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Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, Eva Longoria, Rosie O’Donnell and other celebrities will be featured in Adrian Grenier’s upcoming documentary “Teenage Paparazzi.”
Matthew Cooke is producing for Bert Marcus Prods.
Cooke also is writing and directing a satirical war-on-drugs docu, “How to Make Money Selling Drugs,” for Marcus Prods.
Grenier’s film, which surfaced on gossip sites when the actor was seen around Los Angeles with interview subject Paris Hilton, explores his relationship with a 14-year-old paparazzo who took his photo. The docu will feature Grenier interviewing actors and commentators — including Martin Landau, Noam Chomsky and “Daily Show” comedian Lewis Black — about the culture of fame.
Cooke, who is functioning as a “sounding board” for the director, said “Paparazzi” will interweave the relationship portrait with philosophical interviews in the style of Richard Linklater’s “Waking Life.” It is being shopped to distributors and might be unveiled as a feature or miniseries.
“Paparazzi” producers Reckless Prods., Cooke, No Dry Spells, J. Loar and Marcus are wrapping their post work as preproduction begins on “Drugs.” Cooke plans to present “10 easy steps to making money” from drugs, with subjects ranging from dealers and prison workers to manufacturers of barbed wire and lobbyists for private prisons who argue for tougher drug laws. “A lot of our domestic drug policy has reached a level of absurdity, so a comedy pill makes it all easier to swallow,” he said.
The ICM-repped Cooke, who edited and received an Oscar nomination for producing the Lionsgate docu “Deliver Us From Evil,” plans to complete his feature directorial debut next year.
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