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Kristen Wiig to star opposite Robert De Niro in Sean Penn movie

Want to know how big a hit Bridesmaids was? Read that headline again. Kristen Wiig will co-star with Robert De Niro in the drama The Comedian, to be directed by Sean Penn. According to a synopsis by FilmNation, which will handle international sales, De Niro will play Jackie Burke, a comic who once had a beloved TV character but is now past his prime and trying to revive his career. “After being sentenced to community service for hitting an audience member in the head with his microphone, Jackie meets Harmony (Wiig), a dazzling and defiant redhead who turns his life sideways.” Cameras are expected to roll in Spring 2012, presumably after Wiig wraps the current season of Saturday Night Live.

What do you think? It’s strange, but in an interesting way (as opposed to a “how did De Niro end up in New Year’s Eve?” way). I can picture Wiig as a woman who likes to poke at De Niro and shake him up, but this being a drama, it also sounds like she’ll get to stretch. Are you hoping this will be a great story for what she did on her summer vacation from SNL and she’ll return next fall, or do you think this is a sign that she’s risen above the show and should only return to host SNL to coincide with the movie’s release? (Either way, I hope De Niro hits SNL and they play Password.)

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Move over, Tina Fey! ‘Bridesmaids’ catapults Kristen Wiig from ‘SNL’ star to Hollywood triple threat
Bill Clinton one-ups Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, and best of all, Sean Penn, in new FunnyOrDie video

Johnny Depp to possibly play Dr. Seuss in a live-action movie: The best pairing since 'Fox in Socks'?

Typically, when you hear the news that another Dr. Seuss movie may come to the big screen, you immediately begin to worry that a major piece of your childhood is about to get ruined again. (We did not like you, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Cat in the Hat. We did not like you and that is that.) This news, however, will have even the most devoted Dr. Seuss fans rhyming in delight.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Johnny Depp will produce, and possibly star in, a live-action film about the life of Theodor Geisel. Or, as we all know him, the late, great Dr. Seuss. The project is being developed by Illumination Entertainment (which is currently in post-production on The Lorax) and Depp’s production company Infinitum Nihil. (EW reached out to Depp’s reps who were not immediately available for comment.)

How much do we love this idea? Let us count the ways. (Circus McGurkis 1, 2, 3!) Not only has Depp played a classic children’s author before (he was Peter Pan scribe J.M. Barrie in the Oscar-nominated Finding Neverland), but he and Dr. Seuss are a little bit like kindred spirits: Both have created iconic characters and both have brought twisty, colorful worlds to life with their craft. Heck, even Depp himself speaks and looks like a Dr. Seuss creation at times. READ FULL STORY

Pink to star alongside Gwyneth Paltrow. Will she be the next big crossover?


Image Credit: Jordan Strauss/WireImage.com

While we've all definitely heard Pink's voice in the movies before -- be it on the Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle soundtrack or any number of romcom trailers that feature her hit,
"Raise Your Glass" -- get ready to see her on the screen soon, too. The pop singer will star in the upcoming sex-addiction comedy Thanks For Sharing, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, and Book of Mormon's Josh Gad. “[Pink]

could not be a more ideal fit for this role,” notes writer/director Stuart Blumberg (The Kids are All Right), in a release. “She carries with her just the right combination of heart and edginess for the part of Dede, and we’re incredibly excited to share her acting talent with audiences.”

Granted, new-mom Pink has technically been on the big screen before: She had a cameo in the aforementioned Charlie’s Angels sequel and IMDB informs that she appeared in a 2007 horror movie called Catacombs, but the pop singer has never had a featured role in a major movie before this. Pink, who will be going by her real name Alecia Moore for Thanks For Sharing, will play a free-spirited sex addict who bonds with another person struggling with the same issue (played by Gad).

