Here's what the cast of ''Friends'' was up to this week
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THE BAD GIRL Jennifer Aniston is planning to have an affair with a married man. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she’s in talks to costar in a romantic comedy, yet untitled, that would have her playing a woman who has a fling with Ben Stiller, who’s married to Debra Messing. Philip Seymour Hoffman would also star in the movie, which would shoot in November, after Aniston finishes her work in ”Bruce Almighty” opposite Jim Carrey.
Lisa Kudrow is up for a role in a porn film, sort of. She’d play the wife of porn legend John Holmes — to be played by Val Kilmer — in ”Wonderland,” a movie about Holmes’ ties to the drug-related murders of four people in Los Angeles in 1981. Also in talks to join the cast, according to Variety, are Josh Lucas (”Sweet Home Alabama”), Kate Bosworth, and Christina Applegate. The film shoots next month.
TROPHY TIME Is this a preview of the Oscar race? Fresh from winning her first Emmy, USA Today reports that Aniston picked up her first film acting award on Monday, the Actress of the Year award at the 6th annual Hollywood Film Festival, for her starring role in ”The Good Girl.” Having beaten Jodie Foster (”Panic Room”), Bebe Neuwirth (”Tadpole”), Ellen Burstyn (”Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,”), Diane Lane (”Unfaithful”) and Nia Vardalos (”My Big Fat Greek Wedding,”) Aniston said in her acceptance speech, ”I am just so overwhelmed to even be in this room tonight, to hear my name breathed in the same sentence as these extraordinary women.” Actor of the Year went to Tom Hanks (“Road to Perdition,”) and Director of the Year went to Steven Spielberg (”Minority Report”), who noted with surprise ”that ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ outgrossed my big fat Tom Cruise movie.”
CHAIR-ITY Inspired by recliner-loving Joey and Chandler, La-Z-Boy commissioned all six Friends to design their own chairs, which it will auction off for charity at the end of the year, TeenHollywood.com reports. David Schwimmer was so inspired that he designed two armchairs. ”There’s one that’s like a beachball chair,” he tells the website, ”and I thought we could have a clear plastic chair filled with candy.”
Aniston and Courteney Cox Arquette are so generous, they’ll give you the clothes off their backs. Or rather, they’ll sell you the clothes and give the proceeds to charity. Both donated the vintage Christian Dior gowns they wore to the Emmys last month to an Internet auction organized by fellow nominees (and married couple) Jane Kaczmarek (”Malcolm in the Middle”) and Bradley Whitford (”The West Wing”). The gowns were sold on Monday, with the proceeds going to various charities. An auction spokesperson tells EW.com that, of all the Emmywear donated by various celebs, Aniston’s gown fetched the highest price ($50,000), followed by Cox Arquette’s gown ($5,100). Cox Arquette is also one of several celebs (including ”ER”’s Alex Kingston, Denise Richards, Kyra Sedgwick, ”Law & Order: SVU”’s Mariska Hargitay, Lorraine Bracco, ”Scrubs”’ Donald Faison, and Whitford) shown in the November issue of Marie Claire magazine modeling DKNY T-shirts whose sale proceeds will go to refugee organization Save the Children.