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Aniston, Parker line up post-sitcom movie roles. Jen would play a wife in trouble in ''Diary,'' while Sarah Jessica ponders a remake of ''The Man Who Came to Dinner''

Jennifer Aniston | DEAR 'DIARY' Aniston goes back to the movies
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DEAR 'DIARY' Aniston goes back to the movies

What's a funny, fashion trend-setting gal in the big city supposed to do when her long-running sitcom goes off the air? If you're Jennifer Aniston or Sarah Jessica Parker, you go to the movies. Aniston has three movie projects lined up. Coming off the modest success of ''Along Came Polly,'' the ''Friends'' star has signed to play the lead role in Columbia's ''Diary,'' Variety reports. It's the story of a married woman whose journal is stolen and used against her. She'll shoot the film after this summer's untitled comedy about a woman who's horrified to learn that her family was the inspiration for ''The Graduate.'' According to Variety, she's also attached to a movie called ''A Soapbox Opera,'' opposite all-purpose movie beau Luke Wilson.

As for Parker, the ''Sex and the City'' star is mulling the female lead role in DreamWorks' remake of ''The Man Who Came to Dinner,'' according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 1939 George S. Kaufman-Moss Hart stage comedy chestnut has been filmed four times, most recently on a PBS taping of the 2000 Broadway revival that starred Nathan Lane as Sheridan Whiteside (the imperious radio personality who meddles in the lives of a Midwestern family while he recuperates from a broken leg in their home) and Harriet Harris as Maggie Cutler (Whiteside's long-suffering secretary). Parker would presumably play Maggie, a role most famously portrayed by Bette Davis in the first film version in 1942. If she takes the role, it'll be Parker's first big-screen project since 2000's ''State and Main.'' However, she's reportedly waiting for the right Whiteside; according to the Reporter, the studio offered the role to Parker's ''L.A. Story'' costar Steve Martin, but he passed. Hey, how about Lane? He already knows the part, and he's a Parker pal, via his ''Producers'' costar Matthew Broderick and his 2002 guest spot on ''Sex.''

Originally posted Mar 11, 2004