Slumdog Millionaire and Skins star Dev Patel is the latest actor to join the cast of Aaron Sorkin‘s HBO pilot More As This Story Develops. The story revolves around a cable news anchor named Will McCallister (Jeff Daniels) and his executive producer Mackenzie (Emily Mortimer) as they attempt to get their show back on track after a massive staff shake-up. Alison Pill, Sam Waterston, Olivia Munn, John Gallagher Jr., Thomas Sadoski and Josh Pence are also signed on to star. Few details have been given on Patel’s character, but it is said that he will be “a series regular who works at the channel.”

Scott Rudin and Alan Poul are executive producing the project, along with Sorkin. Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland) will direct the pilot. [Variety]

After the jump, Vince Vaughn buddies up with Ben Stiller again, Allison Janney joins Chris Colfer’s big screen debut, and Jason London talks UFOs with Brandon Fehr.

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Last month Universal agreed to finance and distribute Memphis, a film about Martin Luther King with Paul Greengrass writing and directing and Scott Rudin producing. The film was ideally going to hit right in time for the MLK holiday in 2012.

Now Universal has dropped the project. What happened? Read More »

In January it was announced that The Social Network producers Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti would reteam to produce an  adaptation of author Ben Mezrich‘s (who wrote  The Accidental Billionaires, upon which The Social Network was based) new book proposal Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History. A director has been hired to bring the book to the big screen.

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The last time we checked in on the Sony take on Cleopatra, which Scott Rudin is producing as a possible Angelina Jolie star vehicle based on Stacy Schiff‘s biography Cleopatra: A Life, James Cameron wasn’t going to make the film because of his commitment to Avatar 2, and Paul Greengrass was looking like a possible director. But he went on to sign a deal to make Memphis, a film about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Now the latest name to be floated for the director’s chair is David Fincher, with whom Scott Rudin has recently worked on The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Read More »

We just talked about Martin Scorsese‘s slate of potential future projects, specifically with respect to The Irishman, which could reunite him with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino.

Another film he has been considering for some time is Sinatra, which would chronicle the life of signature crooner Frank Sinatra. That film has languished in development a bit, but it just got a big shot in the arm. Mega-producer Scott Rudin has just come on board, which would suggest that Sinatra now has a much better chance of going before cameras than it did before. Scott Rudin is a guy whose projects get made. Read More »

Here’s one of those stories of outrageous theft that sounds too great to be true. Except that it is true, and full of all the things that make for a great narrative: hope, dreams, criminal activity, and pieces of the moon.

The Social Network producers Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are coming together again to do a new project with Ben Mezrich. That’s the author of The Accidental Billionaires, upon which The Social Network was based. Mr. Mezrich has proposed a new book called Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History, which follows the odd story of a NASA employee who stole and attempted to sell pieces of the moon, in part to impress his girlfriend. Read More »

Will Paul Greengrass Direct ‘Cleopatra’?

We first started to hear about producer Scott Rudin’s new 3D Cleopatra last year when James Cameron looked like a potential director and Angelina Jolie was talked up as the star. Mr. Cameron moved on to his Avatar sequels, but Angelina Jolie remains attached to the film that will be based on Stacy Schiff’s biography Cleopatra: A Life.

Now Scott Rudin says he’s “pretty close” to signing a director for the film. One name prominently mentioned is Paul Greengrass. Read More »

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James Cameron is such a big director that if there’s a chance in the slightest he might do a new movie, we’re obligated to report on it. So, as unlikely as it may seem, rumors are circulating that the brass at Sony are “exploring the possibility” that the King of the World could direct a new version of Cleopatra starring Angelina Jolie, written by Brian Helgeland and produced by Scott Rudin. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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