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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tina Fey's Untitled Dark Comedy, Co-Starring Martin Freeman and Margot Robbie, Has Begun Principal Photography



Don't throw rocks at me, but I really do not like Tina Fey movies. I LOVE Tina Fey on 30 Rock and all, but her movies (and I am thinking specifically of Baby Mama and Date Night) have been super disappointing. So to say that I am cautiously optimistic about her newest project is to it lightly.

Paramount Pictures announced in a press release on Tuesday that the actress's newest project, a big screen adaptation of Kim Barker's autobiography, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has begun principle photography in New Mexico.  The studio didn't reveal much about the film's synopsis in the release, but here's the Amazon description of the book to give you an idea of what to expect:

When Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how to do the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan. No matter—her stories about Islamic militants and shaky reconstruction were soon overshadowed by the bigger news in Iraq. But as she delved deeper into Pakistan and Afghanistan, her love for the hapless countries grew, along with her fear for their future stability. In this darkly comic and unsparing memoir, Barker uses her wry, incisive voice to expose the absurdities and tragedies of the “forgotten war,” finding humor and humanity amid the rubble and heartbreak.

Ummm...yeah, I don't know about this one. But apparently the New York Times raved about it. So there's that. Have any of you read it? If so, let me know what you think in the comments. Margot Robbie (Focus, The Wolf of Wall Street), Martin Freeman (Fargo, Sherlock), Alfred Molina (Love is Strange, Frida), Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo) and Sheila Vand (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) also star in the film, which is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Focus, Crazy, Stupid, Love) from a screenplay by Robert Carlock (30 Rock). 

I'll keep you updated as I learn more. 

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