Jodie Foster is going to be one face you won't be seeing at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
The production outfit Egg Pictures -- a company owned by Foster and her producing partner Meg LeFauve -- has lifted its film "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" from the Sundance lineup in the last minute, Daily Variety reported Monday.
The film -- which stars Foster as a nun in a Southern Catholic school -- was to serve as the Park City, Utah, festival's Centerpiece Premiere, but word is that the $20 million budget is still in post-production and won't be completed in time for the festival in late January.
Taking its slot will be the world premiere of "Invisible Circus," which stars Cameron Diaz.
I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney, who underwent bypass surgery on Dec. 20, was released from the hospital Monday and spent Christmas evening at his mother-in-law's house, The Associated Press reported.
"He's more than happy to be out on Christmas Day," Kevin Pawley, manager for the 80-year-old actor, told AP.
If the question is, whatever happened to Jonathan Taylor Thomas? The answer is, "Ally McBeal." The quintessential Tiger Beat pinup of the B.B.B. era (Before Backstreet Boys) will guest on the April 8 edition of the hit Fox show as a cyber flame of the title character.
Taylor, now 19, was last seen skipping out on the final season of "Home Improvement" in 1998 -- ostensibly to devote more time to school, but really to do film. His nonhit big-screen efforts include "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (1998).
IT'S A (HEAD) LOCK: Cable's USA has locked up the TV rights to the World Wrestling Federation for another five years. The WWF had been looking at possibly jumping to a CBS-owned outlet.
HOWEVER, IT WAS THEIR FIT OF BAD TASTE: Lawyers for Fox agree -- it's not the network's fault that its much-watched "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-millionaire?" special turned into a fiasco when abuse allegations surfaced against the groom post-air date. The suits say they couldn't have known about Rick Rockwell's past because formal charges were never pressed against him.
Sarah Gladstone, the mayor of the small town of St. Nicholas, must find a doctor for the local hospital before Christmas or it will shut down. When Sarah and the other residents learn that Mike Greiser is returning to town for Christmas, it spurs them into action. The recently widowed Mike, a successful surgeon, is coming home with his young daughter Jilly to celebrate the holidays with his father Bob. As Mike and Jilly drive into town, they are welcomed with fanfare from the locals, Sarah and Bob. Everyone encourages them to stay, but Mike is reluctant to return until he rekindles a romance with his high school sweetheart, Sarah.