Christopher Meloni turned 50 in April. One month later, he decided to leave Law & Order: SVU after twelve years. So it’s fair to say that the actor has arrived at something of a career crossroads. He spent his time on SVU as one of the highest-paid actors on television, so it’s not as if he necessarily has to do anything, and it’s a fair bet that he won’t be returning to the weekly TV grind anytime soon. Still, news of his first major post-SVU project is a bit surprising: Over the weekend, Meloni told Vulture that he was taking a supporting role in next year’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel, playing some sort of military man. Meloni’s reps and Warner Bros. both had no comment about the casting scoop; could be Meloni jumped the gun, or it could be that they still have to dot the i’s and cross the t’s on the actor’s contract. Still, since Meloni already voiced his excitement for the role, it’s worth asking: Is this the route you want to see Meloni taking with his career? READ FULL STORY
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From John Ford and John Wayne, to Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, to Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale, there have been many great actor-director teams. Very quietly, a new one could be budding right before our eyes.
EW has confirmed that Ryan Gosling is negotiating to star in Only God Forgives, a crime thriller set in Bangkok and the third movie he and Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn plan to make together. (Variety first reported the story.) The only problem is that few people have seen a single film the pair has made. More specifically, most moviegoers in the U.S. haven’t seen any of Refn’s work yet. But with the news of the casting and the critical buzz around their first collaboration, Drive, picked up this May at Cannes, there might be some magic brewing between the two artists. READ FULL STORY
Any day with Kate Winslet casting news is a good day. That’s because, whether she’s boarding the doomed Titanic or stepping back in time for Mildred Pierce, the Oscar-winning actress is going to turn out a performance that is brilliant in any era.
I confess, PopWatchers, that Kate Winslet is my all-time favorite actress, so I’m a little biased when it comes to her, but I was beyond thrilled when EW got the exclusive news that she would star in Jason Reitman’s upcoming big screen adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s 2009 novel Labor Day. READ FULL STORY
Rob Lowe will star as accused wife-killer Drew Peterson in the tentatively titled Drew Peterson Story, Lifetime confirms. As initially reported by Deadline, The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco will costar as former Illinois police sergeant Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy, who disappeared in 2007 when she was 23 and Peterson was 53. While Peterson enjoyed the media attention while professing his innocence (her body has never been found), authorities did arrest him in 2009 — for allegedly murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, whose 2004 death had initially been ruled an accidental drowning.
Forget for a moment that Lowe is way more attractive than the Peterson, who is 10 years his senior, with gray hair and a mustache. (Please let Rob Lowe have gray hair and a mustache!) I think this will be an interesting role for him on his Parks and Recreation hiatus. READ FULL STORY
In the year since Lost, Matthew Fox has understandably opted mostly to take a break from any big projects. He starred in a London production of Neil LaBute’s new play In a Forest, Dark and Deep opposite Olivia Williams. To judge by the picture on the left, he apparently decided to grow himself a Brad Pitt leisure-beard. But now the actor is kick-starting the next phase of his career. Along with signing onto the Tyler Perry-starring reboot of the Alex Cross franchise (in which he’ll play a villain), EW has confirmed that Fox is currently in talks to take a role in World War Z, the adaptation of the Max Brooks zombie-novel sensation (which is set to star Brad Pitt, thus proving the existence of the Hollywood Beard Mafia). READ FULL STORY
Though there’s no established rules, movies typically get translated into television shows, and vice versa, in one of two ways. A movie becomes a hit, like M*A*S*H, and the studio arranges to bring those characters to the small screen quickly thereafter. Or, a classic television show, like The Fugitive, is relaunched as a movie decades later for a new generation of fans. Rarely do you see what NBC is currently attempting: resurrecting a movie, The Firm, as a television series — 18 years after the Tom Cruise hit. Yes, In the Heat of the Night successfully pulled off a similar trick — 21 years after the original film — but typically, networks aren’t looking that far in the past for their next hit show.
That said, there’s some hope for NBC’s mid-season replacement. One, they have the John Grisham fanbase that bought 7 million copies of The Firm, a fanbase that, no disrespect to Cruise and director Sydney Pollack, rather preferred the book to the film. READ FULL STORY
Any actor will tell you: It’s good to be bad. Playing bad is a hoot, and many actors, like Gary Oldman, built their career on portraying crazy-eyed villains capable of the most vile deeds. Superstar actors, on the other hand, can become handcuffed — if only temporarily — by a certain level of fame after audiences demand a certain heroic or darling character each and every time. Ask Will Smith or Julia Roberts or Clint Eastwood. So it’s admirable and refreshing to hear from Deadline that Leonardo DiCaprio is reportedly in talks to play the villain in Quentin Tarantino’s next film, Django Unchained, the story of an escaped American slave who seeks vengeance on his cruel master. (Both DiCaprio and Tarantino’s reps have yet to respond to EW’s request for comment.) READ FULL STORY
Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, and Martin Starr to appear in 'Save the Date.' No need for reminders, we're already there!
Could wedding comedies, once and for all, be making a turnaround? For so long it felt like for every delightful Muriel’s Wedding or Four Weddings and a Funeral, a Bride Wars, 27 Dresses or The Wedding Date would fall and make us dread anything nuptial-related at the movies.
Now thanks to Bridesmaids, the tables have turned. Its title alone could have scared off many (too generic sounding, men won’t see it), but the fact that it was a great movie — not just a great wedding movie — turned it into a word-of-mouth hit.
So when Gilbert Films confirmed to EW that Lizzy Caplan (pictured) and Alison Brie (Community) would be starring together for an indie called Save the Date about two sisters with conflicting views on marriage, the fear of another generic wedding rom-com barely registered. Plus, you simply cannot go wrong with the combination of Brie (who has knocked it out of the park on the small screen in Community and Mad Men, but arguably had the best death/line/part in Scream 4) and Caplan (we still quote her Mean Girls character Janis Ian on a daily basis.) READ FULL STORY
Entertainment Weekly has confirmed a Deadline report that Paramount has optioned Furious Love, Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger’s recent book about the torrid and tempestuous romance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as a potential directorial project for Martin Scorsese. This is a biopic where casting is everything. While it would nearly be impossible for the starring couple to equal the celebrity of Liz and Richard, they’ll need to be famous enough themselves to convey the magnitude of their onscreen counterparts. Thus, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are logical suggestions, especially since Jolie is preparing to play the Taylor role in a remake of the infamous Cleopatra, where the couple, then married to other people, first sparked an interest in each other. But Cleopatra remake and previous famous marriages aside, I don’t think Brangelina are the best fit. READ FULL STORY
After the critical success of Limitless (and the box office success of The Hangover Part II), Bradley Cooper is taking another serious turn in The Place Beyond the Pines. Variety reports Cooper has closed his deal to star as a rookie cop tailing a pro motorcycle rider (Ryan Gosling) who starts robbing banks to support his newborn son. The film will reunite Gosling with his Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance, who also cowrote the script. My thoughts:
• I’m all for Cooper showing range, and critics, including EW’s Owen Gleiberman, agreed that Limitless proved he was a movie star. But selfishly, I’m hoping that Cianfrance doesn’t “ugly him up” like he did Gosling for the part of Blue Valentine they didn’t show you in the trailer. READ FULL STORY
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