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'Grease': Who's the one that you want to play Danny and Sandy?

Who’s the one that you want?

Fox announced Monday that NBC isn’t the only studio that can bring musicals to the small screen: They’ll air a live, three-hour version of Grease sometime next year. If three makes a trend, I couldn’t be happier that musicals-on-TV are officially, finally back.

Now, there are a lot of considerations for a Grease adaptation. First of all: Will Fox stick solely with the Broadway version of the show (à la NBC’s decision for Sound of Music), which differentiates a fair amount from the John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John iconic movie? The stage show spends much more time with supporting characters as opposed to Danny and Sandy. People freaked out when Carrie Underwood sang “A Lonely Goatherd” in the first act of Sound of Music (a difference from the movie) — perhaps Fox will want to keep fans happy and keep things similar to the film. READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly: Now let's cast the rest of the Justice League

Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines contemporary pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses! Click here for past columns.

Remember when Zack Snyder officially announced his intention to put a Batman movie inside a Superman movie? On Wednesday, he got even more ambitious: Warner Bros. officially announced that Gal Gadot was playing Wonder Woman. We’ve all had a day to work through our complicated feelings about that news. But now it’s time to move on to more important things. Snyder’s incipient Superman saga always carried the implicit promise of bigger things: A whole multimovie mega-franchise focusing on different DC superheroes, all leading up to a franchise-knitting superteam film.

It took Marvel four years, three successful mini-franchises, and one nonstarter Hulk franchise to get to Avengers. Warner Bros. is clearly hoping to accelerate that timeline. Batman Vs. Superman Plus Wonder Woman points directly to a Justice League movie by Q3 2017, if not earlier. It’s equally possible that the studio has a more ambitious architecture in place: They could be plotting to launch their other superheroes in team-up movies from 2015 onward, with Ben Affleck on retainer to play Batman for half an hour in each movie, essentially serving as franchise booster rockets. (DC Comics has been doing this for years. Launching a new comic book? Put Batman on the cover as an issue 1 guest star.)

Whatever: The point is, casting for the rest of the Justice League has moved from an ambient years-forward possibility to an immediate probability. Which means it’s never been more important for us to collectively tell Warner Bros. how to cast the rest of the Justice League. It’s a tricky gambit: They need people who will form a fun ensemble right away, but who can also suggest a possible movie waiting to be built around them. (They require Ruffalo-Hulks; they could settle for Johansson-Widows; they need something better than Renner-Hawkeyes.) Forthwith, the best possible casting choices, with careful consideration given to extra-film details like “How will Twitter react?” and “How will they look on a panel at Comic-Con 2015?”:

Who should star in the Ben Stiller-helmed 'Reality Bites' series?

OK, OK. We know it’s kind of sacrilege to even think about remaking Reality Bites. But Ben Stiller directed it and Helen Childress wrote it and they’re developing the potential new series at NBC, so for a moment let’s hope for the best. And… make a few suggestions for who should play the slacker crew so iconically embodied by the original cast. Here are our picks, tell us yours in the comments:

Up for grabs: Where stars of canceled TV shows should head next

In case you haven’t been following the news, it’s been a rough week out there for TV shows.

Late last week and into the weekend, the broadcast and cable cancellation ax fell — and it fell hard, leaving a bevy of talented actors without a place to call a home this fall. That’s where we come in.

After a scientific brainstorm (aka: this morning over a bowl of Cheerios) we’ve thought up a few humble suggestions for TV’s now-homeless talent.

First up: Megan Hilty

Who should play Johnny Carson (and Ed McMahon) in new biopic?

With so many talk show hosts elbowing for our late night TV viewing attention — Jay and Dave and Jimmy and Jimmy and Craig and Conan and Jon and Stephen and Chelsea and Carson — it’s hard to remember that there was a time when there was just Johnny. For 30 years on The Tonight Show, Johnny Carson dominated the late night landscape along with his stalwart sidekick Ed McMahon, putting the nation to bed with a formula of monologue, celebrity interview, occasional skit, and musical guest that remains more-or-less intact to this day.

