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Robert Downey Jr. to star in the inside-Hollywood comedy Tropic Thunder, directed by Ben Stiller, and written by Stiller, Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen.

anna_paquin.jpgSix Feet Under creator Alan Ball’s new HBO series True Blood is starting to take shape, as Anna Paquin has joined the cast, along with Ryan Kwanten and Sam Trammell. Paquin plays a waitress with mind-reading abilities in the show, based on the “Southern Vampires” novels from Charlaine Harris.

— In the planning stages is rock and roll epic The Long Play, another new project lined up for Martin Scorsese, again pairing with The Departed screenwriter William Monahan, who also won an Oscar on Sunday. Monahan is also writing Confessions of Pain, another Hong Kong remake, with yet again, another Leonardo DiCaprio role.

Christopher Guest to break long enough from the big screen to direct the pilot for The Thick of It, a BBC adapted political comedy from Arrested Development writer/producer Mitch Hurwitz.

— “When Judge Carol Berkman asked [Steven] Soderbergh – who she didn’t recognize – what he did for a living, and he replied ‘I’m in film’, she retorted ‘Everybody’s in film.'” Ocean’s Thirteen gets Soderbergh out of jury duty. [Starpulse]

Francis Ford Coppola’s super-secret screening of his long awaited return to filmmaking, Youth Without Youth, had his super-pals (including Scorsese, Hopper, Jonze, CuarĂ³n, Van Sant, Lucas, et al.) eating from the palm of his hand, although that’s the sort of ego-stroking that friends are for. [Screengrab]

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