Star News: Aronofsky, Garcia, Faris, JJ

By Garth Franklin Friday October 28th 2005 03:34PM

"Director Darren Aronofksy ("Requiem for a Dream", "The Fountain") has signed on to direct an episode of ABC's "Lost", which will air around the beginning of May sweeps. Producer Carlton Cuse says "We scheduled it so that [the episode] is coming on the heels of finishing 'The Fountain'. And we will try to put together a story that will be well-suited for Darren's talents and visual imagination"..." (full details)

"Justin Berfield and Jason Felts have acquired rights to two books ("Captain Trips" and "One More Saturday Night") about Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead and intend to make a feature on the rock band's lead singer and guitarist. The movie will revolve around Garcia's recovery from a drug-induced coma. Garcia had to relearn to play the guitar, but eventually rebounded and led the band to its biggest success. Felts said they are working with the band to tie down the music rights..." (full details)

"Anna Faris is set to topline the independent comedy "Smiley Face" written by Dylan Haggerty for Gregg Araki to direct starting late January in Los Angeles. Faris will play Jane, who by accident eats her psycho roommate's pot cupcakes and spends the rest of the day desperately trying to replace the cupcakes, pay the gas bill, get to her audition and accompany her friend to the dentist..." (full details)

"Nickelodeon has tapped 14-year-old comedian Lil' JJ for both a feature biopic and a TV pilot. Nick Movies has launched development of the yet-to-be-titled film, based on Lil' JJ's rise to stardom from a small town in Arkansas under the tutelage of his teacher-turned-manager Ken Bright. Lil' JJ also appears in the upcoming Paramount/Nick feature "Yours, Mine and Ours"..." (full details)

Thanks to 'KC'