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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

August 14, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Odds & ends: movie news on Cate Blanchett, ‘Exodus’ and more

A news roundup today, from all over:

— Julie Delpy has signed to write the screenplay for “Cancer Vixen,” an HBO movie set to star Cate Blanchett and based on the memoir by Marisa Acocella Marchetto. Delpy/Blanchett: sounds like a fine team to me. Here’s hoping Delpy tosses in a nice role for herself as well.

— Joel Edgerton (“The Great Gatsby”) is in talks to play Ramses opposite Christian Bale’s Moses in Ridley Scott’s upcoming epic “Exodus.” Which sounds, um, big.

— The Weinstein Co. is developing a television miniseries based on Daniel Stashower’s nonfiction book “The Hour of Peril,” about how detective Allan Pinkerton and his associate Kate Warne (America’s first female private eye, says Deadline.com) thwarted a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln before he took the oath of office.

— Pixar has announced some voice casting for its upcoming films, and here’s my favorite: Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy will play the parents of the charmingly vague fish Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) in 2016’s “Finding Dory.” Which is just, you know, perfect — right? Amy Poehler will voice “Joy” in 2015’s “Inside Out,” alongside Bill Hader (“Fear”), Mindy Kaling (“Disgust”), Lewis Black (“Anger”) and Phyllis Smith (“Sadness”). Not familiar with Smith (apparently she’s on “The Office”), but the rest of this seems pretty great to me. The voice of joy in my head already sounded quite a lot like Amy Poehler; doesn’t yours?

 

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