Nicole's 'Invasion' of Washington

Michael Douglas? He's so last week. Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman will be in Washington this fall to film "Invasion," a sci-fi thriller based on the 1956 flick "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."

Kidman, 38, will star in the movie as a Washington-based psychiatrist who suspects that a new epidemic isn't from this planet and needs to protect her son, who might be able to stop an alien attack.This will be the third remake of the film. The original was set in a small town, the 1978 version of the same name moved the action to San Francisco and 1993's "Body Snatchers" was set on a military base.

Hmm. Ex-hubby/Scientologist Tom Cruise seems to have a thing against psychiatry: Great payback, Nicole.

For Obama, a Pasting and a Pastry

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is slotted to tape a segment tonight in Chicago for National Public Radio's weekly quiz show, "Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!" Coincidentally, it's also his 44th birthday.

Senior producer Rod Abid said the senator was chosen because "he's a national figure" who was spoofed on the show last year when he was running for office. "I met him last year and he said, 'You're the guys who made fun of my name!' " Abid said with a laugh. "He was right, we did."

To make up for it (and to celebrate Obama's big day), Abid says the show is giving the senator a treat: "We're getting a cake. We feel the least we can do is give him a pastry."

Birthday or no, Abid warns that Obama shouldn't expect any softball questions to come his way: "We don't play that way." The segment will run on Washington's WAMU-FM (88.5) on Saturday morning at 11.

More House Time for Martha

Oh, Martha! Martha Stewart's release from home confinement has been extended for three weeks to the end of the month, for reasons that remain unclear.

Her attorney, Walter Dellinger, released a statement yesterday that said, "Martha Stewart has agreed to an extension of the terms of her home confinement until Aug. 31." And . . . ? That was it.

The home decorating maven was expected to be released next week. But over the weekend, the New York Post published photographs of her riding around her estate in an off-road vehicle. The paper reported that probation officers were investigating whether Stewart violated the terms of her confinement by riding around her property in a Kawasaki Mule and attending a nearby yoga class.

Under the terms of her house arrest, the 64-year-old domestic diva is allowed outside her home for only 48 hours a week for work, religious services, food shopping and doctor's appointments.

Who knows? Maybe she just wanted to keep the ankle bracelet a little longer.

Sony Pictures Gets a Bad Review

Oops! Sony Pictures must shell out $1.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused the company of quoting a fake movie critic in ads for some of its films.

According to the official court notice, people who saw "Vertical Limit," "A Knight's Tale," "The Animal," "Hollow Man" or "The Patriot" in theaters in 2000 and 2001 and filed a claim against Sony could be reimbursed $5. Or not.

Under the terms of the settlement, if the number of claims exceeds150,000 tickets, claimants would receive a smaller reimbursement. And if claims exceed the total settlement amount, the funds will be donated to a court-approved charity. No word on how many claims were filed. But it's a pretty good bet they're on their own for the popcorn money.

-- Compiled by Korin Miller

from staff and wire reports

Don't look now, Tom, but Nicole Kidman plays a Washington-based psychiatrist in her next film.

There'll be cake for Barack Obama's next round with NPR.

Martha Stewart's confinement has been extended.