But while Johnny was a fixture of American culture, part of his legend is that he remained essentially a mystery — an intensely private man who granted few interviews and all but disappeared from public view from when he retired in 1992 to when he died in 2005. That may soon change. Deadline is reporting that a biopic about Carson is currently in the works, with screenwriter John McLaughlin (Black Swan, this month’s Hitchcock) adapting journalist Bill Zehme’s forthcoming biography Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait. There is no studio or director yet attached to the project — and since the book has yet to be released, everything remains in the embryonic stages. But with a subject who looms so large in American pop culture, all producer Tom Thayer (Hitchcock) would likely need to do is hook an A-list star to play Carson — and perhaps another A-lister as McMahon — and he could be well on his way to a greenlight.

So who could play Carson and McMahon? We held several envelopes to our heads and came up with a list of prospective actors, some more obvious than others. Check out our list below:  READ FULL STORY

Who should play Harry Osborn in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'?

Tucked inside the news that Shailene Woodley is in talks to play Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the news that director Marc Webb is also on the hunt for an actor to play Peter Parker’s best friend, roommate, and eventual arch enemy Harry Osborn.

The role of the troubled only son of mysterious and distant mega-conglomerate mogul Norman Osborn was, of course, played by James Franco in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies. Franco was cast as the rakishly handsome counterpart to Tobey Maguire’s nerdy everyman, but with the new Peter Parker played by the rather rakishly handsome Andrew Garfield, who should fill the shoes of his monied compatriot? Not surprisingly, we have some ideas.


Who else would you cast in 'The Fast and the Furious 6'?

If franchises were baseball teams, then The Fast and the Furious would be the Oakland Athletics. As recounted in last year’s Moneyball, the A’s could never afford to pay superstar salaries. So, using a system known as sabermetrics, they put together a ragtag band of players: aging players who could make base hits, rookies who could read pitches, journeyman has-beens with the uncanny ability to just keep getting on base. None of these dudes was a star. But together, they made a franchise. READ FULL STORY

'Exile on Main St.' movie: Who should play Mick and Keith?

Exile on Main St. is the most revered and emblematic of Rolling Stones albums, recorded mostly in Keith Richards’ basement in the south of France in 1971. The band had fled to France to escape Britain’s tax man, scattered through the country and descended on Richards’ drug-stocked bunker to record “under very chaotic circumstances,” as Richards wrote in his biography. The legendary sessions have been documented before in the heralded Mick Jagger-sanctioned 2010 documentary Stones in Exile, but Richard Branson now has plans to dramatize the album’s genesis as well. As reported by Deadline, Branson’s Virgin Produced will adapt Robert Greenfield’s book, Exile on Main St.: A Season in Hell With the Rolling Stones.

But who will play Mick and Keith in Branson’s proposed biopic? READ FULL STORY

'Fifty Shades of Grey': Let's cast the whole movie!

Before the movie version of mega-best-selling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey was officially announced, we named our picks to play the two amorous leads, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. Now that we know that the film is really under way, we’ve cast the net wider to imagine actors in a bunch of the smaller roles. Author E L James drove a hard bargain when it came to fielding offers from movie studios — she and her agent, Valerie Hoskins, insisted on script, director, and main cast approval.

It’s apparent that James and Hoskins are doing what they can to ensure that the screen version of Fifty Shades is something deeper than a tawdry sex romp. They sold movie rights to Focus Features, the art house division of Universal Pictures; analogously, they gave mainstream publishing rights to Vintage, a prestigious imprint of Random House. “The pairing of Universal and Focus reflects the Random House and Vintage pairing that we have,” Hoskins told EW. “We love our publishers we think they’re wonderful. You have the same elements in Universal and Focus.”

The filmmakers and James are looking for more than pretty faces — they’ll look for actors to elevate the material. Here are some of our picks! READ FULL STORY

Ashton Kutcher secures Steve Wozniak's blessing to play Steve Jobs

Regardless of what the public thinks, Ashton Kutcher has a stamp of approval to portray late Apple founder Steve Jobs from at least one inside source. According to TMZ, Steve Wozniak, Jobs’ partner in founding the computer dynasty, is A-OK with the casting news.

“The fear that many might have is that Ashton was selected because he’s ‘hot’ right now,” said Wozniak, “but I feel that his selection was done in the most professional manner. And I’m glad that he’s on board. I think he’ll put a lot into it and that he cares about this particular subject.”

The indie biopic, from Swing Vote director Joshua Michael Stern, goes simply by the name Jobs and will reportedly follow the tech impresario’s transition “from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple.” It’s set to begin filming next month. READ FULL STORY

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