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Posted at 2:09 PM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Jane Lynch is writing a memoir; James Franco is making Oscar plans

By Jen Chaney

Jane Lynch, author. (AP)

Some pop culture-related stories on our radar...

Jane Lynch is in the process of writing her memoir, to be released in September. It will be called "Happy Accidents," and will cover her experiences in the improv world and Hollywood, as well as her personal struggles with alcoholism and accepting her homosexuality. (New York Times)

James Franco will not dress up as Cher during the Oscar ceremony. But he will throw a super-exclusive Oscar after-party at his new bar. (Vulture, People)

James Cameron also is ticked about Christopher Nolan's Oscar snub. Just so you know. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Proceed for more news about Joaquin Phoenix's potential next move and Kristen Bell's return to TV.

Could Joaquin Phoenix's next movie be "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter"? (Popeater)

Kristen Bell returns to TV, with Don Cheadle, on Showtime and not as Veronica Mars. (Deadline)

A big screen version of Stephen King's "The Stand" is in the works. Surely some of the writers from "Lost" are being considered to work on the project? (THR's Heat Vision)

A first look at "The Book of Mormon," the Broadway musical from "South Park's" Trey Parker and Matt Stone. (

Important programming note: Turner Classic Movies' "31 Days of Oscar" begins today. So come up with a disease that your boss might believe has forced you to call in sick for the next month.

Video: An inspirational locker room speech ... from the Puppy Bowl.

By Jen Chaney  | February 1, 2011; 2:09 PM ET
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No, no, no. Has Hollywood not learned yet that Stephen King does not do well in the 2 hour movie format????? The miniseries The Stand was just fine to bring that book to life.

Posted by: epjd | February 1, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Must disagree with counsel on this one on a number of counts:

The adaptation of "The Stand" to a miniseries was dreadful. They wasted Molly Ringwald in that role - made her weak.

Also: "The Shining." "Stand By Me." "Misery."

Yes, there were stinkers, but enough good ones to let us hope for a good director, decent script and good actors.

That said, "The Stand" (the book) is probably just too big to adapt into a 2-hr movie - it should be a miniseries. It just shouldn't have been that one.

Posted by: byoolin1 | February 1, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I think we can reach a settlement on this one Byoolin. The Stand should not be a 2 hour movie. A remake of it as a miniseries might be acceptable (based on cast, director, script, etc.).

Posted by: epjd | February 1, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I thought I'd read somewhere that they were doing a Stand movie then a TV series to follow.

Which could work.

Posted by: wadejg | February 1, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

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