Old Gods never die: They either make TV or movie deals. Well, not exactly. In Marie Phillips's best-selling debut novel 'Gods Behaving Badly,' the old Greek gods and goddesses are living in a tumbledown house in modern-day London and facing a very serious problem: their powers are waning, and immortality does not seem guaranteed. Apollo is a TV psychic, Aphrodite is a phone-sex worker, Artemis, the goddess of the moon, chastity and the hunt, has been working as a dog walker. Now transpose that to a brownstone in New York, put the film in the hands of Marc Turtletaub (producer of "SherryBaby" and "Little Miss Sunshine") as his feature directorial debut, add a gigantic cast of Hollywood stars and you get one interesting production: Christopher Walken as Zeus, the king of the gods; John Turturro as lord of the underworld, Hades; Sharon Stone as Aphrodite; Oliver Platt as Apollo; Edie Falco as Artemis; Phylicia Rashad as Demeter; Nelsan Ellis as Dionysus; Gideon Glick as Eros; Henry Zebrowski as Hermes; and Rosie Perez as Persephone. Alicia Silverstone and Ebon Moss-Bachrach star as a young couple who encounter the gods in their building. The film begins shooting this month in New York. [The Hollywood reporter]

Forbes magazine has just released it list of the top 10 highest paid actresses in Hollywood, and the list really doesn't come as much as a surprise: Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker tied for the No. 1 spot: Each is estimated to have made $30 million between May 2010 and May 2011. Meryl Streep brings up the rear with only $10 million. Of course, you really need to put this in perspective -- male stars easily rack in more dollars than their female counterparts. Last year, Johnny Depp earned $75 million, Ben Stiller $53 million, Tom Hanks $45 million. Glass ceiling, anyone? Here's Forbes' list:
  1. Angelina Jolie - $30 million
  2. Sarah Jessica Parker - $30 million
  3. Jennifer Aniston - $28 million
  4. Reese Witherspoon - $28 million
  5. Julia Roberts - $20 million
  6. Kristen Stewart - $20 million
  7. Katherine Heigl - $19 million
  8. Cameron Diaz - $18 million
  9. Sandra Bullock - $15 million [TheWrap]


Val Kilmer, Ving Rhames, Luke Goss and Rebecca De Costa have joined the indie thriller 'Seven Below,' about a group of strangers trapped in a time warp house where a terrible event transpired exactly 100 years prior. Kevin Carraway is directing from a screenplay he wrote with Lawrence Smith [Variety]... Rodrigo Santoro has signed on to play Jennifer Lopez's husband in Lionsgate's 'What to Expect When You're Expecting,' the big-screen adaptation of the best-selling pregnancy guidebook. The film already stars Cameron Diaz, Anna Kendrick and Brooklyn Decker [THR] ... Actor and comedian J.B. Smoove (most recently seen in HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm') has joined the cast of Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy 'The Dictator,' which is in production in New York. Though he'll play a character named Usher, little is known about the role. The Paramount film is similar to Charlie Chaplin's 'The Great Dictator,' in which a Jewish man is mistaken for a Nazi-like dictator and takes over his job; in Baron Cohen's film, a Middle Eastern dictator loses his throne to a look-a-like and moves to NYC. [THR]
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