Fuqua: Director Antoine Fuqua will helm The Sigma Protocol based on the late Robert Ludlum's book of the same name for Universal. Universal is already prepping another Ludlum adaptation (The Bourne Identity) for release this summer. Bourne, which stars Matt Damon is hoped to be a running franchise for the studio. Fuqua will start Sigma after completing the Bruce Willis actioner Man of War in Hawaii.

WGA Winners: The WGA Awards took place Saturday, and top honors went to Gosford Park and A Beautiful Mind. Actor turned writer Julian Fellowes beat out Joel & Ethan Coen, actor turned writers Milo Addica and Will Rokos for Monster's Ball, Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce for Moulin Rouge, and Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson for The Royal Tenenbaums. Akiva Goldsman won for A Beautiful Mind, beating out the screenwriters of Black Hawk Down, Bridget Jones' Diary, Ghost World and Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Denzel: Oscar winner Denzel Washington will move into the $20 million a picture club when he toplines Out of Time for MGM. The thriller will reteam Washington with his Devil in a Blue Dress director Carl Franklin. Washington will play a small town Florida police chief who is forced to do the wrong thing for the right reason, and must use all of his wit to get out of the situation complicated by two women.

NYC Meets Studio City: Plans are moving forward to build a $375 million dollar facility on 11th Ave. between 44th and 45th streets in Manhattan. The project will include a 15 story tower and more than 500,000 square feet. The current name of the project? Studio City New York.

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Alias Babe: Jennifer Garner has snagged a supporting role in Steven Spielbergs' Catch Me If You Can. She joins Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken and Martin Sheen in the film which began shooting last month.

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I was misinformed on several bits about the original 1960 Alamo. Downwind Jaxon, a fan of the film who resides in Austin, wrote in with this: The film actually cost $12 million to make and was the most expensive film ever made at the time. John Wayne's personal debt on the production took more than ten years to pay back! The film was also nominated for several Oscar's including Best Picture, and Wayne's performance as Davy Crockett was hailed as "am American icon meets an American icon." Thanks for setting the record straight, Downwind Jaxon.

From Somewhere on the Beach... ~Jane Doe

Brian B.