Clooney, Damon Team Up for Spy Thriller
Plus: Frasier's Peri Gilpin expecting, Jason Priestley engaged and more
CAST: Hollywood hunks George Clooney and Matt Damon will team for a film version of ex-spy Bob Baer’s 2002 nonfiction bestseller See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Solider in the CIA’s War on Terrorism, to be directed by Stephen Gagham (Traffic), The Washington Post reports. The political thriller, which will shoot in D.C. in August, will feature Clooney, who turns 42 on Thursday, as Baer, and Damon, 33, as an oil trader.
EXPECTING: This week’s Frasier finale won’t be the last of the exciting events in Peri Gilpin‘s future. The actress, who lives in L.A. with artist husband Christian Vincent, is expecting a big life change this summer: twins, via a surrogate. And her next work project? “Whatever I do has to be really good because it will follow in Frasier‘s footsteps,” says Gilpin. For now, there s voice-over work: “It s fun.”
ENGAGED: Former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jason Priestley, 34, will marry his longtime girlfriend, makeup artist Naomi Lowde, says the actor’s publicist. No further details, such as a wedding date, have been announced. In August 2002, Priestley was seriously injured when the race car he was driving spun out of control at 180 mph and hit a wall nearly head-on during practice at the Kentucky Speedway.
SPLIT: Scary Movie star Keenen Ivory Wayans, 45, has filed for divorce from Daphne Wayans, his wife of three years, citing irreconcilable differences, according to papers filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The couple wed in June 2001, and Wayans seeks joint custody of their five children.
LINKED: Sean Lennon, 28, and Elizabeth Jagger, 20, the offspring of John Lennon and Mick Jagger, respectively, have been an item for nearly two months, her mother, Jerry Hall, tells the London Mirror. (A rep for Hall confirmed the comment to New York’s Daily News.) “They are so in love,” says Hall. “We had all these incredible family sing-songs with him around the piano. He looks so like John now, and he writes beautiful poetry.”
RESTED: Ally McBeal and The Practice producer David E. Kelley, 48, is taking a personal hiatus for at least a year while he develops his next show, recharges his creative batteries and moves with his movie-star wife, Michelle Pfeiffer, and their children to Northern California. “I love television and want to keep doing television,” Kelley said in a statement. “But in terms of the writing of it, I would like to develop the next show that I am going to do with some time off to do it and not try to run a show at the same time, because it is tough.”
REVEALED: CNBC financial anchor Louis Rukeyser, who’s been on medical leave since last fall, has cancer but has promised a return to his weekly business show. “I thank all of you for your kind thoughts, and as Gen. Douglas MacArthur famously declared as he left the Philippine Islands during World War II, ‘I shall return,'” he said in a statement, adding his doctors have advised him not to go back to work for several months.
NAMED: Claire Huxtable, matriarch of The Cosby Show, was named best TV mom in a new poll released just in time for Mother’s Day — which is Sunday, lest you forget. Phylicia Rashad, 55, who played Claire, is now playing Sean Combs’s mother in the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun. Mrs. Cunningham of Happy Days, played by Marion Ross, was second in the survey, followed by Marge Simpson of The Simpsons, who’s voiced by Julie Kavner. Opinion Research Corporation conducted the “Sweet on Mom” poll for Splenda artificial sweetener.