• 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.