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Katie Couric to depart from CBS Evening News, so who should host next?

After nearly five years as the anchor for the CBS Evening News, Katie Couric officially announced today that she would be departing the program. Couric will reportedly be pursuing other projects, one of which may include a daytime talk show that she would co-host with her former Today Show cohort/Thanksgiving Day parade commentator Matt Lauer.

While we can’t wait to see what Couric does next (hey, if Gwyneth Paltrow can keep returning to Glee, she can, too!) we’re equally curious about who will take over her post on the Evening News. The rumored front-runners for the job include equally qualified newscasters like Scott Pelley, Harry Smith and Russ Mitchell, but who else could possibly be her successors?  READ FULL STORY

Ben Affleck out of 'The Great Gatsby'... so who will be in?

EW has confirmed that Ben Affleck will not be joining the all-star cast of The Great Gatsby after all. Affleck had recently been in talks with Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann about playing the part of Tom Buchanan in the much-anticipated, 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic. But sources tell EW that Affleck had to pass due to a scheduling conflict with Argo, the Iran hostage thriller he plans to direct next.

Affleck would have joined an A-list cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio as the dashing title character Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as the story’s narrator Nick Carraway, and Carey Mulligan as the object of Gatsby’s affection Daisy Buchanan. Recent reports have also claimed that Isla Fisher may join the film as Myrtle, the floozy with whom Tom Buchanan cheats on his wife Daisy.

With Affleck out, that means that the dizzy, busy Gatsby casting carousel will heat up once again, as Luhrmann searches for another actor to play Tom Buchanan and also fill the still-vacant role of Jordan Baker. READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games': Why Elizabeth Banks would make the perfect Effie

It’s got to be hard work casting a character when fans are nearly unanimous in their choice of actor. I imagine that when the folks behind Game of Thrones approached Peter Dinklage, they were feeling the pressure of the thousands of fans positive that he was the only possible person to play the sarcastic, silver-tongued dwarf, Tyrion Lannister. In that case, Dinklage was offered and accepted the role, but the producers of Hunger Games seem poised to neglect the public’s clamoring for Kristin Chenoweth in the role of the bubbly, bushy-tailed Effie Trinket. Instead, they are in talks with Elizabeth Banks.

Now, I’ve long been rooting for Banks to get the role, so naturally I think this news is great. I know there’s plenty of disagreement from Chenoweth fans, as well as certain people at EW who shall remain nameless — let’s just refer to them as Varen Kalby – but here’s my reasoning: READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games' casts unknowns Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi: Why this is a smart strategy.

Shout it from the Capitol, Hunger Games fans, because here’s some casting news we can all get behind. (Caution, for non-HG fanatics, some SPOILERS ahead.) When EW exclusively announced today that Lionsgate had cast its District 11 members Thresh and Rue with Hollywood newcomers Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla Stenberg, respectively, the consensus amongst fans was that of both delight and relief. Here are two actors that not only closely resemble how they were described in Suzanne Collins’ dystopian novels, but ones that also aren’t bringing any extra baggage into the arena.

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Hugh Laurie to show his softer side for 'Mister Pip.' Are you sweet or sour on this?

Poor Hugh Laurie. Here’s an actor so convincing in his performance every week on House, M.D., he’s often associated with being just as cranky and biting as the show’s titular character.

When it was reported by Deadline that Laurie was set to appear in director Andrew Adamson’s big screen adaptation of Lloyd Jones’ Mister Pip, nowhere in his character’s description do the words “snippy,” “mean-spirited” or “sarcastic” come up. In other words, Laurie, who is actually trained as a comedic actor, seems to be putting an end to any typecasting.

Alas, the Golden Globe-winning actor would be set to play the role of Mr. Watts, the last white man remaining on the war-torn island of Bougainville. After Watts opens a school on the island, he bonds with his young students over his favorite novel, Great Expectations. You’re hearing House-like quips in your head right now, aren’t you?  READ FULL STORY

Joaquin Phoenix may head back to the big-screen as someone other than 'himself.'

