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What seemed like an odd fit when it was first reported is no longer a fit at all: 'Bridesmaids' director Paul Feig has left the third 'Bridget Jones' film after agreeing with Universal and Working Title that the project needed a British shepherd. Despite the setback, don't expect much moss to grow on Feig's stone: he's got two projects brewing at Universal, including 'Dumb Jock,' which could star Melissa McCarthy and Jon Hamm. Feig would also helm the 'Bridesmaids' sequel, provided that ever happens. Deadline's Mike Fleming reports that no sequel plans are in motion with star Kristen Wiig, but Universal may decide to continue the franchise without her, a la the Vin Diesel-less '2 Fast 2 Furious.' As for 'Bridget Jones 3,' Universal is looking for a British director with eyes on kicking off production in 2012. [Deadline]

Apparently Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and director Adam Shankman had so much fun at the Oscars two years ago that they might make a movie together. Deadline reports New Line Cinema is close to acquire a comedy pitch with Baldwin, Martin and Shankman attached that would combine elements of 'Trading Places' and 'Grumpy Old Men.' The project actually hatched from Baldwin and Martin's appearance 'Saturday Night Live' two weeks ago, an amusing story if only because Baldwin and Martin co-hosted the Oscars and appeared together onscreen in 'It's Complicated'; it's not like their chemistry was ever in question. [Deadline]

Actress Jaimie Alexander had a pretty big summer thanks to 'Thor,' and she's showing no signs of slow down. Alexander has been cast as the female lead opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in 'The Last Stand.' She'll play a cop in the film, which focuses on a small-town sheriff (Schwarzenegger) attempting to stop an escaped drug kingpin from crossing the border. [Variety]

The cast of 'Neighborhood Watch' keeps growing. Billy Crudup is in negotiations to join Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Will Forte and Richard Ayoade in the action comedy from director Akiva Schaffer. If signed, the 'Almost Famous' star would play a "creepy and weird neighbor." [THR/Heat Vision]

When directors hit television, part one: Joel and Ethan Coen are set to executive produce an hour-long single-camera comedy for Fox. Titled 'HarveKarbo,' the project would follow an "ill-tempered L.A. private investigator." The show carries a "significant penalty" if Fox decides to pull the plug before it goes to pilot. [Deadline]

When directors hit television, part two: CBS is in talks to acquire a spec script called 'Tweaked' from Jon Favreau, who would also executive produce and direct the pilot should things progress further. The half-hour is about the dating lives of single parents in Santa Monica. The Coen Brothers, Favs, Martin Scorsese and 'Boardwalk Empire,' Steven Spielberg and 'Terra Nova.' How long before Lars von Trier gets his own television series? [Deadline]

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