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Joel Edgerton joins 'Gatsby': Is he Leo's equal? -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

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Australian actor Joel Edgerton will play Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby, replacing
Ben Affleck, who dropped out to direct Argo. A spokesperson for the 36-year-old actor confirmed the deal, and Luhrmann told Deadline that Edgerton "could credibly be (as F. Scott Fitzgerald describes him) 'one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven,' had five-star acting chops and in the big dramatic showdown scenes between Gatsby and Tom, [and could]

hold the screen against Leonardo DiCaprio.” This exclusive photo of Edgerton shows the actor in character as he works with Luhrmann on the project.

Edgerton, who’s been excellent in some smaller films, brings an unsettling intensity to all his performances.  READ FULL STORY

Would you watch 'Law & Order: SVU' without Mariska Hargitay? (What if Jennifer Love Hewitt replaced her?)

With Law & Order: Los Angeles officially rebooted into oblivion and Law & Order: Criminal Intent halfway through its final season, we are fast approaching a cultural moment that once seemed unthinkable: a TV landscape with only one Law & Order series still in production. But Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has always been the impervious panzer tank of the franchise; while its brethren vacillated through various cast changes, the SVU team has essentially held steady since the show debuted in 1999. (There were more cast shake-ups in one miserable season of LOLA than in over a decade of SVU.)

Not even the SVU juggernaut is immune to the ravages of time, though, and it looks like series star Mariska Hargitay will be stepping back from the series in its upcoming 13th season. READ FULL STORY

Alex Pettyfer to star in Channing Tatum stripper movie 'Magic Mike.' Love it already.

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I'll admit as someone who saw the Christopher Atkins' movie
A Night in Heaven way too young, I've got an unusual appreciation for the male stripper genre. But I truly believe Magic Mike, the film inspired by Channing Tatum's early days as an exotic dancer, moving forward is something to celebrate. First, I love that Tatum pursued turning his tale into a film whether or not his reps wanted him to. Now, I love that director Steven Soderbergh has cast Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four, Beastly) as the young stripper Tatum's character will mentor. Have I ever seen Pettyfer act? No. But like most people who read his recent VMan cover story, I'm curious about the Brit who supposedly has the phrase "Thank you" tattooed on his lower abdomen -- "In case I forget to say it," he told VMan, winking. He's not afraid to speak his mind -- he's no fan of Los Angeles, as he reveals in that piece -- but he's also got a softer, quiet side, as he showed when he made his U.S. talk show debut with Ellen DeGeneres. He told her she stars in his favorite animated film (Finding Nemo), then gamely but shyly took off his dress shirt to put on the I [heart]

 Ellen T-shirt she had made for him. Watch that clip below. The 21-year-old knows how to remove a shirt. (“Do you want to help me?” he asked Ellen. Looks like a bad boy, talks like a gentleman? Sexy!)  READ FULL STORY

David Hasselhoff joins 'Piranha 3DD.' I cannot wait to (Bay)watch this movie.

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Imagine a future Celebrity Apprentice cast. Now, imagine them all getting devoured by man-eating fish, and you’ve got Piranha 3DD, the follow-up to 2010’s blood-and-boobs fest Piranha 3D. Just look at the actors involved: Ving Rhames, Christopher Lloyd, Paul Scheer, Gary Busey, Katrina Bowden, and now, David Hasselhoff. Yep, that’s right: The Weinstein Co. announced Wednesday that the America’s Got Talent judge and hamburger aficionado is set to join the sequel.

But here’s where I enter a plea to The Weinstein Co. I want just one thing for the holidays this year (the film is headed to theaters in November 2011): Please, oh please, let Hasselhoff play Mitch Buchannon. READ FULL STORY

Rachel Weisz eyes new 'Bourne' film, but what is a Bourne Girl?

