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Mark Wahlberg‘s announced during a Facebook Live event that he’s re-teaming with David O. Russell for “a new biopic about Father Stuart Long,” reports Karen Brill for Vulture. “Long was a football player-turned-priest from Helena, Montana who died in 2014. Says Wahlberg: ‘He was a very tough guy who was a fighter, a football player, anything but a spiritual guy. Then he found his calling, and decided, after falling in love with a woman, that he wanted to become a priest. He suffered from this horrible muscular degenerative disease but was still ordained as a priest and passed away, but not before he was able to inspire thousands upon thousands of people.'”

Rooney Mara “is set to star in the pop-star drama Vox Lux Directed by Brady Corbet,” reports Liz Calvario for Indiewire. “The film will chronicle the rise of singer Celeste to superstardom while looking at cultural evolutions of the 21st century through her eyes. It will take place from 1999 to present-day and feature original songs by singer-songwriter Sia.”

Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) will likely write and direct Inner City with Denzel Washington attached to star, reports the Tracking Board‘s Anya Crittenton. “Described as Michael Clayton meets The Verdict, Gilroy’s new flick follows Roman J. Israel (Washington), a liberal lawyer in Los Angeles. For years people have taken credit for his hard work, but when the partner at his firm has a heart attack, he becomes the new frontman. This leads him to discover less-than-moral actions the firm has taken over the years and what to do going forward.”

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun will begin shooting Une saison en France with Eriq Ebouaney, Sandrine Bonnaire and Bibi Tanga on November 7, reports Fabien Lemercier at Cineuropa. “Written by the director, the story revolves around Abbas, a high-school teacher who fled the war in the Central African Republic with his 12-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter. They now live in France, where Abbas has requested political asylum. But after two years of waiting, his application is turned down. He is forced to leave the country with his children, for yet another migration season…”

Also, André Téchiné is close to wrapping Nos années folles. “[B]ased on a true story, the plot revolves around newlyweds Paul and Louise, as World War I breaks out. After two years on the frontline, Paul maims himself and deserts his post. But how can he hide when he is condemned to death in war-torn Paris? Louise dresses him up as a woman. He becomes Suzanne, drags his wife around the debauched Paris of the Golden Twenties, and earns quite a reputation for himself. In 1925, once he is finally granted amnesty, Suzanne attempts to revert back to being Paul…”

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“After receiving critical acclaim for their thriller The Invitation, the team behind the film—director Karyn Kusama and writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi—has signed on for Fox’s horror movie Breed.” The Hollywood Reporter‘s Rebecca Ford: “The film is an adaptation of Chase Novak’s (pen name Scott Spencer) novel of the same name, and follows a wealthy New York couple who turn to a controversial Eastern European fertility clinic to conceive when all conventional methods fail. Ten years later, the nightmarish side effects of the procedure begin to manifest for—and in—the couple and their twin children.”

Jared Leto will take the lead and produce the biopic Warhol, reports the Guardian‘s, Benjamin Lee. “The screenplay comes from Boardwalk Empire creator Terrence Winter, whose credits also include The Wolf of Wall Street and 50 Cent drama Get Rich or Die Tryin’. He will use Victor Bockris’s 1989 book Warhol: The Biography as inspiration, with Leto acquiring rights.”

Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Nat Wolff, and Lake Bell are set to star in Home Again, which “centers on a recently divorced mother who moves to Los Angeles and takes in three younger men who become part of her unconventional family.” Mia Galuppo for the Hollywood Reporter: “Nancy Meyers will produce the movie, which was written by her daughter Hallie Meyers-Shyer, who will be making her directorial debut.”

And the Tracking Board‘s Emily J reports that Amazon has picked up Mike White’s feature, Brad’s Status, which “centers on [Ben] Stiller in the titular role, Brad, who despite a gainful career and happy home life, finds himself obsessed with his more successful former schoolmates. While touring colleges with his son (Abrams), Brad is forced to confront his friends and feelings of failure.”

Photo of Mahamat-Saleh Haroun by Masha Kuvshinova / CC 2.0.

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