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RIDLEY SCOTT's Hannibal looks like being a huge hit,
but the British director is unsure whether he will
return for the next sequel. ``They've asked me to
do it but it depends on the material,'' he tells the
Los Angeles Times. The ongoing Hannibal Lecter saga
is already being prepared by producer DINO DE LAURENTIIS.
Silence of the Lambs screenwriter TED TALLY is working
on the script. It will be based on author THOMAS HARRIS's
book Red Dragon, which introduced Dr Hannibal Lecter.
``Tally's a really good writer and in a way Red Dragon
is the best book of the three - scarier than hell,''
says Scott. ``But I think it was a very, very dark
story, with not much humour.'' Red Dragon was previously
filmed in 1986 as the little-seen Manhunter with the
Scottish actor BRIAN COX as Lecter.
SHEEN will be trading the Oval Office for the rugged
western outdoors when the TV series The West Wing
finishes for the season. The Golden Globe winner is
to star in Doe, a Western originally written for SPENCER
TRACY which he had planned to produce and star in
at the time of his death in 1967. Now screenwriter
CLYDE WARE, who has made four TV films with Sheen,
has resurrected the project for the Western-loving
actor. JACK PALANCE is to co-star in the role originally
intended for the late LEE J COBB. An unknown actress
will be cast in the title role of an orphaned girl
who grows up among dog packs on the plains, following
an Apache camp. Doe will be filmed on location in
Arizona and Montana in May.
British actor PAUL BETTANY makes his Hollywood debut
with a leading role opposite RUSSELL CROWE in director
RON HOWARD's A Beautiful Mind. Bettany, who co-stars
with HEATH LEDGER in A Knight's Tale, begins work
next month in New York on the film. It is based on
the life of the mathematician JOHN F NASH who was
awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994 for
his work on the principles of game theory.
is to produce a film about the British 1960s pop singer
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD The tone will be celebratory and
deal with the lesbianism she attempted to hide but
not her drug-addled years, according to sources at
the company. No actress has yet been cast to play
Springfield in one of several film biographies Madonna
is planning through her Maverick Films company.
DYLAN recently recorded a traditional-sounding cover
version of DEAN MARTIN's Return to Me for use in The
Sopranos TV series, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The song, complete with accordion and verses sung
in Italian, is likely to be used during the next season,
which begins in March, and on the second Sopranos
ROBBINS is to have a supporting role opposite British
actress THANDIE NEWTON in the romantic thriller The
Truth About Charlie. He will have the role of Mr Bartholomew,
originally played by WALTER MATTHAU in the 1963 AUDREY
HEPBURN-CARY GRANT thriller Charade, on which this
is based. Newton plays a Parisian woman who discovers
her husband has been murdered as she is pursued by
four strange men.
actor ALFRED MOLINA is to portray AGATHA CHRISTIE's
Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in a TV remake of
Murder on Orient Express. Molina, who plays a French
mayor in Chocolat, appears with co-stars LESLIE CARON,
MEREDITH BAXTER and PETER STRAUSS. Sources say the
whodunit, which is set aboard the famous train, has
been updated. It was previously filmed in 1974 with
ALBERT FINNEY as Poirot and an all-star cast that
included INGRID BERGMAN, LAUREN BACALL, SEAN CONNERY
and VANESSA REDGRAVE.
BATES has been hired to play the villain in the film
adaptation of the Tom Clancy thriller The Sum of All
Fears. The British actor begins filming his role on
Monday in Montreal in the story of a looming nuclear
confrontation between Russia and the US.
AFFLECK has taken over the role of CIA agent Jack
Ryan from HARRISON FORD and JAMES CROMWELL has been
cast as the US President. JIMMY OSMOND is the executive
producer of a TV film about him and his singing family
called Inside the Osmond Family. Osmond, 37, who had
a UK hit as a child with the song Long Haired Lover
from Liverpool, reveals the conflicts in the closely-knit
Mormon family. At one point they went bankrupt, losing
all the money they earned, but Osmond says: ``I wanted
to tell our story in a fun and honest way. ``I wanted
to somehow put across the incredible career my brothers
had before Donny, Marie and myself really came along.
While nothing is perfect, I think it captures the
essence of the family.''
Husband and wife KYRA SEDGWICK and KEVIN BACON will
team up on screen in Cavedweller, an adaptation of
DOROTHY ALLISON's best-selling novel. Sedgwick will
play an alcoholic rock singer who returns to her hometown
to make amends with the daughters she left behind
10 years earlier. Bacon is cast as the rock star who
initially lured her away from her abusive husband.