Hear the term Bond Girl and an immediate image comes to mind: a glamorous and curvy beauty with an appreciation for double entendres. But a Bourne Girl is something entirely different. In fact, it’s not exactly clear yet what a Bourne Girl is. In the original Bourne Identity with Matt Damon, Franka Potente played the punkish girl who got pulled into Bourne’s wormhole of amnesia and assassins. She wasn’t long for his world, of course, and the only other major female characters have been American versions of Bond’s M: Joan Allen’s skeptical CIA agent and Julia Stiles’ sympathetic Agency technician (and possible pre-amnesia romantic interest). So what is a Bourne Girl? Clone Dr. Lilith Sternin Crane and you’re in the ballpark. READ FULL STORY

If Johnny Depp had been Indiana Jones...

Ever wonder what Indiana Jones would’ve looked like if Johnny Depp had taken the whip from Harrison Ford? At the Russian premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Depp seemed to be channeling Dr. Jones with the same pizazz that made Capt. Jack Sparrow the most hip pirate on the high seas. Take a look and imagine the possibilities… READ FULL STORY

Al Pacino joins 'Gotti: Three Generations' -- Once more to the mattresses, dear friend

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Nabbing the Godfather of Godfather movies for Gotti: Three Generations is a huge boost for the project, which also features Kelly Preston, Lindsay Lohan, and reportedly, Joe Pesci. Dellacroce was a loyal and admired member of the Gambino crime family who was nevertheless passed over for top leadership. He refused to revolt, though, and it was only after his death in 1985 from lung cancer that Gotti felt free to make his move to take over the family. READ FULL STORY

Will you re-read 'The Hunger Games' after casting is complete?

I have a shameful confession to make, PopWatchers: I only just read The Hunger Games for the first time a few weeks ago. If you’ve found it in your hearts to forgive me for this major pop culture blunder, I’ll continue.

After months of endless urging from friends and colleagues that I would love these books (they were, as per usual, right) I finally read them. A funny thing though, I read the books — in record time, I might add — right before all the major casting news about the feature film adaptation broke, when all the casting rumors were still running rampant. 

In fact, just as I was getting familiar with Katniss Everdeen, Oscar-nominee Hailee Steinfeld was one of the top names being thrown around to play the part of the heroine. I immediately changed my image of how Katniss looked in my mind to Hailee, which no doubt hindered my interpretation of the book and the character (Katniss all of a sudden had a True Grit-like accent). Alas, Hailee did not get cast, and my visualization was blown to bits worse than some poor souls in the Reaping. READ FULL STORY

'The Thin Man' poll: Who's Johnny Depp's Nora?

Now that The Thin Man remake with Johnny Depp officially has a director — Rob Marshall — can his Nora be far behind? Last October, we asked you who would make the best partner for Depp’s dapper detective, Nick Charles, and a flock of Oscar-nominated actresses were suggested. In the original 1934 film, the first of six films with William Powell and Myrna Loy playing the clever duo, the wealthy couple bantered witticisms while solving crimes with panache, so Depp’s costar needs to be his equal in every way. Who gets your vote? We gathered together some of your best answers. Vote in the poll after the jump! READ FULL STORY

Malin Akerman: Coming soon to every movie in 2012

New Line Cinema has confirmed that Malin Akerman has joined the cast of Rock of Ages, playing Constance Stack, a journalist who romances Tom Cruise’s Stacee Jaxx. But that’s not the only project the actress has on her plate. No, Rock of Ages brings Akerman to… six films headed to theaters in 2012: The Giant Mechanical Man, Medallion, Wildwood Inn, Serpent Girl, The Numbers Station, and, now Ages. As for 2011, Akerman appears in happythankyoumorepleaseElectra Luxx, The Bang Bang Club, Criminal Empire for Dummy’s, Wanderlust, and Inferno, the Linda Lovelace biopic that unceremoniously dumped Lindsay Lohan for the role before Akerman took it over. Phew. Move over, James Franco — Hollywood’s got a new busiest actor!

But this is not the first year Akerman has been roped into a good number of projects. READ FULL STORY

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