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The Cast of ‘State of Play’ Is Getting Ridiculous

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Mirren, Wright Penn, McAdams in a State: With each new awesome actor who joins State of Play, it gets progressively harder to mock. A few days ago it was Jason Bateman, and now, ruining all our Fight Club Redux jokes for good are new cast members Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, and Rachel McAdams, joining Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in Universal’s drama about a newspaper’s investigation of the death of a congressman’s mistress. [HR]

Aniston Traveling With Eckhart: Jennifer Aniston will star alongside Aaron Eckhart in Traveling, a drama about a floral designer (Aniston) who helps a grief-management guru realize he doesn’t practice what he preaches. In related news, two years from now we’ll be hiding in an airplane bathroom for an hour and a half to avoid watching this movie. [Variety]

James Promoted to Mall Cop: Kevin James will write, produce, and star in Mall Cop, a comedy about a meek security guard who must act when thieves take his mall hostage, for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company. What kind of world do we live in that Kevin James is a comedy auteur? [Variety]

Kravitz Incites Love Revolution: Lenny Kravitz will release his eighth album with Virgin in February, titled It’s Time for a Love Revolution. The album, on which Kravitz plays nearly every instrument and which includes track titles like “Love Love Love,” “If You Want It,” and “Will You Marry Me,” will be able to impregnate women without the assistance of a human male. [Billboard]

Cyrano Sniffs Out Supporting Cast: Chris Sarandon and Euan Morton fill out the cast of the forthcoming Broadway revival of Cyrano de Bergerac, starring Jennifer Garner, Daniel Sunjata, and Kevin Kline as the Schnozzed One. [Playbill]

Khan on Broadway: Hot on the heels of the release of her first solo album in years, Chaka Khan will now join the cast of Broadway’s The Color Purple on January 9 along with R&B singer BeBe Winans. Can you smell the Chakamania? ’Cause we can. [NYT]

The Cast of ‘State of Play’ Is Getting Ridiculous