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Industry Roundup: Kathryn Morris, Thomas

Case Closed: Kathryn Morris (Cold Case) is in negotiations to star in Moneyball as the second wife of baseball GM Billy Beane (Brad Pitt). She “loves baseball as much as her husband, so she understands and shares his passion for the game.” Probably not too hard to get hooked on baseball (or, uh, anything) when the person convincing you is Brad Pitt. [Risky Business/HR]

FYI: Marlo Thomas has been cast as Demi Moore’s mother and Miley Cyrus’ grandmother in LOL, the remake of the Gallic hit film. In a related story, Marlo Thomas’s granddaughter just got a frantic call from her grandmother asking what the hell “LOL” means. [Variety]

Wilde Thing: Peter Serafinowicz has joined the cast of the new Fox comedy Running Wilde as a regular after appearing in the pilot episode as Fa’ad Shaoulin, “a neighbor and frenemy” of Steve Wilde (Will Arnett). Serafinowicz appeared in Shaun of the Dead and voiced Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode 1. But lest you think he’s all dark and gloomy, he also appeared in a Funny or Die sketch! With Arnett and Amy Poehler no less! [Deadline]

Hunting Season: Deerhunter is returning with their fourth LP, called Halcyon Digest, out on September 28. To promote the record, the band is asking fans to download a poster from their website, print it, tape it somewhere, photograph it, and then e-mail the picture to them. Fans who follow these steps will be rewarded … with the album’s first single. Or, um, they can just sit around like everyone else and wait for it to pop up for free somewhere online. [Pitchfork]

: Paramount has picked up an original pitch from first-time screenwriters Willie Block and Jake Emanuel. The “high-concept action-adventure” combines “original ideas” with the story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. The plot is said to be “in the vein” of Pirates of the Caribbean. [Risky Business/HR]

Industry Roundup: Kathryn Morris, Thomas