Cameron Diaz to star in horror movie
The actress has been cast in The Box, a horror flick to be directed by Donnie Darko helmer Richard Kelly. Based on the short story ”Button, Button,” the plot is about a woman (Diaz) who gets a mysterious box from a stranger and is told certain things will happen depending on what button she presses. The filmmakers are said to be aiming for a PG-13 rating. (Variety)
Movie critic Joel Siegel dies at 63
Longtime Good Morning America film critic Joel Siegel died Friday of colon cancer at age 63. Siegel joined GMA in 1981, becoming a familiar face as the network’s entertainment editor. He jumped to the network’s morning show after a stint as film and theatre critic for WABC-TV in New York, which he joined in 1976. Along with actor Gene Wilder, Siegel was a cofounder of Gilda’s Club, which offers support for cancer patients and their families. (Variety)
Jim Carrey cast in Universal comedy
In Sober, Carrey will play a court-appointed sober escort who must keep a hard-partying software exec in check during a business trip to Vegas — things get wacky when Carrey’s character falls off the wagon. Carrey is said to be mulling other projects as well, including the Tim Burton movie Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, the indie I Love You Phillip Morris, and the Fox comedy Me Time. (Variety)
Die Hard has impressive first-day figures
On Wednesday, its first day of release, Fox’s Live Free or Die Hard made an estimated $9.1 million, more than any other Die Hard has made in that time. The weekend’s big winner, though, has yet to be determined — Ratatouille opens Friday and is expected to do big business. (Variety)
Isaiah Washington blasts ABC in interview
”There is no rehab for homophobia — that was just some crap being put out by the network,” Washington, recently fired from Grey’s Anatomy in the wake of a slur he used during an on-set fight, said in an interview with Newsweek. ”I went into an executive counseling program which many people in this industry know about and go to. They knew what the program was but chose to call it what they wanted to fit their agenda,” he said. Washington also claims race was a factor in his firing: ”Someone heard the booming voice of a black man and got really scared and that was the beginning of the end for me.” (Newsweek)
Costner gets behind animated series
Kevin Costner is financing and lending his voice to The Explorers Club, an animated series that will debut on the Internet and that he hopes to develop into a feature film. The 12 four-minute segments will follow Victorian-era adventurers. (Variety)
New David E. Kelley project gets star
Jason O’Mara (Band of Brothers) will star in Life on Mars, from David E. Kelley (Boston Legal, The Practice, Ally McBeal). The series, an adaptation of a British hit, is about a detective who is transported back to the 1970s, where he tracks a serial killer. Rachelle Lefevre has been cast as the female lead in the ABC project. (Variety)
Marc Forster’s latest project
Forster (Finding Neverland, Monster’s Ball) will exec-produce, develop, and possibly direct Land of Roses, about a suburban mom who tries to clear the name of a Middle Eastern man falsely imprisoned as a terrorist. (Hollywood Reporter)
DEA raids office of Chris Benoit’s doctor
Revealing more details about the WWE star who apparently killed his wife and son and then hanged himself, a spokesman for the DEA tells People ”there’s definitely a nexus between the death investigation and the steroids that were given to Mr. Benoit.” (People)
IN THE GOSSIPS
TMZ.com: Lindsay Lohan allegedly had alcohol and cocaine in her system when she crashed her Mercedes into a curb on Memorial Day weekend.
People.com: Is Kevin Federline holding out on signing papers to officially divorce Britney Spears?
Page Six: Enjoying her freedom, Paris Hilton is currently vacationing in Hawaii.