Robert Downey Jr. is Zach Galifianakis's Co-Pilot in Due Date
· Robert Downey Jr. is locked in to star opposite Zach Galifianakis in Due Date, director Todd Phillips's "buddy movie without the buddies" follow-up to The Hangover. Downey will play an expectant father racing cross-country with an unlikely companion to witness the birth of his first child, whom Galifiankis will promptly fake-masturbate. I smell blockbuster. [Variety]
Will Ferrell will apply sunscreen to your back, Mila Kunis will take on Natalie Portman, and much more Hollywood Ink after the jump.
· Some Hollywood stars diversify by opening restaurants. Will Ferrell, meanwhile, has exploited the long-underserved celebrity sunscreen market, doing for high-quality UV-ray protection what Planet Hollywood did for hungry tourists. Except that his "Sun Stroke," "Sexy Hot Tan," and other labels have generated more than $100,000 this summer to date, with all proceeds going to cancer research. [Variety]
· The rumored Darren Aronofsky / Natalie Portman thriller Black Swan is looking like more of a reality every week, if you count Mila Kunis's addition as Portman's ballet-star archrival as the casting-world point of no return. If you had RoboCop and 2010 in your office's Aronofsky project pool, sorry. Maybe next time. [THR]
· Eagle Eye's D.J. Caruso is in talks to direct the adaptation of EA's video game Dead Space. No studio is yet attached, at least not until Caruso's stock leading man Shia LaBeouf inevitably enters the equation as a 26th-century space traveler charged with wiping out a gang of mutant-alien-zombies. [Variety]
· Christine Lahti, Maggie Grace, Hal Holbrook and Cary Elwes are among the ensemble set to join Derek Magyar's indie directing debut Flying Lessons. THR]
· LAPDRetiredCopUniformGate is festering into quite the controversy on location shoots around Hollywood. [Variety]