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Hamm & McCarthy for Feig/Apatow Comedy, Thornton Casts Jayne Mansfield's Car, Casting Misfires

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 16, 2011 at 7:15AM

- With Universal's Bridesmaids sitting at $126.8 million worldwide, the studio is wasting little time inking their next project with director Paul Feig and producer Judd Apatow. While the story is yet to be named, reportedly the film will follow a man who is obsessed with a woman. The leads would be Bridesmaids' comedic standouts Jon Hamm and Melissa McCarthy. While their respective TV shows, Mad Men and Mike & Molly, couldn't be more tonally different, their opposing senses of humor could be a recipe for success.
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- With Universal's Bridesmaids sitting at $126.8 million worldwide, the studio is wasting little time inking their next project with director Paul Feig and producer Judd Apatow. While the story is yet to be named, reportedly the film will follow a man who is obsessed with a woman. The leads would be Bridesmaids' comedic standouts Jon Hamm and Melissa McCarthy. While their respective TV shows, Mad Men and Mike & Molly, couldn't be more tonally different, their opposing senses of humor could be a recipe for success.

- Billy Bob Thornton is gearing up to direct Jayne Mansfield's Car, a 1969-set comedy/drama which he wrote with Tom Epperson...

It's been fifteen years since Thornton directed from his own script (that was Sling Blade, for which he won a Best Screenplay Oscar). He directed All The Pretty Horses and wrote the Cate Blanchett starrer, The Gift. The Jayne Mansfield's Car plot revolves around the cultural differences between families from two different continents. Word is Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick and Ray Stevenson will star with Thornton. Production will kick off later this month in Georgia. ThePlaylist has more on what Thornton's recent doings.

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- Inspired by Blake Lively's "deliciously train-wreck-y" fail in Green Lantern, Vulture considers past casting failures from Keanu Reeves (as Genius Nuclear Expert) in Chain Reaction to Julia Roberts (Torn But Inspiring Teacher) in Mona Lisa Smile and Sandra Bullock (Free Spirit) in Forces of Nature. They also include Emma Stone in Easy A, because they don't find it believable that anyone wouldn't adore her. They also confess interest in seeing Green Lantern because it's "roughly two hours of Ryan Reynolds’s naked body in a CGI green suit."

[Bridesmaids photos courtesy Universal, Green Lantern courtesy of Warner Bros.]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.