Queen Latifah Starring Opposite Katie Holmes In 'Mad Money,' Hosts Gala

Rap star Queen

Latifah will star opposite Katie Holmes and Diane Keaton in the upcoming heist

movie titled Mad Money. The

movie centers around three female employees of the Federal Reserve, who plot to

steal money that is about to be destroyed. Latifah

will play a character named "Liz" in the movie, which is based on a

British television show titled Hot Money, which aired in 2001.The

updated version was written by Glen Gers (Cybill, Off Season) and

is being shot by Callie Khouri, who directed Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

(2002) and Hollis & Rae (2006). Khouri

also wrote 1991's hit movie Thelma & Louise. Production

on Mad Money starts in March in Shreveport, LA. The movie is due in theaters

in 2008. In

related news, Queen Latifah will host the swanky "Touching a Life" gala

during the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas, NV on Feb. 16, 2007The

annual event is presented by CoverGirl, Latifah's Queen Collection, Ciroc and

Behind The Bench, a non-profit organization of active and retired wives of NBA

basketball players. This

year's gala will honor philanthropists Cookie Johnson of the Magic Johnson Foundation,

NBA veteran Dikembe Mutombo of the Houston Rockets and Elaine Wynn of Wynn Resorts

and the Stephen A. Wynn and Elaine P. Wynn Foundation.The

event will feature a dinner reception with music provided by world renowned DJ,

DJ Irie, the official DJ of the NBA's Miami Heat.R&B

artist Robin Thicke will highlight the evening with a live performance. This

year's beneficiaries of the "Touching a Life" charity event are Greater

Las Vegas After-School All-Stars and Communities in Schools of Southern Nevada.


All- Stars is a national charity, which was founded by Elaine Wynn and actor/California

Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The

organization provides comprehensive after school programs and summer camps for

at risk middle school children. Communities

in Schools is a community based organization that connect schools and students

with various resources, with the focus of helping children stay in school and

prepare for adulthood.Tickets

to the event can be purchased for $1000 each or for $1750 per pair and tables

for 10 guests are available at $25,000. For

more information visit: http://www.behindthebench.org/