Britney's NASCAR movie gets green light. Plus, new roles for Matthew Lillard and Anjelica Huston

First she made ”Crossroads,” and now, Britney Spears is the driving force behind a movie set in the racing world of NASCAR. According to the Hollywood Reporter, her production company has greenlit the development of a screenplay (currently being written by ”Contact” screenwriter James Hart) in which she’d play the daughter of a racing team owner who helps a former driver get back on track. (Alas, she’s not getting behind the wheel herself.) Spears and NASCAR have been promotional partners for a year, and the racing organization will get script approval and a percentage of the profits. In return, the film will be allowed to use footage from real races and get possible cameos from popular drivers like Jeff Gordon or Dale Earnhardt Jr….

Hey, Matthew Lillard! Your movie just opened at $56.4 million! What are you going to do next? He’s reteaming with Mosaic Media Group, one of the producers of ”Scooby-Doo,” for an untitled romantic comedy, according to trade reports. The screenplay is said to follow the Valentine’s day experiences of a romantic and a cynic….

She’s played a witch, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, and Morticia Addams, so Anjelica Huston is probably not the first person you’d want taking care of your kids while you’re at work. Nonetheless, she’s in talks to play a child-care center operator who battles Eddie Murphy in the movie ”Daddy Day Care,” the Hollywood Reporter says. In the ”Mr. Mom”-like comedy, Murphy plays a dad who, having lost his job, opens a day care operation in his house. Shooting begins in August in Los Angeles.

Daddy Day Care
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