Harry Potter star Rupert Grint is heading to American television. He has the lead role in a CBS sitcom pilot called Super Clyde. Written by Greg Garcia, who created My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope, it’s about a unassuming comic-book fan who decides to become a superhero after getting a monthly inheritance of $100,000 from a long-dead uncle. Garcia will write and executive-produce the comedy and regular Earl and Hope director Mike Fresco will helm it. Grint will next be seen in CBGB, about the legendary New York nightclub, which will also feature Harry Potter alumni Alan Rickman as club owner Hilly Kristal, known as the godfather of punk.
- Also heading to television is Argo and Zero Dark Thirty star Kyle Chandler. He previously won an Emmy for playing Coach Taylor on TV series Friday Night Lights, but now he has something completely different lined up. He will play Cardinal Thomas Duffy, the charming yet enigmatic Archbishop of New York, in a drama called The Vatican. Matthew Goode (A Single Man) will play the Pope’s closest confidant and Sebastian Koch (A Good Day to Die Hard) a cardinal who ruthlessly wields power within the hierarchy. Not surprisingly, this has caused some controversy within the Catholic Church, but with Pope Benedict’s unexpected resignation, the timing is ideal. Paul Attanasio, who wrote Donnie Brasco and produced House, has written the script and cinema great Ridley Scott will direct the pilot.
- Going to the movies is Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, who is joining the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Director Bryan Singer announced the news on Twitter, but didn’t say which character Dinklage will play, although fans assume he will be a villain, with the X-Men travelling through time to change a major historical event that could have a global impact on both man and mutant. This device allows all the key actors to appear, including Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart as the older Magneto and Professor X and Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy as their younger selves.
- With Ben Affleck overlooked for a Best Director Oscar nomination for Argo, despite winning numerous other awards, Entertainment Weekly has put together a list of the 25 biggest Oscar snubs. They include such classic performances as Kathleen Turner in Body Heat, Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange, Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet, Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot, Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, Anthony Perkins in Psycho and, its No 1 pick, Jimmy Stewart in Vertigo.