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-Comedy connoisseurs, rejoice: Ricky Gervais (left) is joining the cast of the next Christopher Guest movie. He’ll costar alongside the usual Guest repertory players (including Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Parker Posey, Jennifer Coolidge, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Bob Balaban, and Fred Willard) in For Your Consideration. It’s a spoof of Hollywood’s awards mania, whose Guffman-esque scenario has the cast and crew of an indie film (called Home for Purim — I love it!) getting carried away by rumors that their work is a shoo-in for prize nominations. Watch for it next fall.

Peter Krause gets his first post-Six Feet Under job: He’s producing and starring in Civic Duty, about a man whose paranoia is exacerbated when a Muslim grad student moves in next door.

-After Mozart and Andy Kaufman, Francisco de Goya is the next iconoclastic artist to get a Milos Forman biopic. Goya’s Ghosts will Stellan Skarsgard as the painter, who ran afoul of politicians, the Spanish Inquisition, and Napoleonic invaders. Natalie Portman will play a muse of Goya’s who’s accused of heresy, and Javier Bardem will play an antagonistic monk.

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Keanu Reeves are in talks to star in Stompanato, the story of the notorious romance of Hollywood legend Lana Turner and mobster Johnny Stompanato. (What would Zeta-Jones look like in a platinum wig?) Directing will be Adrian Lyne (Unfaithful); too bad Lyne already used the title Fatal Attraction.

-Stars are going to bat for Yankee Irving, the computer-animated movie Christopher Reeve was directing at the time of his death. Rob Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, William H. Macy, Reeve’s widow Dana, and Yankees’ manager Joe Torre are among those voicing the story, about a young Babe Ruth fan’s quest to return the slugger’s bat before the 1932 World Series, which featured Ruth’s famous ”called shot.”

Old School filmmakers Todd Philips and Scot Armstrong have been given the greenlight on a sequel; no word on whether Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, or anyone else from the original will be back for Old School 2.

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