The Deal Report: April 22, 2005
MOVIES What’s Renée Zellweger going to do this summer, other than promote Cinderella Man, her boxing drama with Russell Crowe? ”A movie with Jerry Seinfeld. Fun, right?!” chirps the Oscar winner. ”It’s an animated feature, Bee Movie, [that] he wrote and will produce and star in. It’s fantastic, so smart.” The DreamWorks pic, about the inner workings of a bee society — or what Seinfeld has called ”the world’s most harmoniously run organization” — is in preproduction, with the comedian slated to voice the lead male honey-maker. ”I’m playing the florist,” Zellweger explains. ”I’ll pop in for a little while in June. I look forward to spending some time and bouncing ideas off the wall with him.” We’re — heh, heh — abuzz with excitement too, Renée! . . .What’s cool about Denzel Washington starring in Spike Lee’s next joint, Inside Man? It’ll mark their fourth collaboration, that’s what! Washington will play a cop on the hunt for a wily bank robber, perhaps the role that the dashing Clive Owen is in talks to fill. Shooting begins this summer. . . .Nia Long’s heading to Big Momma’s House 2! The sequel finds Long, who just shot the series finale of NBC’s Third Watch, reprising her role as Sherry, now married to Martin Lawrence’s FBI agent, who goes undercover in a woman’s fat suit. The character is, Long hopes, more grown-up this time. ”In [BMH], she was so naïve — it was the only way it would work. So the dynamic is going to be a little different.” Still, Long won’t get her own fat suit. ”I wish!” she laughs. ”But then [the title] would have to be Big Momma and Little Momma.”
TELEVISION Alfre Woodard has four Emmys but hasn’t been a prime-time regular since St. Elsewhere in the ’80s. So what better place to return to series TV than Desperate Housewives? The show’s first African-American regular, the Beauty Shop costar will play a single mom who moves to Wisteria Lane in the season finale before joining the cast for good next fall.