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Stars of 'Girls' and 'Parenthood' to headline Off Broadway production

Girls‘s Shoshanna and Parenthood‘s Ryan are coming to a stage near you, if you happen to be in Midtown New York City.

Zosia Mamet and Matt Lauria are set to headline MCC Theater’s Off Broadway production of Really Really, a play by Paul Downs Colaizzo that premiered last season in Washington, D. C. David Cromer (Off Broadway’s 2009 Our Town) will direct.

The play takes place the night after a wild college party, when questions begin to arise about ambitious student Leigh (Mamet) and rugby player Davis (Lauria). The truth of what happened between them, of course, is more complicated than it seems.

Previews for Really Really begin Jan. 31; opening night is set for Feb. 19.

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'Tales From Beyond The Pale': Vincent D'Onofrio, and more join second season of audio plays

Halloween is creeping up on us like a zombie making its way towards the villain and/or hero’s funny best friend in the third act of a horror movie. And to help whet our appetites for the season of scares, indie film company Glass Eye Pix (The House of the Devil, Wendy And Lucy) has confirmed the details for a series of live events at which its second slate of ghoulish Tales From Beyond The Pale audio plays is set to be taped.

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Gina Carano signs on to female 'Expendables' -- What other action heroines should join the team?

As we reported yesterday, MMA fighter Gina Carano is attached to star in an all-female version of The Expendables. The project was announced in August when scribe Dutch Southern signed on to write the film. Carano, who made her Hollywood debut in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, is the first actress to sign on to the movie. “I don’t know how I’m supposed to make a movie that is supposed to be the female version of The Expendables without Gina Carano in it,” producer Adi Shankar told Variety. “It would be like making Twix without caramel or Jamba Juice without jamba.”

While Carano is certainly a powerful headliner (just watch this), we already have a few of our own dream cast members in mind. Take a look at the list below, then make your own suggestions in the comments! READ FULL STORY

FX's 'Fargo' series: Let's cast it!

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Fargo as a TV series? You betcha. Joel and Ethan Coen are reportedly executive producing an adaptation of their Academy Award-winning movie for the network that brought us Sons of AnarchyJustified, and American Horror Story.

This new project isn’t the first attempt to bring Fargo to the small screen — a Coen-free pilot for a Fargo TV series was filmed in 1997 and ultimately aired as part of a special in 2003.  The first televised Fargo starred Edie Falco as Marge Gunderson, the pregnant police officer immortalized by Frances McDormand in the film  — and if it were still 1997, I think Falco would be an excellent choice to strap on Marge’s fake belly for this new show as well.

But since Falco and McDormand are both a little too old to credibly play pregnant — and because William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi are a little busy with movie careers and cable series — which actors could step into their snowboots for this new FargoREAD FULL STORY

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

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