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Crime Does Not Pay for T.I., Other Than the Salary for His New Movie

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Screen Gems Has a Bone to Pick: Screen Gems has made a three-picture deal with rapper/actor (raptor?) T.I., a deal that begins with Bone Deep, a heist flick where he joins Matt Dillon and Idris Elba. Producers are scheduling the shoot around his jail time and community service, during which T.I. must somehow convince kids that weapons possession wasn’t the best thing that ever happened to him. [Variety]

Farley Name Lives On: Chris Farley’s younger brothers, Kevin and John, have teamed up to make Hollywood and Wine, a satire about a Hollywood chef and aspiring actress who get mixed up with the mob when their get-rich-quick scheme goes south. The cast includes Chris Kattan, David Spade, Norm MacDonald, Horatio Sanz, and Chris Parnell. It’s as if Bruce Campbell read the Necronomicon and brought back all the SNL comedy zombies of yesteryear. [HR]

Japan’s Funniest Home Videos: Vin De Bona, whose America’s Funniest Home Videos showed a nation how hilarious it is to get hit in the junk, has returned to Japan for inspiration. He just acquired the rights to Masquerade, a competition wherein contestants use props and costumes to create ridiculously awesome visual illusions. (Click that link; it’s worth watching). Seriously, Japan, is there anything you can’t do? Other than maintain a standing army per article nine of your constitution, of course. [Variety]

Gosling Dealing Drugs?: Pensive actor Ryan Gosling will reteam with Lars and the Real Girl director Craig Gillespie to make The Dallas Buyers Club for Universal. True story centers on Ron Woodroof, a gruff Texas electrician diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and given six months to live. He then starts using, smuggling, and selling alternative drugs to other patients, before his eventual death in 1992. [Variety]

Showtime Loves America: Showtime has given the Steven Spielberg–produced United States of Tara the green light to series. Oscar winner Diablo Cody (that still feels weird to type) wrote the pilot, the story of a seemingly ordinary housewife, played by Toni Collette, who suffers from multiple personality disorder, and how her family deals with her them. Episode one: Her husband gets sad when he’s feeling in the mood but all eleven wives have headaches? Hire us, Diablo Cody! [Variety]

Crime Does Not Pay for T.I., Other Than the Salary for His New Movie