Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson

By Jill Jackson
HOLLYWOOD … Chris Pine’s plate gets fuller and fuller. Offers for films keep pouring in, and he keeps mulling over the scripts. Meanwhile, he takes to the stage — which he loves more than the celluloid — in “The Lieutenant of Inishmore,” playing a crazed Irishman out to avenge his cat. And many of you keep asking about his love life. His agent swears to me there is no one particular femme in his life, and that’s as far as I can get. So keep on hoping, girls. Meaning, maybe I will have something definite to tell you soon.

This reads like a real thriller — and it is! Elisabeth Shue has just signed on to star in “House At the End of the Street.” It’s about a teenage girl (Jennifer Lawrence) who moves with her mom (Shue) to a new town and learns that their home is across the street from a house where a double murder took place. Complications arise when the teen befriends the sole surviving son (played by Max Thieriot). That’s about all we know about it for now, but there’s always room for another thriller.

Naomi Watts will be modeling the Ann Taylor Fall collection. The clothes will be based on Ernest Hemingway’s “A Memorable Feast.” It mixes European sophistication with timeless American style (whatever that is), but whatever or however, be assured that Watts will wear them well.

Dutch actress Lotte Verbeek has been cast in Jeremy Irons’ new series “The Borgias.” She will play Giselle Farriese, the younger mistress of Rodrigo Borgia (Irons), otherwise known as Pope Alexander VI, one of history’s most infamous pontiffs. Verbeck won the best actress award last year at the Locarno Film Festival for her role in “Nothing Personal.” … Liam Neeson, still recovering from the loss of his beloved wife, actress Natasha Richardson, will reteam with his “Kinsey” co-star Laura Linney in an episode of Showtime’s “The Big C.” And everyone is delighted. His is too fine a talent to fade away. … Meanwhile, we’ve not heard what is next on Vanessa Redgrave’s schedule. She too is still mourning the loss of her daughter.

Sony has a comedy titled “Mommy and Me” featuring Meryl Streep and Tina Fey. The plot lines at this writing are being kept under wraps. All we know for now is that Streep is the mother and Fey the daughter. But you can bet with these two, it’s sure to be a success, whatever it is.
BITS ‘N’ PIECES: Unbelievable — the number of young actors and actresses who take jobs waiting tables to make a buck when they are not working at their craft. … Things rather dull on the boulevard without Paris, Lindsay and Britney running round. But never fear, lads and lassies. They will return. … Joke going around. One passenger to another, “Can you swim?” “No,” the other replies, “but I can call for help in nine languages.”

© 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.