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In defense of Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan

Miss Hannigan is not a sacred role.

Hundreds have played the negligent, booze-soaked ward of that Depression-era orphanage. That’s one of the great things about musicals. The parts are interchangeable by design. We may have our favorites, but on a certain level, we accept that the part is expected to live on separately from any individual performance, transcending generations and even the beloved soundtrack. Committing that performance to film, however, does tend to get people riled up in a way that, say, Nick Jonas playing Marius in Les Misérables on stage does not.

After months of wondering whether Sandra Bullock would take on the part in Will Gluck’s adaptation of Annie, news broke Wednesday that the coveted part would in fact go to Cameron Diaz. Unless they’d announced that some Broadway crossover (à la Sutton Foster) had snatched up the role, the knee-jerk reaction was never going to be great. Diaz is pure Hollywood. Is she too beautiful? Too young? Too old? Can she sing? Is this a case of disaster stunt casting that is just indicative of our worst fears that Jay-Z, Will Smith, and Gluck aren’t interested in making a good film?

But let’s step back for a moment. Diaz’s casting is not only not a bad thing, she may actually make the movie. Bear with us.
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Kanye West has seen the future and it's ... a 'Jetsons' movie? Our dream cast

There’s one line from The Jetsons that everybody remembers — “Jane, stop this crazy thing!” — so you can imagine what Twitter has in store for Kanye West if he follows through on his quirkiest quest: seeing his name in the creative credits of a Jetsons film.

It’s been a year and a half since West made a fleeting mention of The Jetsons on Twitter. “I was just discussing becoming the creative director,” he tweeted, although that phrasing was a surprise to the filmmakers and more bluster than anything. That part wasn’t a surprise, but West’s engagement with the idea was unexpected; as a pop-art maven, he leans toward Warhol, Murakami and other gallery-ready names, a sector that doesn’t naturally embrace the mainstream heritage of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, which aired on ABC on Sunday nights in the JFK era.
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Scarlett, Reese, Jessica, Amanda -- who's your pick to play Hillary Rodham Clinton? POLL

Rodham, an upcoming film about Hillary Clinton’s younger years, basically has “Oscar” written all over it. The movie’s screenplay won the number 4 spot on last year’s Black List of best unproduced scripts, an annual roundup that has cited future Best Picture winners like Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech in the past. It’s a period biopic about a complicated political figure, which is a long way of saying “Academy catnip.” And it’s stuffed with meaty roles — future president Bill Clinton, future Massachusetts governor William Weld, Hillary herself — that are sure to attract a plethora of big-name stars.

Speak of which, four celebrated actresses are already rumored to be in contention for the film’s starring role: Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain, and Amanda Seyfried, according to the UK’s Sunday TimesREAD FULL STORY

'The Avengers 2' without Robert Downey Jr.? It's possible even if it's unthinkable

The final title card in Iron Man 3 declared, “Tony Stark Will Return.” It’s a reassuring promise (and one that shows that the character’s not-so-secret identity has gained just as much popularity as his superhero alter ego). But it’s not necessarily a guarantee that Robert Downey Jr. will also return.

The massive opening weekend for Iron Man 3 was immediately followed by uncertainty about Downey’s future in the franchise. With the completion of the third installment in the trilogy about the Armored Avenger, Downey fulfilled his contractual obligations to play the character.

So the big question here is, will Downey be in The Avengers 2? READ FULL STORY

Ryan Gosling joins long line of directors who have cast their wives and girlfriends in movies

Earlier this month, Ryan Gosling cast girlfriend Eva Mendes in his directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster. With production on the fantasy film set to begin this May, Gosling is a few months away from the joys and challenges of directing a significant other.

But Gosling is hardly the first director to cast his sweetheart in his own movie. Woody Allen is famous for dating (and sometimes marrying) many of his leading ladies, and Paul Newman also directed wife Joanne Woodward in multiple films.

