The Weekly Casting Couch: Kate Moennig, Courteney Cox, Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell, Parker Posey, Sherry Stringfield, Barbra Streisand and Veruca Salt lead this installment of the Hollywood Trade Roundup, a collection of hotties and generally lesbian faves making headlines in The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety. Plus, Courteney Cox's Cougar Town, Kate Moennig's Three Rivers, Modern Family, Zombieland, Lady Gaga and more.
Kristen Bell, Parker Posey, Sherry Stringfield, Barbra Streisand and Veruca Salt lead this installment of the Hollywood Trade Roundup, a collection of hotties making headlines in The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety.
Halloween came early to the boxoffice, as Zombieland was the nation's No. 1 film, collecting $25 million and bumping defending champ Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs to No. 2 after its two-week run. Meanwhile, Drew Barrymore's directorial debut Whip It, starring Ellen Page, slid to No. 7 in its second week of release.
Keeping up on the wave of vampire-themed film and TV hits, Overture is remaking the Swedish fanger Let the Right One In. Richard Jenkins will star in the English-language remake, to be retitled Let Me In. Child actress Chole Moretz will star.
Kristen Bell will star as Christina Aguilera's rival in Burlesque, a musical drama following the journey of an ambitious small-town girl with a big voice who finds love and success at an L.A. burlesque club. Bell will play Nikki, the lead dancer and main attraction at the club who goes nuts when Aguilera's character suddenly takes over the spotlight.
Parker Posey has joined the cast of Highland Park, the story of a high school faculty in a struggling community. Posey will play Shirley Paine, the former homecoming queen who becomes mayor.
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Do you love Veruca Salt? Was the tween nutjob your favorite character in Willy Wonka? If so, you're in luck: Warner Bros. is developing a stage musical based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Former ER star Sherry Stringfield will star opposite Eric McCormack in Lifetime's original movie based on the true story of the con artist known as Clark Rockefeller.
Mia Wasikowska, set to star in Tim Burton's upcoming Alice in Wonderland, is in talk to star in Gus Van Sant's Restless, a dark coming-of-age drama that tells the story of a teen boy and girl who share a preoccupation with mortality. Bryce Dallas Howard is producing with her father, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.
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In TV ratings, ABC continues to make headlines with its Thursday lineup featuring rookie FlashFoward, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice winning in their respective time slots. Syfy's premiere of Stargate: Universe, starring Ming Na, topped Fox's Eliza Dushku starrer Dollhouse. Needless to say, there's already a new campaign under way to save the Joss Whedon series. Meanwhile, Kate Moennig's Three Rivers debuted to 9.2 million viewers and placed fourth in the Sunday at 9 p.m. competition. Maybe the 'Save Dollhouse' people can team with L Word fans for another campaign as the bow isn't considered strong.
Fans of ABC's Ugly Betty will have to wait even longer for the dramedy starring America Ferrera to return. The network has bumped its Season 4 premiere back a week to Oct. 16. Blame the Major League Baseball playoffs for ABC's move to not air the two-hour season premiere against the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
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Keeping an eye on the fall TV Dead Pool, it's lights out for NBC'sSouthland -- the sophomore cop drama that was canceled before even airing the premiere of its second season. ABC, however, has better news: Modern Family, the Courteney Cox starrer Cougar Town and the Patricia Heaton starrer The Middle have received full-season orders.
In music news, Barbra Streisand scored her ninth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 charts this week, with her Love Is the Answer selling 180,000 copies. The diva beat two other divas: Mariah Carey's Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel and Madonna's Celebration.
Tears will be shed by fans everywhere now that Kanye West and Lady Gaga's Fame Kills tour has been canceled. Somewhere, Taylor Swift is clicking her heels together to celebrate. No reason for the cancellation was given.
Looking to the weekend at the boxoffice, Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman and Jon Favreau star in Couples Retreat, the lone wide release for the frame, and will battle Zombieland for the weekend crown. Will moviegoers continue to have Halloween fever? Check back next week to find out!
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