"Sideways" Director Grabs Borat, Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon For New Film


  • Sideways writer-director Alexander Payne is rumoured to be working on a new film, Downsizing, set to star Sacha Baron Cohen, Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon and Sideways-alum Paul Giamatti. (Hollywood Elsewhere)
  • Duck! Michael Bay is reportedly planning to film his remake of The Birds in 3-D. (Cinema Blend)
  • Jason Bateman will join George Clooney and his Juno director, Jason Reitman, in the new film, Up in the Air. (Variety)
  • Keira Knightly is set to star in the Fox Searchlight thriller Never Let Me Go, a cloning-themed film set to be directed by former music video helmer Mark Romanek. (Variety)
  • Samuel L. Jackson, Abigail Breslin and Maria Bello have signed on for the indie drama, Rape: A Love Story, based on a Joyce Carol Oates novella about a woman who is brutally raped and stalked by the perpetrators. Jackson will play the policeman protecting her and Breslin will be the rape victim’s daughter, who witnessed the attack. (Variety)
  • Former Gilmore Girl Alexis Bledel will check into ER for its two-hour series finale (People)
  • Production on season two of TNT’s drama Leverage will move from Los Angeles to Portland (PW)
  • Stop sending tubes of lipstick to NBC. After Lipstick Jungle’s Lindsay Price was cast in The Witches of Eastwick pilot last week, her co-star Kim Raver just joined the pilot for Shonda Rimes war-correspondent drama, Inside the Box. Brooke Shields, we imagine, is still keeping her options open. Let it go, Brooke. (THR)
  • Alyssa Milano, meanwhile, is set to play a successful lawyer in an untitled Warner Bros. comedy pilot (THR)

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