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When 'Toy Story' meets 'The Expendables 2' -- Video

You know what would have made The Expendables 2 better? More plastic! In the form of toys, that is. A video mashup of Toy Story and The Expendables 2 courtesy of the site IGN proves that classic action figures are just as badass as classic action heroes.

With Sylvester Stallone as (the voice of) Woody, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Buzz, Jason Statham as Hamm, and Bruce Willis as Mr. Potato Head, the The Expendables 2 trailer has been recast with Toy Story characters and scenes from the animated franchise. Let’s just say it’s beyond awesome.

Here’s the video:
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Katy Perry and John Mayer split -- who should he break up with next?

Late yesterday, Us Weekly broke the news that Katy Perry and John Mayer had ended their brief, but no doubt passionate, affair. The pair were first reported to be dating in June, and were spotted “all over each other, making out” at a pool party as recently as Aug. 4. Us insisted the romance was “no summer fling,” and we all dared hope that Perry might tame Mayer’s wild heart (or at least his wild locks). Could this be a romance for the ages? Alas, it was not meant to last. (*Cue Inception horn*)

Of course, Perry is not the only victim of Mayer’s serial dating. The singer has been linked to the likes of Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Simpson, Minka Kelly, Jennifer Aniston, and Taylor Swift. (Fun fact: Wikipedia has a whole section dedicated to Mayer’s torrid affairs.) Since Mayer has dated almost every eligible female in Hollywood, it makes it rather difficult to speculate on who could be next — and that much more fun! Let’s give it the old college try, PopWatchers! READ FULL STORY

'Glee' star Amber Riley to make NYC stage debut in 'Cotton Club Parade'

In a move that seems fitting, Glee star Amber Riley is taking her pipes to the Great White Way: The actress will join the cast of Duke Ellington’s Cotton Club Parade, which will return to New York City Center for a just a few dates, from November 14-18, as a part of the city’s annual Encores! series. The role marks the New York stage debut for Riley.

Cotton Club Parade is a revue-style show that celebrates Ellington’s reign at the famed Harlem nightclub through the ’20s and ’30s. The stage show is just like the shows that were in the club during its heydey, including singers, dancers, and variety acts, with songs by famed jazz composers like Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields (“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”), Harold Arlen (“Stormy Weather”), and, naturally, Ellington (“Rockin’ in Rhythm”).

The show opened at City Center last November for a short, six-performance run. Cotton Club Parade will again be directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, with music direction by Wynton Marsalis. The rest of the cast includes past stars like Tony-nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple), Jared Grimes (Twist), and Tony-winner Adriane Lenox (Doubt).

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If Russell Crowe doesn't star in his Bill Hicks movie, who should? -- VOTE

Russell Crowe has been talking about making a Bill Hicks movie for almost five years. In fact, the chatter has gone on long enough that the 48-year-old Crowe may have aged himself out of the starring role as the politically provocative comic, who died of pancreatic cancer in 1994 at the age of 32. Crowe seems to acknowledge that fact, according to a report in the Sydney Telegraph, but he’s still intent on bringing Hicks’ life to the screen — as the film’s director. Writer Mark Staufer told the Telegraph his script is slated to go in to production “early next year,” with Crowe making his feature directorial debut.

But who should now play the iconoclastic comic, whose brilliant sets were imitated — and co-opted? — by his comedy-club peers and subsequent generations of comedians? The role is a high-risk, high-reward proposition for the right actor, not unlike Jim Carrey’s portrayal of Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon. My choice? Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Anyone who’s seen his live HitRECord shows knows he’s a charismatic stage performer, and I have no doubt he could channel the darkness that swirled around Hicks like the plumes of smoke that lingered from his cigarettes.

John Cusack also fits the mold, especially since he seems to share some of Hicks’ politics, but he’s not much younger than Crowe. Ryan Reynolds could rejuvenate his career and I have no doubt he could deliver the caustic barbs and astute political observations that made Hicks an underground sensation.

But perhaps only a professional stand-up comic should get the right to portray Hicks. Someone like Zach Galifianakis or Patton Oswalt?

Watch a clip of the man in action, and then vote below for who you think would make the best Bill Hicks.

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'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' casting rumors: Who would make the best Finnick?

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Not unlike Catching Fire’s Finnick Odair, Lionsgate’s casting department is aiming carefully with its net. For the role of the endearingly arrogant tribute in the upcoming The Hunger Games sequel, they’re searching for a tall, good-looking, Caucasian male actor in his late 20s to early 30s.

