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Who should play John Belushi in a new biopic?

john-belushiImage Credit: Owen Franken/CorbisThe tragically short life of comedian John Belushi is about to come to the big screen thanks to director Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and writer Steven Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness), according to the Hollywood Reporter. The SNL alum, who starred in movies like Animal House and The Blues Brothers, became a comedy icon before succumbing to a drug overdose at age 33 — a dramatic arc tailor-made for biopic treatment. In fact, there’s already been a Belushi pic: The 1989 bomb Wired, starring Michael Chiklis. The movie, like the Bob Woodward biography it was based on, was savaged by critics and received coldly by Belushi’s family and friends.

But a new Belushi pic, with the late comic’s widow on board as an executive producer, brings a new chance to get his story right. Of course, it will also offer a potential tour de force role for the actor who plays the troubled funnyman. So who’s up for the task? THR lists a few viable candidates, like Zach Galifianakis (he’s 40, which might be too old), Jack Black (says he’s not interested), Jonah Hill, etc., but we’re more interested in hearing what you think, PopWatchers. Who should play John Belushi? Check out the classic SNL clip below for inspiration, and then give us your best casting ideas in the comments. READ FULL STORY

'Community': Should the Old Spice Guy get a gig as Shirley's love interest?

Shirley-and-old-spice-manImage Credit: Trae Patton/NBCOne word answer to the above headline: Yes!

The idea was brought to my attention after a blogger wrote about how he approached Community star Yvette Nicole Brown at Comic-Con with the casting suggestion and recently started a Facebook group to give the campaign some steam. Later, I found out Brown has been working toward this goal for a while, mentioning it in an interview and on her Twitter page.

This is where I’d normally air some concerns about the casting possibility, but I don’t really have any. Shirley’s charmingly docile demeanor often leaves her pegged as the mom of the group, and it’s time for the mom to get some lovin’. Some hot, muscled lovin’. Isaiah Mustafa, that’s your cue.

I even like the idea of him playing Shirley’s ex. Can’t you see it? A hunk of a man rolls up to Greendale and charms the masses, leaving everyone in the gang thinking Shirley is a fool for leaving him. Then, in the end, it turns out he has an unappealing freaky trait or habit — something that even Pierce finds disturbing. Yea, it’d have to be that unsettling. My mind isn’t currently twisted enough to think of what that unfavorable attribute might be, but you get the picture.

What do you say, PopWatchers? Does Shirley deserve a little (Old) spice in her life? Will you be joining the cause? If all this campaigning works, I plan starting my “Sandra for Supernatural‘s Dean Winchester” group on Facebook. Stay tuned.

@EWSandraG on Twitter

Jeff Goldblum leaving 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent'

GoldblumImage Credit: Will Hart/USA NetworkLaw & Order: Criminal Intent has a truly tangled history. When original star Vincent D’Onofrio method-acted himself into exhaustion, CI developed a split personality. One week it was The Amazing D’Onofrio Variety Hour, the next it was Detective Mike Logan: The Reunion Tour. Combine the revolving-door cast, the disinterested demotion from NBC to USA, and CI‘s anti-conceptual approach to crime-solving — unlike the other L&O shows, you usually learned the identity of the murderer right away — and the show could feel a bit colorless. But I always dug it, especially when Jeff Goldblum joined in 2009, playing Detective Jeff Goldblum Zach Nichols. I loved the just-completed ninth season, which pumped the franchise full of much-needed estrogen thanks to new arrivals Saffron Burrows and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Almost a decade into existence, CI finally seemed to have found itself. Alas, all good things must come to an end: According to Variety, Jeff Goldblum will not be returning to the show. READ FULL STORY

Vince Vaughn in talks for David O. Russell film. Who should play his daughter?

Vince-VaughnImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR PhotosVince Vaughn is reportedly in talks to star in David O. Russell’s next film, Old St. Louis, according to Deadline. The movie, which Russell also wrote, is about a traveling salesman who reconnects with his young daughter. Kick-Ass star Chloë Moretz, soon to be seen in October’s Let Me In, is rumored to be in consideration for the daughter role.

Nothing, however, is decided yet, so let’s have some fun here: Who else would you want to see play opposite Vaughn, PopWatchers? Is Moretz the best choice? Though they don’t quite look blood related, I’m gonna suggest Elle Fanning, who stars in December’s Sofia Coppola flick Somewhere (watch the awesome trailer after the jump). Those Fanning gals are awfully talented. READ FULL STORY

'The Office' needs a new boss. Should they promote Pam?

