Hollywood Ink: Cameron Diaz Goes Bad
· Cameron Diaz is now attached to the raunchy comedy Bad Teacher, in which she will portray a profane, ruthlessly social-climbing pedagogue stuck in a love triangle in her middle school's debauched teachers' lounge. Jake Kasdan will direct and, with any luck, mine some of the more unintentional hilarity Diaz brought to her role as the club-footed private-school instructor in The Box. [Variety]
It's Complicated loses its MPAA battle, the best title of the year finds a home at DreamWorks, and more Hollywood Ink after the jump.
· Remember that big family gathering you had planned on Christmas Day to watch Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and bare-ass Alec Baldwin romp around in It's Complicated? No? Hmm. Well, the MPAA just scuttled it anyway, locking in the film's R rating for "some drug content and sexuality." [THR]
· DreamWorks picked up writer-producer Michael Besman's action-comedy pitch Wife vs. Ninja, about, and I quote because what else can I do, "a Long Island housewife who discovers that the beautiful young intern who recently stole her scientist husband is actually a bloodthirsty ninja assassin intent on stealing his work." Ahem. And who says there are never any good roles for women any more? [Variety]
· Another DreamWorks project -- the Hugh Jackman/Shawn Levy robot-boxing effort Real Steel -- has found itself a Nov. 18, 2011 opening day, making it the first 'Works film to be released under the studio's new output deal with Disney. This calls for a celebration! You go first. [THR]
· And finally, speaking of Disney: Another day, another series of pseudo-goth young-adult fantasy novels is optioned in hopes of a franchise. This time it's Fallen, a four-book collection that eschews vampires and werewolves in favor of the next big, swoony thing: Angels. Oh, God, indeed. [THR]