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Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy Get Their Own Headline, But Alas, It Is for ‘Underworld 3’

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Underworld Prequel Tells Werewolves’ Side: Lakeshore and Screen Gems announce Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans. This prequel to the first two Underworld films, starring Michael Sheen (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) and Bill Nighy (Notes on a Scandal), follows the original revolt of the werewolves against their oppressive vampire masters. Will Sheen and Nighy be able to carry this film without the blazing charisma of Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman? [Variety]

Travolta to Menace Washington: John Travolta will take the villainous role of a subway hijacker in Tony Scott’s remake of The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3, opposite hero Denzel Washington. This doesn’t seem very suspenseful — does anyone think Denzel can’t take Travolta? [Variety]

Do You Want a Shit-Ton of Pink Floyd?: Then you’re in luck, as Pink Floyd offers their entire studio discography in one sixteen-disc boxed set this December, giving Floyd fans a chance to find out how much their friends and family really love them. [Billboard]

HBO Assists Kevorkian Bio: HBO is developing a biopic of the controversial Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a practitioner of and activist for physician-assisted suicide. No casting for the juicy role has been announced as yet, but Ian McKellan plans to start noisily shit-talking Malcolm McDowell and Donald Sutherland whenever HBO casting agents are around. [HR]

Bizarro Casting of the Day: Harvey Keitel will take the title role in a concert version of the Olivier Award–winning musical Jerry Springer, The Opera, to be presented over two nights at Carnegie Hall this January. We don’t know what’s weirder — Keitel playing Springer or Keitel singing. [Playbill]

Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy Get Their Own Headline, But Alas, It Is for ‘Underworld 3’