Jodie Foster and Olivia Wilde in More Movies, and James Franco's Going To Adapt Some American Classics

January 3, 2011

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Some things to talk about:

- Olivia Wilde has signed on to DreamWorks' Welcome to People. She'll play the girlfriend of Chris Pine, who's playing "a businessman who returns home after his estranged father’s death and discovers that he has an alcoholic sister (Elizabeth Banks) with a 12-year-old son." Doesn't sound like anything a black market estate sale won't get rid of, Chris.

- While little is known about Neill Blomkamp's next sci-fi effort, Elysium, we do now know that Jodie Foster is going to be in it, joining Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley. Hopefully she'll accidentally reveal more about the film when The Beaver publicity duties force her to constantly deflect questions about Mel Gibson being a nutjob.

- James Franco just won't let up with this whole Renaissance Man routine. The actor/writer/director/artist/student/Academy Awards host is reportedly now at working out the rights to write and direct adaptations of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying and Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. He'll probably get that all sorted out and do a great job with it, too, because it turns out James Franco is a better human than most of us. I didn't want to face that when Spider-Man 3 was still fresh in the mind, but I'm willing to come to terms with it now.

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