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Eat the Minions, Pray for Betty, and Love Toy Story 3

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 14, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 14, 2010 |

  • Producer Jerry Weintraub (Karate Kid (1984 and 2010) has pitched a remake of Oh, God! to Warner Brothers. He wants Betty White in the George Burns’ role, and Paul Rudd in the other lead. My guess: White has too much respect for Burns to take the offer, plus: Come on. I love Betty White. Everyone loves Betty White. But that woman is 88 years old: I know she can still kick a lot of ass, but a lead role in a major motion picture might be a little much. Maybe that’s ageist, but we’ve only got one Golden Girl left, people. Let’s try to preserve her a little longer. (Deadline)

  • Sony is re-teaming Ryan Murphy with his Eat, Pray, Love actress, Julie Roberts before Eat, Pray, Love is even released, reportedly offering Murphy $5 million to write and direct an untitled comedy that would have Roberts as a “working woman who is married to a stay-at-home husband. When she loses her job, their roles are reversed and she’s forced to finally adjust to motherhood.” Broad enough? At least it’s not a remake. Brad Pitt and Plan B will produce. (Deadline)

  • The Sixth Sense’s Haley Joel Osment has signed on to Sex Ed. The story follows a college graduate who dreams of teaching high school Algebra. Due to budget cuts though, he ends up teaching sexual education, which is something of a problem as he’s still a virgin. Here’s what Haley looks like these days:


    A virgin? Not a huge stretch.

  • Doug Liman has attached himself to what I believe may be the fourth project in the last few months that he’s attached himself to. This one is an adaptation of the Monte Reel non-fiction book, The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon. Maybe this one will be the one he eventually directs. (Variety)

  • Now with $342 milion, Toy Story 3 is officially the highest grossing Pixar movie to date, stateside. Those 3D ticket prices sure didn’t hurt. (FS)

  • After the huge opening of Despicable Me over the weekend, a sequel has now been greenlit, as well as shorts featuring The Minions. (Deadline)

  • Zac Efron has started his own production company, Ninja Runnin’ Wild (Really?), and he’s set up an untitled workplace comedy that the scribe for 17 Again will write. (THR)

  • Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) is attached to direct Heretics, a movie inspired by an episode of NPR’s “This American Life,” about “Carlton Pearson, who was a rising star among evangelicals until he was ostracized by his own church and declared a heretic after he started preaching that there is no Hell.” (Variety)

  • Todd Solondz (Happiness, Life During War Time) is setting up his next picture, Dark Horse, and it’s apparently not controversial. A kindler, gentler Solondz? (The Playlist)

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