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Adam B. Vary
July 18, 2012 AT 12:00 PM EDT

• Gwyneth Paltrow is in talks to play chef and author Gabrielle Hamilton in the indie film Blood, Bones & Butter, based on Hamilton’s 2011 memoir chronicling her unconventional path to opening her own restaurant, Prune, in New York City. No writer or director are yet attached. [THR]

Amy Adams has joined director David O. Russell‘s untitled true-life drama (previously titled American Bulls—) about a con man (Bradley Cooper) who teams up with the F.B.I. agent who busted him (Jeremy Renner) on one of the biggest sting operations in the nation’s history. Adams will play Maxine “Max” Gardner, the con man’s mistress and partner-in-crime. [THR]

• First Teddy, now Ike. Robin Williams will play President Dwight D. Eisenhower for director Lee Daniels‘ The Butler, his reps announced Wednesday. The film traces the life of White House butler Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker) who served eight presidents over the course of three decades. Oprah Winfrey will play his wife, and the cast includes Vanessa RedgraveTerrence HowardJohn CusackAlan Rickman, and Jane Fonda.

• Kevin Kline will party hardy opposite Michael DouglasMorgan Freeman, and Robert De Niro in Last Vegas, a comedy about four old buddies who travel to Sin City for a bachelor party  for the last one (Douglas) to remain unattached. Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) is directing the script by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love). [Deadline]

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