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Paul Rudd Loves You, Man

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Rudd to Actually Star in Comedy: Remember when Paul Rudd used to star in comedies, instead of playing the best friend? We’re talking like 1997 to 1998. Well, happy days are here again for Overnight Delivery fans now that Rudd is set to star in writer-director John Hamburg’s I Love You, Man, about a groom seeking a male friend to be his best man. [Variety]

The Only Prescription Is More Penguin: Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation team up to squeeze the last drops out of the penguin teat with their new 26-episode CG-animated series The Penguins of Madagascar, based, naturally, on the penguins from the movie Madagascar. [HR]

Wilco on the Riviera: Wilco fans who don’t live in or near Chicago, we are not trying to break your hearts, but front man Jeff Tweedy announced that over five nights this February at the Windy City’s Riviera Theater, the band will attempt to play “the complete Wilco,” including reaching into “the dusty corners” of their back catalogue. [Billboard]

West End Chenoweth: New York’s legions of Kristin Chenoweth fans find themselves in similarly dire straits, as the Broadway darling is in final negotiations to make her London debut in a thirteen-night run of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide at the English National Opera. [Playbill]

Cage Looks Knowing: Here at the Vulture Industry desk, it’s our job to make sure you know how much Nicolas Cage you have to look forward to in the coming years. Which is to say, a lot. A lot of Nicolas Cage. For example, Summit Entertainment announces that Cage will star in the Alex Proyas–directed thriller Knowing, about a man whose son finds a time capsule in his school that predicts the end of the world. [Variety]

Remake Insanity of the Day: Producers Thomas Schuehly and Mario Kassar are partnering on a remake of Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent sci-fi classic Metropolis. Okay, seriously, guys. After 80 years, hasn’t all the brand recognition rubbed off? [Variety]

Paul Rudd Loves You, Man