Celebritology Weekend: The John Edwards movie and a project for Meryl Streep and Tina Fey
Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend:
John Edwards: The Movie: Aaron Sorkin -- a writer who demonstrated his deftness with political drama in TV's “The West Wing” -- is turning his focus to a different sort of political intrigue. Sorkin plans to make his directorial debut with an adaptation of “The Politician,” the juicy John Edwards tell-all book written by the one-time senator's former aide, Andrew Young. "This is a first-hand account of an extraordinary story filled with motivations, decisions and consequences that would have lit Shakespeare up," Sorkin said in a statement reported by Variety and other media outlets. Now the most pressing question: who will be cast? As we noted in the blog on Friday, we humbly suggest million-dollar-smiler Tom Cruise in the role of John Edwards (Dennis Quaid also makes a strong option), Tea Leoni as Rielle Hunter and “Mad Men's” Jon Hamm as Young. That last recommendation may or may not have been influenced by our obsession with Don Draper.
When Meryl Met Liz Lemon: In other slightly less hypothetical casting news, the L.A. Times is reporting that Meryl Streep and Tina Fey could team up in a movie tentatively titled “Mommy and Me.” Several studios have reportedly expressed interest in the project, which would be directed by Stanley Tucci, who recently played Streep's onscreen husband in “Julie and Julia.” So far the movie is just in the concept phase; no script has been completed and no writer is even attached yet. But already -- in the words of Liz Lemon, Fey's perpetually frazzled “30 Rock” character -- we want to go to there.
Clooney, cool in the courtroom: George Clooney took the stand Friday in a Milan court where he testified against three individuals charged with fraud for misusing Clooney's name and image to help launch a fashion line. Perpetually suave even while winding his way through the judicial system, the Oscar winner reportedly made some wry comments from the witness stand, handled the media mob in and out of the courtroom like a consummate pro (“Don't crush my lawyers,” he advised) and generally, as always, made everyone in his presence want to be him or date him. Such a pleasant change of pace from other recent celebrity legal proceedings, isn't it?
Poll of the Week
After a rash of recent announcements from the rich and famous that involve marriages or marriage plans, we asked readers which newly engaged or wedded couple came as the biggest surprise. The pairing that easily ran away with first place? Well, that shouldn't surprise you.
Pop Culture Pulse: The Green Lantern
The bright green, muscle-tissuey Green Lantern costume -- to be worn in an upcoming comic book movie adaptation starring Ryan Reynolds, and featured on the current cover of Entertainment Weekly -- set superhero observers into a commentary frenzy online this week. Let's just say some had a hard time adjusting to the look. (“He's ribbed for your pleasure,” complained one Celebritology reader.) Love the ensemble or loathe it, one thing's clear: when Comic-Con kicks off this week in San Diego, all of us nerds will still be discussing it. (And speaking of Comic-Con, don't forget to follow all the pop culture action here at Celebritology.)
You Said It: A selection of notable reader comments from the past week...
Comment: “Irony alert! Pot, meet Kettle. Kettle, Pot.” — td_in_baltimore
Comment: “I don't think this is what Mel had in mind when he first thought about maybe doing a podcast ... ” — byoolin1
| July 17, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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