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INCONCEIVABLE!

We list 10 facts from Juno director Jason Reitman and The Princess Bride director Rob Reiner’s Academy live commentary of the fairy tale comedy classic.

Jason Reitman’s next staged reading: an all-female version of Glengarry Glen Ross, starring Robin Wright, Catherine O’Hara, Maria Bello, Allison Janney, and Mae Whitman. Click through for exclusive details on who’s playing whom.

Jason Reitman’s next star-studded live reading is upon us! Well, “us” who live in L.A. Here’s the cast so far:

– Shailene Woodley, who played George Clooney’s combative eldest daughter in The Descendants, will play the part of Tracy, the high-school girl Allen’s character is dating. The role was originated by Mariel Hemingway, who received an Oscar nomination for it.

– Fred Savage, who recreated the little-kid version of himself in Reitman’s live-read last year of The Princess Bride and the role of lickspittle Brandt in their staged version of The Big Lebowski, will co-star as Yale, the part of Allen’s best friend, originated by Michael Murphy.

– Parenthood star Erika Christensen has agreed to step into Meryl Streep’s shoes for the role of Jill, the ex-wife of Allen’s character — who is writing a book about him.

– Mae Whitman, who co-stars with Christensen on Parenthood, will play Yale’s wife Emily, originated by Anne Byrne.

– And Jason Mantzoukas, perhaps best known as the wooly bearded Rafi on The League, will play Dennis, which was originated by the late, great Saturday Night Live comedy writer Michael O’Donoghue.

Jason Reitman’s latest project is a live-read of American Beauty at the Toronto Film Festival — starring Girls' Adam Driver as Ricky Fitts (originally played by Wes Bentley), Mae Whitman (her?) as Thora Birch's Jane Burnham, and, oh yeah, Bryan Cranston and Christina Hendricks as Lester and Carolyn, filling in for Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening.

This. Will. Be. Amazing.

Reitman will use a different cast than he did in his original Los Angeles Apartment reading — where Steve Carell played the Jack Lemmon part and Natalie Portman filled in for Shirley MacLaine — so feel free to start throwing out your best guesses about which NYC-centric actors will make the cut. Also, if you live in the tri-state area: Buy tickets!

Seth Rogen is The Dude, man! He’ll be taking over Jeff Bridges’ iconic role in Jason Reitman’s Big Lebowski live-read tonight. The reading will also feature Christina Hendricks as Maude Lebowski, Rainn Wilson as Walter Sobchak, Jason Alexander (from Seinfeld, not from marrying Britney Spears) as the Big Lebowski himself, and Nick Kroll, Hank Azaria, and Fred Savage as everyone else.

We know you’re excited, but could you please keep your voices down? This is a family restaurant.

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