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Jewel as June Carter Cash -- PHOTO

It ain’t her, babe!

Jewel Tweeted fans a first-look photo of herself as June Carter Cash in the upcoming Lifetime film, The June Carter Cash Story, and the songstress underneath the long dark hair is nearly unrecognizable. “Here I am as June in my trailer with her blue eyes and perfect teeth #ringoffire.”

The movie is based on the book Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash, which John Carter Cash wrote about his mother. Matt Ross from American Horror Story will play Johnny Cash. Jewel has big shoes — and big hair — to fill. Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar for her turn as June Carter Cash in the 2005 film Walk the Line.

Between this photo and the Lindsay-Lohan-as-Elizabeth-Taylor picture, Lifetime casting seems to be doing an eerily good job as of late. Perhaps that rumored Lady Gaga biopic isn’t such a bad idea after all.

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And starring Bill Murray as...the Human Torch?

Before Bill Murray was Bill Murray — the beloved eccentric who uses a 1-800 number in lieu of an agent and hired a deaf personal assistant just to spite Groundhog Day producers — he was a struggling comedian looking for gigs in New York City. In 1977, Murray would shoot to fame as Chevy Chase’s replacement on NBC’s Saturday Night; before that, though, he made ends meet by playing a Marvel superhero on a serialized radio drama.

That’s right: Serialized radio plays still existed in the mid-’70s. Marvel’s audio version of The Fantastic Four lasted just 10 episodes, according to Badass Digest — but listen to any of those, and you’ll be treated to Murray shouting goofy catch phrases (“Flame on!”) as Johnny Storm, a.k.a. the Human Torch. Bonus geek points: The serials are narrated by Fantastic Four co-creator Stan Lee.

Check out Murray’s early voiceover work by listening to Episode 1, “Fantastic 4 Meets the Moleman,” below. You can also find the series in its entirety at archive.org.

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Stop everything! Mermaids are real?

Like Ariel, are mermaids just longing to be part of our world?

If you believe filmmaker Charlie Foley, whose “documentary” Mermaids: The Body Found aired this past weekend on Animal Planet as part of “Monster Week,” then yes.

The speculative documentary (a.k.a. not real. A mermaid is not going to attack you while you nap on the beach, okay?) explored the myth of the underwater princess — but she’s not the sweet-singing Disney version. The CGI mermaids from the film were dead ringers for the scary merpeople from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, or rejects from the set of Avatar. The theory presented by the movie suggested that long ago, a group of human ancestors evolved to become sea creatures — this is called the aquatic ape hypothesis and is an actual theory put forth by some researchers. If you buy into it — or maybe saw The Thirteenth Year too many times as a kid — then this is where mermaids come from. The Animal Planet movie explains that when a real-life mermaid was found alive on a beach, a big government cover-up ensued so that no one would find out…until now. READ FULL STORY

Duckie gay? Jon Cryer says no way

Your inner ‘80s teenager may have been concerned earlier this week, when Molly Ringwald spoke with Out about her roles as the Brat Pack Queen, and revealed that John Hughes wrote a gay character in just about every movie he made — even if he never came right out and said so.

For Pretty in Pink, that means a second look at Duckie (played by Jon Cryer), whom Ringwald outed: “Duckie doesn’t know he’s gay,” she told the magazine. “I think he loves Andie in the way that [my gay best friend] always loved me. That [original ending, which had them together] fell so flat — it bombed at all the screenings. I didn’t realize it then — I just knew that my character shouldn’t end up with him, because we didn’t have that sort of chemistry. If John was here now, and I could talk to him, I think that he would completely acknowledge that.” READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin goes on anti-Republican Twitter rant, calls them 'lying thieves'

Alec Baldwin plays a staunch conservative on 30 Rock, but his personal politics are famously liberal, as demonstrated by a fusillade of anti-Republican tweets yesterday. Baldwin let his opinion loose on some 870,000 followers as he took to Twitter from the Cannes Film Festival, where he wrote, “Away from the noise and vulgarity of the U.S. election. I gotta tell you. It’s been nice.” Only a few hours later, Baldwin blasted the Republican party in a series of tweeted heats (sorry, heated tweets):

Some complain on Twitter about Obama.

