I've never really been able to reconcile the two competing images I have in my head of Queen Latifah; one is of her being one of the most important women in hip-hop and the other is the star of mediocre comedies like Bringing Down the House and Last Holiday. Latifah has gone from starring in a so-so sitcom to an Academy award nomination, which is a pretty impressive feat, but for me she'll never be cooler than she was in Ladies First. I guess I shouldn't be surprised -- I mean, if Ice Cube can go from Straight Outta Compton to cuddly family man, then I guess anything is possible.

Production Weekly reported Latifah is currently in negotiations to star in the remake of the British comedy Hot Money. The story is based on the true events of three night cleaners who decide to rob the British Treasury. Marketed as a female Ocean's 11, the US version will be called Mad Money and also star Diane Keaton. The production is set to start filming in March on location in Louisiana. On board to direct is Callie Khouri, who won an Academy Award for her Thelma and Louise screenplay ... so I'm hoping this one won't end with Keaton and Latifah flying off a cliff in a classic car.