The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: Taylor Swift considers sacrilege, Catching Fire has its director, and Matthew Perry is going back to work.
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Remember when you first heard a Joni Mitchell song and it was like some astral stranger was crawling out of the speakers and wrapping you in a bittersweet embrace? Remember the first time you heard "The Last Time I Saw Richard" or "Rainy Night House" and it was like an emotional revelation? Well, friends, those fond memories will soon be gone, destroyed by none other than Taylor Swift. Yes, America's most famous deer fetus is "circling" the role of Joni Mitchell in a planned biopic of Mitchell, Carly Simon, and Carole King. Which, ugh. Taylor Swift writes fun pop songs and seems like a nice enough young lady, but Joni Mitchell she is not nor will ever be. Why would you cast Taylor Swift when Mia Wasikowska, a proven good actress who bares some resemblance to a young Mitchell, is right there? (Plus she's already played a character named Joni.) Who's going to play Carly Simon, Selena Gomez? Miranda Cosgrove as Carole King? This whole court's outta order! Please let this be like that Taylor Swift in Les Mis thing, a terrible rumor that gets thrown around a lot but ultimately proves untrue. C'mon, guys. Don't this. Don't do it for Joni. [Variety]
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Lionsgate has hired I Am Legend and Water for Elephants director Francis Lawrence to replace Gary Ross as the director of the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. They had been looking at Moneyball's Bennett Miller for the job, which would have been cool, but he alas couldn't work with their rigid schedule. So Lawrence it is. The first hour or so of I Am Legend was pretty well done, so hopefully he can manage the elaborate craziness of Fire, but we wish they'd picked someone a little more outside-the-box. Did you guys even ask Spike Jonze? You should have at least asked him. He might have said yes! Eh, it's OK. This will be fine. At least it's not Chris Columbus, after all. [The Hollywood Reporter]
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Matthew Perry might have a steady job again! NBC has officially picked up his new sitcom Go On for thirteen episodes. The show is about a slick sportscaster who is forced to go to a support group where he encounters a group of wacky but lovable characters. Hm. You know what would be a fun version of that show? A show about a slick lawyer who is forced to go to community college, where he encounters a group of wacky but lovable characters. Wouldn't that be interesting?? Ah well, it'd never happen. Anyway, congrats to you, Matthew Perry. And to cast members Allison Miller (Terra Nova) and Laura Benanti (The Playboy Club), both casualties of high profile flops last season who now have a second chance. Good luck everyone! [Deadline]
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Click the below link to watch a trailer for the new documentary from sassy little prankster Morgan Spurlock. It's a movie called Mansome and it's all about how men groom themselves and want to look good these days which is such a crazy trend because it used to be that men would just run around covered head to toe in thick, greasy, matted hair, wearing tree bark as pants with poison oak leaves wrapped around their nipples. I mean, just look at those ungroomed savages of the Victorian era or any courtly fop of the monarchy periods. Men have never taken any care in their appearance before so it's a good thing we now have a documentary about this fascinating, completely new thing. Well done as always, Spurlock! [Entertainment Weekly]