DAILIES: Robert Downey Jr. Indulges His 'Inherent Vice,' Steve Carell Talks To 'Dogs'

Robert Downey Jr. has a packed shooting schedule ahead of him between "The Avengers" and other projects, but even he isn't too busy for acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson.

The "Iron Man" superstar and "There Will Be Blood" director are reportedly teaming together for "Inherent Vice," an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel about a Los Angeles private eye who wholeheartedly embraces the notions of free-love and psychedelic thinking. Deadline reports the news, but there's no indication of when the film might shoot, and even Downey and Anderson's official participation remains unconfirmed at this point.

But that's not all the news we've got for you today. Read about Steve Carell's upcoming dramatic turn, the maybe-maybe-not adaptation of "Dead Island" and more past the jump!

Michael Scott, Dog Whisperer

THR has the scoop that Steve Carell has booked a surprisingly serious role in "Dogs of Babel." He'll star as a linguistics professor who discovers his wife dead in their backyard, with the family dog the only witness. Though her death is ruled an accident, Carell sets out to teach the dog how to speak so he can weigh in on the true nature of his wife's passing.

"Dead Island" Remains Dead

Did you catch that fantastic trailer for the "Dead Island" video game last week? Several movie sites did, and word started spreading over the weekend that a full-fledged "Dead Island" film was on its way. But the game's makers have shot that rumor in the head, stating in a press release: "While no decision has been made yet regarding Dead Island's movie rights, Deep Silver is currently looking through a vast amount of inquiries."

"Fun Size" Casting

Looking for your big Hollywood break? Paramount might have your answer: the studio is currently looking to cast two leads—an 8-year-old and 16-year-old male—for its forthcoming comedy, "Fun Size." Check out Paramount's press release for more details.

"Gatsby" Stays Great

Don't worry, "Great Gatsby" fans. Despite stirring some fears earlier in the month, Baz Luhrmann remains attached to the adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. In fact, he'll shoot the film this August in Sydney—and yes, it's in 3-D!

An "Uncharted" Course

Fans of the "Uncharted" video game series have been outspoken in their hopes for David O. Russell's upcoming adaptation, but "The Fighter" director is staying true to his own vision."I’m very respectful as far as the core content and sprit of the game, but beyond that it’s my job as a filmmaker to make what I think is going to be an amazing movie," he told Slash Film. "People have to trust that and let that go, I think."

"Sandlot" Reunion

No real news to report here, but very cool nonetheless: below, you'll see a picture of Marty York and Patrick Renna—aka Yeah Yeah and Ham of "Sandlot" fame—confirming that, yes, you are officially old.

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