After a 15-year hiatus (between 'Stanley & Iris' in 1989 and 'Monster-in-Law' in 2005, followed by 'Georgia Rule' in 2007), Jane Fonda is moving ahead once again with her acting career by taking back-to-back roles in two films. First up is a starring turn in the French comedy 'Et si on vivait tous ensemble' ('And If We All Lived Together') for Canal Plus, according to a report in Variety. The French-German co-production centers on five old friends who decide to move in together to avoid going to a retirement home, joining a young German ethnology student preparing a thesis about the aging population. This is Fonda's first French film since Jean-Luc Godard's 'Tout va bien' in 1972. Next she will begin production on Bruce Beresford's 'Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding,' an independent film that follows a New York lawyer (played by Catherine Keener) who returns to the farmhouse owned by her hippie mother (Fonda) after her husband asks for a divorce. 'Peace' is scheduled for a 2011 release.
Michael Madsen is getting 'Infected' for an independent zombie film for Verdi-Corrente Prods., a new production company specializing in horror and off-beat films. 'Infected' centers on a father and son who have to fight to survive against a deadly, rapidly spreading blood virus. Shooting will begin in October. The company is in post-production on its first feature, the horror film 'Inkubus,' starring Robert Englund, and is in pre-production on a boxing drama, 'Paz,' and a drama-comedy, 'Loosies,' which also stars Madsen (as well as Peter Facinelli). [Variety]