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Ed Helms finds director for first leading role

Feb. 26, 2010by: Mike Sampson

Once upon a 1999, Dean Parisot directed the well-received cult classic GALAXY QUEST. The film hardly made a bankroll but it seemed to signal Parisot as a new talent that was up for bigger and better things. But six years went by until his next film, FUN WITH DICK AND JANE hit theaters. Sure it was a step up: it starred Jim Carrey and was written by Judd Apatow. But the production was marred with numerous problems and Parisot has yet to direct a film since. But he's back baby!

Parisot has signed on to helm CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, the Universal comedy that will serve as the first solo starring film for HANGOVER breakout Ed Helms. The film will star Helms as an account who reconnects with an old friend via Facebook and is soon immersed in a world of international espionage.

Universal is hoping to get the film into production this spring while Helms is on break from "The Office" (am I the only one who finds it weird that Helms, who is starring in his own movies, still hasn't broken into the opening credits of that show?).

Helms will also reteam with Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis for THE HANGOVER 2 though it's unclear when that project will start filming.

Extra Tidbit: Parisot won an Academy Award in 1988 for his short film "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings."
Source: Variety

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6:48AM on 02/27/2010
As someone else pointed out, Ed Helms is the lead in the Miguel Arteta-directed Cedar Rapids, which began filming last year.
As someone else pointed out, Ed Helms is the lead in the Miguel Arteta-directed Cedar Rapids, which began filming last year.
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1:04AM on 02/27/2010
i think they just started, as recently as the most recebt episode, putting ed helms in the title credits for the office. could be wrong... but im excited to see him in a starring role
i think they just started, as recently as the most recebt episode, putting ed helms in the title credits for the office. could be wrong... but im excited to see him in a starring role
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12:25AM on 02/27/2010
Ed Helms is alright, no great shakes. I wouldn't rush to the cinema to watch a movie headlined by him.

Galaxy Quest on the other hand was absolute genius and you'll be hard pressed to find many funnier movies made since, especially ones that hold up as well. Dick & Jane just couldn't find the balance of what it wanted to do.

This stands a good chance of being successful as a film...but don't know if it will make too much bank.
Ed Helms is alright, no great shakes. I wouldn't rush to the cinema to watch a movie headlined by him.

Galaxy Quest on the other hand was absolute genius and you'll be hard pressed to find many funnier movies made since, especially ones that hold up as well. Dick & Jane just couldn't find the balance of what it wanted to do.

This stands a good chance of being successful as a film...but don't know if it will make too much bank.
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5:13PM on 02/26/2010
I got the vibe he was trying to pull of with DICK & JANE, I just didn't like it as a comedy, it was more of a social commentary. But damned if GALAXY QUEST isn't one of the best schlocky Sci-Fi mockings ever, helping to bring Sam Rockwell to the forefront. I love him for that.
I got the vibe he was trying to pull of with DICK & JANE, I just didn't like it as a comedy, it was more of a social commentary. But damned if GALAXY QUEST isn't one of the best schlocky Sci-Fi mockings ever, helping to bring Sam Rockwell to the forefront. I love him for that.
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3:31PM on 02/26/2010
He quickly took over as my favorite character on the Office and was the best part of the Hangover. i will go see any movie starring the Nard Dog.
He quickly took over as my favorite character on the Office and was the best part of the Hangover. i will go see any movie starring the Nard Dog.
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2:02PM on 02/26/2010
Andy Bernard doesn't lose contests.. he wins them. Or he quits them because they're unfair.


Also.. I don't wanna be that guy but the opening credits for The Office hasn't changed since the first season.
Andy Bernard doesn't lose contests.. he wins them. Or he quits them because they're unfair.


Also.. I don't wanna be that guy but the opening credits for The Office hasn't changed since the first season.
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6:19PM on 02/26/2010
Yes it has, Ed Helms is in the opening credits now.
Yes it has, Ed Helms is in the opening credits now.
6:41PM on 02/26/2010
touche they did! I'm gonna give myself a thumbs down for that one.
touche they did! I'm gonna give myself a thumbs down for that one.
12:42PM on 02/26/2010
kinda sounds like Chuck (to an extent) and yeah he's in the opening creds for the office
kinda sounds like Chuck (to an extent) and yeah he's in the opening creds for the office
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12:00PM on 02/26/2010

Helms

Hes now featured on the opening credits. Isnt Helms the lead in Cedar Rapids?
Hes now featured on the opening credits. Isnt Helms the lead in Cedar Rapids?
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2:21PM on 02/26/2010
He is most definitely the lead there. Great script.
He is most definitely the lead there. Great script.
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10:34AM on 02/26/2010
actually new episodes of the office have featured Ed Helms in the opening credits. so good for him! And galaxy quest is a great movie and fun with dick and jane is very underrated I feel. So this should be great!
actually new episodes of the office have featured Ed Helms in the opening credits. so good for him! And galaxy quest is a great movie and fun with dick and jane is very underrated I feel. So this should be great!
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