Thursday, January 22, 2009

BUZZ: Oscar Noms, Fanning in "Eclipse," Ruffalo's Return, and more

• The Oscar nominations have been announced. Can't wait to see the showdown between Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Dakota Fanning was offered the role of the evil Jane, a Volturi member, in the Twilight sequel. Jane's power is the ability to create illusions of pain, which basically means a lot of sadistic facial expressions. She should start watching all of the Harry Potters and taking notes from the Malfoys. I'm glad Dakota found a niche. Her alabaster skin and creepy bulging eyes work perfectly for the horror and scifi genres.

Mark Ruffalo's getting back into the swing of things after his brother's unfortunate death. Prior to the tragic event, Ruffalo planned a directorial debut called Sympathy for Delicious. Unfortunately, James Franco's schedule closed up and he can longer star in the film. What's worse is that Orlando Bloom is set to takeover his role. While its true that having award-winning actress Laura Linney in the cast could elevate its credibility, it would take a lot to elevate Bloom's. Much like Keira Knightley, he fails to impress when he isn't in some fictional or historical time period, as was proven by the box office failures of Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown and the indie Haven.

George Clooney will reprise his role on "E.R." April 2nd.

Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") revealed in EW that he once auditioned for the role of Jack on "30 Rock."

• A "Heroes" promo shows all (or most) of the heroes working together to escape a plane during a prison transport. I spotted Claire, Hiro, Peter, and that girl who looks like Nicky, but there were plenty of other people in the plane too. Think of the next chapter, "Fugitives," as "Prison Break" but with mutants.

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