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big screen
Towleroad James Franco to plan an ex-gay activist in a new Gus Van Sant film
Guardian Russell Crowe meets with the Archbishop of Canterbury for Noah. The things people will do for movie promotion, I tell you
Empire Cake, a Jennifer Aniston movie about a pain support group, lines up a huge cast of acclaimed actors including Anna Kendrick (highly in demand lately... so many new projects)
AV Club talks to former child star Haley Joel Osment who is apparently in the next Kevin Smith picture

In Contention very minor new details emerge on Meryl Streep's Ricki & the Flash (which we were just discussing)
Empire Brad Pitt is doing yet another World War II movie after that upcoming tank drama. This will be his third in a handful of years.
THR reports on casting for Monster Truck, which is described as having a "Transformers meets Gremlins vibe". Yikes. One of those is pleasurable at least
Coming Soon Toby Kebbell wins the Doctor Doom role in the upcoming Fantastic Four
/bent rumors flying that producers of the upcoming Belushi biopic are panicking about Ellen Page's coming out. Dumb. Seriously people do not care about this. They don't. They only care in a think piece on the internet kind of way which is to say it's not going to affect anyone's ticket purchase.
Pajiba and Film School Rejects both have cute articles about body-swapping yesterday (I musta missed the memo that this was a thing connected to April Fools Day?) via Face/Off and Freaky Friday and more. Sadly there's no gif for Tom Hanks in Big but I do still remember his reaction to waking up in an adult body
Forbes on why Warner Bros/DC doesn't need to do like Disney/Marvel does with its superhero universe. This article is 4 times as long as it needs to be since you get literally all of its points in the first few hundred words (but it's good to fight against common wisdom) but maybe it's actually a satire about the repetitiveness of padded franchise culture?

no screen
Slate I don't know music theory (though, as previously noted, I can play the piano) but I thought this article about Lady Gaga's enduring "Bad Romance" was interesting. 
NME Courtney Love thinks a Kurt Cobain Broadway musical is very likely to happen
/Film Yes Wicked still wants to be a movie. Spring Awakening, too. An update.

⇐ Towleroad and can I say I'm thrilled that Harvey Milk finally got a stamp. "Forever" is right, US Postal Service! The gay rights pioneer and awesome subject of not one but two Oscar-winning films (The Times of Harvey Milk and Milk from 1984 and 2008, respectively, was super deserving thanks for asking)

small screen
i09 first commercial for Extant, Halle Berry's new TV project
Variety Peabody Award winners include Scandal, Orphan Black, and House of Cards
Sorta That Guy and The Wire and The Wrap and seemingly EVERYONE else online on the series finale of How I Met Your Mother. A lot more people in the universe seemed interested in that I could have ever imagined. I've seen only 6 or 7 episodes over the years from varying seasons and thought none were anywhere better than "okay"

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'Up in the Air' soured me on Anna Kendrick forever. I have no idea why she is so in demand.

April 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike

'Deneuve" Hahaha. God, she's beautiful.

RE Ricky and The Flash, Streep said last night that she was studying bass guitar for the role with someone famous, but wouldn't divulge who. The internet should find out pretty quickly... She also seemed pleased that there was a bidding war with three major studios led by women in the battle. Looks like ColumbiaTriStarSony won it.

RE HIMYM, I'm with you, Nathaniel. My whole family loves the show; I never got in to it though I like most of the cast a lot.

RE Spring Awakening, never seen it but the synopsis sounds like it's overwrought. Is this true?

April 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPam

I understand HIMYM fans' pain. I'd be furious, too, if I spent a decade watching a terrible network sitcom with a laugh track in this century.

April 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHayden W.

@Pam: overwrought is sort of the point. It's all about teenagers' angst in their oppressive educational system / lack of sex ed. It's a clever adaptation of a pretty melodramatic play.

April 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJake D

Wow! Thanks for the link! Never thought that would happen and for a blog post on a TV show you don't even watch. :D

As for HIMYM, the characters/actor were fun and the creators really tried to do something different from other sitcoms out there in terms of structure/content and I appreciated that. But yeah, that finale. Whew. Change 1-2 things about it and it would've been just fine, but man.

April 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

I didn't get the Deneuve joke?

And I'd live to see Amy Adams as Glinda and Marion Cotillard as Elphaba.

April 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Owen Pallett's music theory explanation of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" is worth a read too. He's a great musician, working as Final Fantasy and with Arcade Fire. He was Oscar-nominated this year for the "Her" score.

April 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRaul

I opted to watch the HIMYM finale Monday night instead of celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Heathers. Needless to say, I regretted my decision.

April 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Marie

Could someone explain the deneuve thing for me? I totally didn't understand what it means

April 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercraver

I'm usually not a fan of sci-fi, but Orphan Black is amazing (and LGBT friendly in the best way possible). Tatiana Maslany for all the awards!!!! I go to her IMDB page at least once a week to see if Hollywood has finally given her a role worthy of her gigantic talent. She had a small role in Cronemberg's "Eastern Promises"... maybe he will cast her in his next movie? Let's hope so. I've read she's good friends with other amazing Canadian talent, Sarah Gadon. Cronemberg should work with them both!

April 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterClara

Deneuve--Da Neuve--The Nerve.

April 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

Clara -- unfortunately Hollywood has weird bias against actors who break through in sci-fi even if they're amazing. I can't for the life of me understand this because it's not like that's easy to act well. it requires attention to style just like comedy or horror or musicals or whatnot. ANYWAY. if i were a casting director, I'd be snatching up Katee Sackhoff, whathisname from Dollhouse and the Orphan Black girl for everything non genre because CLEARLy they are talented.

April 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

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