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Industry Roundup: Rudd, Dustin Lance Black

Village Idiot: Paul Rudd has signed on to star in My Idiot Brother, a comedy directed by Jesse Peretz and written by his sister Evgenia Peretz (with David Schisgall). Rudd will be playing an “idealist dealing with his overbearing mother” who crashes at the house of his three ambitious sisters, causing them all sorts of trouble … but no doubt, by the end, ultimately teaching them all life lessons about family, growth, and empathy. [HR]

1, 2, 3: Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to 3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man, a graphic novel by Matt Kindt. Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk) will both write and direct the adaptation of the story, a “modern fable” about a giant man whose medical condition causes him to continually grow. The tale is told from the point of view of three women (his mother, wife, and daughter) as the man eventually grows to “three-story height.” It’s the unexpected intersection of thoughtful romantic drama and Honey I Blew Up the Kid. [HR]

Chasing Perfection: Brad Pitt’s Plan B, as part of its development deal with Reliance, has acquired the rights to The Imperfectionists, the Tom Rachman novel about the machinations of an English-language newspaper in Rome. The story focuses on the reporters and editors and the intersection of their personal and private lives. If the movie can match the kudos the book received, Pitt should be very pleased with his investment. [Deadline]

Blogger’s Nemesis: Jason Patric has joined the cast of the HBO comedy pilot Tilda. He will play Andrew Brown, the nemesis of Diane Keaton’s powerful female blogger Tilda. Brown is the “mastermind behind the media empire RMG,” which Tilda is looking to expose. This show just keeps sounding better and better. [Deadline]

Ringing Belles: Belle and Sebastian, who haven’t played a show in America since 2006, will be touring briefly this fall, playing North American dates in Brooklyn, L.A., Chicago, Washington D.C., Boston, and San Francisco. The band is also in the “final stages” of recording a new album. Two items of news almost as sunny as the band’s melodies. [Pitchfork]

Spreading Fire: Arcade Fire has announced a brief U.S. tour to coincide with the release of their upcoming album The Suburbs on August 3. From August 1 to 11, the band will headline shows in a number of major East Coast U.S. cities. So suburbanites are, sadly, out of luck. [Billboard]

Dirty Talk: Dirty Projectors will play the European festival circuit this summer before returning to the U.S., headlining a tour of North American clubs in the fall. Get your tickets now before it’s no longer cool to like them. [Pitchfork]

Industry Roundup: Rudd, Dustin Lance Black