THE NEW ELLE WOODS

HITS BROADWAY!

Omigod! Broadway vet Laura Bell Bundy, 26 (Hairspray, Wicked), slips into Reese Witherspoon's pink wardrobe to play the perky Harvard Law student in a new musical based on the 2001 film.

All I ever wanted was to originate a role on Broadway. An Academy Award? Whatever! I would rather have a Tony.

It's a lot to live up to, but I've tried to put as much of myself in Elle. We'd love to do the show for her!

I play a happy problem solver and it's rubbing off on me. Things roll off my shoulders now.

They had shoes made for me, but they looked awful. Elle would not wear clunky shoes! She would wear Prada. So we got Pradas.

I recorded a country album, Longing for a Place Already Gone. It's a throwback to Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn with modern elements. I call it "y'allternative."

Steve Austin, Vinnie Jones
BY JASON LYNCH

ACTION

A sleazy reality TV producer drops 10 death-row stereotypes—even the characters refer to each other as "Japanese dude" and "hot African chick"—on a desert island and makes them fight to the death for their freedom, broadcasting the hackneyed carnage on the Internet for paying viewers. It all should be called Survival of the Witless. Condemned's hero is a jailed Special Forces guy played by Austin, the WWE wrestling star known as "Stone Cold"—words that also neatly describe his acting style. In light of the Don Imus fallout, Condemned's brutal misogyny is particularly troubling: "She's a killer and a whore!" the producer snaps, explaining why he won't stop a rape in progress. Oh, well carry on then. (R)
[STARS 1]

Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne

DRAMA

How much can we ever truly know another person—even a spouse? That's the troubling question at the heart of Jindabyne, an engrossing Australian drama loosely based on a story by Raymond Carver. When a wife (Linney) learns that her husband (Byrne) and his buddies found a woman's corpse on the first day of a remote fishing trip but continued angling for several days before reporting it, she begins to doubt both him and their marriage. The plot wanders a bit, but Linney and Byrne are hauntingly effective as a pair adrift from each other. (R)
[STARS 2.5]

To see video of Legally Blonde on Broadway, go to PEOPLE.COM/LEGALLYBLONDE

>Founded after 9/11 to help revive downtown Manhattan, this year's Tribeca Film Festival (April 25-May 6) boasts a spandex-clad headliner. To cap off Spidey Week—a New York City-wide celebration of the superhero—the fest offers a star-packed April 30 premiere in Queens, home of Spider-Man alter ego Peter Parker. But there's more to this movie extravaganza than webcrawling:

STARS BEHIND THE CAMERA This year's festival is packed with celeb filmmakers, among them producers Leonardo DiCaprio (the dark comedy Gardener of Eden) and Eva Mendes (Live!, a mockumentary about a deadly game show) and directors James Franco (Good Time Max) and Julie Delpy (2 Days in Paris).

HOLLYWOOD HITS N.Y.C. Forest Whitaker stars in The Air I Breathe, a drama with Sarah Michelle Gellar, who also is in the romantic comedy Suburban Girl. Another double dipper: Lucy Liu, as a vampire killer in Rise: Blood Hunter and a seductress in Watching the Detectives. Ben Kingsley plays an ex-hitman in You Kill Me, and Elijah Wood gets serious in Day Zero, a political drama.

>Travelers check in to the scary motel in Luke Wilson's latest movie—but they don't check out! How did Wilson, 35, prepare for being chased by homicidal hoteliers? Apparently, it wasn't all that different from living with rowdy sibs Owen, 38, and Andrew, 42, a screenwriter, who collaborated with him on the upcoming comedy The Wendell Baker Story, out May 18.

HOW DID YOU KEEP UP YOUR ANXIETY LEVEL IN VACANCY? Being the youngest of three brothers, I'm pretty jumpy—that helped. The director scared me a couple of times too. I'd be doing a scene and opening a door where no one was supposed to be there, and he'd be on the other side smiling and scare the heck out of me.

AND IN WENDELL BAKER YOU GET TO WORK WITH YOUR BROTHERS. We really had a good time. Not that we don't ever have our differences. Not totally idyllic, but for the most part, we get along.

OWEN IS DATING KATE HUDSON. WHAT ABOUT YOU? I'm not seeing anybody—I'm not being evasive. I don't have a girlfriend, but I wouldn't mind one. I definitely want [kids] at some point.

WHY IS AMERICA OBSESSED WITH THE WILSON BOYS' LOVE LIVES? Well, for Owen, it would be because he and Kate worked together and they're high-profile. There doesn't seem to be that much fascination with mine [laughs]. I need to get some headlines.

WOULDN'T YOUR PARENTS LOVE MORE GRANDKIDS? Yeah, they really love Andrew's son Joey, and I'm sure they'd love more. We need to get a girl in the family.

ON A PEOPLE.COM POLL, YOU BEAT OWEN OVER WHICH BROTHER WOMEN WOULD RATHER DATE. Really? That's great! Because sometimes when they compare our physical build, I always lose by like 69 percent. I got him beat? That's good to hear. And I want to thank all those people.