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Olivia Wilde cast in Scorsese's HBO rock 'n' roll pilot

Olivia Wilde will co-star in HBO’s untitled rock ‘n’ roll pilot from Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter, and Mick Jagger, EW has confirmed.

According to HBO, the pilot, set in 1970s New York, explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound.

Wilde joins co-star Bobby Cannavale, who plays Richie Finestra, the founder and president of a top-tier record label (American Century Records) who undergoes a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision. She will play his wife, Devon Finestra, a former actress/model who lived a Bohemian life in 1960s New York. Richie’s crisis causes strain on their family and propels her to go back to her former lifestyle.

Production is expected to start early this summer.

This marks a return to television for Wilde, who previously starred in Fox’s medical drama House from 2007 to 2012. Winter and Scorsese previously worked together on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, which is ending after the upcoming fifth season.

Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): Inside Kristen Wiig's enchanting last dance on 'SNL'

After seven seasons on Saturday Night Live, Kristen Wiig said goodbye on May 19. She’d co-written and starred in the surprise 2011 blockbuster Bridesmaids and the time had come, just as it had for stars like Chevy and Eddie and Will before her. SNL godfather Lorne Michaels called her one of the “top three or four” performers the show had ever produced, and during her reign, the show was dominated by sketches filled with the likes of the Target Lady, tiny-handed Dooneese, and compulsive one-upper Penelope.

Colin Jost started writing for Saturday Night Live in 2005, the same year that Wiig began as a featured player. They connected creatively and ultimately collaborated on several sketches, including some of her Björk bits and a commercial parody for Red Flag perfume. With Mick Jagger hosting the season finale, Jost assumed the responsibility of sending her off in style. The premise he came up with could not have been more simple — Jagger bidding farewell to an honored “graduate” with an impromptu dance  — but when each cast member cut in to share one last moment while Arcade Fire played the Stones’ “She’s a Rainbow,” the effect was magical.

For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverage.

As told by: Colin Jost

I don’t think I raised the bar in any way. I think people find different ways of saying goodbye or people find different ways of saying goodbye to them. I remember when Will Ferrell left, he had a really funny documentary where people talked about Will, and Tracy Morgan talks about how Will Ferrell stole from him and [says] really mean stuff. I remember that Tina [Fey] and Jimmy [Fallon] had done one that was like a “Summer Lovin” from Grease kind of farewell. So people have different ways of doing it, and I think this is just one of them. READ FULL STORY

Keith Richards won't appear on the Mick Jagger-hosted 'Saturday Night Live' finale

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Mick Jagger is
hosting SNL's season finale this weekend -- but he won't be joined by bandmate Keith Richards. Richards recently told Rolling Stone magazine that Jagger will be "on his own" this Saturday. "I spoke to Mick and he said it's something that he said yes to many months ago, so he's just doing it [alone]

,” Richards said.

Though Richards’ rep has not yet responded to EW’s request for comment, this is sad news. If Richards did appear at Studio 8H, the Stones would be performing live together for the first time in nearly five years.

Still, Stones fans may have something to celebrate come May 19. Since Jagger’s hosting gig coincides with the band’s 50th anniversary, it’s possible that the strutting frontman will take this opportunity to announce an upcoming Stones anniversary tour. And who knows… SNL and Richards can both be unpredictable. Would it surprise anyone if he showed up after all?

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Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire join Mick Jagger on 'SNL' season finale -- EXCLUSIVE

Dave Grohl and Win Butler are about to get hip-shaking, strutting lessons from the best in the biz. EW can exclusively reveal that the Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire will join Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger on Saturday Night Live on May 19. The finale is Jagger’s first time carrying the whole show, though it’s his third time as a musical performer. In that regard, Grohl can teach him a thing or two. Between Nirvana, Foo Fighters, and Them Crooked Vultures and his appearance with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Grohl has taken the SNL stage 11 times.

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