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.