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Julia Roberts Headlines Eat, Pray, Love

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 16, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 16, 2009 |

A few months ago, as part of the Cannonball Read, the lovely Nicole wrote a review for Eat, Pray, Love, the huge-selling Elizabeth Gilbert memoir about her experience living in three different places around the world for a year. Of it, Nicole wrote, in part:

I started the book while hungover, and took this as a bad omen that I was about to subject myself to 108 chapters of woo-woo nonsense. I finished it with a feeling of admiration and introspection. Sure, I can’t spend a year living in three countries (Italy, India and Indonesia) in a quest to “find myself,” but the author treats the experience with an open, frank and funny tone as she takes the reader through innumerable plates of pasta, days spent in an Ashram, and the creation of a unique circle of friends in Bali.

Essentially, the book is about a woman who — after failing to get pregnant — sets out to “find herself,” which sounds kind of hokey and platitudinous, but the book has been well received by most who have read it.

And now they are making a movie out of it, of course. Julia Roberts, in fact, has been tapped for the lead. Ryan Murphy is set to direct, which is a mixed blessing. His cinematic adaptation of Running with Scissors was a huge disappointment, but the first couple of seasons of his “Nip/Tuck” were outstanding, before it careened off the rails and landed in a big bowl of failure pie (is that show still on? I gave up after the 4th season).

But the best news about the project is that Richard Jenkins just signed on, and Jenkins — besides looking like a damn fine accountant — is a seriously cool dude, and a great, unappreciated character actor. He’s definitely one of the good guys, and his presence is generally enough to compel me to see a film. And while Julia Roberts doesn’t hold the same appeal, I got nothing against her.

Eat, Pray, Love begins filming in July, and it’s set for a 2011 release.

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