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In a stroke of casting genius, Cate Blanchett will play Lucille Ball in an upcoming biopic written by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing). The Australian actress hasn’t had too many opportunities to flex her comedic muscle—having won Oscars for her roles in both Blue Jasmine and The Aviator. But then again, before I Love Lucy, much of Hollywood was convinced that beautiful women couldn’t be funny. Blanchett's already got the blessings of film producers/Ball children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., and production on the film is slated to begin sometime next year. Discuss

The clerk’s office in Rowan County Kentucky has issued its first marriage license to a same-sex couple, one day after clerk Kim Davis was jailed. A U.S. District Judge found her in contempt of court for refusing to issue licenses to same-sex couples, despite the recent Supreme Court ruling making gay marriage legal across the country. Only one clerk deputy, who happens to be Davis’ son, refused to give out the licenses after she was jailed for refusing them on religious grounds. Discuss

Filmmaker Eric Demeusy has created this trailer, presenting his own vision for what a Boba Fett's origin story could look like as a stand-alone film in the Star Wars franchise. A real Boba Fett movie is actually in the works, though the studio is still looking for a director. Josh Trank (Fantastic Four, Chronicle) recently stepped away from the project. Discuss

Two of the masterminds behind shows including The Office, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock are teaming up for a new sitcom about an interracial family. The NBC show is being produced by Michael Schur, the former SNL and Office writer who co-created both Parks and Rec and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Schur teamed up with former 30 Rock writer and Parks and Rec producer Matt Hubard, who will pen the script. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the sitcom “revolves around a happily married interracial couple, Andrew and Josie, whose lives take a turn when they move closer to Josie's family in Missouri.” Schur’s been a busy guy since Parks and Rec went off the air. In addition to the new NBC show, he’s also executive producing a new series for Netflix starring Aziz Ansari, and he created yet another sitcom for NBC called A Good Place. Discuss

Dylann Roof may be executed for his crimes. The openly racist gunman, who killed nine people attending a Bible study at a historic black church this summer, will face the death penalty for the murders. In documents filed this week, prosecutors indicated that they have evidence that Roof has shown a lack of remorse for the murders at South Carolina's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The 21-year-old, who wrote about his own racist ideology online, also faces federal hate crime charges as well as charges of obstruction of the practice of religion. In addition to the murder counts, some of the federal charges also carry with them the possibility of the death penalty. Discuss

A few days ago, the Supreme Court ruled that Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, could not refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis continued to refuse, despite the ruling. Then today she was called before a judge in contempt of court. In the hearing before Judge David Bunning, Davis argued that she should not have to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples since it goes against her religious beliefs. Judge Bunning disagreed and ordered her to be jailed. He said Davis will be released once she agrees to issue the licenses. The decision sparked an uproar about the rule of law and religious liberties. Some argued that as a public official, Davis is obligated to follow orders issued by the courts. But others saw the ruling as a threat to religious freedom. Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul told CNN that it’s “absurd to put someone in jail for exercising their religious liberties.” Discuss