Lohan cast in granny-gang comedy
Just prior to her weekend arrest and re-admittance to a rehab facility, Lindsay Lohan (along with Rosario Dawson and Channing Tatum) was cast in Poor Things, the grandma-gang comedy starring Shirley MacLaine and Olympia Dukakis. Shooting on the film — directed by Ash Baron Cohen, Sacha’s cousin — begins Wednesday; producers told Variety that Lohan’s arrest — the actress was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence on Saturday, and police say they found what they believed to be cocaine in her car — would not affect production, though it’s unclear what her new rehab stint will mean. (Variety and People.com)
Big shakeup at NBC?
NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly will soon announce he’s leaving the network, sources say, in the wake of NBC honcho Jeff Zucker’s decision to hire hotshot Ben Silverman (whose company, Reveille, produces The Office, Ugly Betty, and The Tudors) in a top executive position. The shakeup comes just a few days after the network, which finished the season a disappointing fourth, announced a promising new lineup for fall. Reilly had been with NBC for three years; during his tenure he’s shepherded several hits for the network (The Office, My Name Is Earl, Heroes, and Deal or No Deal) but also flops (most prominently, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip). (Hollywood Reporter)
Romanian film wins Palme d’Or
4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days, about a woman in communist-era Romania receiving an abortion, won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. Winning the runner-up award, the Grand Prix: Naomi Kawase’s The Mourning Forest, a slow-moving art film that was said to be a hit with some ardent fans on the jury but not with most critics and viewers. Gus Van Sant and Julian Schnabel were the only two Americans to score at the fest: Van Sant’s Paranoid Park, about a teen skateboarder who accidentally causes a man’s death, won an award specially created to honor Cannes’ 60th year; Schnabel won best director honors for his French-financed and -spoken The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Among the snubbed: the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men and David Fincher’s Zodiac. (Variety)
Dark Knight to shoot some scenes in Imax
Christopher Nolan’s 2008 Batman movie will make history by filming four scenes (including one that introduces Heath Ledger’s Joker) using Imax cameras. The scenes will be combined with the rest of the 35-mm.-shot movie; if you watch The Dark Knight in an Imax theater, the aspect ratio will change to a larger size, and the scene will expand to fill the entire screen. In traditional theaters, the Imax-filmed sequences will still ”jump off screens…and give patrons an experience they haven’t seen in 35mm presentations,” Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution, told the Hollywood Reporter. (Hollywood Reporter)
HBO makes plans for Year of Magical Thinking
The pay-cable net is negotiating to film the play, starring Vanessa Redgrave. Directed by David Hare, the Broadway production is based on Joan Didion’s memoir about loss and mourning. Redgrave recently won a Drama Desk Award for her performance as Didion, and is also nominated for a Tony. (Variety)
Enter the Phoenix remake in the works
Producer Andrew R. Tennenbaum (the Bourne franchise) plans to make a new version of the 2004 Hong Kong action comedy, originally starring Stephen Fung and co-produced by Jackie Chan. No writer or directors are on board yet. (Variety)
Four more join American Girl movie
Joan Cusack, Chris O’Donnell, Julia Ormond, and Wallace Shawn are the latest to join the ensemble cast of Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery, starring Abigail Breslin. The film, an adaptation of the popular line of American Girl dolls, follows a 10-year-old (Breslin) growing up in Cincinnati during the Great Depression. O’Donnell and Ormond will play her parents; Cusack, a nurse who moves into the family boardinghouse; and Shawn, the editor of the city’s newspaper. (Hollywood Reporter)
Woo to direct ninja movie
John Woo, who helped brainstorm the plot and characters of an in-the-works videogame Ninja Gold, is attached to helm the film version of it. The game and movie will focus on a traditional ninja in a modern-day setting. (Hollywood Reporter)
Meloni, Franco join Nights in Rodanthe
Chris Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and James Franco (the Spider-Man movies) have been cast in the romance, starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane. Rodanthe, which, like The Notebook, is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, follows the affair between a doctor (Gere) and an unhappily married woman (Lane). Meloni will play the woman’s husband, and Franco is cast as the doctor’s estranged son. (Hollywood Reporter)
Mischa Barton hospitalized
According to TMZ.com, the actress was hospitalized after having a bad reaction to medication. A rep for Barton says she is with her family and ”feeling much better.” (TMZ.com)
IN THE GOSSIPS
Page Six: Handlers are working overtime to make sure Justin Timberlake’s ex, Cameron Diaz, and his current squeeze, Jessica Biel, don’t run into each other at the June 3 MTV Movie Awards.
Rush & Molloy: At Cannes, things heat up between Robert Rodriguez and his Grindhouse leading lady, Rose McGowan.
Ben Widdicombe’s Gatecrasher: Jamie Kennedy struck out big-time in his attempt to pick up America’s Next Top Model winner Jaslene Gonzalez.