Per Variety, several studios are battling over dibs on a remake of John Carpenter's Escape from New York, to headline Gerard Butler (300) as one-eyed convict Snake Plissken.... Luke Wilson, Amanda Peet, Dennis Quaid, Justin Long and Chris Evans have joined the voice cast of Terra, a CG-animated pic about interplanetary conflict.... DreamWorks Animation plans to produce all of its films in 3-D starting in 2009, beginning with the summer release Monsters vs. Aliens.
King of the Hill and creator Mike Judge
This Sunday (at 7:30 pm/ET) will mark the 200th episode and 10th season finale of Fox's King of the Hill. The achievement is yet another feather in the cap of series creator Mike Judge, who turned Beavis and Butt-head into household names and directed the oft-quoted cult hit Office Space. Known as
Anna Faris, Scary Movie 4
Believe it or not, Anna Faris likes it when her lovable but clueless Cindy Campbell, who returns in Scary Movie 4 (now in theaters), takes a hit or two as she saves the world. "I'm always pretty game for that," says the actress. "Cindy's so sweet and innocent, which gets a little annoying, [so] it's fun to take me down every now and then."
Faris gets her wish in one scene in the latest sequel, when an airplane cart slams into Cindy's face. "It looks like it could have been [my] stunt double, which was frustrating because it was me," she reveals. On the flip side, Faris thinks moviegoers will see that it's definitely her "twin" taking hits from a Mike Tyson look-alike in the spoof of a boxing film. "[We] had this 10-minute, very choreographed sequ
Bend It Like Beckham's Gurinder Chadha — who is already attached to helm an I Dream of Jeannie movie — is close to inking a deal to direct Jennifer Lopez, Luke Wilson, John Travolta and Shirley MacLaine in the big-screen Dallas. She would replace Robert Luketic, who dropped out due to "creative differences" (read: "J.Lo as Sue Ellen?! I'm Audi.").
That big-screen version of Dallas is inching closer to reality. Variety reports that the cast is starting to fill out — particularly in the backside, one might say, with Jennifer Lopez being offered the role of Sue Ellen Ewing (played by Linda Gray on the long-running CBS serial). Luke Wilson is in talks to play Bobby, and Shirley MacLaine is being eyed for Miss Ellie, while the most plum part, J.R. himself, is still earmarked for John Travolta (production on Dallas would begin in October, after he's done filming Hairspray). You can practically hear Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson catfighting over the role of Lucy.
The Office's Steve Carell, John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer
It's an oldie but goodie on The Office tonight [9:30 pm/ET on NBC]. We are rerunning an episode from Season 1 called "Diversity Day." Michael is subjected to a day of diversity training after complaints are made to corporate about his behavior. He hijacks the meeting and teaches his own brand of sensitivity.
If you are new to The Office, this will be a treat. "Diversity Day" is an often-quoted fan favorite. It is also a favorite of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the creators of the original British version of
Ellen Pompeo, Grey's Anatomy
Ellen Pompeo of ABC's red-hot Grey's Anatomy (Sundays at 10 pm/ET) opens up to TV Guide about her gypsy soul, her red-carpet style and how she really feels about Meredith and McDreamy.
TV Guide: You've been in movies with Jake Gyllenhaal, Leonardo DiCaprio and Luke Wilson. Why did you switch to TV? Ellen Pompeo: When there's a very strong female character, it's hard to walk away. In all the great, interesting films, the parts for me were really small, and the only lead par
Rainn Wilson, The Office
He loves Count Chocula, can't be relied upon to keep track of the days of the week, claims he can raise (and lower) his cholesterol at will, comes from lineage that produces "very thirsty babies" and likens his dynamic with boss man Michael to "Butch Cassidy and Mozart." That, in a nutshell, is a passing look at The Office's Dwight Schrute, played as if he were born into the role by Rainn Wilson. TVGuide.com spoke with Wilson about his "brothers," Owen and Luke, the NBC comedy's new Thursday time slot and the truth about working with porn stars.
TVGuide.com: What should I watch out for now that The Office's Jenna Fischer (aka
Renee Zellweger will star in Miss Potter, a biopic about children's-book author Beatrix Potter, of Peter Rabbit fame. Ewan McGregor, Miss Z's Down with Love leading man, is in talks to play Potter's publisher and love interest.... Also per Variety: Luke Wilson (Old School) is being eyed to play Barry Munday, a cad who wakes up one morning sans his, um, well, thingie. I'm uneasy just writing about this.... Lucas Black (Friday Night Lights) has joined the cast of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, which begins filming next month in Vancouver. Oh, I'm kidding — they're actually going to Tokyo.