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It was announced back in March that David O. Russell had been attached to direct a Black List script from writer Eric Singer called American Bullshit. Well, seeing as casting has now begun, it would seem like the project is officially a go, but it’s no longer going to be called American Bullshit. Already on board this now untitled drama – which tells the true story of a con artist helping the F.B.I. weed out political corruption – are Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner; and THR is reporting that a deal has just been signed to add an exciting young actress who’s previously worked with Russell into the mix. The Fighter’s Amy Adams is now on board to play Maxine Gardner, the mistress to Cooper’s character, con man Mel Weinberg. Renner, for his part, will be playing an F.B.I. agent. As is the case with many of the more interesting-sounding projects that are chock full of fan favorite actors and creators these days, Russell’s latest is being brought to us by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures.

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In the late 1970s, the FBI went into business creating Abdul Enterprises. They weren’t selling Paula Abdul memorobilia (considering that she wouldn’t even be famous until a few years later); they were trying to see if members of Congress would attempt to bribe a (fake) foreign dignitary. Some did. The whole thing was coined the Abdul Scam (or Abscam for short), and shouted all over the nightly news. It resulted in several convictions. This is the tale that Ben Affleck might be looking to as his next directorial effort. The script for American Bullshit was written by The International writer Eric Warren Singer according to Deadline Williamsburg. They also note that Affleck has to choose between this, a story about New York Yankees wife-swapping in the 70s called The Trade, and a life-do-over movie about a middle-aged man who becomes 18 again called Replay. And, you know, the other half-dozen projects he’s thinking about doing. The FBI would make for the most interesting subject matter here, and it would be a nice lateral move away from the crime dramas of Boston.

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Haven

Audrey Parker is an FBI Agent not at odds with the oddities of the world, so when things go off kilter during an assignment in Haven, Connecticut, she doesn’t lose her cool dealing with the local weirdos.  Heck, she even decides to hang around a little longer. Review: SyFy has a couple of quality shows in the line-up already with the great Eureka and the good Warehouse 13, but they’re looking to add one more in Haven, a show that aims to be a little Twin Peaks and a little bit Eureka, with a sprinkle of Stephen King inspiration.

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See the trailer for Soderbergh’s comedy within. Wait… comedy?

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Patrick Swayze ditches the pottery lessons of Ghost for a handgun and a snazzy suit as he tackles The Beast in defense of his country.

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Kevin Carr

WTF: FBI Warnings

Features By Kevin Carr on September 10, 2008 | Comments (26)

I copied this FBI Warning from a DVD!

Who can’t recite that stupid warning from heart? Who hasn’t taken notice of that thing? Who doesn’t known that copyright infringement is punishable by up to five years in jail and a $250,000 fine?

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