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Paul Giamatti Set For ‘Hangover II’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Giamatti has been set to join The Hangover Part II. He will join director Todd Phillips and the film’s cast in Thailand in a few weeks. Giamatti is filming Too Big to Fail for HBO, playing Ben Bernanke, and he’s been stumping for Oscar consideration for his starring role in Barney’s Version. Giamatti will next be seen in the Tom McCarthy-directed Win Win for Fox Searchlight.

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DreamWorks Buys Galifianakis Comedy

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: DreamWorks, which partnered with Paramount and Spyglass on the Friday opener Dinner For Schmucks, is back in business with one of the film’s stars, Zach Galifianakis. DreamWorks has made a preemptive purchase of Reply All, a laffer pitch that will be written as a star vehicle for Galifianakis, who’ll produce. Phil Johnston will write the comedy, and will be executive producer.  Johnston most recently scripted Cedar Rapids, the just completed Miguel Arteta-directed comedy for For Searchlight. Reply All was pitched around town early this week and DreamWorks just took it off the table.

Galifianakis will play a guy who hits the “reply all” button to an indiscreet e-mail, and then has to deal with the repercussions.

Post-Schmucks, Galifianakis will next be seen starring with the Focus comedy It’s Kind of a Funny Story, and then with Robert Downey Jr. in the Todd Phillips-directed Due Date, and he returns with Phillips to reprise his breakthrough role in the sequel to The Hangover. Galifianakis is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

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