Technically, Joaquin Phoenix was playing a role while filming the 2010 mockumentary I’m Still Here: a battered-down, drug-fueled, extremely sad, fictionalized version of himself. (Interestingly, IMDB now lists his infamous appearance on David Letterman under the “actor” category.) But after audiences and critics spent almost two years wondering whether Phoenix had really burned out, A lot of people were angered by the revelation that the actor was merely playing a role, duping the public (or trying to, anyway) into thinking he really had melted down, and leading us to fear for his general well being. Why did we worry for nothing? Was the joke on us? Or was it simply one of the finest acting feats any star had ever accomplished?

So after that stunt/performance, it will be interesting to see how will audiences and critics react when Phoenix returns to the big screen as someone other than “Joaquin Phoenix”: READ FULL STORY

Imagine a 'Mad Men' with no Betty Draper

Is there a more polarizing figure on Mad Men than Betty Draper? (Sorry Henry, I’ll never buy her as a Francis.) Some feel deeply for her caged bird. Others only see her sharp talons and wish for Betty a painless head-on car crash into an Ossinning oak tree. The brittle woman, taught early on to resist passion, inspires nothing but. What a shock then to read in a recent interview in W magazine with January Jones — whose acting ability is a whole separate source of debate amongst Mad Men fans; is she one-note or a master of the icy vacant glare? — that there was no Betty Draper written into Matthew Weiner’s pilot script. “He had no intention of showing Don Draper’s home life,” said Jones. “I read for Peggy two times — it was between me and Elisabeth Moss, who eventually got the part. At the end of the scene, there was a casual mention that Don was married. Matt went home that night and wrote two scenes that featured Betty.”

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Why should Lindsay Lohan play Victoria Gotti? Just look at this picture.

Honestly, this picture should just be Lindsay Lohan’s audition tape for Gotti: Three Generations. After all, there’s a lot riding on the actress nabbing the role of Victoria Gotti in the film, starring John Travolta as John Gotti, Sr.: It could just be Lohan’s first post-rehab (and, let’s face it, post-2006) success. (As mentioned at Tuesday’s press conference for the film, Lohan is currently in talks for the role.)

While it’s hard imagining Lohan as Deep Throat‘s Linda Lovelace (a role she lost) or the late Valley of the Dolls actress Sharon Tate (a role that she’s in talks for), Victoria Gotti actually seems like a good fit for Lohan. READ FULL STORY

Does it matter who anchors the CBS Evening News?

With Katie Couric reportedly eyeing the exit, the third-place CBS Evening News seems prepared to move in a different direction. The New York Times reports that 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley is in line to take over the anchor’s seat should Couric depart when her contract expires this summer. Though CBS reiterated that they’re still negotiating with Couric and declined to comment on the speculation, CBS’s Harry Smith and Russ Mitchell, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper have been mentioned along with Pelley as her possible successors.

Pelley, who’s worked his way up at CBS by reporting from some of the hairiest hot spots on the globe, has the credibility to step right in and do the job. But does he really want it? Or need it? READ FULL STORY

'Superman' lands Michael Shannon. Should we kneel before our new General Zod?

The news yesterday that Michael Shannon has been cast as General Zod in director Zack Snyder’s reboot of the Superman movie franchise has sparked a fascinating debate among the fanboy faithful and EW.com message boarders. Basically, it goes like this:

Fanboy #1: Michael Shannon’s a total badass who’s awesome on Boardwalk Empire and was so creepy good in Revolutionary Road (as I am the only Superman fanboy who is also a sucker for depressing post-war domestic melodrama literary adaptations)! Also: I love General Zod! This rocks!
Fanboy #2: Yeah, Shannon does rock, but why must he play General Zod? Terence Stamp was so flippin’ awesome as Zod in 1980′s Superman II. Can’t we get a new villain?  READ FULL STORY

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