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A couple of hours ago came more news about the Larry David film I announced here exclusively a while ago. The film, originally set up at Fox Searchlight, still co-stars Jon Hamm. Now a few more names have been added including Eva Mendes, Bill Hader, and Kate Hudson. But here are a couple of things not said: first of all Kristen Wiig was supposed to join the cast. I’m told negotiations fell apart. Wiig has gotten big, so it was probably a matter of money. Too bad–she and Hamm have great chemistry from “Bridesmaids.” I’m assuming that was the role Kate Hudson got.

Second, even though a synopsis of the plot of “Clear History” (a reference to an internet browser–can that really be the name?) was released, there is no script. Says one insider: “It’s just an outline.” The movie is mostly improvisational. It’s interesting that they added J.B. Smoove from “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” I think HBO wants this to seem as much like “Curb” as possible without being the actual thing. Also, I’m told at least part of the film will be shot on the north shore of Boston near Danvers, Massachusetts in September and October. A casting call went out up there for kids of different ages. The film will also shoot at least for one day on Martha’s Vineyard, where David lives in the summer.

PS Can you still vote for best written comedy episode for the Emmys? Hands down it was “Palestinian Chicken” from “Curb” last season. Maybe one of the best single shows in comedy TV history, right up there with “Chuckles is Dead,” “The Anti-Dentite,” and a Murphy Brown with Wallace Shawn announcing his political platform.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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  1. Do you mean “Chuckles Bies the Dust” from the MTM show? Nothing Larry David ever writes will be in that stratosphere. I’m amazed he keeps getting money shoveled at him. His product, like Woody Allen’s, is low quality and unfunny.

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