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Dodgers Web musings: If Robert Redford plays Branch Rickey, who gets to be Jackie Robinson?

April 7, 2011 |  1:28 pm

Yep, that Robert Redford, he of the Wonderboy bat and Kim Basinger as his femme fatale.

The Times' Steven Zeitchik reports that Redford is set to play legendary former Dodgers executive Branch Rickey in a new film to be directed by Brian Helgeland, who penned the film "L.A. Confidential" based on James Ellroy's crime classic novel. The film also starred Basinger. Any excuse to mention Basinger again is a good one for me.

This new, still-untitled film will feature the relationship between Jackie Robinson and Rickey. Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947.

Now, who to play Robinson? If only Denzel Washington were younger. Any ideas?

Also on the Web:

-- A vigil was held Wednesday night for Bryan Stow, the Giants fan brutally beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after last week's season opener.

KTTV/Fox has a report:

-- The Times' editorial page maintains that fans can start the turnaround in crowd behavior at Dodger Stadium.

-- The Times' Dylan Hernandez looks at Chad Billingsley's rough day in Denver.

-- Hernandez also looks at Casey Blake's return and says Manager Don Mattingly may play him some at first and sit James Loney against some tough left-handers.

-- New security adviser Willliam Bratton talks to KNBC/4 on his plans for Dodger Stadium:

-- ESPN/LA's Tony Jackson talks to Tony Gwynn Jr. about his return to San Diego on Friday to play the Padres.

-- LA Dodger Talk's Mark Timmons said the media has an agenda -- if only I could figure out what mine is -- and accuses it of plotting Frank McCourt's demise.

-- Steve Dilbeck

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