Gil Junger

Louis CK

What is Casting Couch? It’s the column that’s rounding up all the casting announcements the studios have released now that the buzz surrounding the Golden Globes has died down. They’ve been hoarding. Before his show on FX became such a well-respected thing, people thought of Louis CK mostly as being a stand-up comedian and not really as an actor, despite the fact that he’s shown up in a few small roles here and there. That might be about to change though, because not only does CK  star in Woody Allen’s upcoming movie, Blue Jasmine, but THR is reporting that he’s also in talks to join David O. Russell’s next project: that con-man movie starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Amy Adams that used to be called American Bullshit. If CK’s involvement becomes official, it will see him rubbing onscreen elbows with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, which is probably going to feel a little weird at first.

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Saoirse Ronan

What is Casting Couch? It’s just trying to cram its foot into this shoe. Just last week, we learned that Cate Blanchett was likely to be Mark Romanek’s wicked stepmother in the new Cinderella movie that he’s doing for Disney, and now Variety gives us word that the project is closing in on its Cinderella as well. According to the trade, Atonement actress Saoirse Ronan, Anna Karenina actress Alicia Vikander, and The Three Musketeers’ Gabriella Wilde have all been in to see Romanek for screen tests. So, clearly, the sweet spot for getting this role is to have an interesting accent and some period work under your belt. Keira Knightley better watch her back, because it looks like there’s a whole upcoming generation of ladies gunning for her roles.

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The late ’90s were something of a period of renaissance for the teen comedy. After the genre had been completely burnt out by the end of the ’80s, there was an unspoken agreement that making a movie about a bunch of pretty young people partying and worrying about their futures was not a good idea for most of the next decade. I mean, grunge was going on…we were too depressed to think about prom. It only took a few years for youth culture’s pretentious brooding to wear off and for pop acts and teen comedies to rear their pimply heads once again, however, and by the time 1999 rolled around the multiplexes were awash with a new crop of teen actors. One of the crown jewels of that late ’90s renaissance was 10 Things I Hate About You, a loose, high school-set adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew that starred a couple kids who went on to become people like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Heath Ledger, and Julia Stiles (is she still a person?). The movie became so successful over time, in fact, that it’s director, Gil Junger, recently told Variety that he made more money last year off its residuals than he did during its original release. You know what that means in Hollywood terms…money got me thinkin’ sequels!

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