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The Approval Matrix: October 3, 2005

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


Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, and Adrian Grenier will star in Fox’s big-screen adaptation of Lauren Weisberger’s magazine-industry tell-all, The Devil Wears Prada. . . . Henry Holt has reportedly paid seven figures for the rights to The Name of Action, a much-coveted thriller by Yale professor Jed Rubenfeld that focuses on a trip Sigmund Freud made to New York in 1909. . . . Christopher Walken, Mariska Hargitay, Mickey Rourke, and Laurence Fishburne will lend their voices to True Crime: New York City, a video game that follows criminals and cops as they duke it out through the five boroughs. . . . Rent star and soon-to-be ex–East Villager Rosario Dawson has two new film projects in the works: director Kevin Smith’s latest slacker comedy, Passion of the Clerks, and an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s Killshot, in which she’ll star opposite Johnny Knoxville. . . . British stage star Simon Russell Beale has signed on to replace Tim Curry in the smash Broadway production of Spamalot; Curry leaves the show in December.