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Stereogum interviews musician Tunde Adebimpe, the groom from Rachel Getting Married. He says Paul Thomas Anderson (!!!) was originally going to play his part.
Dissolve the Russo brothers who did such a great job with Captain America Winter Soldier may be staying with Marvel unto infinity. And Infinity Wars
BadAss Digest kind of a dick move that DC announced a Flash movie shortly after The Flash series opened to great numbers but with a different actor. The star of CW's Arrow objects

Geek x Girls Dance off from Guardians of the Galaxy takes a detour with Lee Pace
Coming Soon Interstellar prequel comic
/Film 30 movies coming to TV from worst to best ideas
THR Madonna isn't done directing Her next project Ade: A Love Story has a writer
MNPP LMAO! Which is hotter, Andrew Garfield or...?
Film School Rejects shares 7 movie scenes where actors imitated other actors. Amusing but why no ladies?

Angelina Madness
Variety the long journey of Unbroken to screen 
In Contention Angelina Jolie premieres Unbroken, gets emotional
Vanity Fair new photos of the exquisite Jolie via Mario Testino 

The Gay
Me Says defends the gay (or lack of?) content of The Imitation Game 
Buzz Feed asks the cast of The Imitation Game to cast their own biopics 
Gay Vancouver Congratulations to Film Experience reader since way back, actor Michael Azevedo, who is premiering a short film in Canada
Towleroad Paul Bettany corrects a troll's grammar and homophobia. Paul Bettany is so perfect. I only wish he had a filmography to match. 

Today's Must Read
Steel Magnolias celebrates its 25th anniversary on November 22nd. I'm surprised at how many of these "12 Things You Didn't Know About Steel Magnolias" I didn't know. Usually those article titles are so misleading. Like this juicy anecdote implying that we could have had an all Old Hollywood version! Bette Davis wanted Shirley Maclaine's role. Can you imagine this version suggested?

Davis hadn't yet seen the play, but Elizabeth Taylor had. (Police were forced to shut down the street outside the theater because so many people were rubbernecking Taylor's arrival.) Davis wanted to play Ouiser, and she suggested Taylor for M'Lynn and Katharine Hepburn for Clairee. "It was fantastic, "Harling recalled. "If I ever write a book, it’s a complete, incredible chapter. She basically, bless her heart, wanted to show that she was up and at ‘em and doing it. There was nobody else and she was looking fabulous."

Today's Listen
If you have 50 minutes, hear David Fincher talk about the movies in this wide ranging interview from Studio 360. Have just 5 minutes?  The second listen is Hobbit Billy Boyd singing the theme song for The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. It's called "The Last Goodbye"



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Although it sounds a little reminiscent of "Into The West", I liked "The Last Goodbye" and I can't wait to get the rest of the score for The Battle Of the Five Armies (already pre-ordered it). Of all those movies being turned into TV shows, I definitely agree with the top three of that list. I'm just surprised so many Film to TV adaptations are in development (we'll see how many get pilot/series orders). Lastly, the Russo Brothers delivered the best Marvel Studios film to date, so them (possibly) getting Infinity Wars is just fine by me!

November 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel Armour

Funny, I had seen that Steel Magnolias piece posted on facebook and skipped it thinking it would just be a rehash of everything we've heard. Thank you for sharing and pointing out how special it actually is. What a great read. Even though I saw it again so recently for the Smackdown, I may just have to go home and watch it once more. Can you see Steel Magnolias too many times? No, probably not.

November 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteven

Thank you for sharing that Steel Magnolias article. I've always wondered if Bette Davis and Katharine Hepburn ever crossed paths. Did they hate each other?

November 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLyndee

Amazing ladies, but no thanks. Steel Magnolias had the perfect cast.

Steven - Not at all. I'll watch it again if you do the same.

November 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Would have loved to have seen Elizabeth in Steel Magnolias...she already had the helmet hair and had great comedic flair, as well ; )

November 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrick gould

"I still spend my life wishing I looked like Katharine Hepburn." (B.D.)

November 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

musician Tunde Adebimpe, the groom from Rachel Getting Married. He says Paul Thomas Anderson (!!!) was originally going to play his part.

Anderson never wanted the part. He read with Hathaway during auditions as a favor to Jonathan Demme. Who was so impressed with him he wanted to initially cast him. Hathaway was latter shocked that her handsome audition partner was the director of Boogie Nights.

November 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

I was going through some old video tapes the other day (VHS - remember those?) and I came across a DONAHUE episode featuring all the ladies of Steel Magnolias (except Daryl Hannah) and Tom Skerritt. Very entertaining! Surprised it hasn't popped up on YouTube.

November 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

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