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Garner/Renner Get Addicted, Boardwalk Empire's Williams, Jacki Weaver, The Fighter Trailer

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 17, 2010 at 12:10PM

- Jennifer Garner will play the trophy wife addicted to prescription drugs and Jeremy Renner will play the lifeless pharmacist catering to (and falling for) the woman and the addiction via their disastrous extra-marital affair in Better Living Through Chemistry. (This seems to be a trend: another upcoming title is Love and Other Drugs.) THR is calling it a dramatic thriller, not a romantic comedy. Garner was at her post-Alias best in 2007's action/drama The Kingdom. This picture seems the most promising of her handful of projects in development (mostly comedies). And Renner's role sounds like a treat for The Town star to crack and crumble with. Writers Geoff Moore and David Posamentier will make their directorial debuts with this project.
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- Jennifer Garner will play the trophy wife addicted to prescription drugs and Jeremy Renner will play the lifeless pharmacist catering to (and falling for) the woman and the addiction via their disastrous extra-marital affair in Better Living Through Chemistry. (This seems to be a trend: another upcoming title is Love and Other Drugs.) THR is calling it a dramatic thriller, not a romantic comedy. Garner was at her post-Alias best in 2007's action/drama The Kingdom. This picture seems the most promising of her handful of projects in development (mostly comedies). And Renner's role sounds like a treat for The Town star to crack and crumble with. Writers Geoff Moore and David Posamentier will make their directorial debuts with this project.

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- A familiar face from The Wire will become more recognizable after HBO's Sunday night premiere of Boardwalk Empire. Michael K. Williams plays Omar Little on The Wire - who NYMag calls "whistle-happy, profanity-averse, dealer-robbing stickup man, one of history's greatest-ever TV characters." That's tough to follow, but he's about to embody Steve Buscemi's rum-runner, an ex-boxer and a bonafide leader of the African American community in the prohibition era drama. Williams admits to NY Mag that there's lots of cursing, drinking and killing in the series. He says that while he'd love to do more comedy, his focus is to simply keep working and to do it well. As for Omar's fans, he never gets tired of being stopped on the street; "I’m just grateful that people admire something I did. It never gets old for me." Life is pretty good for Williams; this Brooklynite walks to and from work on the Boardwalk Empire set, in Greenpoint; "It’s surreal to be able to come back home and have a job like this."

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- And the woman behind what is possibly the greatest-ever evil matriarch (the character of Janine Cody in Sundance Grand Jury prize winner Animal Kingdom), Aussie actress Jacki Weaver, speaks to the New Zealand Herald about this infamous role, which was written for her by writer/director David Michod. The 63-year old is no ingenue, she's been working in TV and film since the 1960s, but she says, "All my life I have wanted to play Lady Macbeth and of course I am too old now and because I present as something quite sweet - I think I am as nasty as the next person - but most of my life I have been getting the nice girl roles and now the nice old lady roles…[that] I am now allowed to play grown-ups is quite good. So I am getting paid back now for having to play children until I was quite old." As the matriarch of a Melbourne crime family in Animal Kingdom, Weaver's baby face functioned in an entirely new way; Janine has "that true sociopathic villainy like you do find in some of the Shakespearean baddies and you think that there might be something ameliorating all this due to the fact that she loves the children," she says, but no: "then you realize she will even eat her own young...she's got no conscience."

If that's not dramatic enough for you, check out the new The Fighter trailer with Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams. The David O. Russell film comes out December 10th.

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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.