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- Ryan Gowland
 While Steve Carell has obviously been trying to branch out beyond his funnyman roots with some of his recent  choices , the latest addition to his crowded slate sounds more like classic Carell. The very busy actor is attached to produce and star in Universal Pictures' Lunatics, a big-screen adaptation of Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel's forthcoming novel. Carell will play one of two suburbanites who get involved in a petty feud, with unexpectedly far-reaching consequences. More details after the jump. Carell's been landing roles left and right ever since his exit from NBC's The Office. He's already wrapped Seeking a Friend for the End of the World with Keira Knightley, and is currently shooting Great Hope Springs with Meryl Streep. Beyond that, he's also signed on for Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, Charlie Kaufman's Frank or Francis, the literary adaptation Dogs of Babel, the magician comedy Burt Wonderstone, »
- Angie Han
Steve Carell seems to be attaching himself to a new project on a daily basis. Just off the top of my head, he’s got Dogs of Babel, Burt Wonderstone, and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World coming up – so I’m starting to take all of these attachments with a grain of salt. Is he really going to be able to squeeze all of these starring roles into his schedule? But, nonetheless, another one has been announced. The latest news, coming out of Deadline Armonk, is that Carell will be starring in an adaptation of a Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel novel called “Lunatics.” The books centers on a rivalry between two suburban dads that escalates to the point that it creates butterfly effect-type global consequences. More specifically, the novel’s description on Amazon reads, “Philip Horkman is a happy man-the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and »
- Nathan Adams
Steve Carell has signed on to star in Lunatics. Lunatics is a film adaptation of the Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel novel with the same name. Universal Pictures has bought the rights to Lunatics, but Barry and Zweibel will adapt their novel for the movie audience, reports Deadline. The film will follow two New Jersey soccer dads whose minor feud has much bigger consequences. Carell will play a pet store owner who referees children's soccer games on Sundays. The Crazy, Stupid, Love (more) »
- By Kristina Bustos
We're used to seeing Steve Carell call the shots in his role as the former regional manager of Dunder Mifflin on The Office, but now he's ready to take a position of power on the soccer field. Steve Carell will star as a referee in Lunatics, a film based on a book by comedy writers Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel. In addition to reining in young athletes, Carell's character will also have to deal with a particularly boisterous soccer dad. I love seeing Carell play an angry character - I loved his irrational outbursts on The Office as Michael - so I hope he'll get into a few blow-up arguments with his costar. What do you think of Carell taking to the soccer field? »
- Rose Curiel
Carell plays one of them, a pet store owner and local kids soccer ref. Barry and Zweibel will adapt the script themselves.
- Garth Franklin
Steve Carrel is set to star in 'Lunatics'. The '40-year-old Virgin' actor will take on the role of Philip Horkman, a pet shop owner who referees kids football games on Sundays, the character in the novel written by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel which has now been acquired by Universal Pictures. The Barry Zweibel-creation, which will be produced by Scott Stuber and Pam Abdy as well as Steve himself along with his Carousel partners Vance DeGeneres and Charlie Hartsock, is about the feud of two New Jersey football dads which escalates far beyond its means leaving »
Steve Carell has built a career out of playing some less-than-average characters, but his latest film role has him turning into a real head case.
The movie tells the story of two soccer dads who find themselves at the center of escalating insanity when they cross paths, not limited to running from the law, the government, and a guy in a Chuck E. Cheese costume.
Carell has been keeping busy since leaving "The Office," with roles in "Burt Wonderstone," "Dogs of Babel," "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," "Foxcatcher" and "Despicable Me 2" all lined up for the next few years.
"Lunatics" is being produced by Carell and his partners at Carousel Productions. »
- Sarah Crow
Steve Carell is attached to star in Universal Pictures' Lunatics , based on the upcoming Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel novel, reports Deadline . The title, which will be released on January 10, is described as follows: One of them is a bestselling Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist. The other is a winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Together, they form the League of Comic Justice, battling evildoers in the name of... Okay, we made that line up. What they do form is a writing team of pure comic genius, and they will have you laughing like idiots. Philip Horkman is a happy man-the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons, and he's »
Now I know why Steve Carell had to leave "The Office." He's attached to so many movies, there's no way he could do all that attaching while still attached to a TV show. Steve Carell, you are officially everywhere. Carell is now attached to star in the sports comedy Lunatics, based on the novel by humorists Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel. The film stars two New Jersey soccer dads whose feud on the field escalates into a real-world war. Carell would play Phillip Horkman, one of »
- Mike Sampson
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If you're making a movie in Hollywood and Steve Carell isn't attached in some way, you're probably doing it wrong. The hilariously busy and beloved star will reportedly team with famed authors Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel for an adaptation of their forthcoming novel 'Lunatics.' Out in January, the book focuses on two warring suburban dads, whose conflicts escalate with world-changing results. Carell, who will produce, would play Phil, a pet-store owner and kids's soccer ref, who gets into a major disagreement with another dad during one game. No word yet on the other dad, but since Universal is the studio behind this one, start guessing the studio's usual comedy suspects: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell.
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- Christopher Rosen
The story centers on two New Jersey soccer dads whose minor feud escalates to create worldwide consequences, and leave them running for their lives. Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel will adapt their novel, which will be published by Putnam in January.
Steve Carell will play Philip Horkman, the owner of a pet store who refs kids soccer games on Sundays, and there he meets an irate soccer dad who triggers the misadventures.
