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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?

'Spider-Man' reboot: Who should play Mary Jane and Gwen?

wasikowska-stoneImage Credit: Tina Gill/PR Photos; Bob Charlotte/PR PhotosEven though Spider-Man 1 isn’t perfect and Spider-Man 3 is awful, you could make a decent case for the Spider-Man trilogy as the most successful adaptation of a comic book into a complete cinematic saga. The origin story isn’t changed very much. The key characters all appear. The costume is retro-fabulous. (No black leather here). But for me, the trilogy could never quite get over one hurdle: the woman thing. Kirsten Dunst was nominally playing Mary Jane Watson, but she was really more of a mash-up of Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy, Spidey’s first girlfriend. Through no fault of Dunst’s, the cinematic Mary Jane became more nonsensical with each movie — especially in 3, when a personality-free Gwen Stacy herself actually appeared for a two-second love triangle. (Adding to the confusion: the on-screen Gwen Stacy was a model, just like Mary Jane in the comics.) So I was incredibly excited to read yesterday’s report by EW’s Nicole Sperling that both Mary Jane and Gwen will be front and center in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. READ FULL STORY

Andrew Lloyd Webber casts his original Phantom of the Opera as his new Wizard of Oz

michael-crawfordImage Credit: Getty ImagesAndrew Lloyd Webber has finally found his Wizard of Oz: Stage legend Michael Crawford — who originated the role of the Phantom in Webber’s Phantom of the Opera 24 years ago and is familiar to legions of fans as the hapless Frank Spencer from ’70s British sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em — will assume take on the role as the ruler of Oz in the forthcoming London-based production, according to Variety. It’s an interesting and spot-on choice, but truly not so super surprisingly, considering that Webber often goes back to performers he’s had success with before. (The 68-year-old last appeared on the London stage in 2004 in The Woman in White, which was — surprise! — a Webber production.) We know Crawford can sing and act, considering he launched Phantom in London, New York, and Los Angeles, and that show has gone on to be the longest-running in Broadway history. And just look at that grandfatherly face on Crawford in the photo here: Slap something emerald green on him and — poof! — he’s in business.


Lindsay Lohan may return to 'SNL', and we're all for it

Fresh off her VMA appearance on Sunday, Lindsay Lohan is now reportedly in talks to host Saturday Night Live this December. An NBC rep for the show had no comment, but personally, I’m all for it. Lohan hosted in 2004, around the release of Mean Girls, and was completely awesome (she also hosted in 2006 — the episode was fine but not as hilarious). Who can forget LiLo’s turn as a busty Hermione in that Harry Potter sketch? And Lindsay also starred in one of my favorite SNL sketches of all time: Debbie Downer goes to Disneyland, in which pretty much everyone involved, including Lindsay and Rachel Dratch, completely lose it. (Watch it below!) READ FULL STORY

'Glee': Should Susan Sarandon join the 'Rocky Horror'-themed episode?

Glee-SarandonImage Credit: Carin Baer/FoxThe season 2 premiere of Glee is less than two weeks away, and although we’ve already seen a few teasers for the new school year, we know that the possibilities in Glee land are truly endless. So much so, that at Glee‘s Comic-Con panel in July, co-creator Ryan Murphy told the audience that there is a Rocky Horror Picture Show episode is in the works for season two, while Chris Colfer (who plays Kurt) expressed his desire in performing “The Time Warp.” After season one’s numerous guest stars — and with John Stamos, and Javier Bardem already slated to appear in season two — it seems like Glee fatigue has yet to set in around Hollywood. So what about creating a role for Susan Sarandon, who starred in the 1975 film? “I’m not really a singer, so I wouldn’t be very out there. I’m a terrible singer. But I’m flattered they want to do it,” the actress told People. Vocal ability aside (though it’s worth noting that not all guest stars are required to sing. See: Mike O’Malley, Molly Shannon, although we’re sort of keeping our fingers crossed for the latter), do you think Sarandon would make a good guest star on Glee? And if they’re doing Rocky Horror, what about Tim Curry?

