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Hudson moves to 'Sex and the City' movie

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson has joined the cast of Sex and the City: The Movie for New Line Cinema, which begins filming next week in New York.

Hudson will play "Louise", the assistant to Sarah Jessica Parker's "Carrie Bradshaw" in the film based on the hit HBO comedy series.

In July, the show's four leads, including Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, came aboard for the film after New Line Cinema agreed to finance and distribute it. Chris Noth also joined the cast to reprise his role as "Mr. Big".

The movie revolves around the four main characters' lives in Manhattan four years after the series ended.

New Line president of production Toby Emmerich, Richard Brenner and Kathy Busby are overseeing the project. Parker and John Melfi are producing. Michael Patrick King is writing and directing.

Hudson, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for Dreamgirls, recently completed production on Rowan Woods' ensemble drama Winged Creatures starring Kate Beckinsale, Forrest Whitaker, Jackie Earle Haley and Dakota Fanning.

New Line will serve up 'Backhand'

New Line Cinema has purchased the tennis-themed Baby Got Backhand from screenwriter Colleen McGuinness. The pitch is based on McGuinness' personal experience of playing girls high school tennis in Long Island and winning the gold medal at the Empire State Games. McGuinness is writing for Fox's new Hawaiian-based drama North Shore. She also was a staff writer on Alicia Silverstone's Miss Match for NBC. Before that, McGuinness served as an assistant to New Line exec Richard Brenner. Brenner, along with Michael De Luca and Mark Ordesky, executive produced the short film For Mature Audiences Only, which McGuinness wrote and directed. McGuinness is represented by Untitled Entertainment, UTA and attorney Jason Hendler.

New Line bites on gory horror film 'Bedbugs'

New Line bites on gory horror film 'Bedbugs'
New Line Cinema has picked up the horror script Bedbugs from writer Carter Blanchard. Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are producing through their Contrafilm. Bedbugs tells the tale of a small town that is infested with a species of killer bugs that come at night and burrow inside a person, killing from the inside. It's described as following in the tradition of Crisis in the Hot Zone and 28 Days Later. Sean Perrone and Aaron Kaplan are executive producing. Overseeing for New Line are Richard Brenner, Cale Boyter and Magnus Kim. Contrafilm, which has a nonexclusive first-look deal at New Line, has a number of projects at the company, including Solace with Gary Fleder attached to direct, The Number 23 and the coming-of-age thriller Conrail. The company is in postproduction on the Brett Ratner-helmed After the Sunset, which is scheduled for a fall release. Blanchard, who has worked on Immortals for Universal and Dog Days at MGM, is repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.

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