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Anne Hathaway to Get Happy as Judy Garland

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway is taking a trip over the rainbow.

The Oscar nominee has been tapped to star in the Weinstein Co.'s Judy Garland biopic, Get Happy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, still without a director and writer, is based on Gerald Clarke's biography of The Wizard of Oz star. The Weinstein Co. has optioned the book for a stage production as well, which will also star Hathaway. There is no word on which production will premiere first.

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Inspiring Special Cheers:  Mickey Rooney!

Mickey Rooney in National Velvet

The American Film Institute celebrates America's 100 most inspiring movies in a three-hour CBS special AFI'S 100 Years... 100 Cheers, airing tonight at 8 pm/ET. Appearing in no fewer than seven films on the list — including Babes in Arms, Captains Courageous, read more

So the bomb has dropped on ...

Question: So the bomb has dropped on what's been, personally, expected for months — that the Palladino wife-and-husband team, Amy and Daniel, are leaving Gilmore Girls. Part of me is sad. She created this brilliant show and the pair have probably written over half the episodes. But part of me is hopeful that someone on the Gilmore writing/producing team will hopefully be able to turn the show around, after this lackluster season, for its supposed last hurrah! What do you think of this whole event? Answer: My gut reaction is sadness, that it's a shame that Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino won't see this show, which is such a singular vision and which is so entwined with their voices, through to its natural conclusion. (Which I have to think will be a year from now. The fact that they appear to have been holding out for a two-year extension can only be characterized as hubris.) Gilmore Girls has been such an oddball show this season. I love it — the tone, the language, the ... read more

Liza with a Z Watching this landmark...

Liza with a ZWatching this landmark concert special was simultaneously exhilarating and depressing. As a long-time Liza Minnelli fan (not just in Cabaret, I loved her so much I even saw her in Rent-a-Cop… in the theater), I grew up listening to the Liza with a Z soundtrack. I'd play it over and over and over again until even our gay upstairs neighbor begged me to buy a new record. But I never actually saw it until tonight. Even as Liza has devolved into self-parody, I continue to defend her. She's one of a kind, and I'm not just talking about her iconic look or her manic talent. Liza is the living link between the Golden Age of Hollywood and the Tinseltown we know today. In this 1972 televised concert special she straddled the two eras, appealing to her parents' peers with "God Bless the Child" and "My Mammy" while courting read more

I know the Oscar statuettes ...

Question: I know the Oscar statuettes are about a foot tall and weigh 8 pounds, but what are they made of, and is it true that they got their name because someone said it looked like their Uncle Oscar? That sounds like a made-up story.


Answer: Last part first: The official story is indeed that Margaret Herrick, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' first librarian in 1931 and its executive director from 1943 to 1971 (and for whom the Academy's Los Angeles library, where I've done my share of research, is named), saw one of the statuettes (designed by MGM art director Cedric Gibbons for the first ceremony in 1929) on a desk and exclaimed that it looked just like her Uncle Oscar. Which is sort of alarming in that it implies that her uncle was a bald nudist with a thing for (perhaps compensatory) swords. Many people prefer the slightly ruder version in which Bette Davis sugge read more

PERSONALITIES ON PARADE

Tammy Blanchard has got personality — or, to be more specific, more than a dozen of 'em. The Emmy winner (for her turn as a young Judy Garland in the TV-movie Life with Judy Garland) will follow in Sally Field's footsteps by taking the title role in CBS' upcoming remake of 1976's Sybil. Jessica Lange will play Sybil's psychiatrist (previously portrayed by Joanne Woodward). read more

THIS 'N' THAT

Leslie Bibb has been upped to series-regular status on NBC's Crossing Jordan, where she plays police-department shrink Det. Tallulah "Lu" Simmons; read our recent Insider Q&A with the Popular star.... Adrienne Barbeau (who practically stole Swamp Thing from, you know, that big green guy) will play Judy Garland in the off-Broadway play The Property Known as Garland, opening March 23.... As part of its deal to host the FIA Formula One World Championship for an 11th consecutive year, Speed Channel will now conduct live on-camera interviews from the starting grid, which is just asking for some poor reporter's foot to get run over. read more

WHAT A WORLD, WHAT A WORLD

A pair of ruby slippers that were worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz and insured for $1 million were stolen from a Grand Rapids, Minn., museum this past weekend. Authorities say there was little evidence left at the scene other than traces of flying-monkey dung. read more

As a Philly boy, I gotta say,...

As a Philly boy, I gotta say, "Amen." I mean, even though I'm probably going to hell for laughing my butt off, there is something so right about how wrong this new comedy is. And not just because it laughs with — instead of at — my hometown. Or because star-creator Rob McElhenney grew up, like, around the corner from my folks. Not that I knew him or anything. He's St. Joe's Prep; I'm totally Bonner. Anyway, after a summer of sinfully lame reality, I'm praising the TV gods for sending me a scripted series that's both sharp and sick enough to poke fun at everything from racists to gays to these three dim-witted pals running a bar and running amok. Trolling Temple to recruit black friends? Swishing around the pub for their affluent, Judy Garland-loving patrons? Ding! ding! ding! It's a bad-taste buffet, and I dig it. I'm also digging Drew Carey exile Kaitlin Olson as the gang's sexable waitress, especially since this town does have read more

"Judy Garland" Meets Columbo

Actress Tammy Blanchard — a 2001 Emmy winner as young Judy in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows — says her golden statuette still holds an honored place at home. "Right now, it's in my china closet in my dining room," the 27-year-old tells TV Guide Online. "That's pretty much where it's going to stay forever. My family likes to see it when they come over, so I just leave it out in the open." Blanchard isn't resting on her laurels, however. This Sunday, she'll pull our heartstrings even more in When Angels Come to Town (9 pm/ET, CBS). Miss Tammy appears opposite Columbo's Peter Falk in the third jolly holiday film about an angel named Max and his mischievous miracles. Surprisingly, Blanchard reveals she's got something of a crush on her 77-year-old leading man. "He's the most handsome man in the world," she declares, "so good-looking in person." On the set, Falk's youthful antics made Blanchard, well, blanch. " read more

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