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'Hot in Cleveland' scoop: Valerie Bertinelli to reteam with 'One Day at a Time' costar Bonnie Franklin. Plus: Tons more guest stars!

EW has learned that Bonnie Franklin—who starred the divorced mother Ann Romano to Valerie Bertinelli’s Barbara on CBS’ One Day at a Time—will guest star on Bertinelli’s current sitcom, TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland, this coming season, which launches Jan. 19. This is the first time that Franklin and Bertinelli will have appeared in a scripted series together in 26 years. One Day at a Time launched in December 1975, and went off the air in May 1984. The cast of One Day at a Time did reunite for interviews on CBS’ newsmagazine 60 Minutes in 2005. The casting of Franklin follows a trend on Hot in Cleveland, which will also be reuniting Mary Tyler Moore and Betty White this season, based on their time working together on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the ’70s.

UPDATE: Melanie Griffith, Illeana Douglas (Ugly Betty), Wayne Knight (Seinfeld), John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard), David Starzyk (Desperate Housewives), and Jack Wagner (Melrose Place) will also guest star on the second season of Hot in Cleveland.

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More on ‘Hot in Cleveland’ from EW.com:
Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White reteaming in ‘Hot in Cleveland’

Abigail Breslin in talks to join cast of 'Valentine's Day' spin-off

Abigail-BreslinPint-size movie star Abigail Breslin’s name has been added to the list of actors in talks to join the cast of New Year’s Eve, the follow-up to ensemble rom-com Valentine’s Day, Variety reports. Much like its predecessor and other films like Love Actually and He’s Just Not That Into You, the film will feature intertwining stories that, this time around, focus on romance in New York City on New Year’s Eve.

Being the cute, precocious 14-year-old that Breslin is, I’m envisioning either a classroom romance or a more Sleepless in Seattle route, where she plays a girl on a mission to get her single dad and his crush together in Times Square. Cue inevitable kiss timed to ball drop.

Other names floating around the rumored cast list include Reese Witherspoon, Zac Efron, Justin Bieber and Glee star Lea Michele.

What do you guys think about the casting? Are you excited by the major star power?

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Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby': Who should play Daisy?

Great-Gatsby-CastingImage Credit: Insidefoto/PR Photos (2); David Gabber/PR PhotosAnother juicy role for an actress, another giant casting call. This time, the part in question is socialite Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s sure-to-be-snazzy reimagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The project is already an A-list affair, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire attached to play playboy Jay Gatsby and narrator Nick Carraway, respectively. According to Deadline, Rebecca Hall (The Town) recently read for the role of Daisy, who figures into the story as Nick’s cousin and Jay’s love interest. But Luhrmann wasn’t 100 percent sold and is still looking for a leading lady. His reported short list has plenty of the usual suspects: Keira Knightley, Amanda Seyfried, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson. And apparently there are a few newbies in the running too, like Abbie Cornish, Blake Lively, and — don’t count her out yet — Hall. So who should get the part? READ FULL STORY

Excess Hollywood: Judd Apatow's next film expected in 2012

  • Expect the next Judd Apatow film in two summers, fellow freaks and geeks: Universal announced the director’s upcoming unknown comedic venture will hit theaters June 1, 2012. [Deadline]
  • Speaking of Apatow, Jemima Kirke, Adam Driver, and Allison Williams — a.k.a. Brian Williams’ daughter — have been cast in an HBO comedy pilot executive produced by the director. The pilot follows three 20-somethings in New York. I can’t wait to write about it in Brian’s Diaries. [Deadline]
  • Vh1 has greenlit a reality series set in West Hollywood’s Saddle Ranch Chop House, a restaurant known for its reality star clientele and a mechanical bull. The real protagonists of the series? Saddle Ranch’s janitors. [THR]

Former 'Dexter' showrunner Clyde Phillips preps new show for HBO

Clyde-PhillipsImage Credit: Tatiana Beller/PR PhotosYou likely remember former Dexter executive producer Clyde Phillips as the man we all blamed (or thanked — depending on your opinion) for Rita’s death at the end of last season. But if time has healed your wounds, and you have found forgiveness within yourself, here’s some happy news: Phillips has a new show in the works, his management agency and HBO confirm to EW.

HBO has won the bidding war for project, which is based off of an Israeli series called The Naked Truth, according to Deadline. Set on the East Coast, the show will be a character-driven drama that follows officers in a major metropolitan city. But even more interesting than the synopsis is the fact that the foreign mother series had only two major locations: an interrogation room and the viewing room. Phillips told the pub that he hopes to somewhat honor the original by limiting the number filming locations, and went on to compare the project to ER, which took place primarily within the hospital. (Personally, I hope he was talking about the first half of ER and not the later seasons.)

Nonetheless, I love the sound of this new project from Phillips, folks. It sounds like a Third Watch/ER crossover, except hopefully with the signature dark tone of Dexter thrown in to it. (P.S. – I actually really did love that two-episode TW/ER crossover.)

What do you think? Does the show sound promising to you, PopWatchers? And who would you like to see in this new series? Two words: Keith Carradine.

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‘Dexter’ boss answers more burning Qs (no, it wasn’t a dream)
‘Big Bang Theory’ Exclusive: ‘Dexter’ alum Keith Carradine cast as Penny’s pa!

'What To Expect When You're Expecting' heading to the big screen: Who would you cast?

Jon-HammLionsgate has confirmed that they will adapt the bestselling pregnancy bible What To Expect When You’re Expecting and intend to give it the Love Actually and Valentine’s Day treatment. In other words, we’ll see a series of intertwining vingnettes with enough star wattage to blind most any moviegoer.

