When we first heard about Tina Fey circling Paul WeitzAdmission back in January of last year, we were midly surprised to note that the project seemed to be a drama. Considering that Fey’s known for stuff like Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and Mean Girls, and that Weitz’s resume includes as many comedies (Little Fockers, American Dreamz) as dramas (Being Flynn), it seemed much more natural to assume that it’d be another funny film.

But Admission is indeed intended as a serious-minded picture, even as another star known for making people laugh has begun circling the project. Owen Wilson is said to be weighing a role in the film, which will begin shooting this summer. More details after the jump.

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Even as I’m rushing to catch up on the 2011 films I’ve missed before the end of the year, I’m already looking forward to the crop of films that are due to open next year. Focus Features has just announced release dates for three of its upcoming releases I’m most curious about: Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom, Paul Weitz‘s Being Flynn, and Lorene Scafaria‘s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Details after the jump.

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After a promising start that included sweet, gentle About a Boy, Paul Weitz‘s career hasn’t been doing so well these past few years. His more recent work include American Dreamz, Cirque du Freak, and Little Fockers, none of which are exactly creative smashes. But if the moving trailer for his next project, Being Flynn, is any indication, Weitz could be on his way up again.

Based on Nick Flynn‘s acclaimed memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, Being Flynn centers around the relationship between a young writer (Paul Dano) and his absentee father (De Niro). The two cross paths one night at a homeless shelter, where the son works and the dad is seeking a room. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Focus Features has send out a press release announcing the start of production on the Paul Weitz adaptation of Nick Flynn‘s memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. The film is working without a title for now, but as previously reported it does feature Paul Dano as Nick Flynn, and Robert De Niro as his homeless father, whom Flynn encounters while working at a shelter in Boston.

There is also the announcement that Lili Taylor and Dale Dickey (so scary in Winter’s Bone, and sadly sidelined in the awards season battle of badass moms) have joined the cast. Read More »

Paul Weitz is scripting and directing an adaptation of the Nick Flynn memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City and he has a hell of a cast assembled: Paul Dano plays Nick Flynn, who runs into his down and out father (Robert De Niro) while working at a Boston homeless shelter. Olivia Thirlby plays the romantic interest who gets Flynn the job at the shelter, and Julianne Moore is now onboard as well.

The info comes from a casting call looking for a stand-in for Julianne Moore, so we don’t have any official info on her role at this point, but something is likely to be out soon as the film starts shooting next week in New York City. (Edit: Deadline confirms the casting, but only says she has a ‘small role.’) The film is currently working under the shortened title Another Night in Suck City, but even that seems likely to change. [OnLocationVacations]

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For some time now, Paul Weitz has been attached to direct Another Night in Suck City, based on Nick Flynn‘s 2004 memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. The last time we heard about the film was a year ago, when a report about Robert De Niro casually mentioned that he was attached to a role in the film. It’s been quiet on the Suck City front since then, but now Paul Dano is reportedly attached, too, for the role once meant for Casey Affleck. Read More »

Hot off the $125 million (and counting) success of Little Fockers, director Paul Weitz has chosen his next project and is just about ready to lock up his leading lady. Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress Tina Fey is in final talks to star in Admission, based on a novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz. The film, which is being put together by Universal from a script by Karen Croner, centers on an admissions officer at Princeton who develops a relationship with a student who is not quite Princeton material.

In addition, John Michael Higgins, the hilarious character actor best known for his roles in the Christopher Guest movies, has joined the already stellar cast for Cameron Crowe‘s We Bought a Zoo and Ron Livingston (Office Space, Swingers) has signed on to join Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton in Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, about a couple who wishes for a child. Livingston will also be part of the ensemble high school reunion film Ten Year. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Movie Trailer #2: ‘Little Fockers’

We’ve seen a teaser and an international trailer for Little Fockers, the second sequel to Meet the Parents, and now there is a full theatrical trailer. What’s the difference? In addition to showing more plot and (depending on your point of view) jokes, this trailer has a few shots of Dustin Hoffman, whose mart was shot after the teaser debuted. Read More »

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