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Industry Roundup: Kevin Spacey, The Black Keys

Spacey Does Jack: Casino Jack, a political biopic starring Kevin Spacey as Jack Abramoff, has been acquired for domestic distribution by Metropolitan. Directed by George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl) from Norman Snider’s script, the tale of the convicted power broker should hit theaters this fall … timed perfectly for Abramoff’s scheduled release from jail on December 4! [Variety]

Meet the Parents: Fox is launching a new reality project, My Parents Are Gonna Love You, in which participants will bring home a “celebrity fiancé” to meet their parents. The catch: The celeb will turn out to be a total jerk — all part of a prank on mom and dad. “It’s big, noisy, fun, and harmless,” said one of the executive producers. We’re not sure if the mom who thinks her daughter has scored Brody Jenner — only to find out (a) it’s all a prank, and (b) she has been humiliated on national television — is going to be agreeing with that “fun and harmless” part. [HR]

Keys Head Out: The Black Keys — who have a new album, Brothers, out May 18 — will be embarking on a world tour beginning April 8, playing sporadic U.S. dates over the next few months before heading to Europe mid-summer. The tour will close with two Central Park shows with indie band the Morning Benders July 27 and 28. No doubt concertgoers for those two dates will engage in some morning benders of their own before heading to the shows. [Pitchfork]

Labine in Love: Tyler Labine (Sons of Tucson) will star in CBS’s comedy pilot True Love, which revolves around four friends in New York, joining a cast that already includes Jason Biggs and Minka Kelly. Labine will play Biggs’s best friend, a lawyer who doesn’t believe in love. Dude, if you’ve got a shot at Minka Kelly, you better start believing in love. [HR]

Scoundrels Swap: ABC has made a casting change on its dramedy series Scoundrels just three days into filming. David James Elliot will replace Neal McDonough in the series, about a family of criminals led by its matriarch (Virginia Madsen), who decides it’s time to “go straight” after her husband (Elliott) is sentenced to a long prison term. So while McDonough is probably bummed about losing the job, at least he can find solace in telling himself it’s because he didn’t look “criminal” enough for the role. [HR]

Industry Roundup: Kevin Spacey, The Black Keys