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

February 29, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Gwyneth, Reese and Cameron . . . in a musical?

Gather round, those who love musicals, and we’ll talk. Anybody else watching “Smash”? I’ve gotten hooked on it, not because I think it’s particularly good, but because it’s such irresistibly goofy soap opera — and because I’m mesmerized by Debra Messing’s hair and outfits. (Anyone else think that sleeveless furry thing she wore to the party in Monday’s episode was made by Julia from her own hair? And is that why she hasn’t had time to finish writing the show? And how does someone with that much high-maintenance hair even manage to leave the house, let alone write anything?)
Anyway. The Movie Musical Project Du Jour is this little item, courtesy of Deadline.com: Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz, along with Beyonce and Andy Samberg, are attached to star in “One Hit Wonders,” a musical about three women who, after each recorded a hit song in the 1990s and then watched her career fade, decide to form a singing group together. Ryan Murphy, he of “Glee,” would direct, and will write the script with fellow “Glee” scribes Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. This will be, I suspect, fabulous or terrible; there’s little middle ground here. The project came, Deadline reports, from a dinner out, in which Murphy, Paltrow, Witherspoon and Diaz “wanted to do something fun together and kicked around ideas.” Wish I’d been eavesdropping at the next table.

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