Dicaprio and Scorsese Still Not Sick of Each Other

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Leonardo DiCaprio will star in a remake of The Gambler directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan, making it a reunion for the Departed principals. The original is from 1974, was written by James Toback, and starred James Caan as a gambling-addicted English professor. Forget the involvement of Scorsese and Monahan, and the gritty source material for a second: Dicaprio playing a professor? We’re in. Grade: A [Deadline]

Beyoncé‘s just-announced pregnancy means Clint Eastwood‘s remake of A Star Is Born — which she’s, um, starring in — will be pushed back from its planned February 2012 start date to a later one, which is maybe a good thing because there’s no male lead yet attached (DiCaprio was Clint’s first choice but turned it down). Also: Ahhhhh! Beyoncé’s pregnant! Grade: A (for pregnancy) [Deadline]

Breckin Meyer created a show! It’s called Men at Work, it’ll air on TBS, and it’s about four pals who work at a magazine and get into various “bromance[s]s, sexcapades and office adventures.” And, thus, the trilogy of completely unrelated things named “Men At Work” is complete. Grade: C [Deadline]

Ryan Reynolds created a show, too! His is an animated comedy called And Then There Was Gordon, and it’s about an ordinary kid whose siblings are prodigies. Reynolds and his production-company partner Allan Loeb are co-writing, and Reynolds will also voice a character. And that’s not all: Sandra Bullock is in talks to join up as voice actress and an executive producer. Grade: B [Deadline]

The aforementioned William Monahan has also been hired to punch up the script for Sin City 2, originally penned by Frank Miller. Robert Rodriguez explained at Comic-Con that the much-discussed project was moving forward, and that he hoped to start shooting before the end of the year. Meaning: Nobody bother William Monahan for a while, okay? Grade: B+ [HR]

According to the understandably excitable tweets of producer Kuk Harrell, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber are working together: “Wow!! Got to see @justinbieber & @taylorswift13 write a song together last night!! SMASH!!!! SMASH!!! SMASH!!! Let’s do it again Yall!!!” No word on where or when the end result will pop up. All we can say for sure is that it will be the best song ever, obviously. Grade: A [HR]

Movie directors Jeff Wadlow and Chris Columbus are teaming up on the CBS series Brickhouse, a procedural about a San Francisco homicide detective named Frank Brickhouse who thinks he’s a 1940s Philip Marlowe-style cop (a mental institution is involved). Former NBA journeyman center Frank Brickowski, call your lawyer! Grade: C [Variety]

The Hour, BBC’s Mad Men-esque news drama, has been renewed for a second season which will most likely also air on BBC America. Grade: B+ [Variety]

Filed Under: Beyonce, Clint Eastwood, Grading the Trades, Justin Bieber, Leonardo Dicaprio, Martin Scorsese, Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Swift, The Gambler

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Amos Barshad has written for New York Magazine, Spin, GQ, XXL, and the Arkansas Times. He is a staff writer for Grantland.

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