Friday, February 27, 2009

BUZZ: Snow as Lily in "GG" spinoff, Murphy in Pryor Bipoic, Gyllenhaal's "Damn Yankees," Yelchin as "Green Hornet," and more

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail still has the number one spot locked down, grossing up to $65 mil in its second week. Meanwhile the Jonas Brothers 3D concert supposedly disappointed by coming in at #2 with $13 mil. I, personally, think that any amount of money made off of what should be a DVD-recorded concert is a win-win. Slumdog Millioniare shot up from the #5 spot to #3 with $115 mil after proving its worth and winning a substantial amount of Oscars, including best picture. It snatched the spot from Taken, shoving it to #4 with $108 mil. He's Just Not That Into You is starting its decline at #5 with $78 mil and Paul Blart in its 7th week actually moved up one spot to #6 with $128 mil, but Coraline freefell from #2 to #7 in its fourth week with $61mil. While its true that Shopaholic is already checking out at #9 after its 3rd week with $34 mil and Fired Up was doused at #10 in its second week with $10 mil, the real failure this weekend had to have been Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, which debuted at #8 with less than $5 mil. Ouch! Retiring from the top 10 are Friday the 13th with $60 mil and The International with $21 mil. Unsurprisingly, the guys behind Friday are planning on pulling a Saw and continue the saga since it debuted so well. However, it only lasted in the top 10 for 3 weeks, so it doesn't really seem like a wise choice.
Megan Fox (Transformers) and William Moseley (Chronicles of Narnia) are rumored to be joining Paul Giamatti in the action adventure Ironclad. Set in 1215, it tells the story of a king who tries to nix the Magna Carta and rule England with an iron fist. "Barring his way stood the mighty Rochester castle, a place that would become the symbol of the rebel's momentous struggle for justice and freedom." This would be Moseley's first non-Narnia-related feature film role.

Eddie Murphy has been tapped to play Richard Pryor in Bill Condon's (Dreamgirls) biopic, subtitled Is It Something I Said?

• I'm not quite sure why but Drew Barrymore is being considered to direct the third Twilight book, but I am intrigued. I've heard of stunt-casting, but honestly...stunt-hiring?

Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal will team up to star in the musical Damn Yankees, which will be produced by the guys behind Hairspray. The play is about a "happily married middle-aged man whose devotion to a hapless pro baseball team prompts him to make a Faustian bargain with the devil to help the team." Satan turns him into the team's best hitter in exchange for his soul. The deadline for deciding whether or not he'll officially take the deal happens during the World Series. So he either loses the game or loses his soul. It's not an easy choice, especially when the devil sends Lola--as in "Whatever Lola wants/bum/bum bum/Lola gets"--to seduce him. Naturally, Carrey will play the devil and Gyllenhaal will play the slugger. I'm not too excited about the casting choices, but that Lola song better be done right, so whoever's chosen for the wily seductress better be incredible.

Anton Yelchin--remember the name--never forget it. First he was hilarious in the underappreciated Charlie Bartlett. Then he was cast in not one, but two major blockbusters this summer, Star Trek and Terminator Salvation. And now the 20-year-old Russain ingenue is being considered for the title role of the Green Lantern. Granted Ryan Gosling and Emile Hirsch (who destroyed Speed Racer) passed on the role, but Yelchin has something about him that elevates any film. Unfortunately, critics are wary that he won't be able to pull off the character of a professional test pilot who becomes a cosmic superhero, especially since the character is supposed to be between 25-30. Honestly, he couldn't do any worse than Hirsch.

Brittany Snow returns to TV to play young Lily in the "Gossip Girl" spinoff. Oh if only Milo Ventimiglia were five years younger and not attached to "Heroes," he'd be a perfect young Rufus.

• "Reaper": Newcomer Armie Hammer will play the devil's favorite son.

• "Heroes": Matt's ex-wife returns and his baby has powers too.

• "Secret Life of an American Teenager": Amy gives birth on the season finale March 23rd!

• "Lost": If you remember the skeletons that were found hugging each other in a cave a few seasons ago, then you might start wondering if it could be one of the castaways as a result of all the time traveling. Who knows? They might even be Jack and Kate.

• Am I the only person who only found Christa Miller entertaining on the "Drew Carrey Show"? She's soooo annoying on "Scrubs," and now she's been cast as Courtney Cox's best friend in her upcoming ABC series "Cougar Town." And I was just getting used to that name. Busy Philipps ("Dawson's Creek") is also playing her bff, and Dan Byrd ("Aliens in America") will eventually leave "Heroes" as Sylar's sidekick to play Cox's son.

• Expect No Doubt's official reunion announcement to come in the form of a performance on "Gossip Girl."

• Two superstar spawns are beginning their Hollywood reign with jobs at the CW. David Cassidy's daughter Katie will play an up-and-coming publicist in the "Melrose Place" remodel, and Steven R. McQueen, grandson of the one and only, will play the outcast younger brother of the lead character in "Vampire Diaries."

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