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Ewan McGregor Is in ‘Love’ With Jim Carrey

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Carrey Joins Ewan in Jail: Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor are Hollywood’s hottest new onscreen couple in the dark comedy I Love You, Philip Morris, written and directed by Bad Santa scribes Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and drawn from the fact-based tale of a convict (Carrey) who falls in love with his cellmate (McGregor) and is inspired to multiple creative escape attempts. [Variety]

See If You Can Follow This: Oh, State of Play, will your casting woes never cease? The replacement of Brad Pitt with Russell Crowe caused a delay that now forces co-star Edward Norton to exit owing to a commitment to another film, opening the door for Ben Affleck to enter talks with Universal to take over Norton’s role. [Variety]

Meanwhile…: Now that Brad Pitt is no longer in State of Play, he’s free to replace Heath Ledger as Sean Penn’s co-star in Terrence Malick’s drama Tree of Life. People! Why all this drama? Our suggestion: Everyone join forces for TreeState of PlayLife, an epic drama with the best cast ever! [Variety]

BREAKING! Nicole Holofcener Casts Catherine Keener!: A film industry still reeling from the casting of Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s forthcoming crime drama receives another shock today when Nicole Holofcener (Lovely & Amazing, Friends With Money) casts Catherine Keener (Friends With Money, Lovely & Amazing) in the lead role in her new (as-yet-untitled) indie character study. What next: Woody Allen casting himself? [HR]

Chlumsky, Forsythe Make Unconditional Commitment: Anna Chlumsky and William Forsythe join the cast of LAByrinth’s production of Brett C. Leonard’s Unconditional, set to open in February under the direction of Mark Wing-Davey. [Playbill]

Ewan McGregor Is in ‘Love’ With Jim Carrey