Biz Break: Ben Affleck's Directorial Debut Was A Huge Turd, Plus Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Wiig Land New Gigs
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Biz Break: Ben Affleck's Directorial Debut Was A Huge Turd, Plus Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Wiig Land New Gigs

By Jodi Clager | Trade News | February 20, 2013 | Comments ()


According to THR, Jason Clarke -- he of Zero Dark Thirty and Chicago Code, and he who should be one of the more popular character actors of the future -- has joined Dawn of the Planet of the Apes the sequel to the unexpected hit, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which will see Matt Reeves take over the director's chair from Rupert Wyatt.

Speaking of Rupert Wyatt, according to Deadline, he may be taking over the movie version of The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington after Nicholas Winding Refn vacated the project.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence is set to become David O. Russell's new muse. After the success of The Silver Linings Playbook, Lawrence will cameo in Russell's next film, and then Russell's next next film, The Ends of the Earth, will star Lawrence. The film, from Argo scribe Chris Terrio is based on a true story. Lawrence will play Lydie Marland. According to The Playlist

Marland was "the adopted daughter of oil tycoon Ernest Marland, who cared for the child when his desitute brother was unable. After his sibling passed away, the 54 year-old Ernest annulled the adoption and married the 28 year-old Lydie. She was a well known socialite who also pushed her husband to raise worker wages and provide health care, and the film will center on the loss of his wealth and a scandalous affair. The pair stayed married as he embarked on a political career, but he passed away in 1941 and for the rest of her life, she mostly lived as a recluse."

In delightfully fun news, Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig have joined the upcoming season of "Arrested Development," expected to air in May. We don't yet know who Rogen will play, but according to Vulture, Wiig is expected to play the young Lucille Bluth, which is perfect casting.

I'm not sure why you'd want to, exactly, but if you'd like, you can listen to Mariah Carey's Theme song to Oz The Great and Powerful. I listened to it. I wish I hadn't. It is also decidedly not the tone we'd hoped for with the Sam Raimi pic.

Finally, Little Benny Affleck is getting all of the kudos and awards for his directorial skills for Argo. That's nice. Of course, this isn't his first time in the director's chair. In 1993 Affleck directed the short I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal at Disney, which Film School Rejects had brought out of obscurity. Please, enjoy. NSFW

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  • Arjuna

    Jennifer Lawrence looks quite beautiful in the above photo. Well, Lawrence always looks lovely, anyway, looking forward to American Bullshit as well as The Ends of the Earth (apparently there has already been very good buzz regarding the screenplay) from IndieWire.

  • chanohack

    Chronological synopsis clues that The Ends of the Earth is a period piece: "oil tycoon"-- hmm, okay, "destitute"-- sounds old-timey, "annulled the adoption and married"-- whoa! What year are we in?

  • BWeaves

    Wow, the Lydie Marland story has a bit of an American Downton Abbey vibe to it. Checkout the statue of Lydie on her wiki page. Nipple alert. She's nude under her clothes. No wonder the monks asked for it to be removed from the premises.

  • dizzylucy

    "Wiig is expected to play the young Lucille Bluth."
    This sounds amazing. Less excited about Seth Rogen though, something about him bugs me.

    After pairing her with the nearly 40 Bradley Cooper, Russell reportedly cast Jennifer Lawrence as Christian Bale's wife in his ABSCAM movie, and now has her cast as a woman who marries a 54 year old. If they do another movie together, I suspect her character will be marrying an octogenarian.

  • KatSings

    With the feud article of yesterday suggesting that David O. Russell is notoriously hard to work anyone else nervous about him using our beloved Jennifer Lawrence as a muse? I mean, I want her to have ALL the jobs, but still.

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