+ What’s better than a pair of brothers making a new film? How ’bout three pairs? First up, Joel and Ethan Coen will reteam with George Clooney for the CIA caper Burn After Reading. Meanwhile, Andy and Larry Wachowski are finally following up the Matrix films with a live-action adaptation of the anime classic Speed Racer. And yes, grasshopper, Allen and Albert Hughes will bring beloved ’70s series Kung Fu to the big screen. ”We’ll get to see Caine’s origin,” promises producer Thomas Tull (Superman Returns) of the film’s high-kicking hero.
+ Lindsay Lohan, Chris Evans, Ellen Burstyn, and Ann-Margret have signed on to The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, a 1920s Southern drama about a spitfire debutante (Lohan) and the farmhand (Evans) she hires to be her beau. So how many of you guessed it’s from an unproduced Tennessee Williams screenplay? Says first-time director Jodie Markell: ”I want the young kids to go ‘Tennessee Williams rocks!”’ Don’t they say that already?