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Elizabeth Banks can do no wrong

Elizabeth-BanksImage Credit: Ali Goldstein/NBCWhat’s your favorite Elizabeth Banks moment? It’s not an easy question, because Jack Donaghy’s baby-mama is gorgeous, hilarious, versatile, and totally fearless. Do you go with her scene-stealing performance in The 40 Year-Old Virgin, where she ultimately turned out to be more gal than Steve Carell could handle? How about her brief encounter with Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me if You Can, where her gaping guffaw was the perfect punchline? Or are you such a Banks-groupie that all debates begin and end with her naughty guest appearances on Wainy Days? Oh, Shelly, you delectable slut.

But she’s hardly just a funny knockout, what with her dramatic performances in Seabiscuit, next week’s The Next Three Days, opposite Russell Crowe, and her reported interest in Welcome to People, which sounds like Rain Man, but with an alcoholic sister instead of an autistic brother.

So chime in, Beth Banks Fan Clubbers? What’s your favorite scene of hers, and does Welcome to People sound like something you’d like her in?

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Hayden Panettiere and Nikki Reed to star in 'Downers Grove' adaptation

Downers-GroveImage Credit: Solarpix/PR Photos; Amanda Meredith/PR PhotosLife after Heroes is looking good for Hayden Panettiere. With Scream 4 hitting theaters in April, she’s set to start filming American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis’ adaptation of the Michael Hornburg novel Downers Grove with Twilight star Nikki Reed this spring. They’ll play seniors at a suburban high school where each year, one student dies a bizarre death before graduation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Panettiere will take the role of Chrissie, who’s convinced she’s this year’s victim. (In the book, a jock she beat up when he tried to attack her is out for revenge with the help of his buddies.) Presumably, that makes Reed Chrissie’s best friend, Tracy, described on the book jacket as being “hornier than a Prince song.” (Oh, the ’90s.) Nelson McCormick (Prom Night) will direct. Rebecca De Mornay (always scary) has also joined the cast.

What do you think? Ellis signed on to adapt the book in 2008, so we assume the script has got a nice polish by now. It doesn’t sound like your typical teen slasher film (more dark and clever, like Heathers), so it could be a smart move for both Panettiere and Reed, who can capitalize on that genre’s audience while not getting pigeon-holed into the genre itself.

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Miley Cyrus to play private eye, undercover as sorority girl

Miley-CyrusImage Credit: Robin Wong/PR PhotosMiley Cyrus is set to star in the action-comedy So Undercover. According to Deadline, she will play “a tough, street-smart private eye hired by the FBI to go undercover at a college sorority.” The film, expected to begin production next month, will be directed by Tom Vaughan (What Happens in Vegas) from a script by Allan Loeb (The SwitchWall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps) and his producing partner Steven Pearl.

Now, after you accept Cyrus, who turns 18 later this month, as a street-smart private eye recruited by the FBI (there is something rough about her speaking voice), you can begin to see the possibilities: Will P.I. Cyrus wear skinny jeans with her badass knee-high boots, or will she wear them with a skirt like The Good Wife‘s Kalinda? Will the sorority have prim and proper sisters like the contestants in Miss Congeniality, or will they be misfits like in The House Bunny? Will Cyrus’ character fall for a geek who can’t believe she lied to him (but who’ll forgive her because she’s hot), or the young agent assigned to be her date at a formal?

