In the Superman universe, Prof. Emil Hamilton has been seen both as a bumbling genius and as a paranoid menace. In the real universe, the same can be said for Richard Schiff. The West Wing actor has recently signed onto Zack Snyder's Man of Steel as Hamilton—but the vision of the professor that Schiff will embody is still unclear.
Prof. Hamilton's first appearance in the comic book series presented the character as a "mad scientist" sort of villain who lost his mind after Metropolis' primary bad guy Lex Luthor stole all of his ingenious inventions. After a full mental health recovery, Hamilton was shown to be an ally of Superman's, helping him solve various crimes with technological developments and scientific research.
However, Hamilton has also been shown, primarily in recent incarnations of the character, to be a figure who distrusts Superman and considers him a threat to the world. Considering the acting talent placed behind the role, I'd guess that Man of Steel is working towards this version of Hamilton, whose genius might be applied in cooperation with the resources of one of Superman's more prominent villains (Luthor, most likely), to attack the superhero.
Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Christopher Meloni, Laurence Fishburne and Russell Crowe.
CBS' newest hit, 2 Broke Girls, is welcoming a guest star to its not-so-Williamsburgy Williamsburg setting: Jennifer Coolidge, most renowned for her role in the American Pie movies, Stifler's Mom. Coolidge will play Sophie, a workaholic neighor to the starring pair of Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. No word yet on whether or not she'll play a friend or nemesis to the mismatched roommies, but we're going to bank on the latter, as the show seems to be embracing the "Max and Caroline vs. the World" motif. 2 Broke Girls airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. -Deadline
The surprise ratings wonder that was Once Upon a Time is attracting some formidable guest appearances, including a prominent West Wing alum. Richard Schiff, who played Toby Ziegler in Aaron Sorkin's White House drama, has earned a pretty high ranking in ABC's fairy tale world. He'll be playing King Leopold of the Enchanted Forest (not too shabby), and father of the show's heroine, Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin). King Leopold will make his appearance on the eleventh episode of the season, complete with a gripping (and sad) backstory involving a few other folk tale favorites. Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. -TVLine
Jerry O'Connell has come a long way since his film debut as Vern Tessio in the unforgettable Stand by Me. The actor is now a new father, and was inspired by the humorous bedtime story Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach to create a sitcom chronicling the challenges of new parenthood. CBS has purchased the series, and O'Connell will star as well produce. Mansbach came onboard to help craft the series. From his personal experience came the additional character element of being a newly successful children's author and balancing career and family. -Deadline
We're not really sure why, but apparently David Fincher thinks that the way you should follow up an Oscar nomination is by directing a 3D biopic of Cleopatra, starring Angelina Jolie. At least that's Deadline reports. The director is reportedly in a "conversation" about joining the project that already features his The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo producer Scott Rubin. The film is based on the bestselling book Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff and focuses on Cleopatra more as a politician and less as a sex goddess.
So yeah, a 3D biopic about Cleopatra? Can't say that this is what we expected from Fincher. Plus, if Jolie's Egyptian accent is anything similar to what she attempted in Alexander, he's, uh, got quite the challenge ahead of him. Seriously. No jokes are necessary. That was just horrible.
Angelina Jolie is officially attached to Scott Rudin’s Cleopatra film. Rudin, the Oscar-winning producer of No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood told USA Today that the role of Cleopatra is being developed “for and with Jolie,"
Rather than remake the infamously extravagant Elizabeth Taylor version, Rudin’s Cleopatra will be based off of Stacy Schiff’s biography of the Egyptian queen, “Cleopatra: A Life”. It’s also avoiding Steven Soderbergh's production plan to turn Cleopatra into a 3D musical starring Hugh Jackman and Catherine Zeta Jones.
While Rudin remained mum about details, Schiff did point out that Brad Pitt would be an obvious choice for Marc Antony, saving us internet commenters the trouble of doing so. Now we’ll just have to fall back on wondering why anyone would try to remake a film that, last time, nearly bankrupted the company that funded it, nearly killed the star, and won the unlikely honor of being the only highest-grossing film of the year to ever close at a loss.
Source: The Wrap