Whitest Oscars in Years, and 5 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today

white_oscar_225.jpgAlso in today's Broadsheet: Anderson Cooper zeroes in on daytime... Christopher Plummer gets Tattoo-ed... Frances McDormand and Eminem may finally work together... and more...

· As both the latest Oscar Index and now The Hollywood Reporter point out, we might be looking at a regression to one of the whitest Oscar ceremonies in a decade -- a particularly jarring event in the wake of last year's Precious run. There's always For Colored Girls, of course; no rush getting that started, Lionsgate. [THR]

· With ratings on the decline and apparently no longer content to pull Tea Party wack jobs limb from limb on live TV, Anderson Cooper is eying a move to the syndicated daytime market. The deal would require him to continue hosting Anderson Cooper 360 for at least a little while; as Reuters tastefully notes, "Warner Bros. hopes to launch Cooper's show next fall, coming into the marketplace just as talk queen Oprah Winfrey exits to launch her cable network OWN." Get me rewrite? Or am I overreacting? [Reuters]

· Speaking of 360, the oversexed, previously reported Rachel Weisz/Fernando Meirelles collaboration of the same has now attached Anthony Hopkins and is reportedly in talks to add... Frances McDormand and Eminem? Well. [@prodweek]

· Christopher Plummer is the latest to join the cast of David Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. No truth to the rumor that he's replacing severely injured Rooney Mara. [THR]

· Chris Pine is negotiating to star in his Star Trek co-writer Alex Kurtzman's directing debut Welcome to People. [THR]

· "People are so not aware of what they're being fed when they see art in a film," said Fanny Pereire, the woman in charge of selecting the work seen on the walls of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Let's just call her the Art Whisperer. [NYT]