Cher Sort of Getting Serious Again About Movies
· After a decade away (except for that otherworldly cameo in Stuck on You), Cher plans to return to the movies in two roles that won't necessarily challenge her Oscar-winning acting chops. Unless, that is, the Academy suddenly comes up with a Best Zoo-Animal Voiceover for her upcoming part in the Kevin James/Rosario Dawson comedy The Zookeeper, in which case she'll have to compete against the film's other confirmed voice talent including Adam Sandler, Jon Favreau, Sylvester Stallone and Judd Apatow. And come on -- everyone knows that's Stallone's award to lose. [Variety]
After the jump: Cher's other comeback vehicle, the reemergence of John Grisham, and much more Hollywood Ink.
· Cher has also been coaxed back onscreen as sort of the den mother for Christina Aguilera's up-and-coming dancer in Burlesque. The film also marks the first time the diva will sing in one of her movies, likely meaning that the low-budget Screen Gems production will simply insert carefully shot performance footage from Vegas so as not to upset her busy Caesar's Palace engagement. Whatever works. [Variety]
· Not to be outdone by Catherine Hardwicke's action-packed suspense-thriller riff on Hamlet, Vantage Point director Pete Travis is attached to take on the action-packed suspense-thriller riff on Macbeth, Come Like Shadows. [THR]
· When we need cash, most of us can always sell some used books for a couple bucks in gas or beer money. John Grisham is no different, except he got high six-figures for ending his movie-option moratorium and offloading his 1999 novel The Testament to 821 Entertainment Group. Must have been a pristine first edition or something. [Variety]
· Entrapment director Jon Amiel will helm a screen adaptation of the play Old Timers, in which "two retired hitmen enjoy a night living it up before one of them faces a deadly decision." Wait. Didn't Robin Williams and John Travolta make this one already? Doesn't one of them whack Seth Green? Ohhh. OK, got it. Well, this is sure to be an improvement. [THR]