Ryan Gosling Won't Be An Idolmaker, and 5 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today
Also in this Friday edition of The Broadsheet: Olivia Wilde gets Wordy with Bradley Cooper... Matt Dillon and Brendan Fraser get Freaky Deaky... sharing Netflix accounts could cost you big money in Tennessee... and more ahead.
· Ryan Gosling can do it all... except make time. As such, he's had to bow out of consideration to direct and star in the planned MGM remake of The Idolmaker. It makes sense: Gosling is set to shoot The Place Beyond the Pines with Bradley Cooper for Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance later this summer, and he'll follow that up with work on Ruben Fleischer's Gangster Squad, plus the lead role in Nicholas Winding Refn's Logan's Run remake. For its part, MGM is still planning to go ahead with Idolmaker, sans The Gos. [Deadline]
· Speaking of incredibly busy actors: Gosling's Place Beyond the Pines co-star Bradley Cooper has many projects on the table, and one of them just staffed up with some very lovely leading ladies. Olivia Wilde and Zoe Saldana have joined Cooper, Jeremy Irons and Dennis Quaid in The Words, from Tron: Legacy writers Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal. The thriller -- about a writer (Cooper) who steals from another writer (Irons) -- will also star Ben Barnes and J.K. Simmons. Shooting on the film begins in Montreal this month. [Press Release]
· More ensemble casting news! Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser and Craig Robinson have joined William H. Macy in the Elmore Leonard adaptation Freaky Deaky. Charles Matthau (Walter's son) will direct. [Variety]
· 30 Rock director Don Scardino will make his feature debut with the Steve Carell film Burt Wonderstone. The New Line production is about a veteran magician (Carell) who loses his mojo to a younger rival. [Deadline]
· Television hero Jay Harrington (Better Off Ted) has joined the cast of American Reunion. He'll play the doctor boyfriend of Mena Suvari's Heather. Newcomer Ali Corbin has also been cast as a high school senior looking to lose her virginity. [Deadline]
· If you live in Tennessee you might want to think twice about lending out your Netflix password to friends. A new bill that was signed by Gov. Bill Haslam would make streaming films from a friend's account a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $2,500. Also, "any illegal downloads valued at over $500 would be considered a felony, with heavier penalties." The measure, which takes effect on July 1, is designed to stop hackers who bulk-sell passwords. [The Tennessean via Moviefone]