Can you see New Directions tackling The Rocky Horror Picture Show? (Is this possibly a Halloween episode?) To make the wait a little more bearable, let’s start fantasizing about season 2 storylines. Ready? Kurt just came back from a summer internship with Rachel Zoe, and…

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MTV greenlights scripted series about a fame-seeking teen

Bo-BurnhamImage Credit: BryanIf Paris Hilton, the Kardashians, and the Jersey Shore cast have taught us anything, it’s that with the right look, a good publicist, and the ability to ham it up for cameras on cue, almost anyone can become famous without doing much of anything at all. MTV is taking that idea and rolling with it for a new still-untitled scripted series, starring rising comedian Bo Burham, who will also write and executive produce the show, about an American teen fresh out of high school who makes it his mission to become a celebrity despite a lack of actual “talent.”

The new show is the latest scripted series on MTV’s slate, joining the just-finished Hard Times of R.J. Berger , an upcoming adaptation of the U.K.’s Skins, and Teen Wolf, an update of the 1985 Michael J. Fox movie.

What do you say? Will you be tuning into this new pilot? What do you think of MTV’s new scripted fare?

'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills': Meet the cast!

Real-Housewives-of-Beverly-HillsJust as you were beginning to breathe again after last night’s out-of-control Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion, Bravo is ready to show you more of the weird, wild, trainwreck-y world of rich women. Today, the network announced they’d be adding to their successful franchise with a fresh slate of financially, genetically, sometimes surgically blessed woman in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo, Oct. 14, 9 p.m.).

It’s their first foray into the land of celebrity, so it’s no surprise that more than a few of the cast members have a Hollywood connection. Let’s have a closer look at what we’re dealing with here, shall we? Check out a preview of the season and more details on the cast below. READ FULL STORY

Report: 'Saturday Night Live' adding three new cast members

snl-cast-narrowImage Credit: Kevin Parry/WireImage.comOut with the old, in with the new: NBC’s Saturday Night Live is reportedly adding three new cast members for its upcoming season. The lucky newbies? Actor/comedian Taran Killam, who’s appeared on Mad TV and How I Met Your Mother (Killam is also the boyfriend of HIMYM star Cobie Smulders) and Chicago-based comedians Paul Brittain and Vanessa Bayer. Nearly every season, SNL faces cast changes: just last week, series regular Will Forte announced he wouldn’t be returning to the show. A rep for SNL had no comment for EW other than no contracts had been signed for new cast members yet.

What do you think about these potential new SNL stars, PopWatchers? Do they have what it takes?

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'Dancing With the Stars': Let's brainstorm a dream cast for season 11!

In a stunning marriage of the skanky and the sparkly, ABC will announce the season 11 cast of Dancing With the Stars during Aug. 30’s episode of Bachelor Pad. (Skanky and sparkly are not mutually exclusive, of course.) It’ll be a creepy mass wedding co-sponsored in part by Macy’s and Valtrex. What a fun, sexy time for trashy reality TV!

As usual, ABC will not leak anything before the announcement, even if I lovingly prod the DWTS publicists through the Internet with my fringed magic wand. But here are some rumored season 11 hoofers anyway: READ FULL STORY

'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' star Rooney Mara is 'exceptionally gifted,' says her 'Youth in Revolt' director

Rooney-MaraImage Credit: James Atoa/Everett CollectionAfter news broke yesterday that Rooney Mara had landed the lead role of Lisbeth Salander in the three-picture Hollywood adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, interest in the relatively unknown actress spiked, landing her in the top 10 Google search trends.

Mara most recently starred in the 2010 reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street update and 2009’s Youth in Revolt, in which she played Portia Doubleday’s promiscuous roommate Taggarty. “She auditioned for the role of Sheeni [which went to Doubleday] and was great,” says Youth director Miguel Arteta. “We were debating the right person for that part, and she was among the people we loved. We wanted her in the movie and asked if she would do this smaller part, and she was gracious enough to do it.”

And while it’s no small task to go from a supporting role in an indie comedy to the title character in a hotly anticipated U.S. remake of a literary phenomenon, Arteta sounds unconcerned, calling Mara an “exceptionally talented” actress. “She’s got that perfect combination of mystery and familiarity that it takes to make a movie star,” he says. “The reason I cast her was because she had to be able to look at somebody and seduce them without a word. She has one of those gazes where you can see so much into what she’s thinking, without her saying anything.”

But with a high-profile gig like Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy comes intense scrutiny, something that Arteta believes the Lisbeth-to-be is more than capable of handling. He says: READ FULL STORY

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