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Industry Roundup: Eisenberg, Seann William Scott

Countdown: Jesse Eisenberg will reteam with his Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer in the comedy 30 Minutes or Less, also starring Aziz Ansari and Danny McBride. The movie, written by Michael Diliberti and Matthew Sullivan, revolves around a junior high school history teacher (Ansari) and a pizza delivery man (Eisenberg) who are… forced to rob a bank when one of them is strapped to a bomb vest. For people who loved the suspense of The Hurt Locker but were like “Man, this would be way more awesome as an Aziz Ansari comedy!” [HR]

Elephant In The Room: Seann William Scott and screenwriter Steve Conrad have formed Elephant Pictures, which will produce shorts, features, documentaries and episodic web content. The two bonded during the filming of 2008’s The Promotion (directed by Conrad and starring Scott), finding they shared a “bizarre sense of humor.” Scott said the company will focus on documentaries: “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become attracted to things that have substance,” he said; though of course, when you start out with Dude, Where’s My Car?, there’s really nothing you could do afterward that wouldn’t seem excessively substantive. [HR]

Solo Pornographer: New Pornographers singer and keyboardist Kathryn Calder will strike out on her own and release her first solo album, Are You My Mother?, out August 11. Apparently the band is down with Calder’s decision, as Neko Case will be guesting on the album and fellow Pornographers Kurt Dahle and Todd Fancey will be contributing. Cute. [Pitchfork]

Fun Size Fits All: Josh Schwartz will produce Fun Size, a comedy written by Max Werner (The Colbert Report), which will be the first film taken on by Schwartz’ Fake Empire production company. The movie is said to be a cross between Superbad and Adventures in Babysitting, but set on Halloween. In other words, hijinks, pratfall and banter but with less Jonah Hill and more kids and costumes. [HR]

Just Like A Pill: Alison Pill (Milk, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World) has joined Woody Allen’s upcoming Midnight in Paris, which stars Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen and Owen Wilson, and will begin shooting this summer. Yay for Pill and everything, but right now we’re consumed with fantasizing about what a dinner party with this cast would be like. [Variety]

Riot Act: Indie pop group Ra Ra Riot will release a follow-up to their 2008 The Rhumb Line with The Orchard, out August 24. Andrew Maury and Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla mixed nine of the ten tracks; the other was taken care of by Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij. These indie rock bros clearly have each others’ backs. [Pitchfork]

Industry Roundup: Eisenberg, Seann William Scott