Lucy Liu visits "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." Fallon is reportedly taking over "The Tonight Show." (Getty Images)
Some things I'm looking forward to:
Paul Rudd playing a serial killer. Paul Rudd playing a terrorist. Paul Rudd playing a truth-seeking attorney. Paul Rudd playing anything other than a spoiled, sincere, immature, charming, self-deprecating, highly likable white guy — in other words, Paul Rudd — which is what he's been playing for way too long now. Dude, stretch it.
The rise of streaming entertainment and the eventual demise of broadcast television networks. Which should also bring about …
The happy death of laugh tracks on comedy shows.
Lena Dunham in five years, after the "Girls" thing has run itself out. Dunham is incredibly gifted, but she's essentially been dealing with the same post-college anxiety state since her film "Tiny Furniture" came out in 2010. What she's doing now is vital and exciting, but so much so that it makes you wonder how she'll handle the grown-up thing.
Jimmy Fallon taking over "The Tonight Show" from Jay Leno. Until, you know, broadcast television dies.
The upcoming Linda Lovelace biopics, just so we can be done with them.
Anything featuring Mia Wasikowska, Elle Fanning or John Hawkes.
The next season of "Sons of Anarchy." After which I will probably re-watch all other seasons of "Sons of Anarchy."
A "Deadwood" movie. Got to dream big, baby.
Speaking of dreaming big, I don't usually look forward to summer blockbusters, but "Pacific Rim" looks huge, not just in terms of gargantuan scary aliens but in terms of imagination. Director Guillermo del Toro is an offbeat visionary and this has the look of a "Transformers" movie without all the awfulness of a "Transformers" movie. Plus it stars two guys from "Sons of Anarchy," Charlie Hunnam and Ron Perlman.
The return of "The Newsroom" on HBO. Love the cast and I'm a total Aaron Sorkin dialogue junkie. And speaking of HBO, "Family Tree," the upcoming comedy starring Chris O'Dowd created by improv genius Christopher Guest, seems a brainy no-brainer.
Every issue of the New Yorker that will ever be published.
Not talking about this year's Oscar race until September.
The next Woody Allen movie. Always.
Who's doing what
Kristin Wiig is in talks to star alongside Will Ferrell in "Welcome to Me," an indie about a woman who hosts a TV show about her life. … Michigan homeboy and "Parenthood" regular Dax Shepard has signed on to "The Judge," a mystery with Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. … Hugh Jackman will star in the adaptation of Harlan Coben's latest thriller, "Six Years."
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