Plus: Noth finally signs on to the ''SATC'' movie, Swayze, Kristofferson join ensemble cast of ''Powder Blue,'' ''Stardust'' director taking on ''Thor,'' and more...
Baldwin joins Cook, Hudson
Alec Baldwin will star with Dane Cook and Kate Hudson in the Lionsgate comedy Bachelor No. 2. The story is about a guy (Cook) who is hired to take girls on horrible dates so they come crawling back to the boyfriends they dumped. He is thrown for a loop, however, when his best friend needs his help with the girl who dumped him. Baldwin will play Professor Thompson in the movie, which is being directed by Howard Deutch (The Whole Ten Yards, The Replacements). Shooting is slated to begin next week. Baldwin is nominated for an Emmy for his performance in the NBC comedy series 30 Rock, which starts shooting for next season later this month. The actor has also recently appeared in The Good Shepherd and The Departed. (Hollywood Reporter)
Noth joins SATC movie
Chris Noth has signed on to the Sex and the City movie where he will reprise his role as Carrie Bradshaw’s love interest, Mr. Big. The series finale of Sex ended with Mr. Big flying to Paris to profess his love for Carrie and bring her back to New York. The four stars from the series — Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon — joined the project last month after New Line Cinema agreed to finance and distribute it. The series’ executive producer Michael Patrick King will write and direct the feature, will is scheduled to start production in September. Noth also stars in NBC’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent, which he will work on simultaneously with the SATC movie. (Hollywood Reporter)
Swayze, Kristofferson tapped for Powder Blue
Patrick Swayze, Kris Kristofferson, and Eddie Redmayne (The Good Shepherd) have joined the ensemble cast of Powder Blue, an indie drama that also features Forest Whitaker, Jessica Biel, and Ray Liotta. The story is about a group of people coming together on Christmas Eve by chance, tragedy and divine intervention. Swayze will play the sleazy owner of the strip club where Biel’s character performs. Redmayne will portray a mortician who falls in love with her. Kristofferson will play the head of a corporate crime organization who tries to convince a former employee (Liotta) not to seek vengeance on his former co-workers. Whitaker will play a suicidal ex-priest, and newcomer Alejandro Romero will play a transsexual prostitute who shares a bond with the priest. Timothy Linh Bui (Green Dragon) is both writer and director on the project. Whitaker is producing through his Spirit Dance Entertainment company. (Hollywood Reporter)
Stardust director tapped for Thor
Marvel Studios has tapped Matthew Vaughn to direct Thor, based on the Marvel Comics hero. Vaughn’s Stardust is currently in theaters. The comicbook, which launched in 1962, featured the blonde-maned, hammer-wielding hero, sent to Earth to protect mankind. Vaughn was previously attached to direct another comicbook adaptation, X-Men 3, but he left the project citing personal reasons. Marvel is aiming to start production on Thor this winter, ahead of a possible writer strike. Marvel’s other active projects include The Incredible Hulk, which Universal releases June 13, and Iron Man, which Paramount will release on May 2. (Variety)
Hathaway starring in Dancing With Shiva
Anne Hathaway has joined the ensemble cast of Dancing With Shiva for Sony Classics. Bill Irwin, Anna Deveare Smith, and Debra Winger will also star in the Jonathan Demme-directed dark comedy. Irwin and Smith both previously appeared in 2004’s Demme-directed The Manchurian Candidate. For Shiva, Hathaway will play an ex-model who has been in and out of rehab and has just come home from an eight-month stay on the weekend of her sister?s wedding. Winger plays her mother. Shooting is scheduled to start next month. Hathaway will appear as Agent 99 in next year’s Get Smart and also stars in The Passengers, due from Columbia next year. (Hollywood Reporter)
HBO picks up Six Feet creator’s True Blood
