From Italian Stallion to Teflon Don
TMZ reported Thursday that Sylvester Stallone is in "serious talks" with "Junior" John Gotti to play his father, who died in prison eight years ago. Junior's shopping a story based on his rocky relationship with his dad, who was serving life without parole for 13 murders, and Stallone is interested enough to be looking for a screenwriter.
Verdict: Everybody loves a mob story, and Stallone at 63 actually might be a decent fit for the Dapper Don, with some padding and a silver wig instead of the creepy gym body and dye job. Who knows, maybe Sly's got a good one left in him.
"Being an Actress Isn't as Fun as It May Seem"
One-time Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes retired from show business via Twitter Saturday: "I don't love acting anymore so I've stopped doing it ... I know 24 is a young age to retire but you heard it here first I've retired." After her hit tweener TV shows All That and The Amanda Show she moved to the big screen, but never quite scored with movies like She's the Man and Sydney White.
Verdict: Hey, it's better than hanging around like Lindsay Lohan. Maybe she'll move onto something big; after all, the girl from Blossom got a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Now if we can just convince Miley Cyrus to sign up for dental technician classes at ITT Tech.
Next Up: New Edition and NKOTB Oil Wrestling on Lifetime
Eighties pop tarts Tiffany and Debbie Gibson are set to face off in a made-for-SyFy movie. In Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, about giant snakes in the Everglades, they play an animal rights activist and a park ranger (or something) who come to blows at a party and then ... wrestle in a swamp.
Verdict: This probably would have been a lot more interesting 20 years ago, much like their Playboy shoots.
Unleash Your Inner Geek. I Mean Bond.
Hardcore fans can buy three new life-sized replica props from Factory Entertainment: Solitaire's tarot cards from Live and Let Die ($29), Jaws' teeth from Moonraker and The Spy Who Loved Me ($199), and Scaramanga's Golden Gun (just $449!). Factory will also sell you the sword from The Princess Bride, Dracula's ring, and Green Hornet's Sting Gun.
Verdict: Hey, if you're going for high-end movie toys, why not pick up the $1,250 replica of the Highlander sword? "There can be only one! (Out of 7,500)."