It’s all but expected that pop-stars eventually make the transition from music to movies, but Pink — er, Alecia Moore (that’s going to take some getting used to) — seemed to be holding out. Was she just waiting for the right project? In addition to the impressive cast, Thanks For Sharing will also mark Blumberg’s directorial debut, and Edward Norton is one of the producers. But a sterling cast and crew is no guarantee that she’s cut out for acting? After all, it doesn’t always work out so nicely for musicians-turned-actors. For every Mark Wahlberg, there are several Britney Spears. Then again, the material itself might be what makes this work for Moore. In her music videos, she has always been willing to try on different personas and has never been afraid to poke fun at herself (case in point: “Stupid Girls”), something of a necessity for a randy comedy.

While I like the idea of Pink becoming a movie star (she’s doesn’t take herself too seriously, has attitude to spare), I can also understand the inevitable skepticism that accompanies such news. (If you’ve seen her cameo on How I Met Your Mother, you’ll dread the inevitability of Katy Perry getting a starring role in a film. And no, The Smurfs doesn’t count. For many reasons.)

But what do you think, PopWatchers? Does Pink/Alecia Moore have what it takes to be a movie star? Does Thanks For Sharing sound like a perfect project for her or should she be getting back into the studio instead? Share in the comments section below.

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Charlie Sheen in talks for 'Scary Movie 5' cameo. He should drop the 'winning' schtick to truly win.

Charlie Sheen made appearances in both 2003’s and 2006’s spoof fests Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 4, respectively. Of course, that was a simpler time, before Charlie Sheen had truly become the Charlie Sheen we know now. But now Dimension, the studio behind the wildly successful Scary Movie franchise, confirmed to EW that Sheen is, in fact, “discussing a role” for the upcoming Scary Movie 5. But which Sheen will we see? Or want to see, for that matter? READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother' casts Katie Holmes as the 'Slutty Pumpkin.' Are we excited or terrified about the possibilities?

How I Met Your Mother has found its Slutty Pumpkin! CBS confirms to EW that Katie Holmes will step into the show’s iconic (and, until now, mysterious) role for a Halloween-themed episode this season. And after mulling over this choice for nearly an hour…my head hurts.

I don’t want to say the casting disappoints me (in fact, that’s far from true; I loved Holmes as Joey on Dawson’s Creek) — but it certainly makes me wonder: Could Holmes be The Mother?

The Slutty Pumpkin has always been an important part of Mother mythology, and, on a deeper level, an important symbol of Ted’s belief in love. READ FULL STORY

'A Prophet' director lands Marion Cotillard for follow-up

Image Credit: Eliott Bliss

Following up 2009’s instant classic, the brutal French prison film, A Prophet, was never going to be an easy task for director and co-writer Jacques Audiard, but casting Marion Cotillard as the lead should definitely help. According to Variety, the Academy Award-winning actress (La Vie en Rose) will star in Rust and Bones, an adaptation of Craig Davidson’s collection of eight short stories, which range in topics from a married couple that dabbles in dog fighting to a man losing a leg to a killer whale.

The book’s dark and certainly twisted subject matters are nothing new for Audiard and Thomas Bidegain, the duo behind A Prophet‘s script. (Anyone who remembers the razor blade scene from their last movie can attest to that.) Considering the unanimous praise critics heaped onto A Prophet, the reteaming of Audiard and Bidegain surely shoots Rust and Bones high up the list of movies to look forward to, and adding Cotillard only heightens the anticipation. Budgeted at a reported $22 million (a relatively large amount for a French film), Rust and Bones is sure to be one of the bigger movies coming out of Europe next year.

It has yet to be announced whether the adaption of Rust and Bones will be a narrative woven together with elements from the collection’s different tales, like how Paul Haggis consolidated F.X. Toole’s Rope Burns into Million Dollar Baby, or a more literal translation with separate stories like Stephen King’s Creepshow. Creating a single story from Davidson’s collection might be the more difficult of the two possibilities, since the book covers so varied and odd territory. You could end up with a married couple of dog fighters who lose their legs in a tragic encounter with an orca whale.

I would totally see that!

