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DiCaprio gets "Devil"; Bullock/Hanks tackle Safran Foer

Two big casting revelations, and two entirely different reactions from me:

Close Casting choice no. 1: MTV.com reports that Leonardo DiCaprio will play the serial killer H.H. Holmes in the film version of Erik Larson's terrific nonfiction book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Madness and Magic at the Fair that Changed America. No word on who plays the less sexy role of Daniel Burnham, architect of the fair.

Casting choice no. 2: Collider.com is reporting that Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks will indeed play the parents of the (incredibly annoying and unbelievable) 9-year-old narrator of the film version of Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Directed by Stephen Daldry, the movie will center on young Oskar Schell, who must come to grips with his father's death on 9/11. As you may have guessed, I'm not a fan of this precious, tedious novel, though I did like Everything is Illuminated (made into an extremely mediocre movie that chopped out the best parts of the story). 


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I think you must have no heart. Annoying and unbelievable? Oskar was heart-breaking. And I can introduce you to a 6-year-old boy (son of a friend of mine) who could be Oskar! This was a fantastic book! So there. But love you anyway.

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