As I was making my way around the internets a few days after the election, reading all the articles on the historic vote, I came across one in the Washington Post about an African-American man by the name of Eugene Allen, who had worked as a butler in the White House for 35 years, starting his job in 1952. At the time, he wasn't even allowed to use the public restrooms in his native Virginia because of the color of his skin, and he and his now-86-year-old wife had talked about how amazing it was that America was on the brink of electing a black man as President. The article, a superbly written piece which ended with the devastating news that Eugene had cast his ballot alone on November 4th, as his wife had died a day before the election, was just picked up by Columbia pictures and will be made into a movie that will tell Eugene's life story.
... he's going to turn into Angelina Jolie! He will complete the transformation by hooking up with Brad Pitt and birthing their twin babies in France while the rest of the world grinds to a halt. Oh, OK, not really. In reality, it's just a role swap. Cruise had long been associated the titular role in Columbia Pictures' Edwin A. Salt, but it looks like the role of a CIA officer on the run will now go to Jolie, according to Variety. No reason has been given for the the presto change-o, and it's a bit of a puzzler. There were rumors of Cruise's ridiculous salary demands, but less than a month ago he was still attached to the project. I'd like to think he read the Moviefile last month and went, "Damn, I really do recycle some of my roles!" And then he decided it was time for a change.