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David Wain directing Alan Alda is something I can pretty easily picture. Brett Ratner directing Alan Alda is something of which I’d never even conceived, though I suppose Alda would have been right at home in Ratner’s The Family Man, with Nic Cage. Regardless, Alda will work with both directors as he’s been cast in both Wain’s Wanderlust and Ratner’s Tower Heist. Read More »

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In the past couple years, Christian Slater has been seen much more on TV than in films, and quite a few of the films he has made, well, have been…underexposed. (Show of hands: who saw Lies & Illusions? That’s what I thought.) But perhaps Playback will fare better than most. Or maybe not: Slater will star in Playback as “a sinister cop who is pivotal in exposing a small town’s deepest, darkest secret.”

Johnny Pacar, Toby Hemingway, Jonathan Keltz, Alessandra Torresani, Ambyr Childers, and Daryl “Chill” Mitchell also appear, and the story is kicked off when high school kids start poking into their town’s ‘mysterious past’ and expose an evil that preys upon them all. In the end, I bet Slater’s character would have gotten away with it if not for those meddling kids. Michael A. Nickles wrote the script and is directing right now in Grand Rapids, MI. [Variety]

After the break, Lauren Ambrose works for David Wain and Malin Akerman joins Ethan Hawke in a thriller. Read More »

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Fans of Role Models and Wet Hot American Summer, take note and rejoice: David Wain will direct Wanderlust, a comedy written by Wain, Paul Rudd and Ken Marino. Rudd and Jennifer Aniston will star, with Judd Apatow producing. Read More »

David Wain to Direct Too Cool to Be Forgotten?

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Between his work on The State and Wet Hot American Summer, David Wain pretty much has a free pass from me. Role Models was more a work for hire gig for the director, and I’ve been hoping his next film would be something brewed more from (or in accordance with) his own sensibility. Now there’s word that he may make his first comic book-based film, with an adaptation of the graphic novel Too Cool to Be Forgotten. Read More »

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Over the past week we’ve been featuring top 10 lists from famous filmmakers and critics, listing their top films of the year and decade: John Waters, Quentin Tarantino, and Roger Ebert. Today we bring you two more additions: Ron Howard‘s Favorite Movies of 2009 and Wet Hot American Summer/Role Models director David Wain‘s Best So-So Movies of the Decade.
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Twitter Update

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Since our original posting on March 6th, we’ve added over 20 new names to our listing of all the screenwriters, directors and actors/actresses on Twitter. The additions include: Donald Glover, Roger Avary, David Hewlett, Kate Hewlett, Brea Grant, Mark Romanek, David Wain, Jon Hurwitz, Joe Lynch, David Bruckner, James Moran, Michael Stephenson, Sean Flanery, Aubrey Plaza, Rian Johnson, Faizon Love, David Blue, James Kyson Lee, Jonathan King, Aziz Ansari, John Cleese, and Danny Masterson. Head on over to our original post for the updates.

Jay Roach Won’t Meet The Little Fockers

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Little Fockers, the third film in the Meet The Parents trilogy is finally entering the casting stages — Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro and Owen Wilson are in talks with Universal to return.

Meet the Parents and Meet The Fockers director Jay Roach will not helm the third film as he’s too busy prepping Dinner For Schmucks, but is expected to produce. According to THR, the new directing candidates include Paul Weitz (In Good Company, About a Boy) David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models); and Peyton Reed (Bring it On, Yes Man). Reed seems like the best choice out of the bunch for this type of material.

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