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Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 09/29/2010

A pair of 'Mad Men' make casting news; 'Star Wars' movies to get 3-D re-release; 'Lone Star' cancelled

By Jen Chaney

Three pop culture-related stories on our radar this afternoon -- scroll down for information on "Lone Star's" cancellation, "Star Wars" in 3D and more:

1. "Mad Men" in the movies: Good news for two of the partners at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Vincent Kartheiser, who plays the often-oily Pete Campbell on "Mad Men," has been cast as the father of Amanda Seyfried in an upcoming, still-unnamed thriller, also starring Justin Timberlake. Yes, the ages of these two actors are pretty close together. According to New York Magazine's Vulture blog, some of the characters don't mature beyond age 25. Which should explain everything, but doesn't really.

Also newly cast: Jared Harris, otherwise known as Lane Pryce, who reportedly will play Moriarty in the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes 2." Presumably the role of Holmes's nemesis will not involve Harris's character delaying dinner with a Playboy bunny so he can get knocked around by his own father. (See video above.) [New York Magazine's Vulture Blog]

2. "Star Wars" to get 3-D roll-out: Because the "Star Wars" movies haven't been rejiggered enough, George Lucas plans to convert all six of the films in the two trilogies to 3-D, for theatrical releases planned beginning in 2012. According to the story in the Hollywood Reporter, the movies also could get a subsequent 3-D release on DVD. Said 3-D versions will almost certainly be based on the controversial special editions of Episodes IV through VI, since Lucas keeps the originals away from the public eye. Which means that now we can see Greedo shoot first -- even though we all know Han actually did -- in multiple dimensions. [The Hollywood Reporter]

3. "Lone Star" says buh-bye: Despite being one of the best-reviewed new shows of the fall TV season, "Lone Star" has been axed, as previously rumored, by Fox. Here's hoping that cute James Wolk finds a new gig very soon and that the rest of the completed episodes eventually are made available for public consumption. [Associated Press]

Bonus link: Speaking of "Mad Men," check out this animated look at what allegedly goes on behind the scenes of the show. [Very Short List]

By Jen Chaney  | September 29, 2010; 12:33 PM ET
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George Lucas can do Jar-Jar Binks up in 12-D for all I care, but that flop-eared mofo something something something dissolving into a stream of unintelligible obscenities.

Arthur Penn, who only ever did 2-D movies, R.I.P.

Posted by: byoolin1 | September 29, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Once again, Fox reminds us that there is nothing they can create which they cannot subsequently kill. The more you love it, the more ready they are to destroy it (see also: 'Firefly', 'Arrested Development'). Honestly, whenever there is a show that looks promising on Fox, I almost can't bear to watch it, knowing the heartache that is down the road. I honestly can't believe 'Fringe' has lasted as long as it has.

Incidentally, Lucas works on a very similar principle.

Posted by: turnageb | September 29, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

RIP Arthur Penn. Second the motion, byoolin.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | September 29, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Lucas should do the prequels in 4-D and send us back to a time when they didn't exist.

Posted by: zippyspeed | September 29, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

George Lucas spends his days closeted at Skywalker Ranch playing Jabba the Hutt to a Princess Leia blow-up doll.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | September 29, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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