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Biz Break: Amy Poehler Continues to Put Will Arnett In Her Reahview, and Sean Penn Wants To Be A Franchise Action Hero

By Jodi Smith | Industry | January 29, 2013 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | January 29, 2013 |

There aren’t many new things happening in trade news today. Superhero domination, Evil Dead getting an NC-17 rating on its first submission to the MPAA, and terrible shows being given pilots are the main points. I’ve tried to snag some other news for you to complain about.

If Pierre Morel (Taken) could action hero up Liam Neeson, Sean Penn thinks it should be no problem to do the same for him. Morel is discussing directing Penn in Prone Gunman, which sounds like a fake movie on “The Simpsons” to me. Penn would play Martin Terrier, a man who is screwed over by the place he works (probably Starbucks) and then has to run all over Europe to kill people and stuff.

Penn is one hell of an actor, asshole, and smirking wad. Action hero? I don’t know about that. Does he realize one has to run when they are an action hero? Every photo I looked at to find the header had Penn smoking. (Cue outraged comments about smokers being able to run super fast, like cheetahs and sh*t.) Then you have the whole being a jerkface angle. Will Penn be able to get a script that he is willing to use? I would imagine dude has high standards for movies so he can keep his high opinion of himself intact.

Meanwhile, Amy Poehler is branching out in a way that actually makes sense. She’s writing a book! Comparison’s to TIna Fey’s “Bossypants” are inevitable and have already started, even though Poehler’s book is in the early stages of being written. Fey’s book was assorted essays and Poehler’s book promises to be a non-linear diary with her exquisite humor and charm weaving throughout like a gotdamned web of wonderful. There will also be illustrations! I love those things!

I don’t love “Under the Dome”, which has just added Jolene Purdy (“Glee”) and Nicholas Srong (“Nashville”) to its cast. Purdy will play Dodee, an engineer at the radio station, and Srong will play a DJ at the same station. They join Britt Robertson (“The Secret Circle”) as Angie, a waitress; Natalie Martinez (“CSI: New York) plays Deputy Linda; Alex Koch has been cast as psychotic assh*le Junior Rennie and Colin Ford (“Jake and the Neverland Pirates”) will be an unnamed character.

I’m guessing that the promo CBS is planning to run during the Bowl of Football Game That Is Subject To Weird Rules In The Usage Of The Proper Name will be nothing more than a tease with the dome crushing stuff and a voiceover. Something this large in scope can’t cast people this week and then throw together a promo with the actors that won’t look like crap. OR CAN IT? No, it can’t.

I will leave you with a couple of pictures from the aforementioned superhero explosion. The Wolverine releases a photo of Hugh Jackman wearing a shirt! That’s crazy!


Henry Cavill’s sexy, sexy Man of Steel graces the cover of Empire Magazine. Seriously, Cavill is the sexiest Superman that has ever existed.


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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.