Hollywood Ink: Casino Jack Coming Soonish to Theater Near You

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· George Hickenlooper and Kevin Spacey's Casino Jack has reportedly found a U.S. distributor, and if you even had Metropolitan Inc. anywhere on the list of contenders, then my name is Kanye. According to our sister site, the biopic about disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff will roll out this fall (obviously) with a healthy marketing commitment (obviously) and awards campaign (of course). Movieline's exclusive review of the film suggests Barry Pepper might wind up in the running for something; it's in Metropolitan's hands now, for what that's worth. It's no Harvey. {Deadline]

More indie pickups snag 50 Cent and a Sundance winner, a Cronenberg sequel takes (very raw) shape, and more Hollywood Ink after the jump.

· Who's ready for another Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson movie? I can't hear you! I said, who's ready... oh, forget it. Phase 4 will release his indie thriller Dead Man Running. Wake me when he finally does Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. [THR]

· National Geographic Films has picked up the Sundance jury award-winning documentary (and Movieline favorite) Restrepo, with plans to release it July 2. [THR]

· Buried below the news that Bill Condon will direct Kristin Scott Thomas this summer in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (likely disqualifying him from the Breaking Dawn director sweepstakes?) is the news that the film's producer is also working on a sequel to Eastern Promises, with both David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen expected to return. Right. Keep an eye out here for a Ridley Scott-esque guide to projects Cronenberg will probably never make. [Deadline]

· WWE will now conserve money by sending movies to DVD mere weeks after their theatrical release, thus slimming its marketing budget to one campaign for both. Also: We knew Patricia Clarkson did a WWE film, but Ed Harris? Someone on that list of memorable Paycheck Roles might need to make room. Developing... [THR]



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