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By Daniel Carlson | Industry | March 6, 2008 |

When you’re just a middle-class white kid growing up in the suburbs of northern San Antonio, you’re constantly searching for answers and acceptance and guidance. It’s a tough world out there, and the pressures start to add up: You drown your sorrows in Old Navy, or you wonder whether it would be cooler to go to the Mama’s on 281 or Broadway. But there was one man who could always cut through the fog of confusion and give it to you straight, and that was Notorious B.I.G., no doubt. Biggie always laid it out plain for you to understand, and even today, his posthumous words ring true: The more money we come across the more problems we see. I only hope those words of caution will make their way to Fox Searchlight, who this week announced they’ve found the man who will breathe soon-to-be-extinguished life into the role of Biggie in their biopic. The chosen one is Jamal Woolard, a Brooklyn-based rapper who bears some similarities to Biggie: They were both (and I am actually not making this up) drug dealers before getting into music. Woolard signed with Warner Bros. in the late 1990s, proof that Ph.D. niggas will not in fact be able to hold him down, just like Biggie. The cast will also include Derek Luke as Sean “Back Then It Was Puffy” Combs, Angela Bassett as Biggie’s mom, Anthony Mackie as Tupac Shakur, and the entire United States of America as the lucky sonsofbitches who get to see this all come true.

And now for more stuff white people like: Seth Rogen will star in Observe and Report, a Warner Bros. comedy written and directed by Jody Hill. Rogen will play an arrogant mall cop who “squares off in a turf war against the local cops,” according to the logline the studio fed the trades. Hill’s only other is The Foot Fist Way, a comedy that made the festival circuit a couple years back and is set for a limited release this spring. I haven’t heard anything about it, but it co-stars Danny R. McBride, aka Bust-Ass from All the Real Girls, so it could have some moments. Plus, Rogen at this point can just be unleashed to do his thing with reckless abandon. No matter what, this one should be interesting.

Jim Carrey, whose spastic brand of comedy isn’t aging nearly as well as he probably wishes it was, is teaming up with director Jason Reitman for Pierre, Pierre at Fox Atomic. In the high-concept-ish comedy, Carrey will play a French nihilist who escorts a stolen Mona Lisa from Paris to London and winds up rediscovering his love for his homeland. The script is the first one in development for co-writers Edwin Cannistraci and Frederick Seton, so who the hell knows how this thing will go. But the smart money’s on Carrey acting “wacky” for 90 minutes while Reitman tries to rein things in with Belle & Sebastian tracks.

This morning’s trailer watch brings the latest clip for Iron Man, hitting theaters in May. I lost track of the metal riffs after a while. Anyway, here you go:

Also, here’s the trailer for Leatherheads, a decent-looking period comedy starring George Clooney, John Krasinski, and what’s left of Renee Zellweger. Enjoy:

Daniel Carlson is the managing editor of Pajiba and a low-level employee at a Hollywood industry magazine. You can visit his blog, Slowly Going Bald.

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