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Benjamin Walker is on the verge of becoming popular. Yea! Yea!

For anyone that was lucky enough to catch the unconventional, hilarious history lesson that was Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson during it’s far-too-brief run on Broadway, then you not only got to hear super catchy tunes like this, but you also earned bragging rights to getting to see a big star in the making: Benjamin Walker. Walker’s performance as the controversial seventh President of the United States was as funny and electric and sexual (some theater patrons would even get a lap dance courtesy of the leading man) as it was moving and complex (for shame on that snub, Tonys!).

Alas, while theater nerds have long since known about the hidden gem that is Walker, he’s about to be a best-kept secret no more. In addition to snagging the titular role of Honest Abe in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (the guy’s got a knack for playing Presidents!), Walker might also star in the upcoming adaptation of John Milton’s epic poem Paradise LostREAD FULL STORY

ESPN tell-all to be turned into a film. Who will play Keith Olbermann and friends?

It’s official. EW has confirmed that Twentieth Century Fox is acquiring the rights and developing a big-screen adaptation of Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller’s racy, randy tell-all, ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun. The gossipy, doorstop-sized oral history of the 24-hour sports network — in particular, its frat house-style early years — snagged a slew of headlines when it was published back in May thanks to its tawdry tales of on-air rivalries, inter-office prostitution, and of course, Keith Olbermann’s mammoth ego. With David Fincher’s The Social Network providing a blue-print of how to adapt a start-up saga like this one and Bennett Miller’s jock-themed Moneyball hitting theaters in September, we expect big things from this one. And since it’s never too early to start thinking about casting, here are our suggestions for some of the key players.

Keith Olbermann: Long before he ballooned into the self-important voice of the Left, Olbermann was the winningly snarky cohost of SportsCenter. This one is almost too easy for anyone who saw Ben Affleck’s Olbermann impersonation on SNL. READ FULL STORY

Harrison Ford, a man of many hats, to ride as Wyatt Earp?

Pulling off a hat is no small feat (especially if you are wearing a giant hat to say, the Kentucky Derby or making a, uh, statement, at the Royal Wedding.) Not only does it have to feel good, but most importantly, it has to look good. Some people, however, just look better in hats than others. For the record, PopWatchers, I do not look good in hats. If you place one atop my big, curly hair, I mostly wind up looking like Krusty the Clown.

Harrison Ford, however, looks awesome in hats. In fact, the guy practically made hats. (Side note: Harrison Ford has never actually made hats, but that would make for one amazing episode of Project Runway, would it not?!) Even Ford himself is aware of the important role hats have played in his movies. During the Q&A for the current EW cover story about his latest, the action adventure flick, Cowboys & Aliens, Ford admitted he was picky about which hats his character would wear. The actor explained to EW, “I would reject them without even putting them on. I said, ‘This guy wouldn’t wear this hat. If I put that hat on, I don’t know who this guy is.'” As his director Jon Favreau put it, “The hat chooses the actor. It’s like in Harry Potter. The hat found him.”

So imagine our delight when he heard that Ford could once again be faced with the prospect of wearing more hats! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ford will star as an aging Wyatt Earp in the upcoming big screen adaptation of Black Hats. Ford’s reps did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

That’s right, a movie with a hat for Ford right there in the title. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' casting shake-up: Part 2. When is the right time to say goodbye to high school?

When it was announced earlier this month that stars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith would be leaving Glee after season 3, not only did it make sense (their characters will be graduating from high school, after all) but it felt as though Ryan Murphy was making some concrete decisions to move the show forward.

Then came the news at this weekend’s Comic-Con from the show’s co-creator and exec producer Brad Falchuk that the trio won’t be leaving after all. “It was never our plan or our intention to let them go,” Falchuk said at the Glee panel, adding, “They are not done with the show after this season.” He also stated, “Graduating doesn’t mean they’re leaving the show. If you have Lea Michele under contract, you don’t say, ‘We’re gonna let you go.’” READ FULL STORY

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