A new 'Gypsy'?
This time it's ... Barbra. You know who that is ... Streisand.
On second thought, Russell fans, hold your hearts. She's perfect for Mama Rose.
Now, who for the ingenue to play young Gypsy? Who can replace beautiful Natalie Wood? And no, not Christina Aguilera.
Here's more from MSN:
"Barbra Streisand has confirmed reports she's returning to the big screen to star in the film adaptation of musical "Gypsy" -- about stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.
"The singer/actress admits the news leaked 'a little early' but she is onboard.
She tells the Los Angeles Times, 'I am not sure about directing it. It may just be too much. I know I will be playing the part.'
"Arthur Laurents, who wrote 'The Way We Were' for Streisand, let slip about the new movie project, telling the New York Post last month Streisand was in 'deep in negotiations to direct, produce and star in a movie version of 'Gypsy.''
"He insisted the diva was perfect for the role, stating, 'She had a mother who she always thought was Mama Rose. I don't want to get into the details, but the point is she knows. She's got it in her. She's going to be much more than people expect.'"
Brand as Bunny
Here's more from EW. I don't know ... Volvo? Pooping jelly beans? Did I just write that last sentence.
"So he goes to Hollywood, where James Marsden hits him with his Volvo, lets him move into a massive mansion, and then tries to ditch him in the Hollywood Hills. That’s when E.B. poops jelly beans on the hood of his car. One of which 'The Big Bang Theory's" Kaley Cuoco eventually eats — but don’t worry, it tastes like watermelon."
Check out the trailer:
Her new ads create controversy
Yeah, maybe it seems obnoxious or desperate as some have called it but, in the end, who the hell cares?
Here's more from the Gold Derby:
"Last week, Supporting Actress nominee Melissa Leo ('The Fighter') took out her own trade ads touting her more glamorous side. The character actress, who is the frontrunner at the Oscars, wanted to show the industry her versatility. Instead, she set off an on-going debate about the propriety of such self-promotion.
"Pete Hammond (Deadline) spoke to her last Thursday, as the campaign ran timed to coincide with ballots arriving for Oscar voters. Leo told Pete that, frustrated after failing to land talk show gigs and magazine covers, “I took matters into my own hands. I knew what I was doing and told my representation how earnest I was about this idea. I had never heard of any actor taking out an ad as themselves and I wanted to give it a shot."
There's been much back and forth on the matter. I think Jeff Wells, of Hollywood-Elsewhere, not known for being the gentlest of critics, was the most kind about the whole supposed debacle:
"Ads are always judged in terms of style, class and tone, and Leo's now-disappeared ads, I feel, got it right. They were fine. She looked great. No harm done. We've all been so trained to squint our eyes and arch our backs whenever an individual takes out an ad of any kind. Only corporations and major companies can do this!"
Hanks will present at the Oscars
But as it turns out, Tom Hanks will merely present at the Oscars.
Here's more from TheWrap:
"In a video that played at Monday's Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon, Tom Hanks told the nominees to keep their speeches short and creative, and then added, 'See you at the Oscars.'
"Now the Academy has made it official that Hanks – a two-time winner and member of the AMPAS board of governors – will indeed be at the Kodak Theater on February 27, naming him as a presenter on the 83rd Academy Awards show.
"Hanks is the ninth presenter to be named. The lineup so far consists of Robert Downey Jr., Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Marisa Tomei and Oprah Winfrey, along with two of this year's nominees, Jeff Bridges and Annette Bening."
The actress will be charged
"Lindsay Lohan's legal troubles just went from bad to worse.
"The actress will be charged Wednesday with one felony count of grand theft for allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace from a Venice, Calif., jewelry store on Jan. 22, the Los Angeles District Attorney has announced.
"She is required to show up in person for an arraignment at an L.A. courthouse Wednesday afternoon. If convicted, Lohan, 24, potentially faces several years in state prison."
First look at Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher
But, here's the weird thing: The filmmaker is Streep's "Mamma Mia" director. "Mamma Mia"? I love ABBA and, well, I know a director has to move in different directions so I'm always willing to give a filmmaker a chance. Unless there's a montage sequence set to "Money, Money, Money" or "Fernando." Actually, that would be pretty awesome. (*And, to be fair, the director is noted for stage work, as I have been sternly reminded by a reader. This is true. Let's see some impressive stage to screen work and obviously, an absence of ABBA).
Here's more from Deadline Hollywood. And the first-look picture is courtesy Deadline:
"Pathé UK has released the first shot of Meryl Streep as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Streep is in the 2nd week of filming The Iron Lady here in London. It’s the first feature from director Phyllida since she directed Streep in Mamma Mia.
"Jim Broadbent plays Thatcher’s husband Dennis. Damian Jones is the producer. Fox will release here in Britain through its output deal with Pathé, which is handling international sales itself. Pathé will unveil footage at Cannes. North American rights are still unsold. 'I am trying to approach the role with as much zeal, fervour and attention to detail as the real Lady Thatcher possesses -- I can only hope my stamina will begin to approach her own,' says Streep."
Over Aguilera ...
And it has nothing to do with a game ...
From the Huffington Post:
"Right back where we started: Lindsay Lohan is being charged with a felony. Again.
Lohan, who just left three months of rehab, is being charged with Felony Grand Theft for allegedly stealing jewelry from a Los Angeles store last week, TMZ reports. The charges will be filed as early as Monday.
"The charges come after the LAPD began to investigate video surveillance that showed her with the necklace in the store, and photos of Lohan a week later showing her wearing a necklace that looks astoundingly similar.
"If she's guilty, Lohan could face jail time, especially since a conviction would violate the terms of her probation.
"Lohan narrowly missed being disciplined for an alleged drunken incident while in rehab, and this new trouble could not only send her back to jail, but scuttle her role in a thinly veiled autobiographical film that was supposed to be her comeback.