Here are some photos from the Celebrity Charades Goes Medieval Gala, to benefit the Labyrinth Theater Company. This is actually the
first-ever second red carpet event for Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston since their August wedding. I kind of like that. They didn’t walk the carpet together for one of her premieres, and they didn’t do it for anything she’s involved with – the Labyrinth Theater Company is something Justin has been involved with, and it’s associated with their friend, the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman. They look nice and low-key together.
Justin is sort of enjoying a career renaissance these days. The Leftovers Season 2 is getting more critical acclaim than the first season, and Justin has scored a juicy role in The Girl on the Train. But what of Jennifer Aniston? Well, over the past month or so, she’s been quietly lining up some interesting roles. And now this:
Jennifer Aniston will star alongside Robert De Niro in The Comedian, the Art Linson-scripted drama directed by Taylor Hackford that has been a De Niro passion project for years. The film will shoot early next year in New York. Linson and John Linson will produce the film along with Cinelou’s Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon. Cinelou, which funded the Aniston starrer Cake, is financing the picture.
De Niro plays a toxic insult comic on the order of a Don Rickles (with whom De Niro starred in Casino). Aniston meets him at a wedding, and they develop a close relationship. It will be De Niro’s second time behind the stand-up microphone, after playing the iconic stalker/aspiring comedian Rupert Pupkin in The King Of Comedy. The project has been one both De Niro and Linson have been trying to pull together for years, with stand-up material written by Friars Club and Comedy Central roasts staple Jeffrey Ross. Linson wrote the Hollywood-centric pic What Just Happened?, which starred De Niro as a harried producer, and he produced the De Niro pics Heat, The Untouchables and This Boy’s Life.
This sounds… odd. Like, this is a strange “passion project” for DeNiro and it’s a weird choice for Jennifer Aniston too. I suspect that Aniston got cast in this because DeNiro is getting the financing from Cinelou, the production house that brought us Aniston’s Cake and subsequent failed Oscar hustle. As in, DeNiro was told “we’ll finance your passion project, but only if you hire Jennifer Aniston.” What confuses me is that I have no idea who Aniston is playing in relation to DeNiro’s comedian character. Is she the love interest? Because no one will buy that. Is she a fellow stand-up comedian? Because no one will buy that either.
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