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James Bond's boss, M, to die in 'Skyfall' -- maybe. Who should take over?

It was upsetting enough when rumors started popping up online that James Bond’s vintage Aston Martin was going to get blown to smithereens in the next 007 movie. But this is just too much: The British tabloids are reporting that Judi Dench’s top spy character, M, is going to get killed off in Skyfall, currently shooting in England. Dench took over the role back when Pierce Brosnan was being fitted for his first tuxedo, in 1995′s GoldenEye, and was the only actor from that series of Bond films to make the transition into the Daniel Craig era.

The role has a long tradition—the late great Bernard Lee launched the character on the big screen in 1962′s Dr. No, and played it until 1979′s Moonraker—but Dench, 77, brought a fresh take to the part that charmed even die-hard fans of the Sean Connery epoch. In fact, making M a woman was one of the smartest choices Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson made when they took over the franchise from their father, Cubby Broccoli, in 1995. Casting a class act like Dame Dench was a stroke of pure genius.

Eon Productions, the company that produces all things Bond, won’t comment on the rumors of Dench’s rumored departure from the franchise. But then Eon never comments on any rumors. So lets for the moment assume it’s true. Who should replace Dench as the head of the British Secret Service? Should it be a woman again? Helen Mirren? Vanessa Redgrave? Susan Boyle? Or is it a man’s turn again? We know Ralph Fiennes has a role in Skyfall, presumably as an upper level Secret Service employee. Rumor has it he’s warming up for the role.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Who should play M if Dench departs? (And while we’re at it, is it time to bring Q back?)

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Ashton Kutcher secures Steve Wozniak's blessing to play Steve Jobs

Regardless of what the public thinks, Ashton Kutcher has a stamp of approval to portray late Apple founder Steve Jobs from at least one inside source. According to TMZ, Steve Wozniak, Jobs’ partner in founding the computer dynasty, is A-OK with the casting news.

“The fear that many might have is that Ashton was selected because he’s ‘hot’ right now,” said Wozniak, “but I feel that his selection was done in the most professional manner. And I’m glad that he’s on board. I think he’ll put a lot into it and that he cares about this particular subject.”

The indie biopic, from Swing Vote director Joshua Michael Stern, goes simply by the name Jobs and will reportedly follow the tech impresario’s transition “from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple.” It’s set to begin filming next month. READ FULL STORY

'Dollhouse' star Fran Kranz talks 'The Cabin in the Woods,' 'Death of a Salesman' and Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing'

It is hard to think of two projects more different than the horror-comedy The Cabin in the Woods, which hits cinemas April 13, and the new Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman, which opened a couple of weeks back (to a rave review from EW’s Thom Geier). But they do have a couple things in common. Both productions have an impressive amount of behind-the-scenes talent: Cabin was cowritten by Buffy creator Joss Whedon while Salesman is directed by the legendary Mike Nichols. And both feature ex-Dollhouse actor Fran Kranz, who plays the role of Bernard in Salesman and that of a conspiracy-obsessed stoner named Marty in Cabin (FYI: that’s a giant bong he’s holding in the picture to the left).

Kranz recently visited the EW offices to talk about working with Whedon (three times) and being shouted at by his Salesman costar Philip Seymour Hoffman (pretty much all the time).


Draco Malfoy to sleep with that ice-pick chick from 'Basic Instinct'?

Tom Felton (Harry Potter series) has been offered the starring role opposite Sharon Stone in Tony Kaye’s sexual thriller Attachment, a producer for the film confirmed to EW. As ComingSoon.net reported, the Christopher Denham-penned film will star Stone as a married teacher who sleeps with her student (who would be played by Felton), but things turn ugly when he dates her teenage daughter and proceeds to stalk her and her family. So… it’s like The Graduate if Benjamin had been a Death Eater? READ FULL STORY

David Strathairn to star opposite Jessica Chastain in 'The Heiress' on Broadway

David Strathairn (Alphas) is set to star opposite Jessica Chastain (The Help) in the upcoming play The Heiress, which opens on Broadway this fall, the show’s producers announced today.

