Odds and ends from a very busy Wednesday:

  • Though no reason was given, Sarah Jessica Parker has replaced Rachel Weisz in Smart People, a new comedy being directed by Noam Murro. Pic, which also stars Dennis Quaid, Thomas Haden Church, Ellen Page and Ashton Holmes, revolves around a recent widow (Quaid) who becomes increasingly bitter about life until he meets and subsequently falls in love with that chick from Sex and the City. I've always been on the fence regarding Parker. What do you think about her career choices post-Sex in the City?
  • After watching Flightplan (ugh) last night, I was thinking about how I'm really digging Peter Sarsgaard lately. I don't know what it is about the guy (perhaps it's his calm, quiet and creepy demeanor), but he's suddenly shot up my "actors to keep an eye on" list. Variety reports the dude has just signed on to star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon ( I love how she's getting these big, serious parts now) in Rendition. Pic marks Gavin Hood's followup to Tsotsi and revolves around a CIA operative in the Middle East who becomes all shaded out when he witnesses some nasty police interrogations.
  • Hey, remember that South Park episode where Rob Reiner invades the town in order to combat the spread of smoking amongst teens? He's all fat and can barely move, yet all he does is bitch about cigarettes? Well, in a related story, Harvey Weinstein has taken it upon himself to join the fight against nicotine addiction by placing anti-smoking ads in the Weinstein Co.'s DVD releases. Seriously. He wants to educate young people on the negative effects of eating your face off smoking. I say, good for him!