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Woody Allen gets Alec Baldwin, wants Jesse Eisenberg

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Making a Michael Cera-Jesse Eisenberg comparison’s too easy. True cinema junkies know Eisenberg’s line delivery and pregnant pauses are far more similar to 1970s- of 1980s-era Woody Allen, circa “Manhattan,” “Broadway Danny Rose” or “Hanna and Her Sisters.”

So it’s music to our ears that the Oscar-nominated star of “The Social Network” and the animated feature “Rio” might be circling a role in an upcoming Allen comedy. According to Deadline, Eisenberg “is also in line for a lead” in a production that just buttoned down Alec Baldwin.

Furthering Allen’s desire to explore European metros such as London and Paris, the film will be shot in Rome.

But when? Baldwin’s committed to Adam Shankman’s “Rock of Ages” musical, and he’s got a regular spot on “30 Rock.” Eisenberg, meanwhile, is in pre-production on Phil Dorling’s “Predisposed,” with Melissa Leo and “30 Rock” co-star Tracy Morgan.

Maybe Eisenberg just wants to work with the entire “30 Rock” cast? Tina Fey, you have been warned.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • April 12, 2011 | Permalink |

    ”Maybe Eisenberg just wants to work with the entire “30 Rock” cast?”


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