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Warner Bros Acquires Untitled Mob Pitch With Steve Carell And Jake Johnson To Star, Max Winkler To Direct

By | Friday April 13, 2012 @ 3:49pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a deal worth mid-six figures, Warner Bros just bought an untitled mob comedy pitch that Rodney Rothman will write with Steve Carell and Fox TV New Girl‘s Jake Johnson attached to star, and Max Winkler attached to direct. Pitch is based on an idea by Johnson and Winkler.

Project will be produced by Carell via his Carousel Productions and Rothman via his Viking Funeral shingle. Johnson and Winkler will be co-producers.

Rothman just sold a comedy pitch to Paramount with Seth Rogen and Kevin Hart, and with Judd Apatow he just produced The Five Year Engagement for Universal, his third film with director Nick Stoller and fourth for Judd Apatow. Rothman also has the comedy/horror film, The Something, set at Universal with Rogen.

Carell next stars in Seeking A Friend At The End Of The World and Hope Springs, the latter opposite Meryl Streep. Carell just wrapped The Incredible Burt Wonderstone for New Line.

Johnson is also attached, as New Girl just got renewed for a second season. He stars in the upcoming Safety Not Guaranteed, opposite Mark Duplass and Aubrey Plaza, which sold at Sundance, and was most recently in 21 Jump Street and No Strings Attached. Read More »

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Mike Sitrick, Shame On You…

By | Thursday July 12, 2007 @ 5:31pm PDT

sitrick.jpgI’ve known Mike Sitrick for a long time. He’s a PR maven who prides himself on being a family man. Which is why he should be filled with self-loathing for allowing his firm to promote a torture porn pic like Captivity, much less an even more disgusting premiere party whose selling point was its political incorrectness. (Let me make it perfectly clear: I support talent’s right to make the movie, just not business people profiting from it.) Sure, I received all those inane emails announcing the bash, and I did the right thing: I trashed them. Other journalists fell all over themselves covering the event so as to diss it: really, they’re lemmings hurling themselves off the cliff. There is only one way to stop the business of these torture porn movies: by shaming the people who receive money for releasing them, publicizing them, having anything to do with them. So, Mike, how could you? (And how could you, After Dark’s  Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman?) Take that Captivity money and donate it to charity and pledge publicly right now you’ll never get involved with torture porn pics again. Until Mike does, I urge Hollywood and other companies to shun Sitrick and Company because there is such a thing as guilt by association.

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