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ROLE CALL: The Law of Altman

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:51am EST

Director Robert Altman will be bringing his signature brand of filmmaking to Britain, and the country's top-notch actors are apparently the first to rejoice.

Jude Law ("The Talented Mr. Ripley"), Emily Watson ("Breaking the Waves") and Kristin Scott Thomas ("The English Patient") are among the ensemble cast that have signed on to Altman's "Gosford Park," Daily Variety reports.

And Helen Mirren ("The Passion of Ayn Rand") and Michael Gambon ("Sleepy Hollow") might also join a cast that could amount to 20 people.

"Lots of actors want to be in the film, but it is a question of fitting it into their schedules," Altman's spokesman said.

In typical Altman-esque narrative style, the film is said to be about the relations among different social classes in 1930s Britain.

PHOENIX FINDS 'LOVE': Actress Claire Danes has found her match in edgy actor Joaquin Phoenix.

The actor has hopped on board Danish director Thomas Vinterberg's "It's All About Love" just one day after Danes was cast in the film as the female lead, Variety says.

Phoenix will play the male lead, husband of Danes' character, who is trying to salvage their tenuous marriage.

Phoenix, who had a golden Y2K with supporting turns in "The Yards," "Quills" and "Gladiator," has received a Golden Globe nomination for his work in "Gladiator."

SISQO POWER: "Thong Song" guy Sisqo is in talks to star in the Disney action-adventure "Winterdance" along with Oscar winners Cuba Gooding Jr. and James Coburn, The Hollywood Reporter says.

The film is about a father and son reunion amid the 1,100-mile Iditarod dogsled race in Alaska. Coburn will be the father, Gooding the son and Sisqo his cousin.

BEHIND THE ORANGE CERTAIN: "Roswell's" Colin Hanks is set to star in the comedy "Orange County," the Reporter also says. And instead of being a story following some wannabe poseur O.C. skate punk, as one might naturally suspect, the film is actually about a high school kid with Ivy League dreams of studying at Stanford University.

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