Oh, Hollywood. Even as it’s sleeting and grey-as-can-be outside, you have brought some news that makes it seem as if it were a bright sunshiny day. First, I am very excited to hear that Kristen Bell, who I adored on “Veronica Mars,” may be headed back to the small screen in the Showtime series, “House of Lies,” which has been greenlighted for a pilot. Kristen will co-star with Don Cheadle in the series about two competing corporate management consulting firms as Ivy league grad, Jeannie Van Der Hooven. Hello, Serena Van Der Woodsen. [TV Squad]
Also exciting: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks for a role in “The Dark Knight Rises.”The word on the street is that he’ll be playing a villain, alongside Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. Christian Bale will, of course, be Batman. This movie would be Joseph’s reunion with director Christopher Nolan, who made him swim and fight horizontally through a hotel hallway in “Inception” in one of the coolest scenes ever. And considering what Nolan did with Heath Ledger as the Joker in “The Dark Knight,” well, this could be really good.