Ask AfterEllen.com (Feb. 24, 2009)

Question:I’m a pretty huge fan of Piper Perabo and I absolutely loved her in Lost and Delirious and Imagine Me & You. I was just wondering what she’s been up to lately as I miss seeing her work! 

— Emily, Melbourne, Australia.

Answer: In case you missed her most recent film, Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008), you can soon see more of Perabo onstage and on the big screen.

In 2008, Perabo starred in filmmaker Neil LaBute‘s (Lakeview Terrace, Your Friends & Neighbors) play reasons to be pretty, and now we’ve learned that the play is headed for Broadway. Preview performances begin Friday, March 13, 2009 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) with an official opening night scheduled for Thursday, April 2, 2009.

Piper Perabo

Perabo also has two films slated for release in 2009, Ashes, about "story of a young Indo-American man who struggles in the inner city of New York to support himself and his mentally ill older brother" directed by Ajay Naidu (who you may remember as Samir in the film 1999 cult classic Office Space) and Sordid Things, directed by gay filmmaker Andrew Bloomenthal.

Since there’s not much information available about the film, I went to the source and asked Bloomenthal about Sordid Things and Perabo’s role in the film. He told me this about the modern film noir thriller:

It stars an ensemble cast of actors playing characters who delight in screwing each other over in every which way imaginable. The one exception: Piper Perabo’s Tabitha White a noble, kindhearted young woman, who avails herself as a surrogate to a wealthy couple in desperate want of a child. But Tabitha may not fully grasp the nefarious situation she has signed on for, as the chaos around her spins out of control.

Getting Piper to play role of Tabitha was a true blessing for me. This role demanded an actress who could harness the ability to radiate warmth and humanity, and who could function as the moral epicenter of a universe where good intentions are few and far between. Piper is a remarkable actress, whose talent and dedication are simply unmatched.

Sordid Things is expected to hit theaters in late 2009.

Question: Will The Riches be returning for another season?

— Deborah, Carson City, NV

Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver in The Riches

Answer: No. Eddie Izzard‘s FX network comedy (starring himself and Minnie Driver), about a brood of scammers who assume the identity of a dead rich family was cancelled after its second season, but he recently told TVSquad.com that there are plans to bring the show to the big screen.

Izzard said, "We’re already working on the script for it. Because I met Samuel L. Jackson in a lift, or an elevator, as you say, in London. And he was going, ‘So what happens with your kids…they gonna be ok, you continuing, what’s going on?’ So I thought, well, if Samuel L. Jackson wants to know what’s going on, we have to do a film. So we’re going to pick up…the plan is to pick up exactly where we left off, and we think we’re going to make a film of the next bit."

No word yet on when we might see the movie version of The Riches, but in the meantime, Minnie Driver fans can see her later this year in Betty Anne Waters, with Hillary Swank and Lucy Liu.

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