1. Bryan Cranston might play Lex Luthor in the Man of Steel sequel
Breaking Bad may be on the cusp of ending, but if rumors originally reported by Cosmic Book News can be believed, star Bryan Cranston hasn't yet had his fill of playing evil, terrifying bald guys. The site says that Cranston has been cast in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel as the villainous Lex Luthor, with a contract that allows for appearances in at least six films, which is presumably how long it will take him to alienate his family while building a Kryptonite empire. [E! Online]
2. The Parents Television Council wasn't big on Miley Cyrus' VMAs performance
If you've spent the past couple days in a coma, go to YouTube and look up "Miley Cyrus twerks at the VMAs." All caught up? Well, for some reason that's all anyone can talk about this week — and surprise, surprise, the Parents Television Council has come out with a statement indicating it is none too pleased with Cyrus' performance. "Heads should roll at MTV," said advisory board member Paul Porter, which sounds way, way more family-unfriendly to us, but what do we know? We're not the Parents Television Council. [People]
3. There's another Scooby Doo movie on the way
"Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you?" It's the question all of America has been asking over the inexcusably long nine years since the release of Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. But don't despair, fans: According to Variety, Warner Bros. has begun developing a reboot that will eschew the original films' live action for a fully animated adaptation of the popular cartoon. Further details about the project aren't currently available, but in keeping with current reboot trends, we're assuming that the new Scooby-Doo will be dark, gritty, and about a half hour longer than it needs to be. [Variety]
4. Dr. Luke won't be judging American Idol after all
If you're one of the 12 remaining people in America who hasn't ditched American Idol in favor of The Voice, you were probably happy when it was reported last week that the troubled reality series had finally locked down its judges panel for next year: Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Dr. Luke, the producer behind star-making hits like Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" and Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl." But not so fast, says The Hollywood Reporter. Concluding that the gig would take up too much of the time he's supposed to be spending working for Sony Music, Dr. Luke decided against joining the show after all. The story adds that Dr. Luke's vacated spot might be filled by Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun, so anyone with an obnoxious Twitter account and a penchant for abandoning monkeys is encouraged to audition. [The Hollywood Reporter]
5. There will be a fifth Step Up movie
Because "teenagers who are good at dancing" is a story vein so rich that it couldn't possibly be captured in a mere four films, Summit has announced the production of a fifth movie in the increasingly sprawling Step Up franchise. The sequel — which comes on the heels of Step Up, Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, and Step Up: Yes, We're Seriously Still Making These — will include a performance by series veteran Stephen "tWitch" Boss, who joined the franchise shortly after the original star Channing Tatum moved to the greener pastures of anything but more Step Up sequels. [The Hollywood Reporter]
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