Plus: Famke up for X-Men 3, Housewives renewed, and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
April 06, 2005 08:40 AM

REQUESTED: In a letter from her lawyers to U.S. District Judge Miriam Cedarbaum, Martha Stewart is asking that the terms of her house arrest be relaxed, contending that her confinement is hurting efforts to revive Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. by barring her from making overnight business trips. The letter also asks that she no longer be required to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and she be granted permission to be away from her suburban New York estate for up to 80 hours a week. (She is currently allowed 48 hours a week.) Her lawyers previously filed a request for terms of her house arrest to be modified, but Monday’s letter was a response to federal prosecutors’ opposition to that motion.

REVIVED: Obviously she saw it coming, but Famke Janssen will return for X-Men 3, despite the “death” of her psychic character Jean Grey in the last outing, reports Variety. Others onboard for the third installment of the Marvel Comic adventure: Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Patrick Stewart. Shooting is slated to start this summer, for a May 26, 2006 release.

RENEWED: Alias, Boston Legal, Desperate Housewives and Lost will be back on ABC next season, and things are looking hopeful for the new Grey’s Anatomy, says the Hollywood Reporter. Since its October premiere, Housewives proved this season’s hottest new show, and is without question the top-rated new series of the season.

DECLINED: Producers of the James Bond franchise are refusing comment on a report that Road to Perdition and Layer Cake star Daniel Craig is replacing Pierce Brosnan as 007 in the next three movies, as Britain’s Sun newspaper has stated. “We’re waiting for our director to finish the film he’s currently working on. Then I’m sure we’ll be commenting a lot on all sorts of things,” says a spokesperson for production company Eon, according to the BBC.

MOVED: Mona Lisa, about 500 years old, has shifted her location in Paris’s Louvre Museum, going from a far-off corner into a well-lit, spacious and newly refurbished 19th-century gallery overlooking the Seine. Leonardo da Vinci’s mystery lady in the painting appears to like the change of scene. She’s smiling.