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CAINE was injured when he fell into a 12ft
pit while filming the comedy Miss
Congeniality, but was healed by Chinese
medicine practitioners, according to the
film's producer and co-star SANDRA BULLOCK.
The pit was filled with lighting equipment
when 67-year-old Caine toppled in, she said.
"We all rushed over and we could just
glimpse his purple shirt through all the
metal,'' Bullock tells the December issue of
W magazine. "I thought, `Oh my God! I've
killed Michael Caine!'
moving and we were really worried. But then
he crawled out and he had all these cuts and
gouges all over him. We had these Chinese
medicine practitioners on the set and they
tended to him right away.
"The next day
he came bouncing in and said he was fine. He
claimed it was because of the Chinese
ANTHONY HOPKINS has
reportedly already expressed interest in
portraying Hannibal Lecter for a third time
in another sequel to The Silence of the
With Hannibal still awaiting
release, the veteran producer DINO DE
LAURENTIIS is already at work on bringing
author THOMAS HARRIS's 1981 novel Red Dragon
to the screen.
The book was the first of
Harris's novels to introduce Lecter and was
previously filmed in 1986 as Manhunter with
Brian Cox as Lecter.
"Red Dragon is
about the crime Hannibal Lecter committed and
the way he was arrested,'' De Laurentiis told
the Hollywood Reporter.
would like to know - once and for all - why,
where and by whom Hannibal Lecter was
Hopkins has reportedly told
De Laurentiis that he will return as the
cannibal-psychiatrist if he thinks the script
is a good one.
NICOLE KIDMAN is back
in Spain to resume filming the psychological
thriller The Others after taking a month off
with a knee injury.
She returned to
California for treatment to the injury, which
she originally sustained in Australia while
filming Moulin Rouge.
Produced by her
husband TOM CRUISE, The Others, set in 1945,
follows a mysterious woman whose children
suffer a strange illness that forces them to
avoid direct sunlight.
Two stars of
the 1970s' television series Happy Days got
together recently for a reunion at a New York
RON HOWARD, who played Richie,
went to see HENRY WINKLER - the Fonz - in
his new Broadway show The Dinner Party.
"I thought Henry was funny and had
impeccable timing,'' said Howard, who
directed the new JIM CARREY comedy How the
Grinch Stole Christmas. "He was very
KATE WINSLET, who
gave birth to a daughter, Mia, last month,
will be choosing her future projects
carefully to ensure she will be able to spend
as much time as possible at home with the
"It's very important that Mia
isn't bundled off to film locations,'' she
says. "I won't be working for about six
months and when I do it will be near home.''
The 25-year-old actress, who is married
to assistant film director JIM THREAPLETON,
will begin work in the spring on the period
drama Therese Raquin, which she is also
"It will be filmed at
Shepperton which is only half an hour from
where I live,'' she said.
WATSON is to co-star with ADAM SANDLER in his
next comedy, which has been specially written
for them by writer-director PAUL THOMAS
The film will be on a smaller
scale than Anderson's previous films, which
include Boogie Nights and Magnolia.
Cast members of ER and NYPD Blue are joined
in grief this week as they mourn the death of
ANTHONY DWAIN LEE, a popular actor who
guest-starred on both shows and was killed
this week by police in a tragic mix-up at a
Halloween costume party at a West Hollywood
Police officer Tarriel Hopper,
27, and his partner Natalie Humphreys, 25,
had been called to the celebrity-packed
fancy-dress party held at the extravagant,
turreted house nicknamed The Castle after
neighbours complained about the noise.
Approaching the mansion, Hopper spotted Lee
and some other guests through a window and
Lee saw him. Apparently believing that Hopper
in his uniform was just another costumed
guest, Lee aimed his own fake gun at the
officer, who, believing he was under attack,
shot dead the actor.
Erik Quisling, 29, says: "I heard this `pop,
pop', saw the holes in the glass, smelled the
smoke, and then there was this guy on the
floor totally dead. Another guest, a nurse,
tried to revive him, but it was no good. The
cop shot from outside through a window to
inside the house and kills this guy four feet
from me. One minute he was talking, the next
minute he was dead.''
