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Hugh Laurie to Get Even Madder Than Dr. House in José Padilha's 'Robocop' Remake

The forthcoming remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 Oscar winner "Robocop" has found its villain. Hugh Laurie, best known Stateside for his roles in "Stuart Little" and the long-running med-drama "House M.D.", will join Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, and Joel Kinnaman, taking on the part of the evil Omni Corp CEO. And here we thought he couldn't get grumpier than his character on "House."

It's not enough for a book to be great -- timing is everything. Flavorwire has compiled a list of thirty books everyone should read before they turn thirty. Some selections -- like Toni Morrison's Beloved or Homer's The Iliad -- are simply foundational to a life of literary appreciation. Others (like Ghost World) are books that won't really strike quite as profoundly if you read them when you're older.

Based on the hubbub over "Prometheus" (and despite decidedly mixed reviews), there seems to be some sort of fan-driven campaign to convince Ridley Scott to return to sci-fi full time. While we're at it, can we convince Lars von Trier to finish his "Dogville" trilogy? Or demand Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino to give us "Romy and Michele's twenty-fifth Reunion"?

If you're a fan of "Annie Get Your Gun," then I regret to inform you that you just missed you chance to actually get Annie's gun -- a shotgun belonging to the famous sharpshooter just sold at auction for $143,000. Wonder if there's a picture of it anywhere in Sue Macy's photobiography of Oakley?

"Restraint" isn't the first word that comes to mind when you recall Gene Wilder's performance in the famous Charlie and the Chocolate Factory adaptation. However, documents published by Letters of Note show that Wilder had a huge interest in keeping the kooky character believable and just this side of over the top, even down to little details in his appearance. (Note that nearly everything he strives to avoid is a choice that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp went ahead with in their own version.)

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