I know what you’re thinking, because I thought the same thing at first: “How will they ever find someone in Hollywood who matches that description?” But according to a recent report, the studio has tracked down not just one but three actors who possess all those qualities: Garrett Hedlund, Armie Hammer, and Taylor Kitsch. READ FULL STORY

The New 'Annie': Lilla Crawford to star in Broadway revival

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No more hard-knock life for Lilla! It only took nine months and 5,000 auditions, but the new Broadway revival of Annie, the classic musical about a precocious and optimistic orphan in 1930s New York City, has finally cast its lead role: 11-year-old Lilla Crawford.

Crawford, a Los Angeles native, debuted on Broadway last year as Debbie in the final cast of Billy Elliot before landing the starring role in the Tony-winning musical. “Oh, my gosh, it happened! My heart just stopped,” said Crawford in a press release. “I thought it would be so cool just to be a part of Annie, but to actually be playing Annie is a dream come true!” READ FULL STORY

'Veep' dream cameos: Which 'Seinfeld' actors should get bit parts?

In HBO’s new comedy Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus excels as Selina Meyer, a vice president who’s foul-mouthed and powerless. Tony Hale, a.k.a. Buster Bluth, does great work as her loyal body man, Gary. Anna Chlumsky as Amy, the VPOTUS chief of staff, makes me glad the actress ended her self-imposed acting hiatus.

But the show — which our own Ken Tucker calls fun, if not gut busting — might benefit from a few cameos. Specifically: It’d be great if some of Louis-Dreyfus’s old Seinfeld cast mates took up temporary residence in the Oval Office. Er, the Naval Observatory.

No, I’m not talking about Jerry, George, and Kramer — though if they feel like taking a break from counting their piles of syndication money, any of them could play a congressman. Instead, I’d rather imagine which Seinfeld supporting characters would make convincing Washington power players. Specifically, here’s what I’d like to see: READ FULL STORY

Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline to star in one-night-only reading of 'Romeo and Juliet'

A pair of (movie) star-crossed lovers! Kevin Kline, 64, and Meryl Streep, 62, are set to play Romeo and Juliet (approximate ages: 16 and 13) in a one-night-only staged reading of the play at the Public Theater in New York’s Central Park.

The momentous coming together of two sexagenarian thespians is in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park, a theater series in which both Kline and Streep have participated in the past. The staged reading — which means you won’t see a full-on balcony scene or Renaissance nobility couture — will play the Delacorte Theatre on June 18, but tickets for the starry event start at $1,500 a pop (unless the Public opts to let in groundlings this year). Al Pacino will also be honored at the gala for his work with the Public Theater.

Kline and Streep certainly have the gravitas to pull off Romeo and Juliet, but the wrinkled elephant in the room — their ages. Will Montague be played by Mickey Rooney? Will the nurse be less of a matronly figure for Juliet, and more of a Golden Girl BFF? And will Friar Laurence look like the Crypt Keeper? I know 60 isn’t that old, but a more appropriate title may be Romeo & Juliet: Off Their Rockers, would it not?

PopWatchers, monologue for me: How will Kev and Meryl pull this one off? Aren’t they just a little old? Are you planning to grab a ticket for the spectacular Shakespearean event?

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Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson join 'The Elephant Man' in Williamstown

Bradley Cooper, People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2011, is set to play a slightly less sexy role in the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s production of Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man.

In a departure from previous pretty parts of performances past, Cooper takes on the role of John Merrick, a deformed man whose notoriety fascinates London’s Victorian high society (and interestingly enough, a role that Cooper played as part of his senior thesis for the Actor’s Studio Drama School).

Patricia Clarkson is set to star alongside Cooper as an actress who befriends the ‘Elephant Man’ in the hospital. Both Clarkson and Cooper are alums of Williamstown, with the former having last appeared in the theatre festival in 1996 in Arthur Miller’s The Ride Down Mount Morgan and the latter having recently starred in Smash creator Theresa Rebeck’s The Understudy in 2008. READ FULL STORY

Attention, single men with no shame: ABC wants YOU to be 'The Bachelor'

The Bachelor‘s past four seasons have featured debatably eligible men with familiar well-chiseled faces — three of the rose givers first appeared as suitors on The Bachelorette, while repeat offender Brad Womack came back to the show for a second time in Season 15. But for the reality juggernaut’s 17th (!) season, ABC and Warner Horizon want to go back to the drawing board. Get ready to watch women sob at the most…dramatic…rose ceremonies…ever, starring a guy who has no connection to the franchise.

Yesterday, the studio and the network sent out a call for single dudes who want to significantly increase their hot tub exposure. It invites “those who feel they possess the charm, style, class and charisma to become America’s next leading man” to apply online to be on the show. (Masochists are also welcome to apply for Bachelor Pad 3, a “quest for love or $250,000.” You’re making my job too easy, ABC.) READ FULL STORY

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