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'Monkey' Business

Zeta-Jones and Douglas will act together for the first time. They'll costar in the racetrack caper ''Monkeyface'' for ''Grifters'' director Stephen Frears

It's been a busy week for Catherine Zeta-Jones. She's testified in the lawsuit she and Michael Douglas filed against Hello! magazine for its publication of unauthorized paparazzi photos of their wedding. She's received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for ''Chicago'' and been invited to perform the nominated song ''I Move On'' with Renée Zellweger at the Academy Awards. Now, she's planning her next movie for after her second child arrives (the baby is due at the end of March). It's called ''Monkeyface,'' and it'll mark her first real film collaboration with her husband.

Zeta-Jones and Douglas did both appear in ''Traffic,'' but they shared no scenes. In ''Monkeyface,'' they'll play rival con artists who team up to knock over a racetrack. (The title is the name of a horse.) Stephen Frears, who knows from racetrack con artists (he directed ''The Grifters'') will shoot the movie in Miami this fall, Variety reports.

Initially, producers sought to pair Zeta-Jones with George Clooney, her costar in the upcoming Coen brothers' comedy ''Intolerable Cruelty,'' but she and her husband had been looking for a movie to make together since ''Traffic.'' First-time screenwriter David Harris is the nephew of Albert Finney, who is expected to play a role in the film as well.

Originally posted Feb 17, 2003
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