Posted Feb. 14, 2008 -- Rashida Jones has nabbed the female lead in DreamWorks' comedy "I Love You, Man," opposite Paul Rudd and Jason Segal, reports Variety. "The Office" regular also will co-star in the Renee Zellweger-Harry Connick Jr. film "Chilled in Miami" for Gold Circle Films.
John Hamburg directs "I Love You" from a script he wrote about a man about to get married (Rudd) who seeks out a stranger to be his best man for the wedding. Jones will play the fiancee. Shooting is scheduled to begin in early April.
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"Chilled" tells the story of a Miami businesswoman who is transferred to rural Minnesota, and while she is there she re-evaluates her big-city values. Jones will play the best friend to Zellweger's character.
Jones, dauther of the legendary Quincy Jones, will star on Fox's upcoming half-hour comedy "Unhitched," from the Farrelly brothers. Her film credits include "Life in Flight," "Brief Interviews With Hideous Men" and "Little Black Book."
Lee Wins Artist Award
Spike Lee won the Wexner Prize, which carries a $50,000 purse and a silver sculpture in the shape of a hammer. The innovative artist award was presented to Lee, the 13th artist to receive the award presented by the Wexner Center Foundation.
Limited Brands founder and prexy Les Wexner called the filmmaker “a bold creative spirit who is unafraid to provoke and challenge us."
Hayes, Legend Become "Soul Men"
The cast of "Soul Men" expands with the addition of several new actors – including Isaac Hayes, "Will & Grace" vet Sean Hayes, singer John Legend and "American Pie's" Jennifer Coolidge, reports EUR.
The film stars Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac respectively as Louis and Floyd, two estranged soul singers who reluctantly take a road trip to a reunion show at the Apollo Theater in honor of their newly-deceased third member, who will be played by John Legend.
Isaac Hayes, who voiced the character Chef in Comedy Central's "South Park," will play himself in "Soul Men," while Coolidge has been cast as the love interest of Mac's character. Sean Hayes plays the band's obnoxious manager.
Malcolm Lee ("Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins") directs the film, scheduled for release on Oct. 10 via MGM/Dimension.
Mya Moving On to "Chicago"
R&B singer Mya will make her Broadway debut this spring in the long-running revival of "Chicago," producers announced.
The artist will bring her vocal talents to the role of Velma Kelly, the cohort of Roxie Hart, played currently by stage veteran Bianca Marroquin.
"It's something I always wanted to do; sing, dance, act and tell a story," Mya said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press. "It's probably the ultimate complete dream for me."
Mya, who also had a small role in the 2002 film adaptation of "Chicago," says she has seen the stage show more than a half-dozen times in the last couple of years. Her nine week Broadway run at the Ambassador Theatre begins May 12 and ends July 13.