HBO is taking Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball’s drama pilot True Blood to series with production set to begin this fall. The show, which stars Anna Paquin, is based on the Southern Vampire book series by Charlaine Harris, which is set in a world in which vampires can buy Japanese-made synthetic blood. The vampires move to a small Louisiana town, and a love story emerges between one of the vampires and a mortal waitress (Paquin) who can read people’s minds. The number of episodes and premiere date have yet to be determined. (Hollywood Reporter)
Hayek producing, starring in Disney romantic comedy
Salma Hayek will produce and star in a new, untitled romantic comedy for Disney Pictures based on a pitch from writers Ed Decter and John Strauss (the writing duo behind the second two The Santa Clause movies). The story is about a conservative doctor who learns that the ex-boyfriend of his fiancee (Hayek) is an international Latin superstar who has come to Los Angeles to win her back. (Hollywood Reporter)
AT&T says Pearl Jam censorship was an error
AT&T stated that the company it hired to handle the webcast of Pearl Jam’s live performance at last weekend’s Lollapalooza tour in Chicago should not have censored lyrics criticizing George W. Bush. The censored lyrics, ”George Bush, leave this world alone” and ”George Bush, find yourself another home,” were sung to Pink Floyd’s ”Another Brick in the Wall,” which the band segued into while performing their hit ”Daughter.” The performance was webcast on AT&T’s ”Blue Room” website with those lyrics omitted. ”Those lyrics in no way, shape or form, are something that should have been edited,” AT&T spokesman Michael Coe said. Pearl Jam has posted an unedited version of the performance on its website. (Reuters)
New Regency doing Voltron movie
New Regency, a division of 20th Century Fox, is on board for a live-action movie adaptation of the 1980s Japanese animated TV series Voltron: The Defender of the Universe. The story is set in post-apocalyptic New York and Mexico, where five survivors of an alien attack band together and end up piloting the five lion-shaped robots that combine and form the sword-wielding Voltron and help battle Earth’s invaders. The movie, which has been in the works for about three years, is being developed by Mark Gordon, who is also adapting He-Man and the Masters of the Universe for Joel Silver at Warner Bros., the Green Arrow movie Supermax, also at Warner, and Street Fighter, which in the works at Hyde Park and Fox. (Variety)
Snoop Dogg set to star in The Golden Door
Rapper Snoop Dogg, Rachael Leigh Cook (Nancy Drew), Joseph Cross (Running With Scissors), and Sarah Roemer (Disturbia) are in final negotiations to star in David M. Rosenthal’s romantic comedy The Golden Door. The story is about a blue-collar nursing student (Cross) who’s forced to quit school after his father dies in a freak accident. His uncle finds him a job as a doorman in an upscale Manhattan apartment building, leading to an unlikely romance with a young resident, played by Roemer. Snoop will play a veteran doorman who hazes his new co-worker and shows him the ropes, and Cook will play the sister who encourages Cross’ relationship. Shooting is scheduled to begin Sept. 4. (Hollywood Reporter)
The Cure postpones new record again
The Cure’s 14th studio record has been postponed for a second time and won’t come out until next April or May. Lead singer/songwriter Robert Smith has said in the past that he’s struggling to come up with lyrics to the 30-plus songs the band has recorded. The new album was originally going to be released in May of this year but was then postponed until October. The Cure will play U.S. concert dates this fall. (Reuters)
Page Six: Ed Harris threw a tantrum at London’s Heathrow Airport when he was asked to empty his pockets at a security checkpoint and was detained for hours for trying to take a knife on the plane.
The Sun: Just before collapsing due to ”exhaustion,” Amy Winehouse went on a three-day bender in which she took cocaine, ecstasy, and ketamine, and washed it down vodka and whiskey.
Rush & Molloy: In an attempt to further benefit from a perceived feud with fellow rapper Kanye West, 50 Cent has announced that if West’s upcoming album (which releases on Sept. 11, the same day as 50’s new record) outsells his new album, he will stop putting out solo records.