Liza Minnelli Brings New Fiance to Tony Awards


· Kidding. They're just good friends. Billy Elliot was the big winner at last night's Broadway Who Cares awards, winning 10 trophies including Best Musical. God of Carnage took Best Play, and Hair took best musical revival. Movieline-tormenting Shrek: The Musical, however, came away with nothing. [Variety]

· Heroes' Masi Oka has sold a pitch to DreamWorks: The Defenders is the story of a group of remote multi-player gamers who have to actually leave the house and interact with one another to save the world. The project's original title -- PWNED, FAGGOT -- was deemed a bit too harsh for a family adventure. [THR]


· Javier Bardem is in discussions to join Julia Roberts and Richard Jenkins in Ryan Murphy's adaptation of neo-New Age bestselling memoir, Eat, Pray, Love. Bardem will play Felipe, the exotic, deeply spiritual foreigner Roberts falls in love with towards the end of her journey, who rocks her world by introducing her to the wonders of the multiple-orgasm and expensive Spanish goat's milk cheeses. [Variety]

· Tonys host Neil Patrick Harris, meanwhile, has been cast in The Best and the Brightest, and indie about New York's cutthroat world of private kindergarten, and Beastly, a modern update of Beauty and the Beast (he plays the Beast's tutor), which also stars Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen. [THR]

· Jake Gyllenhaal may reunite with his Brokeback Mountain bride Anne Hathaway in Love and Other Drugs, based on the nonfiction book Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman. It's a former Pfizer rep's account of the frequently shady pharmaceutical trade; he eventually falls in love with a woman with Parkinson's he meets on one of his sales calls. Ed Zwick will direct this fall, if all goes smoothly with the rights transition from Universal to Fox 2000. All of this Viagra talk got me thinking -- if Viagra had existed back when Jack Twist had met Ennis del Mar, they could have called the movie Boneback Mountain! * High Five! * [THR]

· Cam Gigandet has been cast opposite Paul Bettany in Priest, Screen Gems "horror Western ... set in a world ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires and follows a warrior priest (Bettany) who turns against the church to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece." Cam plays an undead sheriff who is "part typecast." [THR]