Today in show business news: Sandra Bullock considers joining the Annie musical, Portlandia rides again, and Ethan Hawke made a smart business decision.
Curious word comes today that beloved bus driver Sandra Bullock is in talks to join Will Smith and weekend aficionado Quvenzhané Wallis in their new Annie movie. As Miss Hannigan. Isn't that weird? I mean, I'm not exactly opposed to it, who really cares who plays Miss Hannigan in this movie that will likely not be good because how often are remakes and/or movie musicals much good, but it will be a curious thing to see. Sandra Bullock singing! The Carol Burnett-y squawk-singing, sure, but still singing. I think it could be fun. And really who else was going to play the role? Was there some dream person any of you had in mind? Jessica Lange maybe? That would have been funny, but Jessica Lange's been in a bad way ever since she started thinking American Horror Story was real, so she's not available. Who else? Meryl Streep? Pssh, she's got Into the Woods. Maybe Emma Thompson? That could have worked. All these gals are older than Bullock, that's one thing. Though Carol Burnett was only a year older than Sandra Bullock is now when she was in the first movie. So it's all fine. Let's not get up in arms about this. It'll be an interesting little thing that happens and then we'll all move on. Let's focus our Sandra Bullock energy on hoping that The Heat and Gravity are as good as we all want them to be. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Good news! I think? Portlandia has been renewed by IFC for two more seasons. There's some slight hesitation about celebrating this because while Portlandia is a great show and Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are terrific on it, I worry that they might run out of material? They've broadened the scope some and it's worked out OK, but mostly they're satirizing a pretty particular bobo culture and I wouldn't want the jokes to get stale or anything. Obviously these folks know what they're doing so they probably won't drag it out longer than it should be, but... I dunno. We really should try to be more British about our TV comedy. Sparing. Less is more. All that. Anyway, yay more Portlandia! [Deadline]