Odds and ends from Friday:
- Even though summer is right around the corner, it's never too early to talk Christmas films. Kristin Davis, Alia Shawkat and twins Sabrina and Kelly Aldridge have signed on to co-star in the family comedy, Deck the Halls (previously known as All Lit Up). Pic, which also stars Matthew Broderick and Danny Devito will tell of two neighbors who go to war over the excessive decorating of one's house for Christmas. As always, somewhere along the way, everyone discovers the true meaning behind December's electric bill.
- New Line has thrown Dax Shepard into the starring role of their corporate comedy, The Retreat, with Tom Brady set to direct. Story will center on a Chicago Cub's hotdog vendor who lands a corporate job and climbs to the top by utilizing his knowledge of selling franks. Yeah, I don't get it either. Anyway, after learning on a company retreat that he's being targeted by a disgruntled employee, Dax must do something about it ... or risk everything!
- When asked recently who his dream cast would be for Rush Hour 3, director Brett Ratner threw out the name of basketball player Yao Ming as someone he's extremely interested in. Why Yao? Well, Ratner wants to re-create the fight scene from the Bruce Lee film in which he fights Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... but he wants to do it in reverse. Yeah, I don't get it either. Also on the Rush Hour dream team are Aishwarya Rai, Gong Li and Tony Jaa. Unless he throws Brad Pitt into the starting lineup, I can't see this group making it to the playoffs.