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To Care or Not to Care: Simon Cowell's 'Idol'-inspired movie

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Well, it’ll be better than From Justin to Kelly, but by how much? Simon Cowell is planning a feature film set — yep — behind the scenes of an American Idol-like TV show. “The story is told through the eyes of those 10 contestants,” Cowell told The Hollywood Reporter, which says the movie’s tentative title is Star Struck. (Oh, he better change that. Why would you hand critics the pun headline “Dumb ‘Struck'”?) He added, “We want it to be the musical version of Rocky — an underdog story, a feel-good film.”

Cowell compares the movie to a modern-day Fame (you must watch Irene Cara’s glitterriffic rendition of the theme song below), where aspiring performers choose shows like American Idol instead of actual musical education. (I’m paraphrasing.) He also says he wants to cast unknown leads through Idol-style open casting calls early next year. We look forward to the audition TV special, if Cowell’s pitch finds a home at a studio. Would you greenlight this puppy?

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