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Steve Carell and Tina Fey to Share an Awkward Good-Night Kiss

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Carell and Fey to Date: Steve Carell and Tina Fey will star as a married couple in Date Night, directed by Night at the Museum’s Shawn Levy for Fox. Story follows a couple who find their routine date night “becomes much more than just dinner and a movie,” which is a just coy way of saying “high jinks ensue,” which itself is just a coy way of saying “At some point they will be kidnapped and lashed to a tree while itchy bears advance.” [Variety]

Baldwin Feeling the Romance: In other 30 Rockish news, Alec Baldwin, a man who knows a thing or two about tender loving goodness, is in talks to join Meryl Streep in Nancy Meyers’s untitled romantic comedy for Universal. He’ll play one of the two men who get caught up in a love triangle — the one who wins, we hope. [Variety]

Tarantino a Crazy Bastard: We hope you own stock in companies that sell pants, because there’s a massive amount of shagadelic pants-shitting ‘bout to go down. It seems that Quentin Tarantino has recruited Mike Myers to play British general Ed French in Inglorious Bastards. Mike Myers? Surely he means the Mike Myers who did make-up for The Muppets, or the Mike Myers effects artist on Star Trek, or Michael Myers of Halloween? [Variety]

Like Kutcher, Like Son: Ashton Kutcher will produce and star in the fatherhood comedy Like Father for Columbia. Kenneth Lonergan is rewriting the story of a father and son who never got along but coincidentally have new baby sons at the same time. Now they must go through fatherhood together. In our perfect world, each man’s baby would be played by the other actor using patented Little Man technology, but we guess Kenneth Lonergan wouldn’t write something like that. [Variety]

My So-Called Autism: Claire Danes is in negotiations to star in HBO’s Temple Grandin project, the story of one of the leading speakers on autism, someone who overcame the disorder to become one of the top scientists in livestock handling (a field we were not aware necessitated scientific intervention). The Bodyguard’s Mick Jackson is set to direct. The role of the livestock is as yet uncast. [HR]

Steve Carell and Tina Fey to Share an Awkward Good-Night Kiss