De Niro and LaBeouf, Together at Last

Today in show business news: Bob and Shia will play father and son spies in a new movie, Mario Lopez continues his improbable employment in the post-Saved by the Bell era, and James Franco gets yet another job.

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Finally we will get the chance to see Righteous Kill star Robert De Niro in a movie with Holes actor Shia LaBeouf. It's the team-up we've been waiting for forever. They're both in talks to star in a caper movie called Spy's Kid. No, not Spy Kids. Spy's Kid. It's about, um, a spy's kid. Robert De Niro will play a spy and Shia LaBeouf will play his kid, so he is the spy's kid, hence Spy's Kid. Does that make sense? Hopefully it does. Anyway, Shia's Disturbia and Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso will be helming the project. But let's not get too excited. Neither De Niro or LaBeouf are fully committed, as they're waiting to read a script. Right, because clearly Bob De Niro and LaBeef are totally choosy about what scripts they do. That's been evident throughout both of their recent careers. So, yeah. This is happening. Spy's Kid. About a spy's kid. Robert De Niro is the spy, and Shia LaBeouf is the kid. Get into it. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Mario Lopez will return as a host of The X Factor next season, but his co-host Khloe Kardashian is out. Yeah, she was apparently super awkward and was made fun of a lot, so they decided to let her go. But of course Mario Lopez has been doing this hosting stuff for years now, so he knows what he's doing. Isn't it weird that Mario Lopez is as continually famous as he is? It almost gives one hope, doesn't it? I mean, Mark-Paul Gosselaar is on that Franklin & Bash program, Tiffani Amber Thiessen has her White Collar, and Elizabeth Berkley does her Ask Elizabeth advice column thing. Sure, Lark Voorhies has been in trouble and Dustin Diamond is still missing in the San Ysidro Mountains, but the majority of the Saved by the Bellers are actually doing pretty well! I mean, y'know, we are talking about The X Factor here. Does anyone even watch The X Factor? But still. It's something. It's something. [Deadline]

Odd. Laura Dern has joined the cast of one of those feel-good high school sports movies. You know, like Remember the Marshall or We Are the Blind Side. Isn't that strange? Seems like a weird kind of movie for her. Anyway, the movie is called When the Game Stands Tall and is about some high school football team that had like a crazy eleven-year winning streak. Jim Caviezel is going to play the magic coach, Michael Chiklis his bald and therefore slightly less effectual assistant coach, and Dern will play the coach's wife. That's all. Just the wife. Hm. Maybe it's a really good script? Could be! Oh and Alexander Ludwig from The Hunger Games is going to play the star player. You know, the big beefy one who used to just be the little kid from the new Witch Mountain movie. So you've got The Thing, Jesus, Witch Mountain Hunk, and Laura Dern, all together in a movie about football. Odd movie. [The Hollywood Reporter]

James Franco and Kate Hudson have signed on to star in the thriller Good People. They'll play an American couple living in London who take ₤200,000 from their dead tenant's apartment and then get in trouble with some bad people. So it's good people vs. bad people, with James Franco and Kate Hudson. Have we seen James Franco in a thriller before? I mean, yeah, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but a straight-up thriller like this? I don't know that we have. Could be interesting! The director also directed a bunch of episodes of the original Danish The Killing, so he ought to know what he's doing. Another weird cast, though. [Deadline]

Here's a first teaser for the Ryan Reynolds/Jeff Bridges ghost-cop movie R.I.P.D.. And that's not Rhode Island Police Department. The movie basically Men in Black meets The Frighteners and it does not look great. Both of those movies are good! But only as separate movies. When smooshed together like this, I'm not sure I like the results. But who knows, it's just a trailer. The director did that silly movie Red and that was a lot of fun, so this might be too. Let's give it the benefit of the doubt. But that name. That name. It's very bad.

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