Okay, this is a real treat for me. Trade and casting news aren’t usually in the Pajiba Love purview. (My purview is, I think, supposed to be celebrity gossip and cat videos. Ha! Dustin hasn’t fired me yet!) However, because he’s a gentleman and a scholar, the boss let me cover these two bits of literary adaptation news. First of all, the jawesome Ms. Keira Knightley (not my favorite) has been confirmed as the titular role in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina. Now, Wright directed both one of my favorite films of the last year (Hanna) and my least favorite Jane Austen adaptation (the rain soaked Pride and Prejudice). So, it’s a crapshoot, really. At least those of us who rather dislike Knightley can look forward to the (spoilers!) locomotional climax. (BBC)
And, much to my COMPLETE delight, Russell Crowe has been cast as Javert opposite Hugh Jackman in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables . Crowe is PERFECT. 30 Odd Foot of YES. Javert also meets an untimely end so you Crowe haters should be mollified. Also cast? Geoffrey Rush (who has played Javert) and Helena Bonham Carter as the moth-eaten, grubbing Thénardiers. This is seriously great casting, folks. Everybody raise a glass. Whooo. (MovieLine)
Okay. Whew. That was a lot of musical/literary excitement! Let’s go tech nerd for a moment, shall we? TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook is rolling out a new “Smart Groups” feature to compete with Google+’s Circles. I loathe Google+ (one more thing to check, CAN’T BE BOTHERED), so I applaud any competing feature that may rub them out of existence. (TechCrunch)
I’m sorry, did that last bit make me sound old and curmudgeonly? Here’s a one-two punch to make you feel even older. Randall Cobb, who scored some touchdownbaskets for Green Bay last night? (GO PACK!) He was born in 1990. And Jonathan Taylor Thomas? He of “Tiger Beat” fame? He turned 30 yesterday. Persephone has a fitting tribute. He’ll always be Simba to me. (Persephone Magazine)
Does that make you want to crawl back into the 90s and curl up in a warm nest of flannel and Hypercolor T-shirts? Well, Late Night TV is here for you this week with performances by both Pearl Jam and The Foo Fighters. (Added bonus clip of Fallon and Vedder singing “Balls In Your Mouth.”) It’s enough to make me dust off my Doc Martens. (Uproxx)
Like JTT, “Star Trek” celebrated a birthday yesterday. Here’s an infographic that celebrates 45 years of phasers, tricorders and holodecks. (/Film)
Speaking of people I’d like in (on?) my holodeck, check out these bodacious photos of Sofía Vergara in “Vanity Fair.” And because we’re equal opportunity objectifiers, here is Anderson Cooper being dashing and charming and, best of all, self-deprecating. (Celebitchy)
Gamers, tell me, would you enjoy Vergara all the more if she were wearing this Angry Bird lingerie? Me? I find it creepy. I would much prefer it if someone gave me these Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru action figures. (Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen)
Whilst we’re on the subject of the skeletal, American Apparel has released a line of “plus size” clothing. (The company’s stick thin, spandex-y look inspired this, my favorite Jezebel article of all time.) One AWESOME woman, objecting to the language and tenor of the plus size model search, sent in these amazing photos. I want to marry her. (Jezebel)
Speaking of body image, Courtney Love objected to a recent Village Voice review which mentioned her physical appearance. She objected incoherently. And at great length. In their comments section. (Village Voice)
My hope that the 2012 Oscars won’t be incoherent increased when I heard that Norm McDonald was lobbying for a writing gig. I love him. (SNL)
When does SNL come back on? Why, let’s check this handy list of Fall TV Premiere Dates. September 24th? Delightful. Thanks, Eric D. Snider! (Snide Remarks)
Finally, here is a delightful art project which mashes two iconic (new and old) faces together. It’s pretty fancy but Pattinson and James Dean? I don’t think so. (Iconatomy)
I can never say no to some good Nature Time Lapse. Here is a whole year’s worth.
And, well, my darjeelings, Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Though it may seem shallow, I’m going to honor that fact with this supercut of The World Trade Center in Film. It’s symbolic, damnit. For something more profound, check out Sarah Carlson’s post about New York. It’s lovely.
Joanna Robinson has been making “Oh No, Mr. Bill!” noises at that Keira Knightley photo all morning.