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Stew’s tale on runway

Paltrow to topline, Barreto to helm romantic comedy

NEW YORK — Gwyneth Paltrow is near a commitment to star for Miramax in “View From the Top,” a romantic comedy to be directed by Bruno Barreto. The film, about a small-town woman trying to achieve her goal of becoming a flight attendant, is on the runway and cleared for takeoff as her next film.

Pic, to be produced by Brad Grey and Matthew Baer, was scripted by Eric Wald and rewritten by “Cruel Intentions” director Roger Kumble. Filming begins in December.

The actress, who won the Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love,” finds herself back in the employ of the Weinstein brothers, for whom she and Ben Affleck star in the Don Roos-directed “Bounce.”

Paltrow, who is repped by CAA, has been recently courted for a bunch of films that include the David Hare-scripted adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Hours” as well as the Wes Anderson-directed “The Royal Tenenbaums” at Disney. She is also expected to star for Peter and Bobby Farrelly in “Shallow Hal,” a Fox film.

Scribe’s first

“View From the Top” originated as a spec by first-time writer Wald, was developed by Brillstein-Grey and then purchased by Miramax under a first-look deal Grey has with the mini-major. Miramax recently brought in Barreto, a two-time Oscar-nominated Brazilian director whose credits include “Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands” and “Four Days in September.” His last picture was the Sony Pictures Classics release “Bossa Nova.”

Wald and Barreto are repped by CAA; Barreto is managed by Danielle Thomas of Handprint Entertainment. The Miramax execs on the project are Meryl Poster and Robbie Brenner.

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