Movie News in 60 Seconds: Amanda Seyfried and Taylor Swift Could Be in ‘Les Mis’; James Franco, Novelist; The Case of the Competing Porn Bio-Pic

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Amanda Seyfried and Taylor Swift Could Be in ‘Les Mis’; James Franco, Novelist; The Case of the Competing Porn Bio-Pic

Jan 04, 2012

 

Letters From Juliet

 
Filling Out a Musical: With a cast that already includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen, director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) is still looking to fill two key roles for his new big-screen version of Les Miserables. And now word comes that Amanda Seyfried and pop singer Taylor Swift (?!) have been offered major roles, which means the musical would have more stars than there are in heaven! (Slightly sarcastic hyperbole added.) (Twitch)

Get Ready for the Guessing Game: Recently he was accused of costing a professor his job and rumored for a cameo as Hugh Hefner, but soon he will be a published novelist. James Franco has sold his first novel, supposedly a “fictionalized version” of his experiences as an actor, which will no doubt spark intense speculation and, we imagine, push book sales. (The New York Observer)

The Case of the Competing Porn Bio-Pic: As we reported yesterday, Lovelace, a screen biography of Deep Throat porn actress Linda Lovelace, starring the above-noted Amanda Seyfried, is currently in production; meanwhile, a competing bio-pic titled Inferno is getting ready to start shooting next month. Malin Akerman and Matt Dillon are set to star as Lovelace and her husband, respectively, with Adam Goldberg in “final negotiations” to play another porn legend. (Variety)

And the Oscar Goes to … a Dog?: Writer Susan Orlean, whose book The Orchid Thief inspired the movie Adaptation, says the subject of her latest book, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, should receive a posthumous Academy Award for Best Actor. She claims that the famed German Shepherd / movie star actually won the award at the first ceremony in 1929, but the Academy instead gave the Oscar to German actor Emil Jennings. (Deadline)

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