From Brody to Bond?
The odds of Damian Lewis taking over the role of Agent 007 from Daniel Craig have soared from 25 / 1 to 3/ 1, according to British bookmakers. He’s still not the favorite, though: That would be Idris Elba, at 5/ 2. Other candidates are Tom Hardy (4/ 1), Henry Cavill (5/ 1), Michael Fassbender (7/ 1) and Orlando Bloom (12/ 1). The odds that “Spectre,” due Nov. 6, will be Craig’s last appearance as James Bond are 10 / 1.
The fun house
Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler will be husband and wife in “The House.” … Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac fall in love with the same woman in “The Promise,” set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire. … “Maleficent 2” is in the works. … Woody Harrelson has been elected to the title role in the political drama “LBJ,” directed by Rob Reiner. … Demi Lovato and Rainn Wilson work blue in “Get Smurfy.”
Keeping it in the family
Melissa Rivers will co-host (along with Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski) “Fashion Police” when it returns in August. … Winona Ryder stars in Netflix’s untitled supernatural thriller from Matt and Ross Duffer, writers of the Fox series “Wayward Pines.” … Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan will star in the Hulu series “The Way,” directed by Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”).
Starz align for Gaiman
Starz has given the green light to an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel “American Gods,” which won the Hugo and Nebula awards. Showrunners will be Michael Green, who created “Kings,” and Bryan Fuller, who wrote the teleplay of Stephen King’s “Carrie” and created “Dead Like Me,” “Wonderfalls,” “Pushing Daisies” and “Hannibal.”
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, arguably Hollywood’s hottest stars, will team up on the sci-fi romance “Passengers,” and guess who’s getting paid more? After revelations coming out of the Sony hacking scandal that Lawrence was paid much less than her male “American Hustle” co-stars, she’s hauling in $20 million for “Passengers,” with Pratt earning $12 million (up from the $10 million he commanded for “Jurassic World”).
CYNTHIA DICKISON and JON BREAM