the best film of that decade with his black and white boxing masterpiece, Raging Bull. Starring Robert De Niro as legendary boxer Jake LaMotta, Scorsese’s technique was dwarfed only by the performances he got out of his cast in the tale of a boxer’s rise to the top and subsequent mental breakdown. In recent months, fans of the movie have been a bit up in arms as an unneeded, unauthorized sequel went into production putting the film’s legacy on the line. That’s since been settled and now fans have another reason to celebrate.

Spoke Art has commissioned Grzegorz Domaradzki, aka Gabz, to do a very limited edition screenprint for the classic film. It’s available in both English and Polish, on both regular and metallic paper, and as you can see above, the image rules. You can check the posters out exclusively after the jump. Read More »

David O. Russell‘s experience working with his Silver Linings Playbook star Robert De Niro must’ve been a good one, because the pair are already looking to reunite. Nope, not for a sequel — Russell and De Niro are headed to CBS, for a new legal drama written by Game Change scribe Danny Strong.

The plot will center around a fictionalized version of real-life defense attorney duo Murray and Stacey Richman. The father-daughter pair are as well known for their outsized personalities as for their high-profile clients, which include Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, and the Genovese and Lucchese crime families. More details after the jump.

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38 years after The Godfather Part IIRobert De Niro and Diane Keaton are sharing the screen once again in the The Big Wedding. Don’t expect another all-time cinematic classic, however — this one looks somewhere between “forgettable” and “downright awful.”

De Niro and Keaton play a long-divorced couple who, by some contrived movie logic, are forced to pretend they’re still married for the duration of their adopted son’s (Ben Barnes) wedding. Topher Grace and Katherine Heigl play their other kids, Amanda Seyfried is Barnes’ blushing bride, Robin Williams a priest, and Susan Sarandon De Niro’s new wife. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Luc Besson is really gluing his ass to the director’s chair. Though he directed a good handful of movies since 2000 (Angel-A, three Arthur and the Invisibles films, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-sec, and The Lady) his directorial output has seemed to take a back seat to writing and producing efforts. (Admittedly, that could be an inaccurate perception based on those films’ presence in North America; in Europe, it may not seem as if Besson had any lull at all.)

Regardless, Besson now has three big directorial projects lined up. One is an action thriller in which Angelina Jolie will star; that will shoot in early 2013 after Maleficent is done. Another is an adaptation of the late ’60s French comic series Valerian, which Besson will write and direct.

And then there is Malavita, the “darkly comedic crime thriller” that already has been set to star Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, and which just added Tommy Lee Jones. Read More »

Jennifer Lawrence exploded as a great new talent thanks to Winter’s Bone, and some of her major roles that followed (such as X-Men: First Class, and The Hunger Games) had her playing a variation on the young girl who steps up to adult responsibility in a big way.

So it’s a joy to see her in footage from David O. Russell‘s new film Silver Linings Playbook. This is Lawrence playing a really adult sort of role, as she is a woman with some pretty serious, if occasionally gently comic mental issues. The film nominally revolves around Bradley Cooper, playing a guy recently released from institutionalization and trying to segue back into “real” life with the help of his parents (Jacki Weaver and Robert De Niro). He meets Lawrence, and their particular problems seem to mesh. Oh, and Chris Tucker shows up, too.

The film looks like a partial return to the sort of story on which Russell cut his teeth (think Flirting With Disaster and Spanking the Monkey), though there seems to be a lighter, more generally crowd-pleasing third act here. Lawrence looks great in the role, and Cooper also seems to be expanding under Russell’s tutelage. (Something that we’ve seen other actors do in the past.)

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A couple of years ago, around the time that Peter Segal (Get Smart) signed on to direct Warner Bros.’ boxing pic Grudge Matchrumors began spreading that Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone were circling the project. Without a reliable source, however, it seemed like it could just be unsubstantiated chatter from fans eager to see Rocky Balboa and Raging Bull‘s Jake La Motta face off.

But what do you know — sometimes what sounds like fantasy-casting actually does turn out to be true. According to more reliable recent reports, De Niro and Stallone really are in talks to star. More details after the jump.

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While youth tends to rule in Hollywood, the next pack of legendary onscreen partiers looks to be neither the rowdy teens of the Project X films nor the thirtysomethings of The Hangover franchise, but the senior citizens of Last Vegas. Morgan Freeman has just joined Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas in the “Grumpy Old Men meets The Hangover” comedy, directed by Jon Turteltaub (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) from a script by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.). More details after the jump.

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