Quick Hits: Wichita, Chris Pine, J.J. Abrams, Rachel Nichols

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First up, that James Mangold action-comedy starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, that originally went under the title of “Wichita”? It’s now got a firm title: “Knight & Day”. Sounds silly, but not if you consider the film’s premise, which has Cruise playing some kind of spy and Diaz the girl who accidentally ends up dating him, and something about a super duper battery that can blow up the sun or some such. Remember, now, it’s supposed to be an action-comedy.

From “The truth is stranger than fiction” department …

Chris Pine and director D.J. Caruso (“Eagle Eye”) will be teaming up for the real-life drama “The Art of Making Money” for Paramount Pictures. This will be Pine’s second big movie after breaking through with “Star Trek”; he has “Unstoppable” with Denzel Washington coming out soon. “Making Money” will be based on a 2005 Rolling Stone article by Jason Kersten, who wrote the book “The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter” last summer. Pine will play Art Williams, the alias for a Chicago man who rose from petty theft to become a master counterfeiter. Well, if you gotta be good at something, mind as well be the “master” of it, right?

From the “It can’t possibly go wrong!” column …

Paramount Pictures has paid up to $2 million buckaroos to snatch up the rights to an untitled feature pitch from scribes Aline Brosh McKenna and Simon Kinberg, who were brought to Paramount by J.J. Abrams through his Bad Robot banner. Abrams will end up producing the movie, which doesn’t have a title, or a script as of yet. That’s what “pitch” means. It means someone one day said, “Hey, I have an idea!”, then told someone in an expensive suit about it, and that guy said, “Cool, let me pay you $2 million for it!” Now all they have to do is go write the script and make the movie. And people say the economy is in trouble! Pfft.

And finally, in the “Totally gratuitous article so I can post this totally hot pic of her” part of the post …

Rachel Nichols has joined the cast of “The Loop”. The gorgeous model turned actress will play Fiona, a librarian who joins a highway patrolman to uncover the mysteries behind the cryptic sayings of an ancient parrot. Cause obviously everyone knows parrots are the mouthpiece of God. Or some such.

Rachel Nichols

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