Downtime: Downtime: May 14, 2007

After the Close-Up. Actors have been hogging the director's chair long enough. Now actresses are taking their turn. Here are four of their projects

THE WAITRESS

Director: Adrienne Shelly

Release date: May 2

In Shelly's third directorial effort, Keri Russell (above center) is a pregnant diner waitress in a bad marriage. The comedy's release is bittersweet--Shelly was murdered in November.

Why she stepped behind the camera: Shelly was pregnant when she started writing The Waitress. "It's almost a sacrilege to say becoming a mother is scary," she said in the production notes. "I wanted to write a movie about those fears...

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