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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 2, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Jim Carrey to sing in “Damn Yankees”

So, I take one little day off and what happens? This story, which almost snuck right by my musical-loving eyes: Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal are attached to star in a new screen version of the baseball musical “Damn Yankees.” I remember hearing about this project years ago, during the heady Oh-My-God-Screen-Musicals-Are-Back! days of “Chicago,” but it was delayed due to rights issues. Now it’s moving along, under the guidance of “Hairspray” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, with screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (“Fever Pitch,” “Forget Paris,” “City Slickers,” “Splash”) at work on a script which will update the ’50s story of a man who sells his soul to the devil to become a ballplayer. A director and a female star will be added later. (My vote for Lola? Anne Hathaway.)
No idea if Carrey (who is, of course, playing the devil) or Gyllenhaal (the ballplayer) can sing, but that’s what I wondered about Renee Zellweger in “Chicago,” and things turned out pretty nicely there. So, another musical to keep an eye on. And, according to IMDB, Babaloo Mandel’s real first name is Marc, in case you were wondering. I was.
Here’s “Whatever Lola Wants” from the 1958 movie, if you’re in the mood; with Gwen Verdon (reprising her Broadway role), Tab Hunter, and Bob Fosse’s choreography. Note the excellent partnering work done by a blue bench.

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