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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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 »
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 »
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 »
Paul Giamatti is ready for Nothin’ But a Good Time: New Line Cinema has officially confirmed to EW that the American Splendor star has boarded Adam Shankman’s big screen adaptation of the Broadway hit Rock of Ages, playing a sleazy band manager. Said Shankman in a statement to EW: “I have been a huge fan of Paul Giamatti’s work since I became aware of him. He is one of the great character interpreters of our time, and I knew that he sang. He knows how important delight is with villains, and knows how to balance arch with genuinely funny. His character has become the symbol of the corporatization of the music industry, and he is basically a fancy used car salesman in Armani. He simply raises the bar for everyone he works with.” Another tidbit from Shankman: We can expect Giamatti to sing a version of Journey’s “Anyway You Want It” in the movie.
What’s that you say? Giamatti can sing? Well, as anyone who saw the 2000 film Duets would know, yes, he can. Quite well actually. Just click here to check out his version of Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness,” which he sang with Andre Braugher in the film. READ FULL STORY »
When Peter and Bobby Farrelly first explored the idea of a Three Stooges movie, they courted Sean Penn, Jim Carrey, and Benicio Del Toro to play Larry, Curly, and Moe. Now, the long-delayed project — which was pushed back in light of MGM’s monetary problems — has an entirely different cast: MadTV‘s Will Sasso as Curly, and, as announced last night, Will & Grace‘s Sean Hayes as Larry. It’s a tad surprising that the Farrellys would cast TV stars in a film that was intended to be an A-list affair. But! There’s still one more role to cast: Moe. So here’s the question: Should the Farrellys continue their TV trend, or should they shoot for a marquee movie star name? READ FULL STORY »
When Bret McKenzie of the Flight of the Conchords comedy duo was reported to be a castmember in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, there were at least two different but equally enthusiastic reactions. The non-obsessive casual Lord of the Rings fan response may have been, “Wow, he’s got the perfect look for a hobbit. With that bushy hair, he practically looks bred in the Shire.” Diehard Middle-earthlings, on the other hand, knew better and may have greeted the news with a triumphant shout-out: “Figwit!” For though you can hardly recognize him, McKenzie previously appeared in two of the LOTR films, playing an unnamed elf that fans adopted and christened, Figwit. READ FULL STORY »
Will and Jaden Smith are already on pace to become the biggest father-son box-office draw in history, and now that they’re set to reunite for M. Night Shyamalan’s futuristic sci-fi film, it’s not ridiculous to think that the superstar duo could potentially star in their own buddy-movie franchise. We already know they have great chemistry, from their heartfelt turns in 2006′s The Pursuit of Happyness. READ FULL STORY »
It’s O.K., L.A. Accidents happen. Come give me a hug. While the music producer and confirmed X Factor judge might be in the doghouse with Simon Cowell after revealing that Cheryl Cole will likely join him for the American iteration of The X Factor, we can’t help but thank the record exec for moving this process along. The selection of Cole isn’t too much of a surprise; the former member of British pop group Girls Aloud has been a judge on Cowell’s original version of X Factor in the U.K., and it was largely speculated she’d be joining him for the U.S. version. But who should be the show’s final judge? READ FULL STORY »
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