The film is still in the early planning stages, but we wanted to throw out our own casting recommendations — and hopefully Lionsgate is listening.

Dreamboat status aside, Jon Hamm would be perfect as frazzled father of three whose wife is expecting again. Mad Men gives him drama cred, 30 Rock gives him comedy cred, and really, who doesn’t want to see Don Draper play a fumbling, ultimately loving father? We all know Sally Draper would!

But Hamm would need someone to grab beers with at the local bar, and that’s where he can turn to Jason Bateman, who might play dad to an awkward teen, if only to remedy my Arrested Development separation anxiety.

As for the women, Rachel McAdams would nail nervous-mother-to-be, no? And may we suggest Jane Lynch as one part of a lesbian couple who is expecting via sperm donor? Considering Lynch’s storied career (Best in Show, Julie & Julia, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin) we know she has more up her sleeve than a red tracksuit.

Who do you think should be cast? We’re taking your suggestions below!

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Al Pacino to play Phil Spector in HBO movie: Best casting ever?

Al-Pacino-Phil-SpectorImage Credit: Jason LaVeris/FimMagic.com; Paul Buck-Pool/Getty ImagesHBO plans to put together a Phil Spector biopic and has zeroed in on Al Pacino to portray the “wall of sound” music legend, according to the New York Times. At first mention, the casting seems sensible—sure, why not have Pacino play Spector? He’d be great, of course. But then, when you look at photos of the pair next to each other, it all comes together. Look at these two here! Isn’t the resemblance ridiculously uncanny? Pacino, of course, has a knack for bringing real-life people to life, as he did in two other HBO projects—Jack Kevorkian in this year’s You Don’t Know Jack and Roy Cohn in Angels in America. (Man, this guy likes HBO.) Of course, Pacino has been great in many things. But methinks this might just be the perfect pairing—if not only for the acting, but also for the follicular similarity. Do you agree, PopWatchers?

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You Don’t Know Jack trailer

The new Superman: Vote for your favorite!

superman-castingImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR Photos; Wild1/PR Photos; Chris Hatcher/PR Photos; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images; Landmark/PR Photos ; Rick Stephens / PR PhotosOff of the news this week that director Zack Snyder has officially taken the reigns of the new Superman movie — produced by Christopher Nolan and penned by David S. Goyer — I looked at the pros and cons of ten actors who could potentially don the big red S. A few of these suggestions you really liked; thanks to Smallville, I figured there’d be a lot of Tom Welling fans out there, but I had no idea that Superman Returns‘ Brandon Routh had such a committed following. Some of my ideas you weren’t so keen on; “I love Nathan Fillion,” wrote Joshua in the comments, “but Captain Mal is just not Supes.” And y’all had several suggestions of your own; I was especially tickled by the unconventional idea of Joseph Gordon-Levitt (though he may have a leg up given how vocally impressed Nolan was with his work in Inception), and I’m kicking myself for not thinking of White Collar‘s impossibly pretty Matt Bomer.

So let’s put it to a vote! READ FULL STORY

The Superman movie has a director, writer, and producer. But who should be the star?

Superman-movie-castImage Credit: Anthony G. Moore/PR Photos; Michael Tran/FilmMagic.com; Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosWith the news that Zack Snyder won the derby to direct the newest Superman movie — produced by Christopher Nolan, written by David S. Goyer, and aiming for a holiday 2012 release — now comes the next, biggest round of wild media speculation: Who should don the Man of Steel’s red and blue tights? So let’s just get to it, shall we? Here are ten actors who could soon find themselves leaping tall buildings in a single bound.

Henry Cavill
Why he’s perfect: He’s already been through this once before, back around 2004 when McG, and then Bryan Singer, were attached to direct a new Superman movie. Since then, he’s developed a cult fanbase thanks to Showtime’s The Tudors, but he’s still not so well-known that his star power would overwhelm the role. I mean, just look at him (he’s at the far left): The guy kinda comes off like he was built in a lab to play Superman.
Why he’s not: He’s already been through this once before, and Warner Bros. went with someone else. Plus, it does seem kinda odd to cast a Brit as someone who stands for Truth, Justice, and the American Way.
Odds he’ll actually be considered: 2 to 1 READ FULL STORY

Matthew McConaughey and Rip Torn join Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine in black comedy 'Bernie'

Matthew-McConaughey-Rip-TornImage Credit: Jacopo Raule/Getty Images; John Shearer/WireImage.comMatthew McConaughey is reteaming with his Dazed and Confused director Richard Linklater for his newest role—so does that mean we can expect more wisdom from pot-smoking character David Wooderson? Not so much, actually. McConaughey—and Rip Torn!—joins the black comedy Bernie, which is surprisingly based on a true story, alongside Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine. The actor’s role sounds like it couldn’t be farther from Wooderson.

The story goes like this: Black portrays Bernie, a funeral home director in small-town Texas who makes friends with a widow played by Shirley MacLaine. Black eventually kills her and keeps her body in the freezer. The town goes crazy with happiness! (Note: That kind of irony makes this exactly my kind of movie.) McConaughey pops up as DA Danny Buck Davidson, which follows the actor’s smart legal turns in movies like A Time to Kill. Torn, meanwhile, plays the defense lawyer who’ll go head-to-head with McConaughey. The movie is based on a riveting story that ran in Texas Monthly back in 1998. According to the first few paragraphs of the piece, the real-life Danny Buck, who McConaughey’s portraying, can sing “Amazing Grace” like no one else and is “bulldog-faced.” I get the bulldog part, sure, but McConaughey singing? I’d die to see that. Does People‘s oft-Sexiest Man Alive turn in Bernie intrigue you? And who’d win in a McConaughey-Torn showdown?

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