Krysten Ritter


What is Casting Couch? It’s your hookup when it comes to finding out what Hollywood’s A list (and B list, and sometimes C list) is going to be up to next. Today we’ve got updates that will be of particular interest to fans of creepy little kids and Cougar Town. After not at all shaming herself by being featured in last year’s beloved and not at all wretched compilation of comedic shorts, Movie 43, Halle Berry seems to have gotten a taste for doing comedy, because Variety is reporting that she’s all set to both produce and star in a new indie comedy called Mother. In it she’ll be playing a woman who leaves a mobster she was going to marry at the altar, who tries to hide out afterward by pretending to be some kid’s mother, but who then blows her cover due to her generally erratic behavior. It’s true that this plot synopsis is too weird and vague to give us any idea of what this movie is really going to be like, but whatever it is it has to be better than Berry strapping on comically large rubber boobs and mugging for the camera. Oh, Movie 43.



What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting news roundup that always keeps its promises. Yesterday we promised we’d be back soon with Cinderella’s second evil stepsister, and today we deliver. Given her spindly, spider-like limbs, her silky black hair, and her porcelain skin, it was probably only a matter of time before Krysten Ritter ended up acting in a Tim Burton movie. The girl is basically goth catnip. So, appropriately enough, a report out of Deadline is saying that she just joined Burton’s next project, Big Eyes. This one will see Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams portraying 50s and 60s art sensations Walter and Margaret Keane, and Ritter playing Margaret’s outgoing friend, DeeAnn, who urges her to come out of her shell and stop letting her fast-talking husband take credit for her weird paintings of kids with big eyes.



In Vamps, Amy Heckerling has re-teamed with Clueless star Alicia Silverstone to make a movie about vampires and whatever modern life looks like for them. Silverstone plays coffin-mates with Krysten Ritter‘s character, and the result seems a bit like Stakes and the City. The trailer makes the movie look candy-coated and sweet enough to choke on. It’s enough to make you wonder whether Clueless really was a satire on young, rich life or if it was meant far more genuinely than any audience could have stood for. Check it out for yourself:


Amy Heckerling has been developing the habit of making movies about once a generation that perfectly encapsulates the zeitgeist of current youth culture. In the early ’80s, it was her film Fast Times at Ridgemont High that gave high school kids all over the world the idea to have pizzas delivered to their classrooms and made that one Cars song be forever linked with Phoebe Cates taking off her top. In the mid-’90s she brought us Clueless, which introduced the world to how cute Paul Rudd is when he sheepishly grins and finally asked a lost generation to pull up their pants and stop looking like trashballs. So now that it’s 2012 and Heckerling has written and directed a new film, you have to ask yourself if it’s going to be another one of those generation defining moments in movies, or if it’s just going to end up being another Look Who’s Talking? Her new project is called Vamps, and seeing as it’s a little late to cash in on the vampire crazy, its chances of becoming a big thing are already looking kind of dicey. That doesn’t mean it won’t be fun though, because it has a completely ridiculous cast, and a plot that sounds tailor-made for getting everyone’s girlfriends to squeal.



Kevin Carr sits his chubbiness down weighs in on Green Zone, Remember Me and She’s Out of My League.


It has been 15 years since Alicia Silverstone was thrust into the mainstream spotlight by a little movie called Clueless, directed by Amy Heckerling. It was an event that not only ushered in the era of Alicia, but phrases like “as if” and “she’s a full-on Monet.” It was annoying, but also quite charming.



As if! Director Amy Heckerling — whose credits include 90s faves Clueless and Fast Times at Ridgemont High — is jumping in with the likes of Twilight and True Blood, taking on a vampire franchise of her own.

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