George Clooney, Grant Heslov Join August, Jennifer Connelly to Board Noah: Biz Break

Also in Tuesday morning's round up of news briefs, BFI London Film Festival sets October dates and a revamp, former stripper colleagues accuse Channing Tatum of taking their experiences for Magic Mike and Welsh actor Victor Spinetti has died.

George Clooney and Grant Heslov to Produce August: Osage County
The two have signed on as producers of the screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts. Oscar-winners Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts star as mother and daughter in the film, directed by John Wells from Letts’ screen adaptation. Clooney and Heslov join Jean Doumanian Productions and Steve Traxler as producers. Claire Rudnick Polstein is the Executive Producer. The story tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

BFI London Film Festival Sets October Dates
The 56th annual event will take place October 10 - 21 and will include a number of new venues throughout the British capital. Recently the festival announced a partnership with American Express.

Around the 'net…

Strippers Claim Channing Tatum Took Their Stories
Two former male strippers who worked with Tatum have accused him of stealing a number of their ideas for the upcoming Magic Mike, directed by Steven Soderbergh. The director's film has been promoted as being based on Tatum's own experiences working as an young stripper in Florida during the mid-1990s, The Guardian reports.

Jennifer Connelly in Running for Re-team with Russell Crowe in Noah
Connelly and Crowe starred in A Beautiful Mind and now it appears that they will pair up again, this time playing Crowe's Noah's wife in the Biblical epic directed by Darren Aronofsky, Deadline reports.

Welsh Actor Victor Spinetti Dead at 82
Spinetti appeared in over 30 films including the Beatles' movies and Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Spinetti had cancer, BBC reports.



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