Goldie Hawn Is Back and Ready for Action

America's one-time sweetheart is returning from a long hiatus with a sexy new project. Also today: Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin hook up under strange circumstances, Aaron Sorkin adds more actors to his news team, and the potential return of Dave Chappelle.

  • Remember Goldie Hawn? She was that fun, bubbly actress who was really popular in the 1970s, '80s, and early '90s but who then got struck by lightning or something and started looking really frazzled and then disappeared? The lightning thing I probably made up, but you know, something happened. She hasn't done anything since 2003's The Banger Sisters and it's about time she came back. And wouldn't you know it, she's climbed on board a new project at HBO. She's set to star in a pilot for The Viagra Diaries, a Darren Starr-written series based on a memoir about life in your 70s. They'll probably lower the character's age for Hawn's sake, but yeah, this is basically going to be old lady Sex and the City. Though, who are we kidding, regular Sex and the City has already become old lady Sex and the City! Haha, women get old. So yeah, while Carrie and the girls are busy planning Samantha's funeral, Ms. Hawn will be flirting it up as a newly single gal about town. Welcome back, Goldie! And now, I am correct in assuming that if you're back it means you're tagging Kate Hudson out, right? Please say this means that. [Deadline]
  • Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin have signed on to be directed by Jason Reitman in Labor Day, an adaptation of the Joyce Maynard novel about a mother and her teenage son who take in a prison escapee and the mom falls in love while the teenage son comes of age. No word yet on who has been cast as the teenage son, but given that this is a Jason Reitman movie, we can safely guess it will be a quirky Canadian. [THR]
  • Aaron Sorkin has added some more cast members to his HBO cable news pilot More As This Story Develops, and it looks as though he's turned his eye to the theater. He's cast notable young New York actors John Gallagher Jr., Thomas Sadoski, and Sadoski's reasons to be pretty costar Alison Pill in major roles. So good for them! Oh, and Sorkin has also cast Josh Pence, the guy who did all the body doubling for the Winklevi in The Social Network but whose face was digitally replaced with Armie Hammer's. Presumably in this one we'll see his actual face, which is a good thing. So this project just keeps getting more interesting. It's only a shame that the black cloud of Olivia Munn still hangs over the proceedings. [Deadline]
  • It seems that James Mangold has been tapped to direct Wolverine 2, the follow up to X-Men: Origins: Wolverine, the midquel to X-Men: First Class's prequel and the regular X-Men movies' regular quels. Hmm, James Mangold, eh? The single best thing he's ever done is direct the last scene in movie Identity, which involves a little boy shouting "Whores don't get second chances!!" Let's hope he incorporates that into the Wolverine story somehow. "Sentinels don't get second chances!" [EW]
  • Director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) is putting together an adaptation of Les Misérables, the classic Broadway musical that some French guy named Victor saw, built a time machine, traveled back to like the 1800s or something, and adapted into a novel based on the musical. Hooper is trying to nail down the cast right now, and his top choices are Hugh Jackman as the mistreated convict Jean Valjean and Paul Bettany as Javert, the dogged policeman who pursues him. Upon hearing the news about Bettany, Jackman remarked "So Paul Bettany would be behind me a lot, sweating and grunting? I could deal with that. Now tell me more about this bread. Is it a baguette or what?" [Deadline]
  • Disappeared comedian Dave Chappelle is supposedly putting together a new show for the internet that people will pay for. Which people will. I feel like he is one of the few people for whom people are willing to pay the internet money to watch. Welcome, back! [The Daily]

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