• Either Jennifer Lopez has hit rock bottom or Alex O'Loughlin ("Moonlight") is about to get a big break. He's been cast as the romantic lead in The Back-Up Plan, playing the guy Lopez falls for after she gets artificially inseminated. They should call it Bad Timing.
[lol Alright ladies, relax. I just meant that normally film actresses—good or bad—don't have TV actors as male leads. J.Lo used to get George Clooney and Matthew McConaughey as love interests, and now it seems you can't pay a film actor enough to star opposite her. That aside, I know Alex is a great actor. I loved him in "Moonlight" too.]
• Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg are rumored to be teaming up for the Bryan Singer thriller Prisoners. It's the story of a "small-town carpenter (Wahlberg) who butts heads with a young, brash detective (Bale) in charge of the investigation of his missing six-year-old daughter and her friend. The father is a Bible-reading, deer-hunting survivalist. The cop, meanwhile, can't wait to get to the city. Feeling failed by the law, the father captures the man he believes responsible and begins to torture him in a desperate attempt to find out what he did with the girls, whom he's convinced are still alive." How do we give a vengeance flick credibility? Oh, I know, add a little Bale.
• I love Maria Bello, so when I found out that Adam Sandler has tapped her for his next star-studded comedy, featuring Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Salma Hayek, and Maya Rudolph, I was ecstatic. It's about high school friends who reunite after 30 years. Only in a Sandler film would a bunch of dweebs score those hot chicks for wives. Bello plays James' wife and I can't wait to see who scored Hayek.
• You know when a plot sounds so boring you can't believe someone's going to take two hours to unveil it? Well, after reading that Jennifer Garner signed up for a comedy called Butter, where she'll play a competitive butter-sculptor...I nearly fell asleep while writing that.
• I love meaningful teen rom-coms, like Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, and hopefully David O. Russell's (I Heart Huckabees) Aaron and Sarah will be one of them. It's about a "nerdy guy and a popular girl who meet as freshmen and, over four years of high school, four proms and one funeral, become friends and eventually fall in love." That's how it should be done—over time. Some of the best rom-coms play out that way. I have high hopes for it, especially since the writers of "Pushing Daisies" are behind it.