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Tina Fey Signs On to Star in Nancy Meyers Comedy ‘The Intern’

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Nancy Meyers is close to striking a deal with Paramount for ‘The Intern,’ her new comedy starring Tina Fey. It’s a great week for Meyers who has also signed on to direct ‘The Chelsea,’ starring Felicity Huffman.

According to Deadline, Meyers will start on ‘The Intern’ in 2013 after Fey finishes another season of her hit NBC show ‘30 Rock.’ Meyers is known in recent years for her distinguished lady (read: menopausal) rom-coms like ‘It’s Complicated’ and ‘Something’s Gotta Give,’ but she also brought us gems like ‘Private Benjamin’ and ‘The Holiday.’

‘The Chelsea’ is based on a script co-written by her daughter, Hallie Meyers-Shyer (say it three times in the glass ceiling and you’ll make feminist progress appear via the magic of nepotism), while ‘The Intern’ is based on Meyers’ own script.

In ‘The Intern’ Tina Fey plays “the founder of an e-business with a fashion focus,” which is the most progressive version of Meyers’ token upper middle-class white lady she could think of. And like ‘It’s Complicated,’ we’ll have to empathize with a woman who seemingly has everything as Fey is burdened with a senior citizen intern as part of a community outreach program.

Have you seen ‘It’s Complicated?’ It’s hard to empathize with Meryl Streep when she’s Meryl Streep and lives in a house with that kitchen while Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin — two of the funniest, most charming silver foxes ever — fight for her affection. And seriously, that kitchen.

Give us a break, Nancy Meyers.

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