ADDED: Desperate Housewives stars Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Nicollette Sheridan, Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross will each spend a day during the week of Feb. 7 co-hosting ABC’s The View while the show broadcasts from Disney’s El Capitan Theater in Hollywood. The Wisteria Lane residents will be filling in for show moderator Meredith Vieira, who will not be making the trip out West from New York because of family obligations, says the network.
PERMITTED: France will allow American director Ron Howard to shoot scenes in the Louvre museum for the movie version of novelist Dan Brown’s international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, French daily newspaper Le Parisien reports. The film stars Tom Hanks as Professor Robert Langdon and is scheduled to start shooting in May. The museum last allowed filming in its hallowed galleries in 1999 for Belphegor, a classic French mystery tale of a ghost who haunts the Louvre and steals precious artifacts. Filming usually takes place at night and on Tuesdays, when the museum is closed to the public, says Reuters.
REMATCHED: Survivor: All- Stars winner Amber Brkich and her fiance, fellow Survivor star Rob Mariano, will be one of the couples on the next edition of CBS’s The Amazing Race, to begin airing in March. As for the couple, “I’m working on their wedding,” Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett told TV writers.
DISCUSSED: Meet the Fockers star Ben Stiller may hit the boards in New York, where he is considering appearing in the Public Theater production of This Is How It Goes, Neil LaBute’s new play about an interracial love triangle in small-town America, the Associated Press reports. LaBute is best known as the director and writer of such films as In the Company of Men and Your Friends & Neighbors. The new stage work is expected to begin preview performances March 8. No other cast members have been announced.
ENGAGED: Super Size Me documentary maker, star and victim Morgan Spurlock will marry his vegan chef girlfriend, Alexandra Jamieson (who saw him through the ordeal of a McDonald s-only diet), reports PEOPLE. Spurlock’s latest project is 30 Days, a new reality show for FX in which people attempt to drastically change their lifestyle for one month.
CAST: Queen Latifah and Emma Thompson are expected to join Will Ferrell – who will play a compulsive IRA auditor – in Stranger Than Fiction, the next feature from Finding Neverland director Marc Forster, to start shooting in April, says the Hollywood Reporter. Maggie Gyllenhaal will play Ferrell’s unlikely love interest, a baker with anarchist leanings. Thompson’s character is an author with writer’s block, while Latifah would play a publishing employee who unblocks writers.
LAUNCHED: The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, kicked off Thursday (which also was Inauguration Day in Washington) with founder Robert Redford calling independent film a voice of dissent and encouraging filmmakers to voice their opinions. “This is really a festival about different voices in film that really reflect, a little more accurately, the world we live in,” Redford said, adding: “I like to think of this festival as a festival of dissent, and I’d like to celebrate that.”
SOUGHT: Rush Limbaugh asked the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday to return his medical records to his doctors and permanently keep them from prosecutors investigating his use of painkillers, AP reports. The conservative radio commentator alleges that his privacy was violated when the records were seized in 2003 and has fought to keep them sealed. Lower courts have sided with prosecutors, who are investigating whether Limbaugh illegally visited several doctors to receive duplicate prescriptions.
BOOKED: Country singer Cory Morrow, 32, was charged with drug possession and driving while intoxicated after police in Texas said they found cocaine in a car he was driving, reports AP. Morrow, an Austin resident, was stopped early Saturday morning after he didn’t signal a turn, according to a police affidavit. He was arrested after failing a field sobriety test, and a plastic bag in the car contained one-third of a gram of cocaine, the affidavit said. He was released from jail on $4,000 bail.