Outside of the political universe, there’s a whole world that continues to function as normal (mostly). It’s called Hollywood, which continues to tell stories that often feel quaint compared to the real world, or weirdly antiquated, because Donald Trump has ruined all of our norms.
Take, for instance, Steve Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ decision to team up with Meryl (f**king) Streep to make a movie about the Pentagon Papers. Spielberg will direct The Post, and Streep and Hanks will star in the movie about the Washington Post’s editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham, who challenged the federal government over their right to publish the Pentagon Papers. It sounds both incredibly relevant and completely outdated in an environment where the government either lies to the media or refuses to answer their questions. Still, Streep and Hanks? I’m in.
Elsewhere, I am not sure what Hollywood’s obsession with the Robin Hood tale is, given the mixed success of their adaptations, but there are several more Robin Hood iterations in the works right now, but the only one that sounds at all interesting is Margot Robbie in Marian, which will see Margot Robbie play Maid Marian. In this version of the tale, Robin Hood dies and Maid Marian picks up the mantle, so to speak. I like that idea, and I like Margot Robbie in the role (although, I might have liked Katheryn Winnick in that role even more).
Meanwhile, it seems like screentime for Bobby Moynihan has diminished on this season of Saturday Night Live, and while that may or may not be true, it very well could be his last season. The second longest running cast member on the show (after Kenan Thompson) has been cast in a CBS pilot, Me, Myself and I, a comedy that examines one man over three distinct periods of his life — a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day, and a 65-year-old in 2042. Moynihan would play the present day lead. (It sounds like CBS is trying to steal some of that This Is Us mojo). Should the pilot get picked up by CBS, it would mean Moynihan’s departure from SNL, which would mean no more Drunk Uncle.
You folks like Patricia Clarkson, right? You’re damn right you do (and if you don’t, it’s because you haven’t seen Easy A). Clarkson has been cast as the mother of an Amy Adams’ character in an HBO adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects (a very good book, by the way). That series will be run by Marti Noxon, who was behind the first season of UnReal (i.e., the good season).
Anna Faris is remaking the Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell “classic” Overboard. Farris will take the Hawn role, but there’s also a role reversal involved. To keep things fresh, the Farris character will be playing the working mom who helps out the spoiled playboy from Mexico (Eugenio Derbez), who falls overboard and gets amnesia. Meh.
Dakota Johnson, who is fantastic when she’s not making Fifty Shades of Grey movies, will next star in an adaptation of a book with a very unsexy name: Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck. It’s about a woman who was sterilized against her will in the 1920s. The sterilization procedure was forced on her after she was committed by her foster parents for having a child out of wedlock, a child conceived when she was raped by the foster family’s nephew. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the sterilization under a Virginia law that allowed for it if a court deemed a woman unfit to be a mother.