It might happen
Depending on your take regarding both cultural icons (I happen to be a fan of both Cher and Stooge), we can now thank or curse The Farrelly Brothers:
While Peter and Bobby Farrelly, during their press this week for February 25th's Hall Pass, have repeatedly insisted they've cast nary a Stooge in their upcoming The Three Stooges big-screen film, they have now told The LA Times that they do have one actor in mind for a supporting role: Cher is their top choice to play a nun called Mother Superior.
"Describing Cher as 'the coolest chick ever,' the brothers say that they've had her eyed for the part for a decade, ever since they worked with her on their comedy 'Stuck on You.' As to whether or not a deal can be made remains to be seen.
The actress returns to the comedy
The Oscar-winning actress is going to return to the comedy, "New Years Eve," in spite of reports that she was going to drop out. She is going to play a different role.
Here's more from Coming Soon:
"A thematic follow-up to the studio's 'Valentine's Day,' the movie will be set in New York and follows intertwining stories of characters trying to navigate their way through romance on New Year's Eve.
"The enormous cast also includes Katherine Heigl (who initially replaced Berry), Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Biel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zac Efron, Sienna Miller, Seth Meyers, Jon Bon Jovi, Til Schweiger, Josh Duhamel and Alyssa Milano."
Lindsay will not appear on Letterman
I'm putting 20 bucks on yes. Though Lindsay's in a lot of trouble right now, whomever duped her or Dave or whatever-the-heck-is-going on, would be a good way to actually invite her on. Maybe she'll listen to Dave on a few matters too.
Anyway, here's the weird story via E:
But then Lindsay herself chimed in late last night: 'I am NOT going to be doing David Letterman, I'm not sure how this happened, but I am sorry for the confusion…,' she tweeted. The Letterman crew confirmed the bad news just now: the Lohan stunt had been nixed and the reason is—in typical Lohan fashion—just plain weird.
"A rep for Letterman's Worldwide Pants says the show was suckered.
"'Lindsay Lohan will not be delivering a Top Ten list on Thursday's Late Show With David Letterman, as had been previously announced,' said a chagrinned Tom Keaney in this morning's statement.
"'We made a mistake. Someone purporting to be a friend of Lindsay's reached out to the show yesterday, allegedly on her behalf, and booked her to appear. Clearly, this person was not authorized to make commitments on her behalf. We wish Lindsay well, and look forward to having her on the show in the future.'
Babs, Sullivan and ... Meeker!
For my contribution at the Hitlist, I'm taking us through the week with one of noir's greatest icons -- Barbara Stanwyck -- highlighting some of her top noir performances.
Here's Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan and ... oh my lord ... Ralph Meeker ...
"Jeopardy" (1953) John Sturges
The John Sturges directed daylight noir thriller is not only a tense, daring ride, but a deliciously good time. Here's the predicament: While vacationing in Mexico with hubby, the great, underrated Barry Sullivan and their young son, Stanywck is put to the test after Sullivan is trapped in the surf and she must find anyone (anyone) to help her. Aid arrives in smarmy Ralph Meeker (ohhhh...Ralph Meeker) a fugitive who has a few other things on his mind. And off it goes. The repartee between Stanwyck and Meeker is angry, sick and sexy with standouts involving the triple slap Meeker lays on tough Stanwyck, or Meeker’s proud preference for cheap perfume: “It doesn’t last as long,” or my favorite moment -- when Stanwyck realizes she must make the ultimate sacrifice. She faces Meeker all hard and seductive to say, “I’ll do anything for my husband. ANYTHING.” And she does. Pretty intense stuff for 1953. And to do to such a wonderful (and dare I say, uber sexy husband) Barry Sullivan? I dare. Sturges works wonders with this lean, mean material. And this is some sacrificial Stanwyck. Hard core Babs at her best.
According to 'The Last Ringbearer'
Those people are awesome.
Here's the details from Salon.
"As bad lots go, you can't get much worse than the hordes of Mordor from J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings.' Led by an utterly evil disembodied entity who manifests himself as a gigantic, flaming, pitiless eye, and composed of loathsome orcs (or goblins), trolls and foreigners, Mordor's armies are ultimately defeated and wiped out by the virtuous and noble elves, dwarfs, ents and human beings -- aka the 'free peoples' -- of Middle-earth. No one sheds a tear over Mordor's downfall, although the hobbit Sam Gamgee does spare a moment to wonder if a dead enemy soldier is truly evil or has simply been misguided or coerced into serving the dark lord Sauron.
"Well, there's two sides to every story, or to quote a less banal maxim, history is written by the winners. That's the philosophy behind 'The Last Ringbearer,' a novel set during and after the end of the War of the Ring (the climactic battle at the end of 'The Lord of the Rings') and told from the point of view of the losers. The novel was written by Kirill Yeskov, a Russian paleontologist, and published to acclaim in his homeland in 1999. Translations of the book have also appeared in other European nations, but fear of the vigilant and litigious Tolkien estate has heretofore prevented its publication in English.
"That changed late last year when one Yisroel Markov posted his English translation of 'The Last Ringbearer' as a free download. Less polished translations of brief passages from the book had been posted earlier on other sites, but Markov's is the 'official' version, produced with the cooperation and approval of Yeskov himself. Although the new translation's status as a potential infringement of the Tolkien copyright remains ambiguous, it may be less vulnerable to legal action since no one is seeking to profit from it."
Does it mark the spot?
Extra bonus? John F. Kennedy narration. Well, some will find that a bonus.
The movie, opening this spring June 3, stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Zoë Kravitz and Kevin Bacon (among many more).
It's directed by Matthew Vaughn.
Take a look:
'Source Code' will open Austin's SXSW Film Festival
The South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival has found a choice picture to open its fest come March 11: Duncan Jones' "Source Code."
Here's more from EW Inside Movies:
"The festival, which takes place for nine days in Austin, Texas, will screen nearly 300 films and feature panel conversations with Jones, Gyllenhaal, director Todd Phillips (The Hangover), Paul Reubens, James Gunn (Slither), Ellen Page (Inception) and Rainn Wilson (The Office), among others."
The great comic actor has passed away
If you don't recall the name immediately (shame on you!), but if you don't you couldn't possibly forget his hilarious roles in two of Mel Brooks' greatest comedies, "The Producers" and "Young Frankenstein."
Here's a clip of his Inspector Kemp in "Young Frankenstein":
And here's more about Mars from EW. May he Rest in Peace: