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· Brad Pitt's shingle, Plan B in name only (we're looking at you, Aniston), buys rights to David Grann manuscript, "Lost City of Z," for Pitt to produce and star in. [Variety]
· Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer replace Meryl Streep and Anthony Hopkins in Tolstoy biopic The Last Station, putting the production down two Oscars but up two Golden Globes (wink!). [Variety]

· Writers strike yields a spec script boom, particularly for untested scribes with Diabo Cody-esque backstories. Really makes those days on the line worth it, huh? [THR]
· TNT loves Raymond, picking up Romano's pilot (penned with Mike Royce) Men of a Certain Age, a comic drama akin to Sideways about three men in their forties in midlife crisis. Is one of the manifestations misrepresenting one's age? Because last we checked, Romano was over 50. [Variety]
· Steven Soderbergh puts Matt Damon's box office draw to the test, casting Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Mike O'Malley and Melanie Lynsky opposite the Bourne actor in dark, comedic thriller The Informant. [THR]