Clints Bits – 5/9

The Toronto Film Festival is well underway, so what that means is another few days of film news, who’s doing who news, and reviews. Meantime – and to get you through the weekend – some tube news for both “Alias” and “Scrubs”, M.Night gets retitled, Victor Salva’s next and more juice to add to the protein brew that is “Batman : Intimidation”.

  • Djimon Hounsou (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life) is joining “Alias” as a new baddie, reports Variety.

  • American readers have the chance to win one of 3 “Saved by the Bell : Seasons One and Two” DVD packs – see our giveaways page for details

  • Jada Pinkett Smith is in talks to star as Jamie Foxx’s love interest in “Collateral”, from Director Michael Mann.

  • M.Night Shyalaman’s next film “The Woods” is likely to change its title soon, says The Hollywood Reporter. Another film has been given the go-ahead to use that same name.

  • Damon and Marlon Wayans will star in “White Chicks”, about cops that dress in drag for an undercover job, says HollywoodNorthReport.com

  • The versatile Philip Seymour Hoffman will star as “Macbeth”, for Independent production company Antidote Films.

  • Producer Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment is prepping a TV series based on the film “Ronin”. It’ll follow a CIA agent who ends up left out in the cold by the agency.

  • "Jeepers Creepers 2" director Victor Salva tells E Online he hopes to reunite with Ray Wise for “Lighthouse”, a "wonderfully original and quite terrifying" flick.

  • Tara Reid [“American Pie”] will do a multiepisode arc on TV’s “Scrubs”, playing Jordan Sullivan’s (Christa Miller) sister and new love interest for series star Zach Braff.

  • CBS is eyeing a third “C.S.I” series, which could potentially debut Fall 2004.

  • Batman-On-Film has confirmed that The Scarecrow is indeed the villain of the next “Batman” movie –and the script might have taken a little of “The Frightening” script that’s floating about.

  • Peter Weir is looking at directing “The War Magician”, which tells the story of a patriotic British stage magician who volunteered his illusionist abilities to help battle the Nazis. Tom Cruise produces.