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has finished his producing duties on the
Second World War thriller Enigma, MICK JAGGER
is going in front of the cameras to co-star
in the drama The Man From Elysian Fields,
which is due to begin shooting soon.
Rolling Stone leader, who last acted in
1997's Bent, will play the owner of an escort
service. ANDY GARCIA will play a novelist who
goes to work for him while ER's JULIANNA
MARGULIES will play his wife.
success of Billy Elliott in America has led
to its first-time director, STEPHEN DALDRY,
landing a big-budget Hollywood production for
his next project. The British stage director
is in talks to direct NICOLE KIDMAN, MERYL
STREEP and JULIANNE MOORE in the DAVID
HARE scripted adaptation of the Pulitzer
Prize-winning novel, The Hours.
PALTROW was originally expected to be in the
cast but Moore stepped in when Paltrow was
unavailable. The novel, a homage to VIRGINIA
WOOLF, is the story of three women from
different periods in the 20th century.
will be co-produced by Hollywood veteran
SCOTT RUDIN and British theatre impresario
ROBERT FOX, who bought the rights to the book
QUENTIN TARANTINO, who
has been keeping a low profile recently, is
writing Kill Bill, for his Pulp Fiction star
He is still working on the
script and he will also direct Kill Bill,
which is described as a revenge film,
according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Thurman won a best supporting actress Oscar
nomination for Pulp Fiction and Tarantino won
the Oscar for best screenplay.
Producers of the made-for-television film
In His Life: The John Lennon Story,
auditioned more than 300 actors before
finding the right man toportray the
ex-Beatle. Production was delayed and at one
stage the film was on a the verge of being
"I remember standing in the
rain outside a recording studio in Liverpool
saying `We're not going to be able to make
this movie','' recalled writer-producer
Then the casting search
turned up Dublin musician PHILLIP MCQUILLAN,
who was deemed to be perfect for the role. He
had never acted before but had been
performing a one-man Lennon music show. The
film, much of which was shot in and around
Liverpool is to air in the US on December 8,
the 20th anniversary of JOHN LENNON'S death.
JAMES CAAN, who has been much in
demand since his film comeback opposite HUGH
GRANT in Mickey Blue Eyes, is to star in
Glimpse of Hell, about the explosion that
killed 47 sailors on the USS Iowa in 1989.
He will play the ship's captain, Fred
Moosally, who toed the Navy line in a
cover-up in which high-ranking officers
allegedly concocted a false story blaming the
incident on a gay love affair gone bad. "We
wanted an actor who had the formidable
presence of a naval captain and that's
exactly what James Caan has,'' said producer
flick The Dreyfuss Affair is back in
development hell with the news that BEN
AFFLECK'S schedule makes it impossible for
him to star in this gay-themed sports drama.
That makes this the fourth time this
movie about a love affair between two big
league baseball players has struck out at a
major film studio.
Disney picked up and
dropped the project twice, Fox Studios were
next to option it, start it and then dump it
and New Line Cinema won't give the
controversial film the green light without
But that doesn't mean the
picture won't get made. Some of Hollywood's
other stars have been expressing interest in
signing on and seeing to itthat this story
gets in front of the cameras. Among those
interested in the film are High Fidelity's
actor/producer DAVID HASSELHOFF is finally
speaking out about why he left his hit TV
show Baywatch after 11 successful years.
"I'd reached rock bottom emotionally and
creatively,'' admits the star, "I felt I was
becoming a caricature of myself and wanted to
go back to my original dream - doing musical
Now Hasselhoff is realizing
his dream - he opens this month on the
Broadway stage as the lead in Jekyll & Hyde.
Life is good, he says, but the move to New
York means that the actor has had to leave
his wife and Baywatch co-star, actress PAMELA
BACH and their two daughters, Taylor-Anne, 10
and Hayley Amber, 8, behind in Los Angeles.
Gladiator star RUSSELL CROWE
proved he was less of a man than he appears
when he took off some clothing at producer
JERRY BRUCKHEIMER'S recent garden party.
The hunky star kicked off his shoes and
puzzling revealed himself to be a couple of
inches shorter than he had been when he
Amused guests quickly realized
that the Aussie actor, who is currently
dating superstar MEG RYAN, seemed to be
wearing lifts in his shoes to make himself
taller than his new girlfriend.
that the love-light back in GWYNETH PALTROW'S
eyes when she looks at her on-again/off-again
boyfriend BEN AFFLECK - or is it a glittering
reflection from the 18-carat diamond bracelet
the actor has just given her?
can forget the new CAMERON DIAZ movie Stuck
Nowhere - because it's going nowhere.
