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- Great news for Squid & the Whale fans, or people who just don't care for James Franco. Jesse Eisenberg is "is in talks" to reunite with director Noah Baumbach on his upcoming film, While We Were Young, after Franco dropped out last month. According to sources, the "intergenerational couples drama...is about a 40-ish childless couple that begins feeling alienated from their friends as those friends start to procreate, and strike up an unlikely friendship with a younger couple." Ben Stiller and (maybe) Naomi Watts are on-board as the older couple. [24 Frames]
- Sports agency IMG has reportedly axed Mark Steinberg, who for the past 13 years has been Tiger Woods' agent at the firm. An IMG source says Steinberg was "fired for poor performance" and that his contract was set to expire at the end of June. This raises an interesting dilemma for Woods, whose contract with IMG also ends at the end of June. IMG, it seems, would like to keep him, but the hot rumor is that Woods "will follow Steinberg despite rumors that Woods is dating former IMG Vice Chairman Alastair Johnston's step-daughter, Alyse Lahti Johnston." How Woods and Steinberg will overcome the 35-year-old's balky left knee and ongoing slide from atop the world golf rankings. [Page Six]
- You can add the Walking Dead's Frank Darabont to the list of AMC showrunners worried that the network's cost-cutting maneuvers will negatively impact their show. “Creatively I have no complaints thus far,” says Darabont of life at basic cable's premiere zombie drama.. “But I believe if they do move ahead with what they’re talking about, it will affect the show creatively ... in a negative way. Which just strikes me as odd. If you have an asset, why would you punish it?” He found an unlikely ally in Terence Winter, who seemingly got the sky, the sun, and the moon from HBO to make Boardwalk Empire. “Looking at some of the proposed cuts," said Winter, "the wishlist for the budget, I had to remind people the show is called Boardwalk Empire and we can’t afford a boardwalk or an empire for that price." Darabont and Winter made their comments at The Hollywood Reporter's annual drama showrunner Emmy roundtable. [The Hollywood Reporter]
- It's tough to pick out just one memorable detail from last night's screening of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr's coal country documentary The Last Mountain. Kennedy's rumored squeeze, Cheryl Hines was there. So was The New Yorker staff writer Phillip Gourevitch, who, upon observing a long-line of eco-friendly cars, was heard to remark, "They all even have 'Green' in their license plates." Then there was Kennedy himself, clad in a narrow red tie printed with fish-appropriately, as mountaintop removal, the film alleges, spreads poisons into the waters" and delivering a pre-screening speech "in which he lambasted the public's attention to Charlie Sheen (which he pronounced the Irish way, like "Sheehan")." Pick your poison. [The New York Observer]
- The Hangoverr III is a go, with Warner Bros. hiring Part II's screenwriter Craig Mazin to do the script. No word on a plot, or which location the boys will be blacking out in this time (Amsterdam's too obvious--maybe they'll somehow end up at Jay Gatsby's house? It'll be better than the Leonardo DiCaprio version.) On the press tour for the most recent film, director Todd Phillips said the filmmakers already "have a clear idea where [a third film] would head and it’s certainly not in the same template you’ve seen...The most I could say about it and I haven’t discussed it with these actors is that it is not following that template but very much a new idea." So maybe our Gatsby idea isn't so far-fetched. [The Wrap]
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