After audiences shrugged at -- nay, gave the cold shoulder to -- the hopefully titled "Atlas Shrugged, Part One" last year, producer Joe Aglialoro blamed critics. "I'm having deep second thoughts on why I should do 'Part Two.' Why should I put up all that money if the critics are coming in like lemmings?" Fans of Ayn Rand's brand of aggressive self-interest, rejoice: Aglialoro has decided to plunge ahead with the planned trilogy. The first sequel will start shooting in two months with an October release date. A certain election couldn't be the reason for the timing, could it?The final reel
Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts will play mother and daughter in the Weinstein Co. adaptation of "August: Osage County." ... Hailee Steinfeld is Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet," from writer Julian Fellowes ("Downton Abbey," "Gosford Park"), also starring Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone and Stellan Skarsgaard. ... Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon star in Atom Egoyan's version of the West Memphis Three story, told in the Oscar-nominated documentary "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory." ... Director Brad Bird ("Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol") is being groomed to take over "Here There Be Monsters" from Robert Zemeckis.