So much for that 2-year break she was on about last week: Nicole Kidman has signed to star in Invasion, a Warner Brothers sci-fi thriller to be directed by Oliver Hirschbeigel, the mad behind the Hitler-eats-ravioli drama Downfall. The script was initially inspired by Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but has since mutated into its own beast. It shoots in September.
Brian Lowry says that whilst Dukes of Hazzard "simply juggles and updates elements from the program that made its debut in the 1970s", "assuming someone was determined to remake this mediocre but iconic TV show, this is probably as good as it's going to get." Plus, Jessica Simpson's ass is "its own kind of special effect".
Family films are having a much larger impact on foreign box office than the usual summer action fare, to the point where Madagascar and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory look like sleeper hits, as they capitalize on slow roll-outs and long runs to out pace splashy dubuts like Batman Begins.
Michael Costigan has been named president of Tony and Ridley Scott's Scott Free productions.