Roundup: Keira Knightley, Rachel Weisz Eyed for ‘Batman’ Lead

 Deadline exclusively reveals that Christopher Nolan has a drafted wishlist of female contenders who might make a good fit for Bruce Wayne’s (played by Christian Bale) leading lady in the British-American director’s third and final Batman flick. He’s also looking for the right woman to play the lead villain in 2012′s The Dark Knight Rises.

English acting stars Keira Knightley and Rachel Weisz are among the list of favorites, while Naomi Watts, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway also make the cut.

Who do you think should Christopher Nolan should pick?

In other news:

- Warm your ears this holiday season with a rendition of “Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth” courtesy of Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan and the classical music trio The Priests. The festive outing is included on the Priests’ latest Christmas effort, Noel. (BBC)

Let us enjoy the Pogues’ treasured holiday hit with the late Kirsty MacColl, “Fairytale of New York”:

- As Liam Neeson gears up for his appearance in the forthcoming sequel of The Hangover, he says Mel Gibson is completely comfortable with the Irish actor taking a role that was initially meant for him. “I spoke to Mel. Mel’s cool about it. We’re all cool.” Glad everyone’s “cool”. (Access Hollywood)

- Do you ever entertain the thought of what it’s like to be TV star Nigella Lawson? Do you wish you could whip up one of her many scrumptious recipes with such charm? If so, The Guardian details how you can fully embrace your inner Nigella. It’s just a dash of “color” with a smidge of “whimsy” and of course, a “smile”.

- Cheryl Cole will join a newly reunited Take That, hip-hop outfit N-Dubz and Britain’s Got Talent champs Spellbound for the Royal Variety Performance. The X Factor beauty is slated to sing “The Flood” for Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at the London Palladium on December 9. (The Metro)

- Things continue to look up for Stephen Fry after his recent debacle of controversial comments made on female sexuality. On Wednesday (November 11), the 53-year-old English writer and comedian bested Lord Alan Sugar and Tony Blair for Biography of the Year at the 2010 Galaxy National Book Awards. Fry won for his hilarious second memoir, The Fry Chronicles, which was issued via Penguin in September. (BBC)