Leonardo DiCaprio To Piece Together Evening of Online-Casino Debauchery After Waking Up In Trashed Web Browser
· Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to and producing a feature about "the world of online casinos based in Costa Rica," to be written by Oceans 13/The Girlfriend Experience team of Brian Koppelman and David Levien. Costa Rica, it turns out after a little digging, is to online gaming what the Cayman Islands are to shady offshore banking: virtually unregulated. [Variety]
Also in Ink: Natalie Portman's Plie of Terror; Liz Meriwether stirs the Pot, Kristin Chenoweth + Betty White = Cute Overload.
· Ashton Kutcher is "looking to bridge the gap between digital and TV" with his production shingle Katalyst, turning the celebrities-promising-to-do-something-nice-on-the-eve-of-the-election MySpace series I Pledge into a pilot for The CW. I Pledge not to watch. Yes we can! Yes we can! [Variety]
· Paramount bought the pitch Honey Pot from writer Liz Meriwether, who also wrote the script Fuckbuddies, currently in development. (Hey -- if Variety doesn't star it out then why should we?) The plot is being kept secret, but involves two female leads and is set in "the world of international espionage." [Variety]
· Natalie Portman is attached to Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, a supernatural ballet thriller (again?) that's been languishing in turnaround for several years. Portman would play a dancer who "finds herself locked in a competitive situation with a rival ... with the stakes and twists increasing as the dancers approach a big performance. But it's unclear whether the rival is a supernatural apparition or if the protagonist is simply having delusions." The Turning Point meets Drag Me to Hell. Sold. [THR]
· As Betty White told us yesterday, Disney's You Again is a go, with Kristin Chenoweth and Victor Garber joining a cast that already includes Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Kristen Bell. Bell plays a woman who finds out her brother is marrying the girl who made her life miserable throughout high school, and sets about breaking up the marriage. [THR]
· The NBA Finals was the second-most-watched basketball championships in the past five years, prompting the head of NBC to tweet "I know what ur sayin rt now: 'Ben how my ass taste'" to ABC's Steve McPherson. [THR]