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Please, Hold Your Butterface Jokes

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 7, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 7, 2009 |

Jennifer Garner, who will next be seen as the main love interest in Matthew McConaughey’s Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (kill me, kill me dead), signed on to another comedy yesterday. She’ll be playing the lead in, and possibly producing, a movie called Butter, which comes from newbie screenwriter, Jason Micallef. It’s a political satire set in the competitive world of … butter sculpting. According to THR:

Butter” follows a young orphan who, after being adopted by a Midwestern family, discovers she has an uncanny talent for butter-carving. She eventually finds herself up against the ambitious wife of the retired reigning champion in a town’s annual butter-sculpting contest.

Decent premise, if handled correctly (and if the satire is sharp). It could be fantastic, something akin to Drop Dead Gorgeous or Election, only with butter sculptors. And the two directors currently circling the drain are both appropriate for the material: Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) or Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville). And the script comes with a lot of buzz, having scored third place on last year’s Black List.

And while I certainly have hopes for the movie, I can’t say as much for the headline writers out there. Here’s another list of embarrassing heds, including: “Garner Dipped into Butter” and “Garner Can’t Believe it’s ‘Butter’.”

Hold me.

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