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Frank Langella to Teach Shia LaBeouf a Thing or Two

It Does Take a Lot of Naps, Though: Frank Langella will co-star in Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps as old-school broker Lewis Zabel, a mentor to Shia LaBeouf’s character. Apparently, “the mentor’s fate plays a major part in the film’s plot,” which we’re assuming means he’s going to die in a dramatic fashion. Either way, the casting of Langella is certainly good news. Not enough to compensate for the fact that this movie is subtitled Money Never Sleeps, but still good news. [Variety]

Hurting Again: Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, the team behind The Hurt Locker, will work together again on Triple Frontier. Plot details have not been released, but the movie is set in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil, a bastion of organized crime and other illicitness. It’s also described as a Traffic-like “high-stakes ensemble project,” meaning aspiring movie drug runners should probably get their résumés ready now. [Variety]

Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson?: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the screenwriting duo behind The Hangover (and, you know, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), have sold their comedy script Change Up to Universal, with Wedding CrashersDavid Dobkin attached to direct. The movie revolves around two best friends — one responsible and married, one not — who switch bodies. Sound totally unoriginal? That’s probably what they said about The Hangover! [Variety]

Ryan Re-ups: Fox has picked up Ridealong, a cop drama from The Shield creator Shawn Ryan. Says Ryan: “The show is being done through the various [forces’] windshields — from cops to uniformed detectives to the new female chief of police. Their cars are their offices.” We know what he means, because our offices are our offices. [HR]

Duff Undercover: Hilary Duff will star in the ABC Family original movie The Business of Falling in Love, an adaptation of Daniella Brodsky’s Diary of a Working Girl. Duff plays — and we’re just going to go ahead and quote the plot description, because we don’t want to miss any of the subtleties — “a fashion reporter who goes undercover in the business world in the hopes of finding love while writing an article about dating men in suits.” Our brain hurts. [HR]

Tara Reid — Employed!: Tara Reid has joined the cast of Last Call, an indie comedy starring Travis Van Winkle and Ryan Hansen as cousins forced to run a family pub. We’re gonna go out on a limb here and say that, despite the fact its cast also features Christopher Lloyd and Tom Arnold, this will be the last you hear of Last Call. [HR]

Frank Langella to Teach Shia LaBeouf a Thing or Two