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'Black Swan' set to grace Venice Film Festival, four actors join Paul Rudd's 'My Idiot Brother'

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  • Darren Aronofsky’s thriller Black Swan, which stars Natalie Portman, will open the Venice Film Festival. The film plots the rivalry between two ballerinas. Been there, done that. [Reuters]
  • Hugh Dancy, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley Knight, and Janet Montgomery are the latest to join the comedy My Idiot Brother, which stars Paul Rudd as a man “who upends the lives” of his three sisters, who are portrayed by Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, and Elizabeth Banks. Knight will appear as Rudd’s mother, while Dancy will play a friend of Rudd’s sister. Hahn will play Rudd’s ex, who surely would have stayed with him had she gotten a taste of a little Sex Panther. [Variety]
  • Gael Garcia Bernal is set to star in The Loneliest Planet, about a couple whose relationship is tested after they hire a guide to help them trudge through isolated wilderness. Why they didn’t consult Lonely Planet instead is beyond me. It’s all there in the title! [Deadline]
  • October Road‘s Warren Christie will star alongside David Strathairn on Syfy’s Alphas pilot, which centers on a team of ordinary citizens who attempt to solve cases with their extraordinary smarts. The actor will play a new recruit named Christian Hicks, which kind of looks like Christina Hendricks when you skim the article quickly, but Christie’s not that good. [Deadline]