News Nuggets: Joni Mitchell shoots down Taylor Swift playing her in a biopic

Legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell shoots down the idea of current superstar Taylor Swift playing her in a biopic. Although Swift has expressed interest in playing the role, Mitchell says, “I squelched that! I said to the producer, ‘All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones.'” Of the planned adaptation of Sheila Weller‘s “Girls Like Us,” Mitchell adds, “It’s just a lot of gossip, you don’t have the great scenes. There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books, assumptions, assumptions, assumptions.”  Vulture

Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon will soon be coming to television. The high profile “Big Little Lies” will be a limited series based on the book by Liane Moriarty. It is a subversive comedy about three mothers whose “apparently perfect lives unravel to the poin to murder. TV Hall of Famer David E. Kelley, who has helped his actors win 38 Emmys during his career, will write the project, which is expecting top bids from several networks. Deadline

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Warren Beatty has not appeared onscreen since “Town and Country” flopped in 2001. He has come out of semi-retirement to play an aging Howard Hughes in a May-December romance with a young ingenue (Lily Collins). Beatty is also directing the untitled film, which will co-star Tessa Farmiga, Chace Crawford, Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, Martin Sheen, Candice Bergen, and Annette Bening. Thompson on Hollywood

HBO and Universal Pictures are now producing the first-ever authorized documentary about Kurt Cobain. Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of the late lead singer of Nirvana, is one of the executive producers of “Montage of Heck.” The film will access never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, and personal archives plus dozens of the band’s songs. Sheila Nevins, the all-time leader in Emmy victories, is also an executive producer. The Wrap

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Susan King looks back 75 years to 1939, one of the greatest years in film history. In fact, she says “Hollywood has arguably never had such a remarkable year” as that one. The 10 films nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars are all classics: “Gone With the Wind,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Stagecoach,” “Dark Victory,” “Goodbye, Mr. Chips,” “Love Affair,” “Ninotchka,” “Of Mice and Men,” “Wuthering Heights,” and “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” L.A. Times

After 15 seasons, “C.S.I.” is losing one of its original stars. George Eads is leaving the longtime CBS procedural at the end of this season. He is the last remaining original cast member after the departures of William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, and others. Sources say it is an amicable parting that may be tied to the resolution of the Gig Harbor Killer case. TV Guide

Aziz Ansari is slated to receive the fifth annual Variety Power of Comedy Award. The event will take place in Los Angeles on December 11 for TBS. Ansari stars on “Parks and Recreation” and has been in the films “This is the End,” “Funny People,” and “Observe and Report.” Variety

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