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Sarah Jessica Parker to launch shoe line

Plus: James Franco to lend his voice to The Little Prince; Scarlett Johansson sues over French novel; JJ Abrams to develop Rod Serling screenplay.

Sarah Jessica Parker has dubbed her line of shoes SJP. AP
Sarah Jessica Parker has dubbed her line of shoes SJP. AP

Sarah Jessica Parker is launching a line of shoes in collaboration with George Malkemus, the chief of Manolo Blahnik. “In a silly way, I think it’s what people have expected of me because of Carrie Bradshaw,” the actress, 48, told Vogue.com, referring to the shoe-obsessed character she played on Sex and the City. Parker has dubbed her line SJP. Parker and Malkemus are also working on a line of bags and trench coats. – The National staff

Franco, Bridges, McAdams to voice Little Prince

James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Paul Giamatti, Benicio Del Toro and Rachel McAdams are reportedly on board to voice characters in an animated movie version of the classic French children’s book The Little Prince. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mark Osborne, the director of Kung Fu Panda, will direct the adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella, about a pilot who crash lands in the Sahara Desert, where he meets a boy who claims to be a prince who fell to Earth from an asteroid. Bridges will voice the pilot, but it has not been revealed which parts the other actors will play. – The National staff

Scarlett Johansson sues over French novel

Scarlett Johansson is suing the editor of a French novel over a character named after her. The actress has filed a complaint against Jean-Claude Lattès, the editor of La première chose qu’on regarde (The first thing you look at), a novel by Gregoire Delacourt, for breach and fraudulent use of personal rights. Delacourt’s novel depicts the actress falling in love with a mechanic. It is later revealed that the character is not Johansson but a woman pretending to be her. Asked by the French radio station RTL what he’d like to tell Johansson, Delacourt simply said: “I love you.” – The National staff

J?J Abrams to develop Rod Serling screenplay

J?J Abrams’ company Bad Robot Productions has signed a deal to develop the last screenplay written by the Twilight Zone host and creator Rod Serling. The Stops Along the Way is a TV mini-series Serling finished before he died in June 1975 at the age of 50. Variety magazine reports that Abrams and Warner Bros TV secured the rights to develop the script from Serling’s widow, Carol, who said she was “wonderfully excited” about Abrams’ interest in the work. – The National staff

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