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Stuff You Need to Know, Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Don Cheadle

  • Don Cheadle is Rhodey in Iron Man 2. Apparently talks with Terrence Howard just didn’t work out. So far, it looks like everybody else is coming back. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
  • Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit is being revived on Broadway, starring Christine Ebersole, Rupert Everett and Angela Lansbury. Lansbury is in the role of Madame Arcati. Performances start in February. I would love to see Lansbury perform. Source: Variety.
  • Steve Martin, or what’s left of him, is joining Alec Baldwin to play rivals for the affections of Meryl Streep in an untitled romantic comedy. Nancy Meyers wrote and will helm, just like she did for Something’s Gotta Give. Source: Variety.
  • Mulan is getting adapted. Your first two guesses will probably be Broadway and a live-action adaptation. You’re correct on the latter, although it will be based on the original legend and not the Disney film, and will be made by a partnership of Xinhua Media and China Film Group, which is steered by the Chinese government. It will shoot this spring. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
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  • Melvin Van Peebles’ Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song is a play over at Off Broadway’s Classical Theater of Harlem. It’s playing April 24th and 25th. Source: Variety.
  • Wall Street 2? Apparently. It’s called The Color of Money. Wait, no, sorry, that was the other sequel that made me say “No, seriously?” This sequel’s called Money Never Sleeps, which was shortened from Money Never Sleeps Because the Government Can’t Stop Fucking Spending It. That wasn’t really the title, except in my mind. Allan Loeb (Things We Lost in the Fire) is scribing. Michael Douglas would reprise his character if the script works for him, or if enough insomniacal cash is waved in front of him. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
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