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Tom McCarthy Penning "Home Movies"

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    Paul Giamatti stars as a struggling lawyer moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach who takes advantage of an elderly client. Things get complicated when the man's grandson, a champion wrestler shows up out of the blue. Co-stars Any Ryan and Bobby Cannavale, opens March 18. (Published Thursday, Mar 17, 2011)

    Tom McCarthy has yet to write a bad film, so news that he's been hired to bang out a fifth movie is to be celebrated.

    McCarthy has been hired to write "Home Movies," about a man who can travel back in time via his home movies and do things a little differently, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jared Stern ("Mr. Popper's Penguins," "Bolt") was the film's original writer.

    "Win Win"

    [NATL] "Win Win"
    Paul Giamatti stars as a struggling lawyer moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach who takes advantage of an elderly client. Things get complicated when the man's grandson, a champion wrestler shows up out of the blue. Co-stars Any Ryan and Bobby Cannavale, opens March 18. (Published Thursday, Mar 17, 2011)

    McCarthy's served as writer-director on "The Station Agent," "The Visitor" and "Win Win," and shared a writing credit on the brilliant "Up," so the guy gets story. Additionally, he's a talented character actor who's shown up in films like "Fair Game" and "Michael Clayton," and played a scumbag reporter on a season of "The Wire."

    Yeah, he occasionally pops up in films like "Little Fockers," but you don't pay the bills being an under-appreciated writer-director.

    "Fair Game"

    [NATL] "Fair Game"
    Naomi Watts and Sean Penn star as Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson, the real life couple who found themselves in a fight with the Bush Administration about Saddam Hussein's WMD program. (Published Friday, Nov 5, 2010)

    If you're one of the 300 million or so folks who hasn't seen "Win Win," starring Paul Giamatti as a lawyer/wrestling coach who ends up taking in a talented teen from a troubled family, do so--it's funny, touching, smart, thoughtful... and loaded with great acting from Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale and newcomer Alex Shaffer.