Plus: a settlement in the ''Will & Grace'' case, Frank Langella to play Nixon on screen, and more
Ridley Scott signs on for Nottingham
The director will once again work with Russell Crowe, this time for Universal’s new take on the Robin Hood story. In the film, Crowe stars as a noble Sheriff of Nottingham, stuck working for an evil king and in a love triangle with Robin Hood and Maid Marion. Scott previously directed Crowe in Gladiator, A Good Year, and the upcoming American Gangster. (Variety)
Settlement in Will & Grace case
Following bizarre events last week in the case over licensing fees for the sitcom, NBC on Friday reached a settlement with the show’s creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan. Neither side would disclose details. The settlement came shortly after a jury’s verdict — in favor of Mutchnick and Kohan, it was later revealed — was thrown out in a mistrial motion because the jury’s foreman had once written a blog critical of big corporations, including NBC. (Variety)
Frank Langella to play Nixon on the big screen too
The actor, currently starring as the disgraced former president in the stage play Frost/Nixon on Broadway, has signed on to portray him in Ron Howard’s film version. The casting puts to rest rumors that Warren Beatty would take the part. Cast opposite Langella in the film adaptation: Michael Sheen (The Queen), who will costar as David Frost, the journalist who conducted a series of TV interviews with Nixon post-Watergate. (Variety)
Sigourney Weaver in talks for Fey/Pohler comedy
The actress is negotiating to join the cast of Universal’s Baby Mama, about a career woman (Tina Fey) who decides to have a child through a surrogate (Amy Pohler). Weaver would play the owner of the surrogate agency. (Hollywood Reporter)
History Channel, George Lucas partner
The Star Wars and Indiana Jones filmmaker will commission and oversee several documentaries for the cable network, ranging in topics from Lincoln’s assassination to fundamentalist Islam. They’ll all air between this fall and summer ’08. For its website, the channel also has acquired 94 never-before-aired short docs from Lucas that were tied to the TV series The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. (Variety)
Former Idol contestant arrested on battery, drug charges
Jessica Sierra, a finalist in 2005, was arrested in Florida early Sunday after allegedly hitting a man over the head with heavy glass. Police also said they found a small amount of cocaine on the 21-year-old Sierra during a search. (Associated Press/New York Daily News)
IN THE GOSSIPS
Page Six: Former BFFs and Sex and the City partners Candace Bushnell and Darren Star aren’t on speaking terms as they develop competing pilots.
Ben Widdicombe’s Gatecrasher: ”Crocodile Dundee” (a.k.a. Paul Hogan) is accused of evading taxes (to the tune of $100 mil) in the U.S. and Australia.
Cindy Adams: Apparently in Columbia’s marketing budget for Spider-Man 3: sending alterations experts to properly fit Cindy’s Yorkies with T-shirts.