- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 7, 2007

Film for ‘Idol’s‘ McPhee

Season five “American Idol” runner-up Katharine McPhee will make her feature-film debut in the indie romantic comedy “The Last Caller,” Zap2it.com reports.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “The Last Caller” is budgeted for $5 million to $8 million. Production will begin this fall in and around New York. The film will focus on a self-obsessed woman (Miss McPhee) looking for “love, hope and meaning” in the big city. Miss McPhee’s role won’t involve any singing, the trade publication says.

Peter to play pope

Peter O’Toole will follow his Oscar-nominated turn in “Venus” by playing Pope Paul III on Showtime’s “The Tudors,” Variety reports.

The legendary actor has booked a seven-episode arc on the second season of the cable network’s successful freshman drama. The season two story line will pit Mr. O’Toole’s pontiff against Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ Henry VIII.

“Peter O’Toole is the holy grail for ‘The Tudors,’ ” Showtime Entertainment President Robert Greenblatt told Daily Variety via e-mail.

Mr. Greenblatt noted that though Mr. O’Toole has appeared in TV miniseries before, this will mark the actor’s first regular role in a recurring series.

Interestingly, Mr. O’Toole has played a King Henry before in two movies — but not a Tudor king. He played Henry II in 1964’s “Becket” and 1968’s “The Lion in Winter.”

Also joining the Showtime roster: Keith Carradine, who will be on “Dexter” as a series regular. He’ll play an FBI agent who comes to investigate a series of murders that turn out to be the work of the show’s title character (Michael C. Hall). He’ll end up romantically involved with Dexter’s sister (Jennifer Carpenter). Mr. Carradine’s recent TV work includes a role as Wild Bill Hickok on HBO’s “Deadwood.”

On tap tonight...

Even a guest appearance by the always unflappable Madea, Tyler Perry’s sassy, gun-totin’ grandma (actually Mr. Perry in drag) may not be able to save the lame “House of Payne,” which premieres at 9 on TBS. Mr. Perry, who says the sitcom is based on his own family experience, created and directs the show.

{bullet} Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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