‘Bad’ News About Eva Mendes

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Mendes Salutes the Lieutenant: Eva Mendes is in negotiations to star with Nicolas Cage in Werner Herzog's lackadaisical reimagining of Bad Lieutenant. Herzog's response to the news that Mendes might come aboard: "Who is she?" [Variety]

Bateman Feeling Foxy: Self-professed "avid consumer of television" Jason Bateman has signed a first-look deal with Fox to develop a TV series. Um, is it possible for him to redevelop Arrested Development for us? [Variety]

H.R. DrugsandStuff: Two of Sid and Marty Kroft's most psychedelic kid shows, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and H.R. Pufnstuf, are coming to the big screen, according to an interview with IESB. There should be a studio deal closing in the next few days, according to Marty. You should get really high before you see these, according to our pot dealer, Applejack. [IESB]

Ashmore Thaws: Aaron Ashmore (Smallville) will appear in the indie thriller The Thaw with Val Kilmer. He'll play a college student in an Arctic research base besieged by a killer parasite caused by global warming. Sounds like Al Gore's been writing X-Files fan fiction again. [HR]

DiCaprio Loves America: I scream, you scream, we all scream for unverifiable rumors! Latinoreview is reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio is at the top of Marvel's short list to play Captain America, with only one caveat: "NO OFFERS HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY MADE! NOBODY HAS BEEN CAST YET! DICAPRIO IS PROBABLY CLUELESS AT THIS POINT!" If there's one thing we love more than Cap rumors, it's Cap rumors typed in all caps. [Latinoreview]