The Priority List

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Despicable Me 2 has earned close to $1 billion worldwide, and I’m guessing that means Steve Carell can do anything he wants, career-wise. Especially since Universal will want him back for the already announced third outing. So, even if his more serious endeavors don’t add up nearly as high as his animated or comedy work, if that’s what he prefers then that’s what he’s got the freedom to do. The Hollywood Reporter has his next dramatic role already picked out, with Carell set to produce and star in an adaptation of the new memoir The Priority List: A Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons. He’ll play its author, inspiring cancer-stricken school teacher David Menasche, who is going on eight years since being told he had only months to live. The story goes that Menasche was diagnosed in 2006 with a lemon-size brain tumor. Let the realization of how big a lemon is sink in for a moment. In spite of his terminal sentence, surgery and chemotherapy kept him alive and even working for another six years until he suffered a seizure in 2012 that damaged his vision, memory and more. He left teaching and traveled the country on a mission he called his Vision Quest, reconnecting with former students in order to fill in things he was beginning to forget about what he meant to them. The plan was not to just write a book but also produce a documentary with footage he filmed along the way. It’s unclear […]

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