The last time they worked together was when Bacon
directed his wife in Losing Chase, which also starred
HELEN MIRREN and BEAU BRIDGES.
British documentary maker NICK BROOMFIELD is to make
his feature film debut with a film about the disgraced
former studio head DAVID BEGELMAN. Broomfield, who
made acclaimed documentaries about Hollywood madam
HEIDI FLEISS and MARGARET THATCHER, has been hired
by veteran producer ED PRESSMAN. The as yet untitled
film will tell the story of Begelman, the extravagant
former head of Columbia studios who was convicted
of cheque forging. He later redeemed himself but then,
broke and desperate, committed suicide. No actor has
yet been cast for the role of Begelman.
CRUISE and NICOLE KIDMAN's showbusiness partnership
continues even though the couple have separated. Kidman
is still scheduled to star in the film biography of
women's rights crusader VICTORIA WOODHULL that Cruise
and his company is producing. The actress is receiving
treatment for the knee injury which forced her to
pull out of the film The Panic Room. Meanwhile, Cruise
is in New York filming Vanilla Sky, a romantic thriller
in which he plays a badly disfigured car crash victim.
RITCHIE, who has said he wants to direct his wife
MADONNA in a feature film, is taking a step in that
direction. The Snatch director has agreed to direct
Madonna in the video for her next single, What It
Feels Like for a Girl, which will be shot near their
ANISTON is reportedly trying to persuade her husband
BRAD PITT to make a guest appearance on Friends. Pitt
has looked at several scripts but has made no commitment
to the sitcom which is being trounced in the US ratings
by the new series of Survivor. JOHN TRAVOLTA, who
co-starred with Friends cast member LISA KUDROW in
Lucky Numbers, is also being wooed to make an appearance
and is likely to agree, say sources. Those who have
already made guest appearances include BRUCE WILLIS,
TOM SELLECK and ELLIOTT GOULD.
party member ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER says his Democrat
wife MARIA SHRIVER will support him if he runs for
California governor in 2002. ``She will be 100% behind
me,'' said the actor, whose wife is a member of the
Democratic Kennedy clan. Schwarzenegger, who is a
naturalised US citizen, says he wants to oust California
governor GRAY DAVIS because the state needs ``stronger
leadership''. But his record as a star of films like
The Terminator makes him a political long-shot, says
Jack Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont
College, California. ``When people think of Schwarzenegger
they don't think of quiet, responsible leadership.
They think of murderous androids,'' he tells USA Today.
HEFNER is juggling seven girlfriends, the 75-year-old
Playboy founder tells Vanity Fair magazine. ``There
can be some territorial things between them, but mostly
it's working out very well,'' says Hefner, whose harem
of blondes are named Tina, Regina, Katie, Cathi, Stephanie,
Tiffany and Buffy. ``Let me just say that it's too
good to be true - it's even better than people think!''
JODIE FOSTER, has accepted an offer to star in The
Panic Room, replacing NICOLE KIDMAN whose 11-year
marriage to TOM CRUISE has just broken up. Foster,
whose plans to produce and direct Flora's Plumb have
fallen through, has not made a film since starring
in Anna and the King. She has also had to pull out
of the presidency of the Cannes Film Festival to take
the ð9 million she will receive for The Panic Room.
Kidman and Cruise blame their split on the pressures
of work keeping them apart. But she says it was a
recurrence of the knee injury she suffered while filming
Moulin Rouge that forced her to pull out. ANGELINA
JOLIE was the first choice to replace her but she
was committed to film Life or Something Like It, having
just finished Tomb Raider.
BANDERAS will discover life on the other side of the
lens playing a member of the paparazzi in the thriller
Femme Fatale. He will soon have a female lead as director
BRIAN DE PALMA's four-month search for ``a sexy RITA
HAYWORTH-type'' nears its end. The English-language
film will be shot in Paris and Cannes, where some
of the action takes place during the film festival.
Co-producer MARINA GEFTER says: ``The atmosphere will
be very stylish. Brian wants it to be a homage to
the French film noir of the 40s.''
JESSICA PARKER is trying to juggle her Sex and the
City schedule to return to the New York stage this
summer in Wonder of the World. She wants to play Cass,
a married woman who flees her marriage and goes to
Niagara Falls, where she meets a suicidal alcoholic
mulling a ride over the falls in a huge jar of peanut
butter. Wonder of the World producers have said they
would be willing to try to alter the play's schedule
to fit in with Parker.
