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Will Ferrell will steal yard decorations in The Flamingo Thief

Feb. 13, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Will Ferrell has signed on to star in an adaptation of the novel THE  FLAMINGO THIEF, where he'll play a grieving father/husband who takes to stealing pink flamingos as a coping mechanism. Sounds like your typical oddball role for Ferrell, but you throw in the grieving father/husband part and you know it's all bound to come to a head by the end of the film. No "shake and bake" or "Stay classy, San Diego" to close the credits.

Ferrell had dabbled in dramatic roles already with MELINDA AND MELINDA and last year's EVERYTHING MUST GO, neither of which I've seen. The latter is sitting in my Netflix Q like it's paying rent. I just haven't been in a hurry to see a Will Ferrell movie where I learn a life lesson. It's not that I don't think he can pull it off, it's just that I'd rather see him in any incarnation that starts with Ron and ends with Burgundy or the like.

THE FLAMINGO THIEF is based on the novel by Susan Trott and the screenplay by Michael LeSieur (YOU, ME & DUPREE) was on the 2011 Blacklist (as was EVERYTHING MUST GO). So, there.

Here's the book's synopsis from amazon:

Everyone handles grief differently but none so differently as Tim Forester, multimillionaire Juice King, who lost his son a year ago. It starts with him quietly pocketing a china flamingo belonging to his three year old niece, Joy, and by his tenth flamingo has escalated to felony grand theft. He is shot by one person and shot at by another. He is losing his business and his wife but he is feeling better. Flamingo thieving makes his heart beat. He comes alive. In a way he is having a wonderful time. But how will it end? Quite possibly in prison. Flamingo Thief is a funny, bittersweet story of love, loss, family, fruit and flamingoes. The reader will never forget Tim Forester, his disastrous way of dealing with grief, and a heart that is bursting with love.

No director is attached just yet and the pic is being produced by Ben Stiller's Red Hour films. As is usual for these types of projects, it could be a sleeper hit or gone to disc in the blink of an eye and sit in my Netflix Q for years.

Extra Tidbit: What do you think of Ferrell in dramedy type roles? Would you like to see more like this or more like Ricky Bobby?
Source: Variety

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8:10PM on 02/13/2012
If he could put out something like Stranger Than Fiction I would be ecstatic. I really enjoyed that movie.
If he could put out something like Stranger Than Fiction I would be ecstatic. I really enjoyed that movie.
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4:27PM on 02/13/2012

Jackie Moon...

FTW!
FTW!
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3:32PM on 02/13/2012

TIDBIT

Most websites that promote journalism of any kind would frown upon misspelled titles of films in the article's title, although it was spelled correctly in the article itself, but not Joblo!

Also: It's "Netflix Queue", not Q...unless you're writing on Facebook.
Most websites that promote journalism of any kind would frown upon misspelled titles of films in the article's title, although it was spelled correctly in the article itself, but not Joblo!

Also: It's "Netflix Queue", not Q...unless you're writing on Facebook.
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6:59PM on 02/13/2012
Thank you for your insightful suggestions, Indy (can I call you Inday?)

I am going to pull my submission to the Pulitzer today.

Thx 4 yer recs ;)
Thank you for your insightful suggestions, Indy (can I call you Inday?)

I am going to pull my submission to the Pulitzer today.

Thx 4 yer recs ;)
7:55PM on 02/13/2012
I guess you can call me Inday, if you so choose. I haven't the faintest as to why you would, but hey, whatever.

And you're welcome for the recommendations. I know that as a paid reporter on news, both for film and the occasional "special interest" article, you would want suggestions as to how to maintain only the utmost professionalism and excellence in your field.

That's "field", by the way, not "feild".
I guess you can call me Inday, if you so choose. I haven't the faintest as to why you would, but hey, whatever.

And you're welcome for the recommendations. I know that as a paid reporter on news, both for film and the occasional "special interest" article, you would want suggestions as to how to maintain only the utmost professionalism and excellence in your field.

That's "field", by the way, not "feild".
8:43PM on 02/13/2012
Now, if only someone could teach me the difference between "effect" and "affect" I'll be all set...
Now, if only someone could teach me the difference between "effect" and "affect" I'll be all set...
11:08PM on 02/13/2012
While I'm no High School English Teacher, I'll give it a whirl. Even though I know you know this....I'd hope.

Affect is a verb, such as with the example: "The writer was so affected by the cruel criticism, he retorted with equal vigor".

Effect is a noun, such as with the example: "An effect of poor spelling on a professional site is snark."


In all seriousness though, I'm sorry if I hit a nerve, but it pains me to see the consistent trend of poor spelling/grammar on this site
While I'm no High School English Teacher, I'll give it a whirl. Even though I know you know this....I'd hope.

Affect is a verb, such as with the example: "The writer was so affected by the cruel criticism, he retorted with equal vigor".

Effect is a noun, such as with the example: "An effect of poor spelling on a professional site is snark."


In all seriousness though, I'm sorry if I hit a nerve, but it pains me to see the consistent trend of poor spelling/grammar on this site lately. I come here every day and this one was just too much to leave alone.
2:47PM on 02/13/2012
Stranger Than Fiction is my favorite Will Ferrell movie. One of those movies I could watch anytime without much complaint.

Everything Must Go is absolutely amazing, I think. A small film with a simple enough story, but he goes to some pretty dark places and doesn't miss a beat doing it. Actually, it's not all that funny either, so don't go in expecting a lot of laughs.
Stranger Than Fiction is my favorite Will Ferrell movie. One of those movies I could watch anytime without much complaint.

Everything Must Go is absolutely amazing, I think. A small film with a simple enough story, but he goes to some pretty dark places and doesn't miss a beat doing it. Actually, it's not all that funny either, so don't go in expecting a lot of laughs.
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1:17PM on 02/13/2012
Will Ferrell is much better in dramedies where he has to be subtle and the humor comes in little punches rather than a barrage like with his big budget flicks.
Will Ferrell is much better in dramedies where he has to be subtle and the humor comes in little punches rather than a barrage like with his big budget flicks.
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12:55PM on 02/13/2012
I prefer Will Ferrell in the more Dramedy-esque roles.

Everything Must Go is a very solid film, Melina and Melinda is a Woody Allen film, so even it has some quality guaranteed, and Stranger Than Fiction is a wonderful Kaufman light romp.
I prefer Will Ferrell in the more Dramedy-esque roles.

Everything Must Go is a very solid film, Melina and Melinda is a Woody Allen film, so even it has some quality guaranteed, and Stranger Than Fiction is a wonderful Kaufman light romp.
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12:21PM on 02/13/2012
Farrell is much better in these dramedy roles than he is in the annoying as hell "Will Ferrell" roles.
Farrell is much better in these dramedy roles than he is in the annoying as hell "Will Ferrell" roles.
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11:49AM on 02/13/2012
I thought everything must go was great! Easily one of his better movies of the past few years.
I thought everything must go was great! Easily one of his better movies of the past few years.
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