We're sad to hear that last year's breakout star Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life, The Help) has backed out of negotiations to join the cast of Shane Black's Iron Man 3 due to scheduling conflicts. Chastain was looking at the role of a "sexy scientist" -- it's easy to imagine why she would prefer to stick with more respectable indie fare. But now the question remains: Who will take her place?
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Mick Jagger will cap off the Saturday Night Live season with his first hosting gig ever on the late-night sketch show. The rock star has appeared on the show four times over the years, but never as host, let alone host AND musical guest. Place your bets on whether or not Keith Richards will join him onstage on Saturday, May 19. It's the season finale, so expecting only one special guest is likely aiming low.
Mick Jagger (AP)
The recently greenlit June Carter Cash Story has founds its June Carter in '90s singer-songwriter Jewel, opposite Matt Ross as Johnny Cash. The made-for-TV biopic will likely go for a Walk the Line feel -- except, you know, it's airing on Lifetime. This is Jewel's first major acting role, and the odds are certainly not in her favor when it comes to topping Reese Witherspoon's Oscar-winning portrayal of the singer.
Speaking of Lifetime, the network will release a docudrama following the 2011 trial of Casey Anthony, with Rob Lowe leading the cast as real-life prosecutor Jeff Ashton. Let's try an experiment, film and television industry: When tragedy strikes (in this case, the murder of a two-year-old girl), let's go ahead and not turn it into an instant movie to make a quick buck.
Rob Lowe (Getty)
Respected actor James Cromwell (The Artist) is one more impressive addition to the cast of American Horror Story's second season. Cromwell will play Dr. Arden, a staff member in a mental institution who clashes with the psychotic owner (Jessica Lange). Lange, Cromwell, Chloë Sevigny and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine? Even though season 1 ended in a jumbled mess, this cast list is enticing enough to sway us into watching at least a few more episodes.
James Cromwell (AP)