ROLE CALL: Hannibal Does ‘Grinch’

Let us guess: It’s the British accent, right? Daily Variety reports today that Anthony Hopkins of “The Silence of the Lambs’” Hannibal the Cannibal fame, is going to voice the narration to the Jim Carrey vehicle “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” due out Nov. 17.

Hopkins’ voiceover for the flick is said to be a combination of dialogue from the Dr. Seuss classic and original narration.

ARTSY FARTSY: Variety also reports that Alliance Atlantis Pictures has bought the foreign distribution rights to “Pollock,” a Ed Harris-helmed and headlined film about abstract expressionist bad boy painter Jackson Pollock. The film also stars Marcia Gay Harden, Amy Madigan, Jennifer Connelly and Val Kilmer.

MORE ARTSY FARTSY: Variety tells us that Jeremy Northam and Jennifer Ehle will join Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart in the flick “Possession.” The film follows two literary scholars as they study the lives of two poets.