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The Approval Matrix - Week of June 20, 2005


Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

Tobey “Spider-Man” Maguire has signed on to star in Quiet Type, a New Line comedy about a small-town mute who moves to New York to become an orchestra conductor; filming should start after Spider-Man 3 wraps in the fall. . . . Vanity Fair editor Doug Stumpf, who’s credited with discovering The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay author Michael Chabon during his time at Morrow, has sold a Wall Street novel to HarperCollins; Warner Bros. has snatched up the film rights to the story. . . . Showtime is moving ahead with a comedy-drama series called Filthy Gorgeous, which will chronicle the exploits of a group of escorts working at a high-end New York agency. . . . Jersey rockers Bon Jovi plan to release an as-yet-untitled new album at the end of September, their first since 2002’s Bounce, which has sold more than 700,000 copies to date. . . . Sex and the City heartthrob Jason Lewis is returning to the small screen, landing a starring role in For One Night, an interracial prom story for Lifetime.