. . . Meryl Streep as Julia Child in "Julie & Julia," with Amy Adams as her co-star. Streep turned 60 recently. How can that be? Nora Ephron, who directed Streep in "Heartburn," directs her own screenplay of Julie Powell's book for the feature film, due Aug. 7.
. . . Whatever it is Joss Whedon has planned for a "Dr. Horrible" sequel. In April, he told a group of reporters that the next phase of the viral sensation "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" could take any form, from another Web series to a full-length feature film. The original starred Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day. The panel with Whedon and his stars and collaborators was, for me, one of last year's highlights of Comic-Con International in San Diego.
... a Penguins player -- any player -- on a national TV morning or late-night talk show. The Steelers' Santonio Holmes made the rounds after he was MVP of the Super Bowl. Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson are everywhere. And I remember that Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk took the Cup to "Live With Regis & Kelly" last year. Where's the love for our Stanley Cup-winning guys?
. . . Anne Hathaway, Audra McDonald, Julie White Hamish Linklater and Raul Esparza in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "Twelfth Night." That's New York's Central Park, and I don't know if I'll make it to NYC in time. It ends July 12. Sigh. I hope it's being filmed for posterity. And me.
. . . Hugh Jackman (OK, Hugh Jackman in anything) and Daniel Craig on Broadway in "A Steady Rain." I mean, come on. Wolverine/"The Boy From Oz" and James Bond/"Defiance" on the same stage? The Keith Huff play, by the way, is about Chicago cops "whose lifelong friendship is put to the test when they become involved in a domestic dispute in a poor neighborhood."
. . . August in Pittsburgh, when Pittsburgh CLO offers Sondheim's "Into the Woods" and PICT unveils its production of "The History Boys." Quantum is back then, too, with "36 Views."
. . . What's in store at Comic-Con International, July 22-26. Variety and other media outlets are wondering about the TV-heavy lineup of panels, especially in a year when the huge fan convention comes before the Television Critics Association summer press tour. "What's happening at Comic-Con is the fan community gives you an immediate reaction to your project in a big way," Lisa Gregorian, exec vice president of worldwide marketing for the Warner Bros. TV Group, told Variety. "It's live testing." Shows like "Fringe" and "Heroes" and my favorite, "Chuck," were launched with positive fan buzz at Comic-Con. I like forward to all of it. Most of the programming hasn't been announced yet for the 40th anniversary, but whatever it is, my son and I will be there again, waiting in long lines for the movie and TV panels, demo-ing the video games, seeing what's on the comic book horizon and, in general, geeking out and then blogging about it.
I can't wait.