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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly remake David Bowie and Bing Crosby's 'Little Drummer Boy' duet

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have reimagined David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s “Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth” duet, originally recorded for Crosby’s 1977 television special, Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas. (See also: Jack Black and Jason Segel’s animated version from last week, Stephen Colbert and Willie Nelson’s marijuana-inspired version from A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!, and many more.) Except for their faces — can’t change a face! This isn’t Bridalplasty — the Funny or Die duo have matched the Bowie/Crosby original detail for detail, right down to the mind-blowing exchange about “modern music” and eerie, dilapidated, Christmas-don’t-live-here-anymore set. Compare the two videos after the jump…. READ FULL STORY

Hans Zimmer to replace iconic 'Superman' score

superman-scoreImage Credit: Lester Cohen/WireImage.com; David Livingston/Getty ImagesI didn’t grow up reading Superman comic books and I’ve never seen an episode of Smallville. My Superman universe begins with Marlon Brando and ends with Clark Kent wiping the counter with a bully at a greasy Metropolis diner. (That’s right: The Richard Pryor One and The Quest for Peace never happened.) And when the kids are sleeping and I run around my family room pretending my bath towel is a cape when I think of Superman soaring through the sky, I hear John Williams in my head. His Superman score is so buoyant and heroic that it’s difficult to picture The Man of Steel without it pulsing in the background. When director Bryan Singer attempted to literally recreate the look and feel of those first two Supe films for 2006’s Superman Returns, there was no way he could do so without incorporating Williams’ stirring anthem.

Now that Zack Snyder has been assigned to reinvent the Superman legend — with the guidance of Batman’s savior, Christopher Nolan — it’s understandable that Williams’ theme music must go. According to NBC-San Diego, Hans Zimmer, the maestro behind Gladiator, Inception, and the Nolan Batman films, will compose the new score for Snyder’s superhero. I’m a huge fan of both artists: Where Williams’ best work makes you swoon in its supreme elegance, Zimmer’s rousing anthems evoke the adrenaline of a battlefield charge. Snyder’s new-look Superman — moodier? grittier? —  might still have an “S” on his chest, but he’ll be flying to a new tune. I’m as interested in hearing the new Superman as I am in seeing him.

What do you think about Superman changing his tune? Vote below:


'Benji' will be back. Is there a role for Ron Burgundy's Baxter?

Benji-dog-huntedBenji is the latest franchise to get a reboot. According to Variety, Brandon Camp (Love Happens), son of Benji creator Joe Camp Jr., has partnered with Walden Media (the folks behind The Chronicles of Narnia films), to write, direct, and produce a movie resurrecting the helpful underdog mutt. His goal is to “screen test dogs in pounds” to find his star, which will make an awesome DVD special feature (unless the rejected dogs can sense the opportunity they’re missing, then you might as well just show me the Sarah McLachlan ASPCA ad).

Brandon Camp told the trade he wants to stay true to Benji’s “emotional journey.” Somehow, I’ve never actually seen anything Benji, which I know is wrong, particularly since I have seen Beverly Hills Chihuahua (for work!). I’m guessing having Baxter from Anchorman costar, in character, and making it a dog buddy flick isn’t in the cards? Then again, if this clip from 2004’s Benji: Off the Leash! is real, maybe it is!

What’s your vision for an updated Benji?

Mark Wahlberg in talks for 'The Crow' remake

Mark-Wahlberg-CrowImage Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesBreak out the goth makeup: Mark Wahlberg may be contemplating taking on The Crow. A source has confirmed to EW that while no offer has yet been made, Wahlberg is in talks with Relativity Media to star in an upcoming remake/reboot/re-something of Alex Proyas’ 1994 comic book-based movie. He is being considered for the lead role formerly played by Brandon Lee, who was tragically killed on the set of the original film when a prop gun misfired.

I’m slightly surprised by the news, considering that Wahlberg’s similarly dark and gothic Max Payne didn’t quite live up to even its relatively low expectations. But I was even more surprised earlier when I read an e-mail from EW editor Kate Ward referring to the project as The Crowe, because I couldn’t believe they were already making a biopic about Russell Crowe. [Ed. Note: In the future, all of Keith Staskiewicz’s perfectly innocent typos will be bolded instead of corrected. That is all.] Although, the more I think about it, the more I think the star of The Fighter would be great as the star of Gladiator.

What do you think of the prospect of Wahlberg as The Crow, PopWatchers? More or less exciting than The Crowe?

'Clash of the Titans 2' nabs 'Battle: Los Angeles' director. Could this sequel actually be good?

