Hollywood Ink: Jason Segel and Ed Helms to Get Brotherly, Stoned
· Ed Helms and Jason Segel have signed on to Jeff Who Lives at Home, a stoner comedy set up at Paramount by filmmaking siblings Mark and Jay Duplass (Cyrus, Baghead). Segel is set to play the titular slacker while Helms will appear as his slightly better-adjusted brother, and really, can't you see the resemblance? The Duplasses are still looking for someone to portray the film's mother; hell, why not Mo'Nique? [THR]
Clint Eastwood takes on Hoover, Steve Martin rounds out a nifty comic trio, and more Hollywood Ink after the jump.
· Clint Eastwood will return to the biopic zone with a high-octane project about FBI founder and generally creepy crimefighter J. Edgar Hoover. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will produce through their Imagine label; Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black contributed the script, perhaps ensuring the tagline, "You gotta give 'em paranoia." [THR]
· Steve Martin is close to joining The Big Year, which already hooked Owen Wilson and Jack Black for its tale of three men in a competition vying to spot the rarest birds in North America. David Frankel (Marley and Me, The Devil Wears Prada) will direct for Fox. [THR]
· Milo Ventimiglia will play the crime baron at the center of Criminal Empire for Dummys, also starring Gary Oldman, Malin Ackerman and Harvey Keitel in the story of a young man rise to multinational criminal supremacy. We'll find out soon enough if the title is just clever product placement by a publisher or ready-made, copyright-infringement lawsuit material. Either way, someone needs to fix the spelling. [Variety]
· I'm not making this up: Warner Bros. is planning an action-adventure movie -- and maybe even a franchise -- about Leonardo Da Vinci. "Think National Treasure and Raiders of the Lost Ark by way of Clash of the Titans," the report suggests. And have your aspirin at the ready. [THR]