*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:

[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!

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