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Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts to Navigate Middle Age

Crisis Mode: Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, who last shared the screen in Charlie Wilson’s War, will star in Larry Crowne, a comedy written and directed by Hanks himself. Hanks is set to play the title character, a middle-aged man who attempts to find a new career as he enters the second half of his life. This is Hanks’s first crack at directing since That Thing You Do! and therefore his first chance since then to cast Steve Zahn. Please, cast Steve Zahn! [DHD]

They All Live in A 3-D, CGI Submarine: Robert Zemeckis’ remake of Yellow Submarine has found itself a Fab Four. Cary Elwes (George), Dean Lennox Kelly (John), Peter Serafinowicz (Paul) and Adam Campbell (Ringo) are in negotiations to play the band. Like he did with A Christmas Carol, Zemeckis will shoot this with 3D motion capture technology. The story will mirror the original, in which The Beatles venture to Pepperland to save it from the music-hating Blue Meanies. The kids are going to be so confused. [THR]

Consensual Murder: Antoine Fuqua has signed on to direct the CBS Films flick Consent to Kill. Based on Vince Flynn’s 2005 novel, the story focuses on a counter terrorism agent named Mitch Rapp. In the book, Rapp fights off a Saudi billionaire, an ex-German spy, a married couple of assassins, and some some uncomfortable knee pains. Anyone else imagining Woody Harrelson? [Variety]

A Love Story: Can you say new favorite reality show? Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin will let cameras in their house to a reality show for TV Land. Harry Loves Lisa will be given a six-episode run and provide a glimpse into the lives of the the actor, the actress and the actress’s lips. [Variety]

Murder in the USA: USA Network is planning to fork over $500,000 per episode of CSI to syndicate the crime drama. Spike TV already airs re-runs of the show, but USA seems to think that the show will be worth it. It will, without a doubt, fit in. The network already runs NCIS, Law and Order: SVU, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and will soon have NCIS: Los Angeles. [Variety]

Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts to Navigate Middle Age