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The 'School of Rock' duo of director Richard Linklater and actor Jack Black are set to reunite for a new comedy, 'Bernie,' for Castle Rock/Mandalay Vision. The black comedy also stars Shirley MacLaine. According to Variety, the project is based on 'Midnight in the Garden of East Texas,' a 1998 Texas Monthly magazine article about Bernie Tiede, a mortician and community leader in a small east Texas town who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a wealthy widow (MacLaine) that leads to fatal consequences. Filming is on track to begin in October in Texas. The 'School of Rock' duo of director Richard Linklater and actor Jack Black are set to reunite for a new comedy, 'Bernie,' for Castle Rock/Mandalay Vision. The black comedy also stars Shirley MacLaine. According to Variety, the project is based on 'Midnight in the Garden of East Texas,' a 1998 Texas Monthly magazine article about Bernie Tiede, a mortician and community leader in a small east Texas town who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a wealthy widow (MacLaine) that leads to fatal consequences. Filming is on track to begin in October in Texas.

Marcia Gay Harden is one of the darlings of the indie film movement, and she proves that point by starring in a pair of upcoming indie features -- 'Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You' and 'Detachment,' both of which are filming in New York City this summer. According to Variety, 'Pain' follows a recent high school grad who feels out of step among his affluent peers in upscale Manhattan; Harden plays his mother, a woman of wealth and privilege who owns an avant-garde art gallery where her son takes a job. 'Detachment,' which also stars William Petersen, Christina Hendricks and Lucy Liu, explores life through the eyes of teachers and students at a failing high school. Harden plays the principal.

Elvis is still in the house -- well, at least his granddaughter, Riley Keough, is. Keough is in talks to take a role in 'Fury Road,' the fourth installment of the 'Mad Max' franchise from writer-director George Miller, according to HeatVision. This outing -- whose plot is being kept a secret -- takes place a short while after the story line in 1985's 'Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,' which means that Tom Hardy ('Inception') will have no problem playing the lead -- we're not talking an aged Max here. Keough will play one of the "Five Wives," a group of women that Max must protect from the bad guys. Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Teresa Palmer and Adelaide Clemens also have been cast. The film is prepping for a start date early next year.

Columbus Short ('Death at a Funeral') has joined the cast of 'The Girl Is in Trouble,' an indie thriller that revolves around a Lower East Side bartender who becomes entangled in a murder mystery involving a desperate woman, a missing drug dealer and the scion of a powerful investment firm, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jesse Spencer (Fox's 'House') and Wilmer Valderrama ('The Dry Land') also have joined the cast. Spike Lee is an executive producer on the film, which begins shooting next week in New York.

Two Disney films have had their release dates firmed up. Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie,' based on the comedic horror short that Burton made in 1984 while a film school student, about a man who brings his dog back to life after it is killed by a car, will open March 9, 2012 (it was originally scheduled for late 2011). 'John Carter of Mars,' based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs books, has an official date of June 8, 2012. Both films will be in Disney Digital 3D. [HeatVision]

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