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Nicole Kidman’s Cover Blown

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Classically Attractive Actress to Play Classically Attractive CIA Agent: Director Doug Liman has revealed that Nicole Kidman will star in his upcoming biopic on outed spy Valerie Plame. No word yet on who’s playing Karl Rove, but we suspect it’ll be some ugly dude. [Movies Blog/MTV]

Strike Two? The writers’ strike may have ended last night, but fans of labor unrest will be excited to hear that the Screen Actors Guild may walk out soon! As their contract expires in June, stars like George Clooney are urging the guild to start talks with studios now before the possibility of his having to stand outside with a picket sign gets too real. [Variety]

Fey, Page to Host SNL: Saturday Night Live returns on February 23 with Tina Fey as the host. The following week, Juno’s Ellen Page will appear. Nobody’s lined up after that, though, so if you know anybody… [NYT]

Ever Wanted to See Kanye West Kidnapped, Then Beaten to Death With a Shovel? That’s weird, but here you go anyway. [Nah Right]

Pacino in New Bond? Rumors are flying today that Al Pacino may have a cameo as a villain in the upcoming Bond movie Quantum of Solace. Awesome! [Ain’t It Cool]

R.I.P. Steve Gerber: Publishers Weekly blogger Heidi MacDonald pens a heartfelt and well-written obit for Steve Gerber, legendary comic-book author and creator of Howard the Duck. [Beat/Publishers Weekly]

Nicole Kidman’s Cover Blown