Miramax has acquired rights to The Queen, a Stephen Frears pic about the death of Princess Diana and the British royals. Variety says the move "reflects Miramax's aim of building an eclectic, wide-ranging slate of specialty projects"; all I know is, this sounds a lot better than what the Weinstein Brothers have on their slate. I think anyone unlucky enough to have already seen The Matador will agree.
Universal is so on Steve Carell's jock, it's not even funny. First, they're letting him write his own, unspecified script as a comic vehicle for himself; then, they bought a pitch called Juvenile, in which he'll star as "the most Caucasian man in America" who gets sent to juvenile prison and suddenly "is surrounded by 11-year-old
bad-asses". All this, plus the Bruce Almighty spinoff. Get ready for the backlash...
Sorry, slump spooksters – all evidence points to this being a pretty good fall for Hollywood. Even with underperformers like Serenity, each weekend has brought on a new crop of modest successes. But can Elizabethtown and/or The Fog continue the trend?
Andy Garcia will join Ben Affleck, Jeremy Piven (who, incidentally, is my back-up Celebrity Boyfriend, in the off chance that something were to happen to Clive), Ryan Reynolds and Alicia Keys in Smokin' Aces. Joe Carnahan will direct the mob-based action-comedy.