For some reason, we haven’t heard much about the upcoming Dinner for Shmucks starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, so this bit of news comes as a pleasant surprise. The film is a remake of the French comedy Le dîner de cons (which has a not-so-nice title when translated), and will be directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents). The last we reported on Shmucks was in 2007, with Sacha Baron Cohen attached to star. Obviously, those plans fell through, but I honestly think it’s for the better. Finally, we’re going to get a chance to see Rudd and Carell together again after The 40 Year Old Virgin and Anchorman. The cast also features Zach Galifianakis and Ron Livingston.

MTV has a short clip featuring the pair chatting about the film, check it out after the break — along with a look at the film’s plot.

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Steve Carell May Soon Have His Hand in a Beaver

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Steve Carell is currently attached to The Beaver, a script by first-time writer Kyle Killen. The film’s plot describes a man who “walks around with a beaver puppet on his hand, treating it as something close to a human creature with human feelings.” Apparently the script has won rave reviews and “occupies the fantastical territory somewhere between Being John Malkovich and Lars and the Real Girl.”

It’s been an amazing past few years for Steve Carrell, who has proven he can deftly handle small roles in indie flicks (Little Miss Sunshine) and leading man status in big budget action comedies (Get Smart). And that’s not even mentioning his tremendous stint as Michael Scott on The Office, a character who he’s somehow managed to imbue with sympathy and humanity. Carell is planning on starring in one or two films when he’s on hiatus from The Office this spring. He’ll certainly have a wealth of projects to choose from, including The Adventures of Brigadier Gerard, Date Night, a Get Smart sequel, and now, potentially, The Beaver.

source: THR

Today the angels looking down on Scranton, Pennsylvania are crooning “Beers in Heaven.” Steve Carell has signed on to star as Dunder Mifflin’s quasi-top dog, Michael Scott, on NBC‘s The Office for three more years. An understandably elated, Ricky Gervais, broke the news on his blog

“Steve Carell (now one of the most bankable film stars in the world) has just signed up for another three years with us. He is the hardest working man in Hollywood and the harder he works the better it is for me. I mean… well done Steve you are wonderful. …Steve had to do months of that in Evan Almighty and I heard he didn’t complain once. He is a very nice man and deserves all his success.”

Gervais went on to mention 2009’s The Office spin-off starring Aziz Ansari but kept mum. He also (half-?) jokingly threw his name into the ring for the role of Hannibal in The A-Team remake. John Singleton, give him a call, no joke. That would be choice.

Back to Carell: the news is a welcome surprise given Carell’s consistent box office draw in hit comedies (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Little Miss Sunshine), sleeper dramas (Dan in Real Life) and passable summer fare (Get Smart). That this rare flexibility has worked out so well on both sides was no doubt a contributing factor in the deal. Why not celebrate by picking up some cupcakes on sale at the grocery store during your lunch break to cheer up your office’s fluorescent-lit hangout room? “That’s what she said!” is going nowhere.

Discuss: Michael Scott’s love of kids.

First Look: The Get Smart Movie

Get Smart Movie

USA Today has released the first production photo, seen above, from the upcoming Get Smart movie starring Steve Carrell and Anne Hathaway. Am I the only one excited about this one? Anyone? Hello?

UPDATE: Warner Bros has sent us a HUGE version of the above photo, click here to view it.

Director Peter Segal says that the film version has been updated to satire the disconnect between government agencies post-9/11. The movie’s storyline focuses on “KAOS’ blackmailing the United States by threatening to give away launch codes for nuclear bombs that are in the hands of bad guys.” Max’s mission is to find and stop the bombs, ultimately saving the world.

The new film also tells the origin story of how Smart became an agent and met 99. The twist this time around involves Agent 99 as the veteran spy who takes Max under her wing. It looks like Hathaway will be more active as the movie version of 99.

Carell (40 Year Old Virgin) plays Maxwell Smart, and Anne Hathaway (Devil Wears Prada) is Agent 99. Alan Arkin plays the chief of CONTROL, the organization that fights the evil foces of KAOS. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Agent 23) and Terrence Stamp also have been cast.

Get Smart will hit theaters on June 20th 2008.