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Stiller, Franco, Gerwig, and Blanchett to join Noah Baumbach's While We're Young?

12.02.2010
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If you like Noah Baumbach (THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, KICKING AND SCREAMING), and specifically this year's very good GREENBERG, then you'll likely enjoy this bit of news.

For his next project entitled WHILE WE'RE YOUNG, Vulture is reporting that Baumbach has already attached his GREENBERG star Ben Stiller as well as James Franco, while Greta Gerwig and Cate Blanchett have had offers made to them to also join. The film will deal with "a free-spirited Brooklynite twenty-something couple (Franco — and, possibly, Gerwig) who inspires an uptight documentarian (Stiller) and his wife (possibly Blanchett, pending the resolution of some scheduling issues) to loosen up — with comedic consequences."

Vulture also speculates that the Blanchett offer may originally have been intended for Baumbach’s GREENBERG co-writer and spouse, Jennifer Jason Leigh, but that that probably fell apart once she filed for divorce from the writer-director last week. Ouch.
Extra Tidbit: Favorite Baumbach film?
Source: Vulture

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11:38AM on 12/04/2010
I'm gonna be honest here and say that I find Greenberg to be a terrible film.
I'm gonna be honest here and say that I find Greenberg to be a terrible film.
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12:31AM on 12/03/2010
"Greenberg" was a spectular film, and "Squid And The Whale" was lots of fun, I cannot wait for this!
"Greenberg" was a spectular film, and "Squid And The Whale" was lots of fun, I cannot wait for this!
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7:41PM on 12/02/2010
I HATE the squid and the whale, but i admit that it is a good film, it was just too uncomfortable for me.
I HATE the squid and the whale, but i admit that it is a good film, it was just too uncomfortable for me.
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6:50PM on 12/02/2010
Cate Blanchett is probably the best actress in my eyes (next to perhaps Winslet) so any news of hers is great for me. If you haven't already, watch the Elizabeth films and Notes On a Scandal. Great performances.
Cate Blanchett is probably the best actress in my eyes (next to perhaps Winslet) so any news of hers is great for me. If you haven't already, watch the Elizabeth films and Notes On a Scandal. Great performances.
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1:04PM on 12/02/2010
I loved The Squid and the Whale, and Margot at the Wedding was good, too, but that Greenberg... getting a lot more credit than I think it deserves. Also, Ben Stiller is great—just not great as Greenberg. I understand it was supposed to be a shallow performance, but it was a little TOO shallow. I tried to enjoy it for what it was, but I got nothing from that film. The performances weren't bad, they were just droned out to an unrealistically pointless extreme. It was as if all of the characters
I loved The Squid and the Whale, and Margot at the Wedding was good, too, but that Greenberg... getting a lot more credit than I think it deserves. Also, Ben Stiller is great—just not great as Greenberg. I understand it was supposed to be a shallow performance, but it was a little TOO shallow. I tried to enjoy it for what it was, but I got nothing from that film. The performances weren't bad, they were just droned out to an unrealistically pointless extreme. It was as if all of the characters only had single-note personalities... which were, in most of all cases, perpetually "down".

Maybe LA wasn't the right fit for Baumbach. I'm sure treading back into the NY grounds might do him well. And if he can just learn that having a sense of humor (meaning more than a sarcastic, dry, underdeveloped one) is not going to lessen the important issues its trying to get across. He's just typecasting himself way too much, and with only a few credits to his name. Sad gets old. Gotta reinvigorate.
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9:46AM on 12/02/2010
Good director, good cast.
Good director, good cast.
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9:42AM on 12/02/2010
Noah Baumbach is probably one of the very few directors in Hollywood, the other that comes to mind is Wes Anderson, capable of using Stiller's talent correctly. So the two re teaming is always good news.

As far as my favorite Baumbach movie goes, it's easily The Squid and the Whale.
Noah Baumbach is probably one of the very few directors in Hollywood, the other that comes to mind is Wes Anderson, capable of using Stiller's talent correctly. So the two re teaming is always good news.

As far as my favorite Baumbach movie goes, it's easily The Squid and the Whale.
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9:37AM on 12/02/2010
Sounds like 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' without the alcohol. Most things are better with alcohol.
Sounds like 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' without the alcohol. Most things are better with alcohol.
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