Another day comes, and another opportunity for us to lay down some of the day’s hot news stories is upon is. But instead, we begin your Thursday with The B-Roll. Or as we like to say, “And now, for something completely different.” We lead today with a story about District 9 star Sharlto Copley, who we’ll see next in the upcoming Joe Carnahan action flick The A-Team. If you’ll remember back with me, Copley was set to star in the D.J. Caruso directed, Michael Bay produced teen alien assimilation film I Am Number Four, but was recently replaced by Timothy Olyphant. This was said to be a simple scheduling issue, but according to FilmDrunk, there’s more to the story. Copley wanted to wear a fake nose and “Spock” ears to look like an alien in the movie. But Caruso wants the aliens — who are supposed to be hiding out in an American high school — to look just like the rest of us.
Someone call J.J. Abrams and tell him to cast Copley as a Vulcan in Star Trek 2. [Film Drunk]
Michael Pena and Nick Swardson, to actors who are occasionally very funny — but only if you count Pena’s insane performance in Observe and Report and Swardson’s time on Reno 911! — have joined Ruben Fleischer’s action comedy 30 Minutes or Less. Pena will play a tattooed assassin. Nice. [Hollywood Reporter]
NBC has picked up a new pilot starring Attack of the Show co-host and all-around geek dreamstress Olivia Munn. Perfect Couples tells the story of several internet-gen folks who struggle to figure out what makes the “perfect couple.” It is said to be one of the shows that might make up the network’s new, hip Wednesday night comedy line-up. [Live Feed]
Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy is calling for a boycott of Newsweek after an article by Ramin Setoodeh criticized gay actors playing stereotypically straight characters (such as Glee star Jonathan Groff). He has a right to be angry, but why not just have a dance-off with the author? No need for a boycott… [Arts Beat]
The Channing Tatum led action pic Eagle of the Ninth, a period epic about a Roman soldier fighting in Britain who must get back the golden crest of his legion back in order to honor his father (or something), may have been pushed back to 2011. [The Playlist]
Jessica Biel and Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans) are said to be attached to a pic about Italian composer and violinist Antonio Vivaldi. Evans would play the man who composed “The Four Seasons,” while Biel would play his buxom muse. No word yet on whether she wraps herself around another stripper pole. Not sure if they had those back then. [Collider]
Pixar has officially canceled the project known as Newt, a film that was originally planned for Summer 2011. It was going to be a romantic comedy of sorts about the last remaining male and female newts on Earth. Outrage from the newt-watching community is sure to follow. [The Pixar Blog]
Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard have signed on to star in David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel “Cosmopolis.” Much to my dismay, the film will have nothing to do with futuristic hairdressers. [The Playlist]
Life on Mars star Jason O’Mara is getting work in the crime drama One for the Money, which will also star Katherine Heigl. I always thought of him as the American poor man’s Gerard Butler, anyway. [Variety]
Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton (still hot) have joined the cast of the post-WWI paranormal activity flick The Awakening. It tells of a haunting in a countryside boarding school where sexy coed pillow fights are interrupted by flaming Ouija boards. Or at least that’s how it plays out in my mind. [Deadline]
Back tomorrow to close out your week with more of The B-Roll.