Posts Tagged ‘Steve Carell’

The Slate: Tina Fey’s Date Gets Complicated

April 15, 2009

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  • Get another tray! Film geeks have three more reasons to salivate. After getting the news that comic sexpots Tina Fey and Steve Carell were going to make like Willis and Basinger in Date Night comes news that Mark “Good Vibrations” Wahlberg, comic queen Kristin Wiig and SquallyShowers.com poster boy James Franco will be holding up the supporting end. They’ll be among the faces turning Fey and Carell’s big night out into a romantic disaster akin to After Hours. Director Shawn Levy (uh, Pink Panther) said he wanted “formidable actors.” We think he meant “Top Internet crushes.” (Variety)
  • Nanny McPhee was good and all, but did it really merit a sequel? Perhaps when you can promise to get Emma Thompson, Rhys Ifans and Maggie Smith in front of the camera it does. Added sweetener will come in the form of Maggie Gyllenhaal, who has joined the cast of Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, thus entering the “I’ve had kids, now it’s time to make movies for them” phase of her career. This time the magical nanny who is not Mary Poppins masterminds an evacuation during the London blitz. Sounds cheery. (Variety)
  • The big screen version of Eat Pray Love–a kind of Into the Wild but with more scented candles and less rotting moose–is finding some quirk to put around star Julia Roberts. Richard Jenkins will play a Texan that Roberts’ character meets at an Indian ashram. Smeared in his own feces. Well, maybe not. But he’s digging the spirituality. The Elizabeth Gilbert novel is being brought to the screen by Ryan Murphy, creator of Nip/Tuck. (Variety)
  • Can some Enchanted magic rub off on Forgetting Sarah Marshall‘s Kristen Bell? Kristen Bell sure hopes so. She’s signed up for the Disney comedy You Again. She’ll play a tiny-eyed woman whose glazed look becomes more frozen after she learns that her brother is marrying a hated frenemy from the past. So that’s no songs or fairy magic. Which means Disney is making our lede look pretty spurious. Andy Fickman (Race to Witch Mountain) directs. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • There is something beautiful about a world where a Frank Wedekind play from 1891 can become a McG film. Of course, Spring Awakening had to get some songs first. The Terminator: Salvation director has attached his name to the Tony award-winning musical about Teutonic love and wanking, but mostly wanking. No studio wants to touch the idea yet. Needless to say, this should make for one helluva casting call. (Hollywood Reporter)

The Slate: Steve Carell is Drinking, Playing, F@#king

April 1, 2009
  • steve-carellSteve Carell is having a bit of a turn. Warners is tooling Andrew Gottlieb’s novel Drink, Play, F@#k into a vehicle for the comic actor. (It’ll be called the more marquee-friendly Dumped). Intended as a riposte to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love, the book finds the strait-laced Bob Sullivan in a hedonistic free-fall through Ireland, Las Vegas and Thailand after his wife walks out. Sounds like a Yes Man with more swearing and Carell screaming “Britney Spears!” for all the wrong reasons. My Sassy Girl scripter Victor Levin will be finding the humor in the situation. (Variety)
  • Jonah Hex? Yes, that’s a rhetorical question. We’ve never read the comic about a scarred gunslinger and the only thing that’s exciting about a movie version is the possibility of a credible Western hitting the screens again. Oh, and a cast that includes Josh Brolin as ol’ melty lips, Megan Fox as some totty and John Malkovich as a voodoo enthusiast. They’ve been joined by the estimable Will Arnett as Hex’s pay-master and Michael Shannon as a ringmaster of the undead. So much for “credible.” But with Horton Hears a Who‘s Jimmy Hayward directing, maybe this will turn out to be an horror oater worth putting a feed bag on for. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Kevin MacDonald‘s The Eagle of the Ninth is finding some centurions to strap on their sandals. Billy Elliott‘s Jamie Bell will co-star in the story of a Roman warrior and his Celtic sidekick searching for a legion stranded in the Highlands. Channing Tatum is negotiating to join Bell as the one not smeared in wode. Here’s hoping whoever adapts adapting Rosemary Sutcliff ‘s book for the screen will throw in a reel or two. (Variety)
  • Supermarket tabloids will get a chance to scream “Is it ON again?!” as exes Drew Barrymore and Justin Long spend a few months in close quarters. Well, maybe not that close. Barrymore has signed on to join Long in Going the Distance, a rom-com about a couple trying to enduring the travails of a long distance relationship. Should give new meaning to phoning in a performance. Barrylong split in July 2008. (Variety)
  • Ice Cube used to be the N*gga You Love to Hate. Now he’s just “that guy.” He’s starring in Ride Along, an action comedy where his cop tries to ruin the relationship between his sister and her white boyfriend by taking him on patrol. This is a “comedy”? Ice Cube is doing a rewrite … hopefully to make it a little less like Unlawful Entry comes to Lakeview Terrace. (Variety)