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Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams to Remember the Days When Things Didn’t Suck

Power Duo: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams will co-star in indie drama Blue Valentine. The two will play a couple whose marriage is failing and who sit around remembering when stuff wasn’t bad. The real life parallels to the careers of the young actors — who started out on The Mickey Mouse Club and Dawson’s Creek, respectively, before fading into their current oblivion — are eerie. [Variety]

Addams Moves Forward: The previously announced Addams Family musical will open on Broadway in April with Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth in the lead parental roles, and with Jackie Hoffman as Grandmama, Kevin Chamberlin as Uncle Fester, and Krysta Rodriguez as Wednesday. The plot concerns the shock waves that run through the fam when Wednesday falls for a perfectly normal boy. Meanwhile, the search for the perfect Thing, understandably fruitless thus far, continues. [Variety]

Hedy Lamarr, Scientist: Rachel Weisz (V-I-C-E) is loosely attached to the lead role in Amy (daughter of Robert) Redford’s Hedy Lamarr biopic Face Value. Redford’s film will touch on the forties movie star’s better known achievements, notably her lead turn in Cecil B. DeMille’s Samson and Delilah, but will mostly focus on Lamarr’s secondary career as an accomplished scientist: Lamarr apparently helped develop a method of changing frequencies that became a forerunner to wireless communications. And with that, this item has reached its whimsy quota. [HR]

Director Dermot: Dermot Mulroney’s first directorial project will be the family dramedy Keep It Together. The plot revolves around a dewy-eyed young marriage counselor who returns from her honeymoon to learn that her parents, her model for a perfect marriage, are getting a divorce. Blythe Danner and Christopher Walken play the parents, but the young woman hasn’t been cast yet; if it turns out it’s Amy Adams, we will respectfully and persistently remind you that we so called it. [HR]

Small Town Murder: The Mentalist’s Simon Baker has joined the Jim Thompson adaptation The Killer Inside Me. The plot revolves around a small-town West Texas sheriff (played by Casey Affleck) who becomes a sociopathic murderer. Baker will play an attorney out to expose him. Also previously cast are Kate Hudson, who plays the sheriff’s girlfriend, and Jessica Alba, who plays the governor of Texas. No, she plays a prostitute. [HR]

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams to Remember the Days When Things Didn’t Suck