Something About Mary and Charlie's Angels
star was telling friends all over town how
excited she was when she got the script. It
seemed a sure thing that the film was getting
the green light with Diaz attached. But then
the actress learned the identity of her
leading man and has pulled the plug on the
Not that Diaz has
anything against MATT DILLON as an actor, you
understand. But she used to go out with him
and their break-up was anything but amiable.
STEVEN SPIELBERG's new film is AI, the
brainchild of the late and legendary film
director STANLEY KUBRICK.
planning the picture for 18 years but died
before he could get it made.
vowed to bring it to the screen as a tribute
to Kubrick. The film's plot is being kept
hush-hush, but we have learned it is set in
the future, when the polar ice-caps have
melted and flooded New York.
is shooting AI - it stands for Artificial
Intelligence - on the same Warner Brothers
soundstage where the raging Atlantic seas
were created for GEORGE CLOONEY's latest
movie The Perfect Storm.
AI is due out in
cinemas next year.
"I've been doing yoga for
a few years. It can make you have sex better
and longer. I can only demonstrate it. I
can't really verbalise it.'' - STING.
"I know I'm singing a lot better now than
ever. I hate to say it, but I am knocked out
listening to my own voice, which I never used
to be.'' - ROD STEWART.
With the last-minute agreement of English
Patient star RALPH FIENNES to replace KEVIN
COSTNER and ANGELINA JOLIE agreeing to take
the place of CATHERINE ZETA-JONES, troubled
flick Beyond Borders seems finally to have
solved its casting problems.
epic, directed by OLIVER STONE, tells the
story of a 10-year love affair between a
beautiful socialite and a relief worker. It
is set against the ravaged landscapes of
war-torn and disaster-stricken countries in
Europe, Africa and Asia.
first ran into problems when Zeta-Jones, due
to take the starring role opposite Costner,
discovered that she would be heavily pregnant
when filming was originally due to start.
Producers thought they'd found the perfect
replacement when MEG RYAN expressed interest
in the role - months of negotiations
followed, then Ryan dropped out.
time, the delays meant Costner had to quit
the project because of scheduling conflicts
with another movie, Dragonfly.
Fiennes and Tomb Raider star Jolie to the
rescue. Can they save this movie and make it
JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT has
agreed to sign on to new movie The Devil and
Daniel Webster alongside SIR ANTHONY HOPKINS
and ALEC BALDWIN.
The film tells the
story of an author, played by Baldwin, who
sells his soul to the devil in exchange for a
best-seller and 10 years of fame and fortune.
But when the devil comes to collect,
Baldwin's character tries to get out of the
deal, enlisting reclusive millionaire
publisher Anthony Hopkins to argue his case.
Hewitt is taking the role of the devil,
and we can reveal that the star will finally
be shedding her squeaky-clean image in favour
of some major gender-bending in this role.
MEG RYAN has just signed on for another
movie, Kate & Leopold, a time-travel romantic
comedy which casts her opposite new movie
heart-throb HUGH JACKMAN of X-Men fame.
The film tells the story of a 19th century
duke, played by Jackman, who falls in love
with a Ryan's contemporary New York girl.
Proof of Life, the film in which Ryan
co-stars with RUSSELL CROWE and on the set of
which they fell in love, will be out soon.
The long-awaited album by LISA MARIE
PRESLEY, daughter of the legendary ELVIS
PRESLEY, has been put on hold yet again.
The disc was due out in stores this coming
January, but now the label's executives are
saying vaguely that we can expect it
"sometime next year''.
Part of the
problem is not Presley's voice but her battle
with her weight. Insiders say she is
determined to return to the svelte figure she
had during her short-lived marriage to
Michael Jackson before she faces the
album-release publicity shots.
JONATHAN LIPNICKI stole scenes from TOM
CRUISE in Jerry Maguire when he was only five
years old, went on to star in Stuart Little
and is headlining again in Little Vampire.
But the actor, now 10, isn't sure about all
"People used to be really
wild. They would follow me around,'' he says.
"They thought I had a cell phone in my
backpack. I was in kindergarten.''
Lipnicki certainly doesn't want to grow up
to be a celebrity heart-throb. "I've heard
when girls meet 'N Sync and the Backstreet
Boys, they throw up on them and faint,'' he
Entertainment giant Disney
has just pulled the plug on their most
controversial movie to date - after spending
over 20 million dollars so far just to
develop the project.
The film, called
Wild Life and directed by ROGER GOULD and
HOWARD BAKER, was intended to be a "hip''
urban flick set in the world of nightclubs
that would appeal to both youngsters and
The plot focused on a group of
club kids evicted from the coolest club in
town, who become determined to get back in at
According to an insider,
executives at Mouse House were so taken aback
by the sexual content of the film and its
gay-friendly tone that they gave Wild Life
the thumbs-down before they even saw the
second reel of the rough-cut.
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