...in a not altogether unexpected move, Michelle Pfeiffer has pulled out of Robert Altman's Praire Home Companion film.
This is sent in from a reader (thanks) by way of the St. Paul Pioneer Press...
"...the movie's start date — beginning right after the PHC cast returns from a July 2 show in Massachusetts — is firm.
Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin will play sisters who are performers on "Companion," Lohan is slated to play Streep's sexpot daughter. Michelle Pfeiffer, who had been in talks to play a mysterious "angel of death," is no longer participating in the film."
Breathe, Nathaniel, breathe.
Now, I don't have the time to investigate but I'm really hoping we get an industry-insider expose at some point from some source as to what exactly is going on in Pfeiffer-dom. She hasn't been in front of the ol' movie camera since 2001 when she filmed White Oleander. Since then there's been one botched Oscar campaign, one major awards show appearance, one voiceover job, two agent switches, one Armani tribute, one move (out of Brentwood), and several films that were announced and then died in development or were abandoned by the beautiful one herself.
I'd really like to know what is happening.
Does she totally hate to act --and thus the forever stalled or skittish deals? Does she just have horrid representation --and thus the forever stalled or skittish deals? Has she not seen M*A*S*H, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Gosford Park, Three Women, or The Player? Who would be dumb enough to turn Altman down? Maybe she only saw Dr. T & The Women?And if she really wants to retire (as she threatened in 99) than why all the stalled and skittish deals? Why not just retire?