Gregory Kirschling
May 23, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

MOVIES Is Naomi Watts the new Gwyneth Paltrow? Or maybe Jennifer Garner is. Both actresses are taking over roles dropped by Paltrow, who’s opted for a break, having ”completed two films back-to-back immediately following the passing of her father,” according to her rep. The Ring’s Watts is filling in for Gwynnie in Huckabees, the long-awaited next film from David O. Russell (Three Kings). Alias’ Garner is replacing her in director Don Roos’ Happy Endings…. Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie 2) is joining Tom Hanks (Bachelor Party) in The Ladykillers, the Coen brothers’ remake of the 1955 Alec Guinness comedy…. Ving Rhames (Undisputed) and Sarah Polley (Go) are in negotiations to become zombie bait in Dawn of the Dead, a remake of the 27th greatest cult film of all time (no, really: See page 35)….

TELEVISION Cue screaming girls: TRL’s Carson Daly has added two years to his MTV contract.

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