"Rain Man" director Barry Levinson has signed on to tell a big-screen story about the John Gotti crime family.
Academy Award winner Levinson is directing "Gotti: Three Generations," which stars John Travolta as John Gotti Sr. and co-stars Travolta's wife, Kelly Preston, Lindsay Lohan and Joe Pesci. Production starts this fall in New York, with the film expected in theaters late in 2012.
Making it even more of a family affair, Travolta's daughter Ella Bleu Travolta will play daughter, Angel Gotti.
In an announcement Tuesday, Levinson said he was attracted to the project because it provides an insider's view. The film is told from the perspective of John Gotti Jr., whose life story was acquired by Fiore Films, which is producing the movie. Gotti Sr. died in prison in 2002.
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Next up for Arnold
Arnold Schwarzenegger has added another project on his to-do list as he returns to Hollywood after serving as California governor.
Schwarzenegger spokesman Alan Mendelsohn said Thursday that the actor plans to star in the drama "Cry Macho" for Academy Award-winning producer Albert Ruddy ("The Godfather," "Million Dollar Baby").
It's one of several projects Schwarzenegger has in the works, including a "Terminator" tale and the crime saga "The Last Stand."
Mendelsohn said the timing has not yet been worked out among the various projects, so it's not certain which might be Schwarzenegger's first big-screen film after leaving the governor's office in January.
In "Cry Macho," Schwarzenegger would play a down-on-his-luck horse trainer hired to kidnap his former boss' young son from his ex-wife in Mexico.
Bieber vs. bullying
Justin Bieber has agreed to record a public service announcement on cyberbullying in order to resolve criminal charges filed against his manager and a record executive after a frenzy at a New York mall.
The case stemmed from an incident in 2009, when thousands of unruly girls turned up at a Long Island clothing store to see the teen pop star sign autographs. Police hadn't been expecting the crowd, and ordered the event cancelled.
Def Jam Records executive James Roppo was arrested after police said he refused to help disperse the crowd. Months later, police also pressed child endangerment charges against Bieber's manager, Scott Braun.
Prosecutors told a judge Friday that they are dropping charges against both men. The record company and a management company pleaded guilty to fire code violations.
Another year older
Today's birthdays: CBS News correspondent Mike Wallace, 93... actor Albert Finney, 75... producer-director James L. Brooks, 74... Sonny Curtis (Buddy Holly and the Crickets), 74... Candice Bergen, 65... Billy Joel, 62... actor John Corbett, 50... rock singer Pierre Bouvier (Simple Plan), 32... actress Rosario Dawson, 32... actress Rachel Boston, 29... TV personality Audrina Patridge, 26
Vote for your favorite
Country star Jason Aldean is not only the top nominee at this year's CMT Music Awards, he'll also be performing.
Fellow nominees Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland are also among the first performers announced for the show.
Fans can vote for their favorites on CMT.com through June 7.