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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

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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Jessica Chastain to make Broadway debut in ‘The Heiress’

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

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