OWEN's performance in the underrated Croupier has
caught the attention of Hollywood casting directors.
The British actor, who is starring in the TV drama
Second Sight, is also about to make his mark in a
big-budget adventure film for Universal Pictures.
Owen has been hired to join MATT DAMON in The Bourne
Identity, based on the novel by ROBERT LUDLUM. He
plays an assassin on the trail of Damon's Jason Bourne.
JOHN TRAVOLTA continues his breakneck schedule by
moving straight from the thriller Swordfish to his
next film, Domestic Disturbance. In it he plays a
divorced father who finds his young son's new stepfather
- played by VINCE VAUGHN - is not what he seems.
TEMPLE BLACK is objecting to the film Bojangles which
features young actress LEA GOLDE as Temple when she
was a child star. ``The girl was a little thin and
the wig was silly,'' Temple Black tells Daily Variety.
GREGORY HINES also stars as the talented dancer Bill
Bojangles Robinson, but Temple Black disagrees with
how he is portrayed. Robinson, with whom she danced
in several films, is shown to be a womaniser, drunk
and a gambler who died broke. But Temple Black says:
``He was a classy man - a dear person to me and a
MEL GIBSON has dropped out of the remake of the sci-fi
thriller Fahrenheit 451 which his company still plans
to produce. Gibson, 45, felt he was too old to play
the young fireman hero, and the project seemed doomed
when negotiations with TOM CRUISE and BRAD PITT failed.
But things are back on the frontburner now The Green
Mile director FRANK DARABONT has stepped in to rewrite
the script and helm the film. Fahrenheit 451 is the
temperature required to ignite paper, and the futuristic
story looks at a society where a fireman's job involves
starting fires to burn books. Based on a book by RAY
BRADBURY, the story was previously filmed in 1966
by FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT, with OSKAR WERNER as the dissenting
troubled Basic Instinct II appears to be gong ahead
once more. It appeared on the verge of being abandoned
amid difficulties in finding a director and a leading
man for the star, SHARON STONE. She is earning 15
million dollars for reprising the role of the ice
pick-wielding Catherine Trammell. Die
Hard director JOHN McTIERNAN and leading man BRUCE
GREENWOOD have been reportedly recruited to fill two
of the key roles. Greenwood's manager says: ``We're
in negotiations. If and when the picture moves ahead,
Bruce will be in it.''
actors JUDE LAW and RACHEL WEISZ trained on a rifle
range for their roles as Russian soldiers in Enemy
at the Gates. The Second World War epic of the Battle
of Stalingrad co-stars JOSEPH FIENNES as a Russian
political commissar and BOB HOSKINS as Nikita Kruschev.
Law says: ``I became pretty good with a rifle quite
quickly, which was very scary.'' He also researched
the history of the battle to play the simple soldier
Vassili Zaitsev who became a national hero through
his prowess as a sniper. ``This was such a good story
and a type of film I had never been in before,'' he
said. ``It was so far removed from my character in
The Talented Mr Ripley and the beaches of southern
Globe winner BENICIO DEL TORO is to play a murderous
villain in The Hunted, a thriller helmed by WILLIAM
FRIEDKIN and starring TOMMY LEE JONES. Del Toro is
one of Hollywood's hottest young actors through his
Globe-winning role as a Mexican cop in Traffic, which
has made him an Oscar contender. He also played Franky
Four Fingers in GUY RITCHIE's Snatch.
SYLVESTER STALLONE is hoping to jump start his flagging
career by playing a flamboyant villain in Dolan's
Cadillac. He will play a Las Vegas kingpin who thinks
he has got away with murder, but discovers that the
spouse of his victim has revenge plans. It is based
on a STEPHEN KING story and is being produced by TOM
CRUISE's company, with filming is set to begin in
Mexico at the end of April.
CARREY is planning to play a blacklisted screenwriter
in a 50s period drama, The Majestic. Stripped of his
ambition and the will to live, Carrey's character
leaves Hollywood and takes refuge in a small town.
LAURIE HOLDEN, a relative unknown who has had an occasional
role in The X-Files TV series, will co-star. Director
FRANK DARABONT told the Hollywood Reporter: ``She
beat out a lot of people for this role, and I have
to say I'm thrilled at the prospect of presenting
a fresh face to the audience.'' Filming starts next
month in northern California.
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