What’s your best guess? READ FULL STORY

Sylvester Stallone looking for a few good (young) men for 'Expendables' sequel

The-Expendables-2Image Credit: Karen Ballard; Myles AronowitzAfter a day of passionate political debate with his Twitter followers, Sylvester Stallone is back talking about our preferred subject: the sequel to The Expendables. “Good day to say that the new story line for next Expendables is taking shape — many twists that i’ve yet to figure out yet — JCVD possibility!” he tweeted early this morning. Really, what better way for Jean-Claude Van Damme to prove his ticker is fine than by joining this muscle parade. Stallone appears hopeful: “How bout JCVD being the baddest of the bad? Painful and fun choice for the one who gets to do battle with him..,” he tweeted. When a fan joked that Ryan Seacrest should join the cast, Stallone responded, “Over that,” but said his buddy Charlie Sheen would be a strong choice — and that he almost had him in the first film, but his wife “birthed.” (Did we know Stallone and Sheen were friends? On Nov. 1, Stallone tweeted that he spent Halloween on a double-date with Bruce Willis, then he stopped by Sheen’s place and talked awhile before heading home. “Charlie looks absolutely like you see him on TV … Maybe better,” Stallone reported.) If Sheen is healthy, I’d enjoy seeing him trade barbs with Stallone, Jason Statham, and fingers crossed, Bruce Willis.

Stallone definitely has casting on the brain: “The Rock could eventually replace me after having been drafted into the EXPENDABLES Along with new young blood. Suggestions?” I’m all for Dwayne Johnson being the heir apparent — he’s got the body and the charisma. (And seriously, how great would they look together?) Other suggestions offered by fans:  READ FULL STORY

Abigail Breslin in talks to join cast of 'Valentine's Day' spin-off

Abigail-BreslinPint-size movie star Abigail Breslin’s name has been added to the list of actors in talks to join the cast of New Year’s Eve, the follow-up to ensemble rom-com Valentine’s Day, Variety reports. Much like its predecessor and other films like Love Actually and He’s Just Not That Into You, the film will feature intertwining stories that, this time around, focus on romance in New York City on New Year’s Eve.

Being the cute, precocious 14-year-old that Breslin is, I’m envisioning either a classroom romance or a more Sleepless in Seattle route, where she plays a girl on a mission to get her single dad and his crush together in Times Square. Cue inevitable kiss timed to ball drop.

Other names floating around the rumored cast list include Reese Witherspoon, Zac Efron, Justin Bieber and Glee star Lea Michele.

What do you guys think about the casting? Are you excited by the major star power?

Photo: Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos

'Hobbit' director Peter Jackson talks about casting a 'heartthrob' dwarf (Exclusive)

Richard-ArmitageImage Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage.comIt’s been a long time coming, but there was finally cause for rejoicing in Middle-earth last week when director Peter Jackson announced he’d cast several key roles in his adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel, The Hobbit. The casting of Martin Freeman of the UK Office fame as Bilbo Baggins was widely expected, but some Tolkien fans were surprised and slightly befuddled to see English actor Richard Armitage, best known for the BBC series MI-5, cast as Thorin Oakenshield, the gruff leader of a company of dwarves. What was Jackson doing hiring a hunky actor to play a character most often depicted in illustrations — and in the 1977 animated Hobbit movie — as a squat, crabby, Wilford Brimley-ish old dwarf with a long white beard? In an interview (after the jump), Jackson tells EW the choice is actually right in line with the casting of Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn and Orlando Bloom as Legolas in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. READ FULL STORY

'The Dark Knight Rises'; the Riddler doesn't

batman-foreverImage Credit: Stephen VaughanSince those last series of images in The Dark Knight, when a now-fugitive Batman sped away into the shadows, I’ve been desperately awaiting details about where we’ll find our caped crusader next. How will Batman operate as a vigilante wanted for murder? Who will be his next nemesis? Is there another girl in his future?

With four words yesterday, Christopher Nolan scratched — well, tickled — my growing itch: The Dark Knight Rises. The director told The Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex blog that he’s settled on a title that, on the surface, doesn’t sound nearly as dark as the second film actually was. Nolan must’ve been feeling generous, because he also crossed the Riddler off the list of potential villains in the third film. (Yay!) So where does that leave us, Batfans? Which comic book baddie are you now expecting to see in The Dark Knight Rises? Does the rumor that Nolan’s interviewing young actresses make you purrrrrrrrrr? Does that title give you any feel for where the film might go?

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'What To Expect When You're Expecting' heading to the big screen: Who would you cast?

