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'Admission': Tina Fey, Paul Rudd could get all Liz Lemon-y

March 13, 2012 |  7:09 pm

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EXCLUSIVE: Fans of "30 Rock" finally got their fix this season when the media-savvy NBC comedy returned in January. But those fans might be heartened to know that they'll soon be getting another dose of Tina Fey -- and as a 40-ish unmarried woman once again -- this time on the big screen.

Focus Features is moving ahead with "Admission," Fey's new dramatic comedy in which she plays a college admissions counselor for "American Pie" and "About a Boy" director Paul Weitz.

The writer-actress aims to shoot the movie when "30 Rock” wraps this spring, likely in May, according to a person familiar with the film production who was not authorized to talk about it publicly.

Owen Wilson, who had previously been reported to be weighing the role, won't be starring; instead, producers are out to Paul Rudd to play the male lead, the person said. (The actor is very interested and has met with the filmmakers, though no formal deal has been struck.) A Focus Features spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

In the Karen Croner-penned film, Fey would play an unmarried woman who meets a man she went to school with (Rudd) but never really knew. It turns out he's been harboring thoughts about her, and possibly a secret as well.

Weitz is coming off the art-house drama "Being Flynn" for Focus, while Rudd has been busy: After starring in last month's romantic comedy "Wanderlust," he'll next be seen in the college romance "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" as well as Judd Apatow's "This Is 40," both due out later this year.

 As for Fey, fans will have to be content to watch her tangle with Jack Donaghy: At present she has no new movies in the can.

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Photo: Tina Fey at the Golden Globes in January. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

 


Meryl Streep will be Tina Fey's mom (on the Sony lot)

July 28, 2010 | 12:51 pm

Sony Pictures is showing mothers the love.

The Culver City studio has landed rights to "Mommy & Me," the A-list package that had been sought by nearly every major studio in town. As we wrote several weeks ago, Meryl Streep and Tina Fey will play a mother and daughter, respectively, in the dramatic comedy, with Stanley Tucci directing the pair and possibly costarring.

FeyIt's still very early in the evolution of this one -- there isn't even a script, and the studio/producers have to find the right writers to take it on.  But with Sony making some serious inroads in the upscale female film market -- look for "Eat Pray Love" to continue the trend next month -- expect this one to be a priority.

It's also nice to see some adult fare getting some traction. It's been happening at a niche level for the past few months, with "Winter's Bone" and "The Kids Are All Right" racking up some respectable specialty business. But landing this one -- with Tucci, who directed "Big Night," and Streep, who starred with him in smarter entertainments like "Julie & Julia" -- offers some hope in a world of explodables and pyrotechnics. And if nothing else, we'll get to see Tina Fey act like Meryl Streep's daughter.

--Steven Zeitchik

Twitter.com/ZeitchikLAT

Photo: Tina Fey at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York earlier this month. Credit: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images

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Will Tina Fey and Steve Carell send out for 'Mail-Order Groom'?

April 12, 2010 |  6:35 am

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With "Date Night" performing reasonably well at the box office this weekend, it's natural to ask when Steve Carell and Tina Fey might come together again on the big screen.

The two are, as we wrote about back in December, working on a movie called "Mail Order Groom." Warner Bros. is developing the comedy  (which was partly conceived by Fey's real-life husband and "30 Rock" co-executive producer Jeff Richmond) about a lonely American woman who orders an Eastern European, Borat-like soldier as a beau.

Interviewed as part of a Calendar piece before the "Date Night" opening, the pair told The Times' Denise Martin that the movie was still very much a possibility -- it's just a matter of scheduling. "Yes, maybe someday. It's a hilarious and deeply weird script that appeals to both of us. We just need to clear the time to do it," Fey said. (Both she and Carell have limited shooting time given their television responsibilities.)

"It could be really good," added Carell. The actor appears in the upcoming "Dinner for Schmucks" and has a voice role in "Despicable Me" but has not yet chosen a new movie.

Before teaming on "Date Night," Fey and Carell spent years admiring each other's work from afar, first as budding comics at Chicago's Second City and then as network stablemates. But they rarely crossed paths until it occurred to their agents, both based at WME, to put them in a comedy together.
 
"As soon as I heard she was in, I was in," Carell said. "Almost in complete disregard for anything else."

-- Denise Martin and Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Tina Fey and Steve Carell in "Date Night." Credit: 20th Century Fox


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