Bradley Cooper: Almost as Good as Mark Wahlberg

Bradley Cooper is in talks to replace Mark Wahlberg in David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook, about a former high school teacher institutionalized for depression and released into the care of his mother (trend alert!). Cooper is negotiating for the part of the teacher and, in related news, his Limitless costarRobert De Niro will probably also join the movie in some capacity. Wahlberg is reportedly leaving the project to play another cop in Allen Hughes’ Broken City. Grade: B- [Deadline]

Reese Witherspoon will star in Disney’s Wish List, about a career woman belatedly granted 10 wishes she made as a young girl. As long as none of those wishes involve elephants, James L. Brooks, Christmas with Vince Vaughn, or extraordinary rendition with Jake Gyllenhaal, this is probably a step in the right direction, at least. Grade: B [Deadline]

Nicholas Murro has decided to do 300: Battle of Artemisia instead of Die Hard 5, so Fox is looking for another director to have his soul crushed by Bruce Willis. Among the contenders: Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Justin Lin (Fast Five), Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), or John Moore (Max Payne). Grade: B [Deadline]

Lars Von Trier‘s next movie, Nymphomaniac, will follow the “sexual evolution of a woman from birth to age 50,” which the director tells EW he won’t be able to do “without showing penetration.” But he’s willing to cut the film into a mainstream version and a hardcore one, “depending on how it’s financed.” Let the bidding begin! Grade: A- [EW]

Rob Riggle will develop and star in HBO’s Lifestyle Lemonaid, a comedy based on the blog of Nikki Joel, wife of high-ranking WME talent agent Brandt Joel, on which she shares embarrassing details from their marriage (here’s a post about the time she mistook his self-pleasuring for an earthquake). Riggle will play the husband, who’s expected to have a different job than his real-life inspiration, presumably both because nobody likes Hollywood agents and so the character will have more time to spend pleasuring himself. Grade: B+ [Deadline]

Yesterday at the TCA Press Tour, Peter Berg reaffirmed plans to make a Friday Night Lights movie, for which a script is currently being written: “We’re very serious about trying to do it.” Grade: A- [Deadline]

Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, and Jody Hill‘s Rough House Pictures just signed a development deal with Fox that the network hopes will result in programming less smutty than Eastbound and Down and Pineapple Express. Grade: A [Variety]

Summit Entertainment will foot the small bill for a microbudget “found footage” thriller from director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and starring Ethan Hawke as a true-crime author who researches his books by moving his family into homes where grisly murders occurred. When he moves into one such house, he discovers footage of the killings, probably expediting his research so he and his family can get out of there without any hassle. Grade: C+ [Deadline]

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