I find the Important Stuff so you don’t have to.
6. Ryan Murphy Dubbed Season 2 of “American Horror Story” “The Jessica Lange Show.”
Obviously Lange was the Season 1 standout; creator Ryan Murphy had planned out and pitched Season 2 around the actress from the series’ beginning—“She’ll be the opposite of Constance…” At initial meetings FX told Murphy, “We hope the first season works ‘cause we love the second season.” The series creator recently let on that the next story is set in the 1960s (in an insane asylum), and that new cast member Chloë Sevigny is sent to the institution by her husband because “she likes sex.” Sevigny joins the other “AHS” newbies, James Cromwell, Adam Levine and Lizzie Brocheré.
5. Malin Akerman Took on the Role of Blondie’s Debbie Harry.
Filming begins next week on Randall Miller’s (Bottle Shock, Nobel Son) CBGB, the story behind the legendary New York City club which hosted—among many bands—The Ramones, Patti Smith, The Cramps, Blondie and Talking Heads. Akerman, who appears and sings in the upcoming Rock of Ages, joins Alan Rickman (as the Bleecker Street club owner, Hilly Kristal) and Rupert Grint (as The Dead Boys guitarist, Cheetah Chrome).
4. Thor 2 Found a Villain.
Thor’s next outing, set to be directed by “Game of Thrones’” Alan Taylor, seems to have found its main villain—“probably not Thanos,” according to Chris Hemsworth. Casino Royale and Valhalla Rising star, Mads Mikkelsen is in negotiations to play what Hemsworth describes as “a bigger fish.” Hemsworth also spoke of being excited to bring a little “Game of Thrones” magic Thor 2’s way, saying he hopes the sequel will be “more tangible…with more locations, less green screen.”
3. Gary Oldman Joined the RoboCop Reboot.
Since the reboots march ceaselessly on, what can we do but stand by and cheer when they add great actors? Gary Oldman signed on to play a new RoboCop character—the metal man’s creator, Norton. Norton “…finds himself torn between the ideals of the machine trying to rediscover its humanity and the callous needs of a corporation.” Oldman joins Joel Kinnaman as the titular cyborg in José Padilha’s (Elite Squad, Bus 174) film, set to be released 2013.
2. Fassbender and McQueen Agreed to Ride Again.
The director and his muse will next take on Twelve Years a Slave, based on the written account of Solomon Northup. In 1841, Northup—born a free man—was lured to a hotel room under false pretenses, kidnapped and sold into slavery. The cast also includes Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy, Ruth Negga and interestingly, “SNL’s” Taran Killam. Ah….another cheery tale, boys.
1. Fallon Brought Downton (Sixbey) Back.
Jimmy Fallon debuted the second installment of his “Downton Abbey” parody. Delightfully silly.
Cindy Davis is bringing frizzy back.