Jon-HammLionsgate has confirmed that they will adapt the bestselling pregnancy bible What To Expect When You’re Expecting and intend to give it the Love Actually and Valentine’s Day treatment. In other words, we’ll see a series of intertwining vingnettes with enough star wattage to blind most any moviegoer.

The film is still in the early planning stages, but we wanted to throw out our own casting recommendations — and hopefully Lionsgate is listening.

Dreamboat status aside, Jon Hamm would be perfect as frazzled father of three whose wife is expecting again. Mad Men gives him drama cred, 30 Rock gives him comedy cred, and really, who doesn’t want to see Don Draper play a fumbling, ultimately loving father? We all know Sally Draper would!

But Hamm would need someone to grab beers with at the local bar, and that’s where he can turn to Jason Bateman, who might play dad to an awkward teen, if only to remedy my Arrested Development separation anxiety.

As for the women, Rachel McAdams would nail nervous-mother-to-be, no? And may we suggest Jane Lynch as one part of a lesbian couple who is expecting via sperm donor? Considering Lynch’s storied career (Best in Show, Julie & Julia, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin) we know she has more up her sleeve than a red tracksuit.

Who do you think should be cast? We’re taking your suggestions below!

Photo: Tina Gill/PR Photos

The 'Hangover' problem: Mike Tyson, okay; Mel Gibson, not okay?

gibson-tysonImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos; PRN/PR PhotosBy now, you’ve no doubt heard all about the dust-up over Mel Gibson‘s planned cameo being yanked from The Hangover 2. First it was announced that Gibson — whose career has been unquestionably challenged by tabloid headlines stemming from his nasty split from Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his 1-year-old daughter, and the subsequent leak of irate and threatening phone messages he allegedly left her — would have a cameo in Todd Phillips’ comedy sequel. Then it was revealed that after objections from some members of the film’s cast and crew, Gibson had been dropped from the film. Now, the latest beat in the story is that Zach Galifianakis may have been one of the folks ticked off by the Gibson casting stunt (reps for both Gibson and Galifianakis declined comment). All of this is juicy stuff, no doubt.

But one question many are left asking is why it was okay for convicted rapist Mike Tyson to appear in the first Hangover, but not okay for Gibson to turn up in the sequel? Were Tyson’s crimes any more acceptable than the unsavory claims Gibson faces? READ FULL STORY

'The Hobbit': Martin Freeman to play Bilbo Baggins; other roles also cast

Movie fans, nerds of all stripes, and aficionados of small, furry-footed hominids, take heed! The cast of director Peter Jackson’s long-awaited, much-delayed, crazily anticipated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic The Hobbit is finally officially taking shape! As EW predicted, English actor Martin Freeman, best known for his deadpan portrayal of cubicle drone Tim Canterbury in the original BBC version of The Office as well as the films Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Hot Fuzz, will play the Hobbit hero Bilbo Baggins, who is reluctantly recruited by Gandalf the Wizard and a company of Dwarves to join in a dangerous quest for a dragon’s treasure. “Despite the various rumors and speculation surrounding this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us,” Jackson said in a statement, calling Freeman “intelligent, funny, surprising, and brave — exactly like Bilbo.” Jackson also announced that Richard Armitage, who has starred in the British TV series MI-5, will play the leader of the company of Dwarves, Thorin Oakenshield, while Irish actor Aidan Turner  and English actor Rob Kazinsky will play the Dwarves Fili and Kili. Rounding out the cohort of Dwarves thus far will be Graham McTavish (24) as Dwalin; John Callen (TV’s Power Rangers Jungle Fury) as Oin; Stephen Hunter (TV’s All Saints) as Bombur; Mark Hadlow (King Kong) as Dori; and Peter Hambleton (TV’s The Strip) as Gloin.

There you have it, Middle-earthlings. Now Jackson just needs to get past the sticky labor-union issues and start shooting this thing. (Well, after casting Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Ori, Nori, Balin, Beorn, Bard, and all the other roles, of course.) What do you think? After all these endless months of build-up, can you get any more amped for The Hobbit? Is Freeman the Bilbo of your dreams? Or did you imagine someone else putting on the ring?

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