The play, based on the Henry James novel Washington Square, tells the story of a young woman whose rich father suspects that her lover is out for her money. Chastain is set to star as the titular heiress Catherine Sloper, with Strathairn starring as her father, Dr. Austin Sloper (played in the 1949 film by Olivia de Havilland and Ralph Richardson, respectively).

Strathairn has a list of theatrical credits, including appearances on Broadway in Einstein and the Polar BearThe Three SistersDance of Death and Salome.

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Bret Easton Ellis seeks porn star to headline sexual thriller 'The Canyons'

Quick, go look in your phone contacts and text all the porn stars you know: Bret Easton Ellis wants YOU for his next film project!

Ellis (American Psycho, The Informers) announced via Twitter that his psycho-sexual thriller The Canyons, which documents “five twenty-somethings’ quest for power, love, sex and success in 2012 Hollywood,” is holding open auditions for four to five lead roles. The catch is that Ellis elegantly requires said leads “to act and be full frontal naked banging girls and guys realistically.”

At the top of the dream cast for the Paul Schrader-directed feature is porn star James Deen, whom Ellis is convinced is perfect to play the role of Christian, a “handsome, fit power player and major manipulator” who “enjoys setting up three-ways and filming them.” READ FULL STORY

Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Dogg, and nine more(!) join DreamWorks' 'Turbo'

All that’s missing is Hector Elizondo, right?

In what’s shaping up to be the New Year’s Eve of animated movies, DreamWorks Animation has announced its cast for the upcoming Ryan Reynolds-voiced movie Turbo, and it’s a doozy. Included in the all-star ensemble are Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Dogg, and Samuel L. Jackson. READ FULL STORY

'Real Housewives of Miami' bloodbath: Why weren't Larsa and Cristy re-upped for season 2?

Step forward if you’re going to be on the second season of The Real Housewives of Miami. Not so fast, Larsa Pippen! In a surprisingly mercenary move yesterday, Bravo cut two of the Miami Housewives from its roster. Though Marysol Patton, Lea Black, and Adriana De Moura survived the cuts, Pippen will be joined in the reality half-off bin with Cristy Rice. (Housewife Alexia Echevarria will be returning, but in a limited capacity, says a Bravo rep.) Though Bravo has yet to comment on why these two ladies hit the cutting room floor, Housewives history has proven one thing: You either go big (personality) or go home. READ FULL STORY

Where have we seen these 'Voice' contestants before?

During last night’s season premiere of The Voice, Christina thought that one of the auditioning singers looked a little familiar. Turns out, Tony Lucca, who sang Ray LaMontagne’s “Trouble,” worked with her on The Mickey Mouse Club. (See his audition embedded after the jump.) But judging by all the Tony Lucca love in the comments section of our recap, many of you readers already knew who he was, and Disney had nothing to do with it.

“The minute I saw Tony Lucca, I screamed like a little girl!” wrote one longtime fan of the singer. “He already has a pretty strong fanbase and some moderate success, but I hope this show provides a boost for his career and gives him the recognition he deserves.” READ FULL STORY

'Honeymoon in Vegas' musical coming to Broadway in 2013, starring Tony Danza

Honeymoon in Vegas, a new musical based on the 1992 film starring Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker, will open on Broadway in the spring of 2013, following a limited “pre-nuptial” engagement this Nov. in Toronto.

Tony Danza (Taxi, Who’s the Boss?) will star as Tommy Korman, a wealthy Vegas wise guy (played in the film by James Caan) who tries to break up the whirlwind Sin City wedding of a commitment-phobe and his fiancee, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Korman’s late wife.

Danza first appeared on Broadway in 1998 in A View from the Bridge before starring alongside Kevin Spacey in The Iceman Cometh and headlining as Max Bialystock in Mel Brooks’ hit musical The Producers (on Broadway and in Las Vegas).

Honeymoon in Vegas will feature music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown (13), a book by Andrew Bergman (who directed and wrote the original film), choreography by Denis Jones (Legally Blonde), and direction by Gary Griffin (The Color Purple).

Additional cast and creative team members will be announced shortly.

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