Here’s a round-up of other men who have directed their actress significant others — some of whom are still going strong, while others’ relationships are in the rear-view mirror.

Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich
This couple met while working on 2002’s Resident Evil. Since they began dating in 2003 (with a wedding following in 2009), Anderson and Jovovich have made four more films in the lucrative zombie franchise. The British director also cast his wife in his 2011 adaptation of The Three Musketeers.
Anderson on directing Jovovich: “I always call her the hardest working person in show business. I’ve never met an actor as dedicated as she is. She’s like the Terminator, relentless. It can be 2 a.m. in the morning, and she suggests we talk about some aspect of the film. How about we don’t, Milla? But we both just love making movies.” [Huffington Post]
Jovovich on working with Anderson: “I tell Paul every day, he spoils me. It is such a pleasure. We have our family together. We do these fun movies together. What am I going to do when I have to go work with somebody else?” [Huffington Post]
Are they still together? Yep. And they’re planning to continue their working relationship too — both are expected to return for a sixth Resident Evil installment. READ FULL STORY

Lance Armstrong movie in the works. Who should play him?

Lance Armstrong may not ever be seen back at the Tour de France, but in movie theaters? That may be on the horizon.

Last week, Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot, announced plans to adapt New York Times reporter Juliet Macur’s upcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, due out in June [EW’s request for comment from Paramount was not returned]. It’s no surprise Hollywood has made a move — the story is captivating, and full of the kind of highs and lows that filmgoers love. Which just leads to the inevitable question: Who will portray the disgraced cyclist?

Bradley Cooper told BBC News yesterday that he “would be interested in [playing Armstrong]. I think he’s fascinating. What a fascinating character.”  Cooper would be a great choice – post Silver Linings Playbook, it’s clear the professionally trained actor enjoys serious fare, and a prime part like Armstrong in a good adaptation could be great Oscar bait. Beyond Cooper, here are some other choices of men we’d love to see tackle the role. READ FULL STORY

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

Haley Joel Osment: 'I see casting couches!'

After inking a science-fiction role in Wake the Dead last year and popping up in the preview for Sassy Pants this January, Haley Joel Osment has pulled a kid star comeback hat trick, landing the lead role in I’ll Follow You Down. The formerly Muppet-faced Oscar nominee (for 1999’s The Sixth Sense) will star as Erol, the son of a scientist who mysteriously disappeared on a business trip. Years later, Erol makes an unsettling discovers about his father’s whereabouts. READ FULL STORY

Side-by-side by Lovelace: Stacking up two forthcoming biopics about the 'Deep Throat' star

Like Alexander the Great, Steve Prefontaine, and Snow White before her, the late Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace suddenly has several producers prepping biopics simultaneously. The reluctant porn icon made her way into pop culture history with 1972’s Deep Throat, which was used as an informant code name during that year’s Watergate scandal and resurfaced with the Dennis Hopper-narrated documentary Inside Deep Throat, released in 2005 three years after Lovelace’s untimely death.

Today, EW confirmed that Juno Temple (left) and Wes Bentley have been added to the cast of Lovelace, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s biopic, which Epstein called “a story with great dramatic and psychological dimensions.” As pre-production for Lovelace and its competition, Matthew Wilder’s Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story, really begins to take shape, it looks like it will be a race to the finish line as to which film — both of which are tentatively slated to hit theaters in 2012 — will be first to titillate and traumatize audiences. We size up the two entries below. READ FULL STORY

'Friday Night Lights' forever: The cast is popping up everywhere these days! Score!

Okay, so it certainly would have been nice if the demand for the exceptionally talented cast of Friday Night Lights had been this high while the show was actually, you know, on the air, as opposed to after the show’s run. But, as any true blue FNL fan can attest, we’ll take more Riggins, Coach, Mrs. Coach, and the other attractive, complex, football-loving citizens of Dillon, Texas where we can get them. (Except for you, Epyck. Everyone but you.)

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