News Nuggets: ‘The Good Wife’ wanted Helen Hunt or Ashley Judd before Julianna Margulies?

Julianna Margulies almost passed on taking her lead role in “The Good Wife” after two other actresses were offered the job first. She calls it “sloppy thirds” after the character of Alicia Florrick was turned down by Oscar champ Helen Hunt and box office favorite Ashley Judd. After her agent reminded her that “no one will know when they watch this show that Helen Hunt was offered it before you,” she accepted and went on to win an Emmy for the second season of the CBS drama. The interview is part of a much longer, uncensored roundtable video with Emmy acting contenders Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel”), Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Coven”), Jessica Pare (“Mad Men”), and Keri Russell (“The Americans”). Hollywood Reporter.

A round-up of critical reactions declare “Mad Men‘s half-season finale as “ambitious, delightful, and pleasing.” SPOILERS AHEAD. The summary says that the segment “was one of the most satisfying in the show’s history, a crowd pleaser that tidied up almost every loose plotline.” The final three minutes, which included a song-and-dance number hallucination from the recently-deceased Bert Cooper (Robert Morse), was called “unexpected, surreal, and utterly delicious.” The Wrap.

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As expected, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is the king of the Memorial Day box office. The film starring Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, and James McAvoy earned $90.7 million for the long weekend. “Godzilla” falls to second place with $31.4 million (overall cume of $148.7 million in just two weeks). The third spot is “Blended” with $14.2 million, somewhat of a bomb for Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Thompson on Hollywood.

Disney’s Oscar-winning “Frozen” is now the fifth highest grossing film globally. With an overall total of $1.219 billion wordwide, it has surpassed “Iron Man 3” for the all-time box office record. It is now just behind the final “Harry Potter” film, which ranks third with $1.34 billion. All of these numbers are actuals and not adjusted for inflation. Variety.

Michael C. Hall is now admitting last fall’s “Dexter” finale was universally “hated” by most people. When asked about whether he liked it, he said, “Liked it? I don’t think I even watched it. I thought it was narratively satisfying — but it was not so savory.” He feels like the show simply ran too long for the writers to continue assembling great stories. At the time, reviewers called it “terrible, unbelievably awful, and a betrayal of the characters we knew.” Huffington Post.

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Cult film classic “Wet Hot American Summer” might be returning as a TV series. Netflix is in talks with the producers to resurrect the movie about a fictional camp in the summer of 1981 as a 10-episode prequel. The original 2001 film featured many current stars before they were famous, including Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Christopher Meloni, David Hyde Pierce, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, and Molly Shannon. In a twist, they would all continue to play the same younger age (most as high schoolers), even though they are now in their 40s and beyond. TV Guide.

Carey Purcell takes a look at 10 award-winning artists and what it might take for them to join the EGOT club. Her specific take is how each could earn a Tony Award to go with their EGO. The entertainers discussed are Julie Andrews, Burt Bacharach, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Cher, Randy Newman, Martin Scorsese, Barbra Streisand, John Williams, Robin Williams, and Kate Winslet. Playbill.

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