You wanna go back? To Bush? Cheney? Paulson? Rumsfeld? Unfunded wars? Death of U.S. soldiers and innocent civilians for oil? READ FULL STORY

Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) explains his blond hair (sort of)

The Internet is freaking out over Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation‘s Ron Swanson, going blond — a look he sported at last night’s Peabody Awards in New York City. Asked if the makeover was for a role, Offerman sent the following response to EW through his publicist: “Although I am changing my look drastically for a couple of roles this summer, I really was just looking to have more fun.”

Offerman also made headlines this spring for being bald in a video supporting the Americans for Marriage Equality project, and for sporting stubble but no mustache while promoting Casa de mi Padre with Will Ferrell in bathrobes on the fourth hour of Today. (Wow. We really care, don’t we?)

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Biff from 'Back to the Future' answers all your questions on one handy postcard

Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, and Crispin Glover are all nice. The hoverboards didn’t really fly. The Delorean was small and uncomfortable.

Now, can you please leave Tom Wilson alone?

Wilson — the actor who played Biff in all three Back to the Future movies — gets a lot of questions from a lot of fans. The trouble is, those fans always seem to ask the same things. So Wilson decided to start saving time by handing out 400-word postcards that list the answers to every fan FAQ. Shaun Usher from Letters of Note posted a photo of one on his Twitter today — and the Internet’s been buzzing about it ever since.

These missives are basically a longer, non-rhyming version of a musical comedy bit Wilson’s been doing for years — and according to Wilson’s manager Alex Murray, his client has been distributing them for about a decade. Wilson doesn’t bring a stack of cards everywhere he goes, but he does often carry around a few “just for fun,” Murray told EW.

Check out the full text of Biff’s note below:

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Samuel L. Jackson has tweeted 57 different spellings of 'motherf---.' See the completely unnecessary list here.

He’s admitted it everywhere: legendary bad-ass Samuel L. Jackson has a favorite word, and it rhymes with brother trucker. Ever since Jackson (currently taking names as Nick Fury in the indie arthouse flick The Avengers) joined Twitter in October 2011, the man has eschewed any kind of filter and tweets whatever he wants with no regard for censorship… which is exactly how we like our SLJ.

I could give you some kind of reason why I spent my time prowling through Jackson’s eight-month-old Twitter for the various spellings of his favorite swear word, but there’s really no motivation aside from utter fascination and curiosity. Here is a man who is on such a high tier of cool that he can effectively spell words with no discernible logic and get away with it. Not once, not twice, but a whopping 57 times. Let’s see Noah Webster demonstrate that much creativity.

DISCLAIMER: If you’re going to read this list of variant spellings of a matronly obscenity, I trust that you know exactly what you’re getting into. READ FULL STORY

'Expendables 2' nickname generator: I am Boom Boom

Back in March 2010, when the first trailer for The Expendables hit, we said the film could have the best action movie character names ever. Now, we can all join in the fun, thanks to The Expendables 2‘s new “badass nickname” generator app. I got Boom Boom, which I think would be tough to beat. Darren Franich got The Mutilator and Silent Assassin (some people can’t just do it once.*) And Laura Hertzfeld is now going by Skull Crusher. Your turn.

* He also entered the name “Timothy Olyphant” and got Night Train. Okay, that tops Boom Boom.

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EW Caption Contest: 'Predator' reunion

Fans of The New Yorker‘s cartoon caption contest know the drill. In each issue, there’s a doodle with no description, and it’s up to the reader to supply the wittiest quip that explains it with a comic twist. After competing for several years and never winning, I can confirm that The New Yorker‘s contest is rigged. So let’s incorporate their concept for the photo to the right. You can clearly see what it is. (Click here for a larger version.)

Here’s my submission:

Arnold’s playful gag of dipping his right hand in mud before shaking did not amuse Pete, who struggled for several moments to see it right in front of his face.

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