Jenna-Fischer-PamImage Credit: Mitchell Haaseth/NBCWith Steve Carell’s impending departure on The Office, all eyes are on the World’s Best Boss mug. Who’s going to take up the scepter as the head of Dunder-Mifflin’s Scranton branch? I’m pulling for Kelly to take the top spot, Mindy Kaling is rooting for Dwight to take the top spot, but there’s a petition afoot to Promote Pam. Iiiiiiinteresting.

Mrs. Halpert is the most emotionally intelligent staffer, able to communicate effectively with the various factions of crazyfolk that make DMHQ so fantastic, but she’s a bit underqualified in the sales department. Plotwise, though, I’d love to see the once-meek Pam inherit the earth paper company, especially because it would give her and Jim something to talk about other than parenthood.

Of the current cast members, whom would you promote, PopWatchers? Or are you hoping for some fresh faces, like David Cross or Michael Emerson?

Daniel Radcliffe and Tom Felton sign up for their first post-'Harry Potter' movies

potter-alumniImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR Photos; Anthony G. Moore/PR PhotosJust like their rivaling on-screen counterparts, Daniel Radcliffe and Tom Felton seem to be doing their best to keep up with each other in the real world, now that the Harry Potter films have finished filming. Over the weekend, the actors each booked a new movie role in a supernatural thriller, and it appears that their time in the hallowed halls of Hogwarts have prepared them well for their upcoming features.

Radcliffe is set to appear in Hammer Films’ The Woman in Black. The story is roughly as follows: READ FULL STORY

Lunchtime Poll: Eliot Spitzer to host CNN show

Former New York governor and prostitute enthusiast Eliot Spitzer will replace Campbell Brown in CNN’s 8 p.m. time slot. Along with Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker, Spitzer will host a roundtable discussion program to debut this fall. “Other cable news channels force-feed viewers one narrow, predictable point of view; in contrast, CNN will be offering a lively roundup of all the best ideas,” explained CNN president Jon Klein. So many questions! Among them: “Will this end up boosting CNN’s ratings?”…and the important one below. [THR]

Johnny Weir would obviously Be Good on 'Dancing With the Stars'

Johnny-WeirImage Credit: Justin LubinIt seems Johnny Weir has become besties with former Dancing With the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff, and now they’re both angling to pair up for season 11. “I met [Karina] a few weeks ago and she was like, ‘Johnny, you are the perfect height for me. Let’s dance,'” Weir said. “So…it’s on. I’ve chosen my partner, I’m ready.” If only it were that easy! At least Weir’s casting would set back into ice one of the show’s most basic, inalienable tenets, which ABC shamefully disregarded at the end of season 10: THY FIGURE SKATER SHALL WIN.

10 (“Tehhhhhhhn!”) reasons Johnny Weir Would Be Good for ‘DWTS’

10. Affinity for tassels READ FULL STORY

Lunchtime Poll: Battle of the host-types we didn't realize were such hot commodities

piers-jennyImage Credit: Solarpix/PR Photos; Jay Kravetz/PR PhotosCNN is talking to America’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan about filling “a potential slot in its troubled prime-time lineup,” according to the NY Post. (EW’s calls to CNN and Morgan’s rep have yet to be returned.) Meanwhile, Oprah seems to have SINGLED OUT former Playboy/MTV/NBC personality Jenny McCarthy, who has a development deal with Winfrey’s Harpo Productions. A spokeswoman denied that McCarthy or anyone else would be specifically “taking over for Oprah.”

Ugh, I get really annoyed when people start clamoring for The Next ____, The Next ____, etc. There is no next anyone! New hosts of new shows will not “be” or even “embody” Oprah or Larry King. They will “be” themselves! That said/b–chfest over, it’s pretty weird that Piers Morgan and Jenny McCarthy are suddenly in demand. Poll!

'Funny Girl': Should Lea Michele be the new Fanny Brice? (Should anyone?)

funny-girlImage Credit: Everett CollectionA revival of Funny Girl, the 1964 Broadway show toplined by then-21-year-old Barbra Streisand, will hit Broadway in spring 2012. Producer Bob Boyett and director Bartlett Sher (South Pacific) planned to start the revival with a six-week out-of-town tryout in late 2011, and then move to NYC if all went well. When asked whether the pair would consider Lea Michele — who memorably sang “Don’t Rain on My Parade” in the midseason finale of Glee — to play Babs’ former role, Boyett told the NYT, “I think Lea is wonderful, she’s great, and she would certainly be on anybody’s list. She’s also got a pretty good gig going now,” adding that “we’re open to going with an unknown actress.”

Hypothetically assuming that Rachel Berry and her busy schedule (documented in various Relationship Calendars) would somehow allow Lea Michele to come out and play, would you want to see her as Fanny Brice? If not her, who? Can anyone stand up to Streisand’s legacy?

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

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