Superbowl surprises, a new month, a new week, and these casting bites from Variety:
  • Even if you don't watch soap operas, there's a decent chance that you've seen Eden Reigel. She made waves in the world of soaps (and beyond) when her character on All My Children, Bianca Montgomery (Susan Lucci's daughter), came out as a lesbian. Now she's nabbed herself a role in the new Harold Ramis comedy The Year One. Unfortunately, there's no word on who she'll play -- maybe a cute love interest for Michael Cera?
  • After a whole ton of teeny tiny roles like "waiter, "raver," or "restaurant host," Vincent De Paul has been breaking into roles with actual names over the last few years. Now he's wrapped production on a film called Oak Hill, with Sally Kirkland. He plays "a homeless man sleeping in a shelter," but he's also got a lovely name -- Moose. The film is about three women from different backgrounds who live together and struggle with co-existing in a flop house. It's not a huge role, but the guy also has What Just Happened? on the way, which ain't bad at all.
  • Last, but not least, there's Bryan Cranston. The dad from the uber-quirky Malcolm in the Middle has signed on to Love Ranch, the latest film from Taylor Hackford (Against All Odds), which centers on the first legal brothel in Nevada. Cranston will play "a conniving state senator" -- but there's no word on what he does that makes him get that title. The actor is joining powerhouses like Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci, the new Laurie Strode, Scout Taylor-Compton, and Taryn Manning.