• As predicted, Emma Stone dropped out of 21 Jump Street because of her commitments to the Spider-Man reboot.
• I try not to mention films that haven't secured full casts and gotten their shit together production-wise, because things fall through and then you never see the film, but this one sounds too interesting to pass up. The Wachowski brothers are rumored to have recruited Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Natalie Portman, James McAvoy, and Ian McKellen for an adaptation of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. It's an ensemble drama that "spans six different story lines over a millennium--each tale is revealed to be a story read (or watched) by the main character in the next. The stories in order include an American notary's voyage across the Pacific in 1850, a young English musician working as an amanuensis in 1930's Belgium, a 1970's Californian journalist investigating corruption around a nuclear plant, a modern day British publisher who becomes confined to a nursing home, a cloned political prisoner being executed in a dystopian near future Korea, and a Hawaiian tribesman in a post-apocalyptic distant future telling a story around a campfire." I'm assuming Portman is the notary, McAvoy is the musician, Berry is the journalist, McKellen is the publisher, and Hanks is the prisoner, which leaves the tribesman's role to be filled. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson? Michael Pena? Either way, sounds like it'll be awesome--just the concept of a Babushka plot, a story within a story within a story, sounds like it's worth seeing.
• The co-creator of "Vampire Diaries" is developing a show they're saying is a cross between "X-Files" & "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer." Isn't that "Scooby Doo"? lol