Jonathan-LiebesmanImage Credit: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.comSeveral moviegoers — $492 million-worth of moviegoers worldwide, that is — hopped into theaters to enjoy this year’s Clash of the Titans, happily ingesting an action film whose schlocky special effects were pleasantly nostalgic, even if the flick was victim to such flaws as shoddy character development. (Said EW’s own Owen Gleiberman, “All you can really do is sit back, enjoy the expert hamming of pros like these, and wait for the cheeseball F/X wonder.”) But now, with Warner Bros. planning a sequel, it looks as though we might have to trade in those cheeseball effects for a richer sequel experience. Because not only has the studio wisely planned to shoot Clash 2 in 3D — the first film was widely criticized for being converted after filming wrapped — but the studio has also confirmed to EW that it has handpicked a buzz-worthy new director, Battle: Los Angeles‘ Jonathan Liebesman, to helm the follow-up. (Louis Leterrier, the director of the first film, dropped out of the sequel.) READ FULL STORY

The bell doth toll for Lady Gaga at Iowa State

Last week, the students at Iowa State University got a midday treat — one that combined some “Bad Romance” with a bell tower. Tin-Shi Tam, ISU carillonneur, performed Lady Gaga’s hit song on the carillon (aka the bells in said tower) at noon on Friday. Watch below.

An ISU student started a Facebook campaign to request the song, and Tam obliged. Apparently, Tam often takes requests for her Friday performances. Hanson’s “MMMBop” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” also grace her repertoire. READ FULL STORY

'Dragon Tattoo' casts its Lisbeth Salander: Have you seen Rooney Mara in previous roles?

Rooney Mara just landed the role of Lisbeth Salander in the U.S. remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. We’ve known for weeks now that director David Fincher had hoped to cast an unknown for the lead role in the hottest literary adaptation in development right now (or possibly ever?), and that’s why we here at PopWatch HQ don’t feel too bad about not having any recollection of seeing Mara on screen beyond the trailer for The Social Network (where she plays Erica). Heck, not even a scan of her IMDb credits could jog our memories. Is this like a S1m0ne thing? Did Fincher just whip up a “Rooney Mara” prototype with his dark and stylish puppetmaster claws? Take a gander at Rooney’s credits and see if any bells ring or ER sirens go off.

–Nancy Holbrook in 2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street
–Fernanda in Tanner Hall
–Taggarty in Youth in Revolt
–Tara in Friends (With Benefits)
–Megan in two 2009 episodes of ER
–Wendy in The Winning Season
–Courtney in Dare
–Rebecca Smith in an episode of TV’s The Cleaner
–Evelyn in Dream Boy
–Alexis Sherman in a 2007 episode of ABC’s one-season wonder Women’s Murder Club
–Jessica DeLay in one episode of SVU
–And her first role in something called Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (!)

If you remember her, did she stand out for you? Will her talents translate to Dragon? All must be revealed! In fact, if you’ve ever seen Rooney Mara do anything, brag about it in the comments!

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

'Battleship': Let's brainstorm a plan to keep the big-budget adaptation from sinking

skarsgaurd_rihannaImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos; Michael Tran/FilmMagic.com; Justin Stephens/NBCPeter Berg’s big-screen Battleship is the subject of an interesting piece in The Hollywood Reporter, which details all the ways this movie, with a reported budget of $200 million or more, is a gamble. There’s the fact that it’s based on a board game, and audiences are already weary of reboots, let alone that kind. Peter Berg isn’t a big-name action director like J.J. Abrams, and he doesn’t have an A-list cast. (Oddly, the story doesn’t even bother to mention True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard alongside Friday Night Lights‘ Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna, who’ll make her feature acting debut). And the plot involves an alien invasion on water, and well, water is not a filmmaker’s friend. (Waterworld sank, but even box office hits like Titanic and Jaws had notorious shooting issues.) So what is Universal to do? READ FULL STORY

Fourth 'Mad Max' film still a go: Ready to revisit one of Mel Gibson's signature roles?

mad-max-4Image Credit: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images; Everett Collection; Janet Mayer/PR PhotosWriter-director George Miller is still moving forth with a fourth Mad Max film, Fury Road. With Tom Hardy (Inception) set to inherit the role that made Mel Gibson a star, news comes today via The Hollywood Reporter‘s Heat Vision blog that Riley Keough, the granddaughter of Elvis Presley who made her feature debut in this year’s Runaways as the sister to Dakota Fanning’s Cherie Currie, is in talks to play one of the “Five Wives,” women Mad Max must protect. When it was announced last October that the film, costarring Charlize Theron, would go into production this year in Australia, 64 percent of PopWatch readers said they were only excited about the franchise returning IF Mel Gibson returned with it. I’m thinking that poll might yield different results now that Gibson is back in the news with, what are we up to?, seven alleged rants caught on tape. Let’s put it to a vote. For the record, I wouldn’t want to see a Gibson cameo in Fury Road at this point, but his recent troubles do not taint the franchise for me. I’ve got no problem compartmentalizing and enjoying old Gibson films. If Bird on a Wire was on TV right now, I’d be watching it.

Lunchtime Poll: Calling all Skaaaaaaarsgaaaaards

Stellan Skarsgård is in talks to star in David Fincher’s remake of Swedish film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (based on the novel by Stieg Larsson, pictured). He’d play Martin Vanger, one of the story’s main suspects in the 40-year-old disappearance of a teenage girl. Hey, I thought this was supposed to be a U.S. version! What’s a Scandinavian doing in our remake of an already good movie?!

I’m just kidding. But does anyone else constantly do a double take upon reading that last name? Vote below.

Read more: Yesterday’s Lunchtime Poll: What does Joaquin Phoenix most need in the movie poster for ‘I’m Still Here’?

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

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