*Inspired by Shirley MacLaine's assertion that the best parts for actresses fall into one of the above categories.

Jessica Biel's improbable attainment of A-list status continues apace: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the current Elle cover girl may be initiated into Tinseltown's clique of serious actresses using a method employed by many a starlet before her: Acting like a whore! Says the paper:

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[Powder Blue] follows a suicidal ex-priest (Whitaker), a stripper (Biel) with a terminally ill son, an elderly ex-con seeking to reunite with his daughter and a lovelorn mortician whose lives intersect in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve.

Wow, this flick sounds sorta like Striptease meets Crash with a little Six Feet Under and It's A Wonderful Life thrown in for good measure. Perhaps Jessica is smarter than we thought!

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Whitaker, Biel Take Shine To 'Powder' [Hollywood Reporter]