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Why Is Kristen Bell Sitting in a Tree? You Won't Find The Answer Here

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 3, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 3, 2011 |

  • Kristen Bell is thankfully putting her big-screen career on hiatus to instead return to television. Showtime, in fact, where she can use inappropriate language and wear revealing outfits (or no outfit at all). She’ll be starring in “House of Lies,” opposite Don Cheadle, who plays Marty, “a highly successful management consultant from a top-tier firm who is never above using any means necessary to get his clients the information they want.” Bell will be an employee in that firm. Ironically, this was Agent Bedhead’s suggestion in KB’s Career Assessment. (Deadline)

  • The Coen Brothers and Cameron Diaz is never a combination you want to hear, and thankfully, there is some insulation between the two in this casting note: Diaz has joined Colin Firth in the cast of Gambit, a remake of a 1966 film. The script was penned by the Coen Brothers, but presumably, it wasn’t good enough to do themselves, so they passed it off to Michael Hoffman (The Last Station). Unfortunately, there is no insulation between Firth and Diaz, so we’ll have to live with that pairing. Also, another terrible Diaz Southern accent. (Deadline)

  • In a future episode of “Community,” Abed will enroll in a class on the history of “Who’s the Boss.” The course’s professor? Stephen Tobolowsky. I know, right? I hope there’s an entire section on the progression of Alyssa Milano’s adorably misaligned eye tooth. (TVLine)

  • Speaking of “Community,” if you live in Phoenix, and you’ve always wanted your very own “Community”-like study group, someone on Craiglists is recruiting (Hat Tip: Dan Carlson). (Craigslist)

  • MTV has confirmed that Mike Judge’s “Beavis and Butthead” will return to MTV later this year with 30 brand-spanking new episodes. Presumably, that’ll be the only way to see music videos on the station. (MTV)

  • The Jack Ryan reboot has been gestating for eons. I thought that, once they’d cast Chris Pine, the gears would begin to move. Not so. The film, currently titled Moscow, is now going to Steven Zallian for a rewrite. Jack Bender (“Lost”) is directing, assuming there’s anything ever to direct. (Deadline)

  • As I mentioned earlier, Kristen Stewart is up for the lead in Snow White and the Huntsman, along with Viggo Mortenson and the Huntsman and Charlize Theron as the evil witch. Niether of the three have been officially cast. However, word also comes that the other Snow White project in the works, Tarsem’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White is eying Julia Roberts for the role of the evil witch. (Vulture)

  • Right after Cindy writes about The Stand heading to the big screen, another Stephen King novel/movie may be getting a redo: Pet Semetary. Matthew Greenberg (1408) is reworking a new script. (LATimes)

  • Finally, because I must, I leave you with the trailer for Win Win, Tom McCarthy’s third film in his trilogy of lost souls, following The Station Agent and The Visitor. This one is more mainstream friendly, but no less affecting. It played at Sundance, will play again at SXSW, and will open in theaters on March 18th. Do yourself a favor and seek it out. It’s exactly the kind of film we should be rewarding with our box-office dollars.

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