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Cranston’s new role

Bryan Cranston will star as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in a film that’s to be his first after wrapping “Breaking Bad.”

A publicist for Cranston confirmed the casting Thursday. The film, “Trumbo,” will be directed by “Meet the Parents” filmmaker Jay Roach from a script by John McNamara.

As a member of the Communist Party, Trumbo was among the Hollywood 10: screenwriters and directors blacklisted in 1947 after refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Trumbo won two Oscars, one for the script to “The Brave One,” written under the name Robert Rich, and another awarded posthumously for “Roman Holiday.”

Cranston also stars in the upcoming “Godzilla,” due out in May.

The 57-year-old actor is nominated for an Emmy for his performance in “Breaking Bad” at Sunday’s awards.

Carson coming back

The late Johnny Carson is coming back to NBC.

The network said Thursday that it is developing a miniseries based on the life of the talk show host, who ruled late-night television as host of the “Tonight” show from 1962 to 1992.

The series will be based on an upcoming biography of Carson by Bill Zehme. It will cover his childhood in Nebraska and his off-screen life as well as the 30 years he spent at the “Tonight” show. The network hasn’t cast an actor to play Carson yet.

NBC gave no estimate on when the miniseries might air.

Bareilles loves the ‘Roar’

Sara Bareilles says although she doesn’t think Katy Perry’s “Roar” steals from her song “Brave,” she’s enjoying her tune’s newfound success because of the chatter.

“I was stoked. I was like, ‘Great,’ ” Bareilles said in an interview Tuesday. “I was like, ‘You guys want to go get (mad) about something and buy my music, that’s great.’ ”

Music fans caused a stir when Perry released “Roar” last month, claiming she stole the song’s melody from Bareilles’ “Brave,” released in April. “Roar” is currently No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and Bareilles’ song shot to the Top 40 after the Internet drama. “Brave” has reached gold status and so far has peaked at No. 31.

Bareilles said she and Perry are good friends and that they spoke when the comparisons were made.

Hawking at ‘Hawking’

He’s famous for his brainy but accessible exploration of the cosmos in “A Brief History of Time.” Now, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has his own brief history, a biopic which traces a life marked by disability and stubbornness.

Hawking was on hand Thursday for the British premiere of “Hawking,” which follows the theorist from his early days as an eccentric young student to one of the world’s most recognizable scientists.

Hawking, 71, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis when he was 21 and told he had only a few years to live, but has gone on to become one of the world’s leading authorities on the universe.