Glenn Close and Octavia Spencer to Adopt 'The Great Gilly Hopkins'

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Editor's Note: The Great Gilly Hopkins is shaping up to be, well, great, celebrating Laura Ingalls Wilder, and more in our Monday roundup.

The fact that Katherine Paterson's The Great Gilly Hopkins will soon be a film is reason enough to celebrate. The cast announcements, however, are downright intimidating: In the grownup roles we've got Glenn Close, Danny Glover, Octavia Spencer, and Kathy Bates. Dear, little Sophie Nelisse had better invest in some on-set burglar alarms -- all her scenes are about to be stolen right out from under her.

Speaking of celebrating, I'm embarrassed to report that we missed Laura Ingalls Wilder's 147th birthday last Friday. It's not too late, however, to honor the occasion with the exact same cake she might have made. The Hairpin has re-created this recipe from the Little House Cookbook. Technically it was for Wilder's wedding cake, but anything that contains fourteen egg whites ought to be good enough for a birthday.

Based on their account of how the cake turned out, it might also be a great way to commemorate Women in Horror Month, which is currently underway. You can also participate in their blood drives, movie screenings, and other events. If I'd stumbled across their calendar a few months ago, that's what everyone would have gotten for Christmas.

The female version of "The Expendables" is not going to be called, as originally rumored, "The Female Expendables." In fact, the official title is now "The Expendabelles" (which is not really any better). While everyone seems to be rooting for Sigourney Weaver or Jamie Lee Curtis to step in and kick some ass, so far no one has stepped forward to be glorified as an old has-been. Perhaps these women have better things to do? Well, maybe Weaver does. Considering that Curtis's upcoming projects are called "La Vida Robot" and "Spychosis," I'd say she's probably game.