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Chelsea Handling a Role in "Means War"

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Chelsea Handling a Role in "Means War"

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It’s looking like Chelsea Handler and zoologist boyfriend Dave Salmoni have split. “Up until a couple weeks ago, I was working very intimately with the Animal Planet, but unfortunately, that contract was terminated,” the E! talk show host said, riffing on her personal life in a Sept. 1 monologue. “However, I enjoyed being in bed with them and may hook up for an occasional project.”

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With her first major studio role already under her belt, Chelsea Handler has lined up another part, this one opposite some serious star wattage.

Handler will play Reese Witherspoon's bestie in "This Means War," reported Deadline. The film is an actioner-romcom in which Witherspoon is fought over by a pair of CIA agents, played by Tom Hardy and Chris Pine, with disastrous results for New York City.

Witherspoon's a pro, we have a shameless man0crush on Hardy, Pine was awesome as Kirk in "Star Trek" and Handler seems wisely cast as the (presumably sassy/horn-doggy/raunchy) best friend. But we have a few of well documented concerns:

  • The presence of McG behind the camera: Which McG will show up? The one who made the good-for-what-it-was "Charlie's Angels"? Or the guy who made hash of "Terminator: Salvation"?
  • This script has been kicking around for so long and has gone through so many changes that at one point Martin Lawrence was supposed to star in it.

Fingers crossed...

Earlier this year Handler filmed "Hop," opposite Russell Brand as the Easter Bunny, who, after having been hit by a car, needs help saving everyone's favorite fertility ritual. It's due out April 14, 2011, just 10 days before Easter, conveniently enough.

It's been quite a ride for Handler who's gone from struggling stand-up comedian to talk-show host to best-selling author (three times over) to subject of a sex-tape scandal to alleged squeeze of 50 Cent to movie star. Nicely done Ms. Handler.

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