The Deal Report
MOVIES Crazy for corsets! Increasingly ubiquitous (and period-piece-friendly) Keira Knightley is set to star opposite Jude Law in Shakespeare in Love director John Madden’s Tulip Fever, a 17th-century romance set in Amsterdam, written by Tom Stoppard…. Because productivity is mo-ah yoos-ful dan boe-dom, Arnold Schwarzenegger is considering two potential post-T3 projects: Big Sir, a comedy for the whole family, and Westworld, a sci-fi remake…. Look out, Cagney and Lacey! Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith are loading their guns to play kick-ass female cops in an untitled action comedy for Paramount…. Ron Howard has settled on Renee Zellweger (Love and a .45) as Russell Crowe’s wife in Cinderella Man…. See Cameron Diaz read script. See Cameron mull over part opposite Mask costar Jim Carrey. See director Barry Sonnenfeld hope to cast Cameron in Fun With Dick and Jane remake.
TELEVISION Over the Hil? In honor of her sweet 16, Hilary Duff will host an hour-long special on The WB in September, enigmatically titled Hilary Duff’s Birthday Celebration…. Joanne Woodward is back in action after nearly 10 years, appearing alongside hubby Paul Newman in HBO’s Empire Falls…. NYPD Blue dropout Kim Delaney is giving the ABC staple a second chance (or is it the other way around?), returning for four episodes this fall.
MUSIC Calling all sirens in need of a Svengali: Former Sony Music chief Tommy Mottola has signed an estimated $10 — 15 million contract with Universal Music Group to relaunch the long dormant Casablanca Records.
STAGE Judi’s in da house! After nearly 25 years, Dame Judi Dench returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in December for All’s Well That Ends Well.