Also in Wednesday morning's round-up of news briefs, Kino Lorber Films picks up a Tribeca Film Festival doc that spotlights the culture wars in the Texas school system. Juliette Lewis is in talks to star opposite Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in an upcoming pic, while Diane Kruger is set for a role of a 19th century Kentucky stepmom to a U.S. president.
Also in Tuesday morning's round-up of news briefs, do young people care about older movies, or is it just about what's happening now? Universal is moving forward with a revamp of its Universal City in L.A. And remembering Bill Asher, director of classic TV shows including I Love Lucy and the "beach blanket" movies of the '60s.
You've been hearing about it for years, and at last, the fabled Hugh Hefner biopic that will never get made has moved from Universal to Warner Bros. The one and only Jerry Weintraub will produce, at least until he won't. "While Universal had filmmakers like Brett Ratner attached at one time or another and actors like Robert Downey Jr. and Hugh Jackman mentioned as possibles to play Hef, the project languished," Mike Fleming writes at ML's sister site Deadline. "Wentraub would not disclose what part of Hefner’s life he will cover, and he denied that Harry Potter scribe Steve Kloves is being talked to as a potential screenwriter." Finally! We're getting somewhere. [Deadline]