No production date has been set. »
We all knew that Steve Carell‘s departure from The Office would lead to a more substantial presence on the big screen, but the rate at which he’s attaching himself to projects is nevertheless surprising. The next few years alone will bring starring roles in The Dogs of Babel, Burt Wonderstone, Frank or Francis, Foxcatcher, and Conviction — more than plenty for someone who wants to keep themselves busy, but there’s at least one more to add to that list.
As Deadline reports, Universal has acquired Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel‘s novel, Lunatics, for him to star in. The forthcoming book — which the authors are adapting for the screen — revolves around “New Jersey soccer dads whose minor feud escalates to create worldwide consequences, and leave them running for their lives.” Scott Stuber and Pam Abdy will produce through Stuber Pictures; Carell, Vance DeGeneres, and Charlie Hartsock will do so by way of Carousel. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Another day, another project for Steve Carell who seems to be in popular demand in the film world now that he's all finished with "The Office." Deadline has word that Universal Pictures has picked up the rights to Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel's novel Lunatics as a starring vehicle for Carell which the actor will also produce through his Carousel production company. The book, which is set to be published on January 10, 2012 (you can pre-order it right here), follows a couple of soccer dads in New Jersey who get into a minor scuffle that somehow escalates into an Earth-shattering event that sounds more than a little outrageous. Here's the official synopsis of the forthcoming book which the authors will adapt themselves: Philip Horkman is a happy man-the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole »
- Ethan Anderton
Universal has purchased the rights to the comedic novel "Lunatics" by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel as a starring vehicle for Steve Carell, with Carell also producing through his Carousel Productions. The novel, which doesn't hit stores until January 10th, tells the story of two men: Philip Horkman, a happy-go-lucky New Jersey pet store owner who serves as a referee for kids' soccer games on the weekends; and Jeffrey Peckerman, a cynical soccer dad whose minor feud with Horkman escalates to the point where the two are eventually pursued by law enforcement, terrorists, soldiers and some guy dressed up as "Chuck »
- HitFix Staff
What do you get when you take two prize-winning humorists and add in one of Hollywood’s leading comedic actors? Apparently, you get Lunatics, the Universal Pictures adaptation of the Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel novel of the same name. Steve Carell will star as one of two soccer dads whose conflict with each other grows into a series of escalating events until both of them are sent running for their lives. Barry, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, is most famous for his long-running syndicated humor column in The Miami Herald. Zweibel is an Emmy-winning writer behind such TV series as Saturday Night Live and Late Show with David Letterman. Carell, of course, is one of the most sought after actors today, having left The Office to pursue his lucrative movie career. Hit the jump for more on Lunatics. News of Carell’s casting in Lunatics comes via Deadline. Carell will play Philip Horkman, »
- Dave Trumbore
Exclusive: Universal Pictures has acquired the Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel novel Lunatics, with Steve Carell attached to star. The film will be produced by Scott Stuber and Pam Abdy of Stuber Pictures and Carell and his Carousel partners Vance DeGeneres and Charlie Hartsock. The Barry-Zweibel collaboration is two New Jersey soccer dads whose minor feud escalates to create worldwide consequences, and leave them running for their lives. Barry and Zweibel will adapt their novel, which will be published by Putnam in January. Carell will play Philip Horkman, the owner of a pet store who refs kids soccer games on Sundays, and there he meets an irate soccer dad who triggers the misadventures. Carell, who’s repped by Wme and Media Four, will start filming Burt Wonderstone with Jim Carrey in January for New Line and Warner Bros. Zweibel, who’s writing an HBO comedy pilot vehicle for Penny Marshall, »
- MIKE FLEMING
Since 2002, when Dave Barry mentioned John Baur and Mark Summers in his weekly column, Talk Like a Pirate Day has been an internationally celebrated holiday on Sept. 19, growing bigger with each passing year.
Why Sept. 19? That's Summers' ex-wife's birthday, so ... naturally.
The official Talk Like a Pirate website now has a Google map showing all the Talk Like a Pirate parrrrrrties. You can have yours added too. And this year, Mark and John are announcing a new book - "Pirate Santa," for children.
Need help with your Pirate-speak? The site kindly provides a translator. So - hoist the mainstay, swab the bootdeck, drink lots o'grog, find t' hot beauties and celebrate!
Getty Diane Keaton
BookExpo America, the largest trade book fair in North America, gets under way today in New York. Publishers, booksellers, librarians, agents, authors, and readers will gather at the Javits Center for four days of new release promotions, author autograph sessions, rights negotiations, industry panels, and parties.
Jeffrey Eugenides, Anne Enright, Charles Frazier, Erica Jong, Dave Barry, Mo Willems, and Katherine Paterson will appear at book signings or special events. Also: Diane Keaton, Julianne Moore, Jane Lynch, Roger Ebert, »
- Barbara Chai
Can't say we're all that surprised. With Sony teaming with Channing Tatum and Billy Ray to the tune of around $1 million, picking up their "Peter Pan Begins" project, it was only a matter of time before the competition started dipping their toes in the water of Neverland. And the fact that it's Disney isn't much of a shocker either. The Wrap reports that Disney chief Bob Iger recently revealed during a shareholders meeting that the studio was considering adapting the best-selling children's book “Peter and the Starcatchers” by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The story takes place before the… »
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