The CW, purveyor of smooth hunks and tough babes, has announced that it is developing a show that will look at the origins of superhero Wonder Woman, a character who, since the Lynda Carter days, has been almost revived several times — the Joss Whedon movie, the Adrianne Palicki pilot from last season — only to fall short just at the last minute. Maybe this one will stick? The idea of Amazon, being written by a former writer for The O.C. and Grey's Anatomy, is that Wondy Womz is a teen girl just learning how to use her powers, because mostly The CW is about teens doin' stuff. Or early twentysomethings. So let's get to the important thing: Casting. Most likely they'll cast some unknown, but is there anyone out there we already know who could play the role well? Obviously Kaya Scodelario from Skins, but anyone else? Maybe Emily Browning (not that she'd ever do it)? Or Chris Colfer? Hey, it's the '90s! It could work! [Vulture]
Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter is developing a comedy for FX called Diva. Clown. Killer. about "a 1980′s has-been rock diva; her dysfunctional son who makes his living as kids party clown; and of course, an assassin." Wowee zowee! That could be quite a thing, huh? Sounds like a good time to us. Even more fun is that Sutter may cast Anarchy star Katey Sagal as the diva part of that triptych, which means Sagal would almost be returning to her Married With Children roots. We support this project. Maybe Chris Colfer could play the killer? C'mon, it could happen! Get with the modern age! [Deadline]
Renee Zellweger hasn't been the busiest actress of late, unless you count this "Oh god they're doing it" Bridget Jones threequel, but screw that game, she's heading behind the camera. She's just inked a deal to direct the comedy 4½ Minutes, which she will also star in, alongside Johnny Knoxville. Jackass himself will play a messed-up New York comedian who gets a job taking care of the prodigy son of a single mom, played by Renee Zellweger. So... It's Jerry Maguire about a comedian, essentially? Like, single mom Renee Zellweger has a smart son who teaches a screwed up guy how to love again? That is Jerry Maguire with a damn comedian and Renee Zellweger is directing. Good god, maybe it really is the '90s. Chris Colfer will be playing the wacky kid, that must mean. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Ooh, another not-so-busy actor (though he did just book the villain role in the new RoboCop), Michael Keaton, is switching over to directing. He'll be helming the comedy Buttercup, which of course is the H.M.S. Pinafore told from poor bumboat woman Buttercup's perspective, like Grendel in Grendel. Haha, no it is not that, wouldn't it be great if it was that? It's not that, though. It's about a woman caring for her screw-up dad and learning to love men or something. Jennifer Aniston and Alan Arkin were once attached to star, and Sarah Polley was going to direct, but that is the case no longer. So now enter Michael Keaton. Welcome. [Variety]
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willem Dafoe, Rachel McAdams, and Robin Wright are all going to star in a spy thriller together. That is a good cast for a spy thriller, or any other kind of movie! They could star in the next Oogieloves movie and it would be good. They could make Prometheus 2: The Search for Michael Fassbender's Head and it would be great. But no, they are making A Most Wanted Man, about a mysterious man who shows up in Hamburg, Germany without an identity but possibly with an agenda. OK, sounds good guys, go ahead and make it, make whatever you want, we trust ya. [Deadline]
American Horror Story has reenlisted first season costar Frances Conroy for its second go-around. She'll be playing "the ultimate angel," according to Ryan Murphy, so god knows what that means. Apparently there are angels in this season? Which does not really bode well. Apparently there are also aliens. And Nazis. And a serial killer named Bloody Face. Oh god, has Ryan Murphy managed to better his own record by making his show awful after just the first season? Usually it takes two, but it's beginning to sound like he may have upped his game here. Angels. Aliens. For heaven's sake. Is this a Blink 182 spinoff band or an Emmy-nominated TV show? [Vulture]
Here's a new, shorter trailer for Cloud Atlas that shows less stuff, but also shows some new stuff. Like Halle Berry doing her patented Halle Berry acting and more of Jim Broadbent's magnificent hair. This movie is probably going to be an unholy mess, but boy are we excited to see it.
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