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Melissa Rauch Is ‘Here’; Ben Schwartz Dashes to ‘Runner, Runner’; Arlen Escarpeta Swept In ‘Category Six’

Written by on June 4, 2012 

With Mad Men about to close its outstanding fifth season (or, you could say, fifth outstanding) season, Matthew Weiner is using that show’s too-long hiatus to make a film. With You Are Here, he’s corralled Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, and Laura Ramsey (Kill The Irishman) to tell the story of a weatherman (Wilson) and his best friend (Galifianakis), both of whom seek enlightenment in their lives following the death of a father. (Some reports say it’s the weatherman, others say it’s the friend. We’ll know sooner or later.)

Adding herself to this lineup is Melissa Rauch (the deplorable Big Bang Theory); she’s said to be playing a call girl with more style than her occupation requires. How this plays a crucial part in the story? I can’t say I know. Funny, though, that someone who acts one of TV’s worst shows can find herself under the guidance of the person who runs one of (if not the best) out there. [THR]

THR then informs us that another television veteran is on their way to the silver screen, with Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation, House of Lies) now appearing in Brad Furman‘s Runner, Runner. He’ll play the friend to Justin Timberlake‘s character, himself a Princeton student working for an online gambling company that cheated him out of money. Ben Affleck is the CEO of this organization, while Gemma Arterton is the protagonist’s girlfriend; Oliver Cooper, Anthony Mackie, and Sam Palladio also co-star.

Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Rounders, Ocean’s 13) wrote the script, which will get filmed this summer.

Finally, Variety reports that Steve Quale will reunite with his Final Destination 5 star, Arlen Escarpeta, since the latter has been cast in his newest effort, Category Six. The John Swetnam-penned 3D disaster film revolves around a group of teenagers documenting a category six tornado — the worst in American history! — with their various electronic devices. He, along with newcomer Alycia Debnam-Carey, are two of those youngsters; the rest still need to be cast. Seeing as that actress joined about a week ago, I imagine things are coming together quickly, for better or for worse.

Which of these projects are you most interested in? What piece of casting is the most encouraging?

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