Nicole Kidman hitched to How to Marry a Millionaire remake
The Oscar winner will produce and likely star in a modern-day version of the movie that catapulted Marilyn Monroe to stardom in 1953. Sacha Gervasi, who wrote Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal, will write the script for the film, which Kidman will produce through her 20th Century Fox-based company Blossom Films. Other projects Kidman currently has under development for Blossom: a spy movie written by Simon Kinberg (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and an adaptation of Karen McCullah Lutz’s novel The Bachelorette Party. (Hollywood Reporter)
Magneto gets a director
David Goyer (Blade: Trinity) has been tapped to helm the planned flick focusing on the metal-manipulating X-Men villain (so far played by Ian McKellen in the big-screen versions of the comics). Since the movie will be an origin story, set in the WWII era, actors in their 20s will be cast in the title role and as Professor X. Magneto will go into production for 20th Century Fox following another spinoff, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine; a director on that project is expected to be named soon. (Variety)
Will & Grace verdict tossed out
A judge halted the reading of a decision in the case over profits from the sitcom on Thursday, after it was revealed in a mistrial motion filed by NBC Studios that the jury foreman ran a blog critical of big corporations (including NBC, the network that aired Will & Grace). The suit had been filed in 2003 by the sitcom creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, who claimed that NBC Studios did not fairly negotiate the licensing fee for the show, and thus shorted them $65 million. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Warren Ettinger removed the jury foreman from the trial — which to this point had run two and a half months — but as of press time had not announced whether to declare a mistrial or simply begin deliberations again with an alternate juror. (Hollywood Reporter)
Eve arrested on DUI charge
The rapper/actress was arrested Thursday after crashing her Maserati into a cement divider after leaving a nightclub. Though she had two passengers in the car, no one was injured. She was released on $30,000 bail. (People.com)
Sarah Silverman will host MTV Movie Awards
On June 3, the salty comedian and actress will host the music channel’s irreverent ceremony honoring the year’s Best Kiss, Best Fight, and other kooky categories. For the first time, the show will air live. ”I mean, I’m not a big swearer or anything, but I still seem to say things that you can’t say on basic cable, so… we’re gonna have to have, like, a plan,” Silverman told the Associated Press. (Hollywood Reporter)
”Idol Gives Back” numbers are in
The reality competition raised more than $60 million in corporate and viewer donations after the airing of its two-night charity event. The Wednesday episode also attracted 26.4 million viewers, according to Fox. (Reuters)
Hugh Grant wins libel case
The actor accepted undisclosed damages from British newspapers over various reports about the end of his relationship with Jemima Khan. Grant’s lawyer said the Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mail, offered to apologize to Grant and donate an undisclosed sum to charity in exchange for him dropping the suit. (Reuters)
Gere responds to charges in India
Though an Indian court put out an order for his arrest following the ”obscene” kiss on the cheek he gave a Bollywood star in public recently, Richard Gere was nonchalant Thursday in an interview on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. ”Me kissing the girl on the cheek was nothing,” he said. ”There is a very small right-wing, very conservative political party in India and they are the moral police in India … they do this kind of thing quite often… It goes to a reputable court and it gets thrown out.” (Reuters)
Young Pan’s Labyrinth actress cast in first English-language film
In her first role since Pan’s, Ivana Baquero will play the title girl in The New Daughter. The movie, about a single dad who begins to suspect supernatural causes for his daughter’s increasingly odd behavior since they moved to a remote farm, is based on a short story by horror-thriller writer John Connolly. (Hollwyood Reporter)
IN THE GOSSIPS
Page Six: Alleged details about Eve’s arrest — including a jailhouse visit from Sean Penn?
Rush & Molloy: After what she claimed on Thursday’s The View was an accidental dine-and-dash lunch with Russell Simmons, Tyra Banks returned to a Midtown New York restaurant, paid the outstanding bill, and gave the waiter a $100 tip.
Ben Widdicombe’s Gatecrasher: A rep for Britney Spears, looking good post-rehab, denies the pop star has been tipping off the paparazzi before running errands.