Watch out, up-and-coming actresses. If you're not careful, Rooney Mara will sneak up and snag every single female role in the industry. Mara has just replaced Carey Mulligan in Spike Jonze's upcoming project opposite Amy Adams, Samantha Morton and a post-fake-crazy Joaquin Phoenix. The only tidbit of plot info is that the film centers around a man who falls in love with the voice of a computer.
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TV Casting News
With Desperate Housewives off her schedule for good, Teri Hatcher will debut on ABC's Jane By Design on June 19 in a four-episode stint as Jane's (Erica Dasher) mother. This is all well and good, but we all know what should be next on Hatcher's to-do list: a Lois & Clark reunion! Come on, there's no way that Dean Cain isn't available.
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Just when you thought FX's American Horror Story couldn't get any more gratuitous, Chloë Sevigny joins the Season 2 cast as the subtly named supporting character Shelly the Nymphomaniac. The art-house icon will allegedly go head-to-head with Jessica Lange in a mental institution. (Lange is one of many cast members returning as all-new characters.)
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Will Ferrell will return to his alma mater Saturday Night Live for the comedian's third hosting gig on May 12, with musical guest Usher. Which classic Ferrell sketches do you hope the cast will revisit? I'm putting my money on George W. Bush popping up in the opening sketch and Robert Goulet making an appearance. Everyone cross your fingers for a Hot Tub Lovers revival!
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Nancy Grace seems to have found a much less embarrassing method for making a buck: The controversial commentator has sold the rights for her debut novel, The Eleventh Victim, to Lifetime, with 90210 star Jennie Garth in the lead role. The made-for-TV thriller will follow an assistant DA (Garth) who starts a new life as a therapist, but faces a minor hiccup in the form of a serial killer offing her patients.
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Movie Casting News
It looks like Rihanna is well on her way to a fruitful acting career -- well, if you define "fruitful" as starring in one mind-numbing blockbuster after another. With her debut acting performance in Battleship releasing later this month, the pop star is just shy of confirmed as a villain in the sixth entry of the Fast and the Furious franchise. No matter how hard I try, I can't picture this going any direction but south.
Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma), Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck will star in newcomer David Lowery's contemporary western Ain't Them Bodies Saints, from Lowery's own script. There is no conceivable complaint for the cast list so far, and Lowery's winning short at last year's SXSW festival ensures that these top-notch actors are in capable hands.
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Scott Cooper's revenge thriller Out of the Furnace is shaping up to be one heck of a don't-miss cinematic event. And if the cast (including Christian Bale, Sam Shepard, Zoe Saldana and Casey Affleck) hadn't already won you over, the recent casting addition of the fantastic Willem Dafoe should seal the deal. Production for this sure winner began in mid-April.
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Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga will co-star in the romantic comedy Admissions, about two single parents who fall for each other while touring a college campus with their respective children. One is a "free spirit," one is a "square," and the unlikely romance blossoms over the course of a single day. It sounds like this could either result in a delightful little flick or a watered-down riff on Before Sunrise.
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With such a high-profile name as Will Ferrell hosting the second-to-last SNL episode this season, who could possibly one-up Ferrell as the host of the season finale? Last year we watched the always reliable Justin Timberlake close out the year. With Alec Baldwin potentially out of the running (he already hosted the 2010 finale), should it be a major star who has never hosted SNL such as Tom Cruise, or a recent favorite such as Emma Stone?