– When Glee actors signed on for the show in 2008, 20th Century Fox also hooked them with the option of up to three movies. The show was a hit from the word go, and stars Lea Michele and Cory Monteith lead a gang of multi-talented young stars who are in line to cash in on their small-screen success with big-screen features. Fans will likely eat them up. Michele is currently voicing Dorothy in 2012’s animated Dorothy of Oz, and will star in horror film The Butcherhouse Chronicles, also set for 2012 release. UPDATE: But Glee stars may have to wait: Glee creator Ryan Murphy says they’re focused on the series for now, and that no movie is being prepped.
– Michael Shannon is getting be busy. The Oscar nominee (Revolutionary Road) is set to play the villain opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the bike-messenger thriller Premium Rush, reports THR. He plays a violent yet deceptively approachable cop. And Shannon is also set to star as the husband of returning-from-duty wife (ER‘s Linda Cardellini) in artist Liza Johnson’s feature film debut Return, reports Variety. Return sounds like The Hurt Locker from a femme perspective. Johnson spoke with indieWIRE about the realistic style she intends to adopt, and how women deal with their rage differently than men. He is already filming Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher for Lionsgate, playing the best friend of biker-humanitarian Sam Childers (Gerard Butler), and has a three-episode arc in HBO’s upcoming Boardwalk Empire.
– James Cameron, move over. Kevin Costner’s company, Ocean Therapy Solutions, just sold 32 machines to BP, and three are already on their way to the gulf. Costner’s machines can apparently separate oil and water (757 liters a minute without any chemicals) and should out-perform both the 200 oil-skimmers BP and the Coast Guard have been using (which yielded less-than-satisfactory results), and the chemical oil dispersant they’ve tried. Costner says he is not here to save the day, but rather “to participate.” Costner testified at a Senate hearing on Thursday, saying, “I believe there are other small companies out there in the private sector just like us. You should know that negotiating your way through the bureaucratic maze that currently exists is like trying to play a video game that nobody can master.” Oddly, this is the most attention Costner has gotten in some time, with his Hollywood career on the wane.
[Costner photo courtesy of Getty Images]