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Ron Howard Is in Talks to Direct a New ‘Jungle Book’

Also in the Afternoon Links: A teaser for the return of ‘Scandal,’ a very special upcoming ‘Simpsons’ episode, and an amazing ocean odyssey with Paula Deen and her hungry fans.

Ron Howard

Ron Howard

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Do you want a new Jungle Book? Do you want two new Jungle Books? Good, ’cause Disney already has a new live-action version of Rudyard Kipling’s story happening with Jon Favreau, and Warner Bros. is drumming up a whole other one. Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams) was attached to direct until recently, and now Ron Howard is in talks to take over. Howard is currently attached to an adaptation of Dan Brown’s Inferno, and, as of just a few days ago, an ’80s drug movie called Mena — so we’ll see if he can squeeze it into his schedule. Whether he could do something interesting with it is another question. On the one hand, Howard’s children’s movie history contains Willow. On the other hand, the live-action Grinch …

Scandal’s coming back, and this is the teaser for that situation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AKWNkNUTeE

With Bob Costas’s eyeballs still in flagrant rebellion against the spirit of frosty international athletic contests, Meredith Vieira will become the first woman to host a solo Olympics broadcast tonight.

Gawker’s Caity Weaver’s Valentine’s Day gift to us all: 7,000 words about what it’s like to spend a week on a Paula Deen–oriented cruise with Paula Deen. “Everyone on the boat is racist and nice. Including me. The non-Deen cruisers are racist … The Deen cruisers are racist, dismissing out of hand the notion that Paula’s use of the n-word was somehow offensive to black people. I am racist, because I get upset at the black people in our group for not acting like I think black people should act on the Paula Deen cruise (i.e. frosty and indignant; or at the very least incredulous).”

Interesting/obvious when considering the Legofication of everything: The Simpsons will have an all-Lego episode in May.

Do NOT tweet House of Cards spoilers at the POTUS.

Here be a new trailer for Nicolas Cage’s Serious New Movie, Joe.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbWjxlhmlu0#t=138

Questlove makes a convincing argument that Drake’s not being a silly whiner over the Rolling Stone cover.

Tom Hardy is joining Season 2 of the BBC’s Peaky Blinders, a period drama set in the gangster world of Birmingham, England. He’ll appear opposite Cillian Murphy.

Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne are both talking about BEYONCÉ-ing their next albums, surprise-release style.

The Quaaludes scene was also Scorsese’s favorite scene in The Wolf of Wall Street.

Joel McHale will be the featured entertainer at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

And hey, look at this: Gargoyles — the awesome, dark  ’90s animated series — is streaming (legally!) on YouTube. [via]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfF6ktzfPC4