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Molester Helped Cast Hollywood Child Actors

Sex offender Jason Murphy worked under a different name

(Newser) - A conviction for kidnapping and molesting an 8-year-old boy in 1996 didn't prevent Jason James Murphy from forging a successful career in Hollywood casting—recruiting child actors for movies including Super 8 and Bad News Bears. Murphy, 35, moved to California after completing a 5-year prison sentence in Washington... More »

10 Worst Casting Choices Ever

Starring Tom Hanks

(Newser) - DC detective Alex Cross was once played by Morgan Freeman; now, the role’s going to Tyler Perry, the cross-dressing comedian and Madea star. The Daily Beast recalls 10 other embarrassing casting decisions:
  1. The Da Vinci Code: Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon. He’s no “Harrison Ford in Harris
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Streep Set to Play Thatcher

Actress in talks to star in Falklands-era biopic

(Newser) - Meryl Streep is set to team up with Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd again for a movie with considerably less singing and dancing. Producers have confirmed that the actress is in talks to play Margaret Thatcher in a biopic focusing on the tense 17 days leading up to the 1982... More »

McCarthy: Seagal Ordered Me to Strip at Casting

'I just started crying'

(Newser) - Steven Seagal rudely ordered a distraught Jenny MCarthy to strip in his office during a casting call for one of his movies, McCarthy has revealed. "Rent my Playboy video, you asshole," the former Playmate recalled saying before fleeing. "I just started crying." The actress originally bared... More »

For Pirates 4, No Boob Jobs Need Apply

Casting call for sequel includes ban on implants

(Newser) - Casting is under way for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and the requirements are strange indeed: "Must have real breasts. Do not submit if you have implants." In Los Angeles! No cheating, either—besides being required to know how to swim and dive, candidates will have... More »

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