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Allen, Costner dealing with MDP's 'Anger'

Allen, Costner dealing with MDP's 'Anger'
Joan Allen and Kevin Costner are in discussions to star in MDP Worldwide's feature The Upside of Anger for filmmaker Mike Binder. Production is set to begin in late summer. Binder wrote and will direct the project, which is a family drama about a mother (Allen) and her four strong-willed daughters who must suddenly deal with life without a husband/father. Costner would play a former baseball player and friend of the family. Producing the project are Binder, his brother Jack Binder and former MGM executive Alex Gartner. Mike Binder will take on a small role in the film. Costner, repped by CAA, next directs, produces and stars in the Walt Disney Co. feature Open Range. Allen, repped by ICM, next stars in New Line Cinema's The Notebook. Binder, repped by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment, wrote, directed, starred in and executive produced HBO's series The Mind of the Married Man. The multihyphenate also wrote, directed and starred in the features Sex Monster, The Search for John Gissing and Londinium. He wrote and directed the features Crossing the Bridge and Indian Summer. Other credits include directing Blankman, writing Coupe de Ville and acting in Minority Report and The Contender. MDP Worldwide, the producers and CAA declined comment on the project.

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