Charlotte Broughton says: "It does not
appear that the officer did anything wrong.
When someone has what appears to be an
authentic weapon, you respond the way you're
trained to respond. This is a tragedy. It's a
very unfortunate incident.''
As well as
his numerous TV appearances, Lee also
appeared in Liar, Liar with JIM CARREY,
playing the part of Fred.
"He was a
Buddhist. He hated violence. It is amazing he
died this way,'' says Mitch Hale, one of
Lee's friends. "He was an incredibly gifted
actor and person. It's devastating. Why did
they shoot someone at a Halloween party?''
Oscar-winning movie duo BEN AFFLECK and
MATT DAMON are pushing ahead with their pet
television project, which they describe as
"a reality-based mystery drama''.
the two are planning is a 13-episode show -
clues will be given in each to the
whereabouts of a huge stash of cash to be won
by the first lucky viewer to put the clues
The show is intended to run on
America's ABC network, but is still in the
very earliest stages of development.
Hot shot Spin City star CHARLIE SHEEN is
trying to stay faithful to the principles of
his drug and booze rehabilitation groups -
and that includes apologising to all the
people you've hurt in the past.
Hollywood insiders are saying that he's run
into a problem trying to apologise to an
ex-girlfriend, because her husband forbids
the star to contact her.
in question is actress KELLY PRESTON and her
husband is superstar JOHN TRAVOLTA, so we
hear that Sheen is having to rethink his
"People ask me if I went to
film school. And I tell them, `No, I went to
films'.'' - , director ofQUENTIN TARANTINO
Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs.
Asked what she thinks of MADONNA, veteran
singer and actress EARTHA KITT replied: "I
don't. What is there to think about?''
BRAD PITT and JULIA ROBERTS, who
starred together in the soon-to-be-released
The Mexican, are becoming a cinematic team.
They will next film the remake of Ocean's
11, beginning in January and are talking of
joining up afterwards for the comedy, Replay.
"We want to work together again,''
confirmed Pitt, who is in London filming Spy
Game with Robert Redford.
"She's got a
great personality and she's tons of laughs on
the set. She's just really natural.''
Replay Pitt would play a man who dies of a
heart attack and wakes up as a younger man to
correct his mistakes, one of which includes
losing the love of his life, to be played by
OLIVER STONE is rewriting
parts of the script for his epic love story
Beyond Borders to make it suitable for
British actor RALPH FIENNES now KEVIN COSTNER
has dropped out.
Costner follows the
example of CATHERINE ZETA-JONES and MEG RYAN,
both of whom were set to star in the project
but then changed their minds.
will now star with ANGELINA JOLIE in the love
story set against the backdrop of worldwide
humanitarian efforts over several years.
Filming will begin in February or March,
when Jolie finishes work on Tomb Raider.
Former tennis champion BILLIE JEAN KING
will have a brief, as yet undetermined role
in the film When Billie Beat Bobbie, about
her triumph over BOBBY RIGGS in landmark 1973
male vs female tennis match.
King will be
played in the film by HOLLY HUNTER while RON
SILVER will play Riggs, the 55-year-old
former champion who challenged the
29-year-old King to a match that attracted
the world's attention.
King will also act
as a consultant on the production, which has
just begun filming in Los Angeles, while
Hunter and her fellow Oscar winner GOLDIE
HAWN will be executive producers. Bobby Riggs
died in 1995.
JUDE LAW has chosen
JOHNNY DEPP to co-star with him in Marlowe, a
film which Law's Natural Nylon company is to
produce in London in March.
Depp is to
play the Elizabethan playwright CHRISTOPHER
MARLOWE while Law will portray William
Shakespeare as an unsuccessful writer who
pilfers Marlowe's work.
will portray CHARLIE CHAPLIN in The Cat's
Meow, the first film from director PETER
BOGDANOVICH in seven years.
comedian will co-star with KIRSTEN DUNST and
JENNIFER TILLY in the story of the scandal
that surrounded Chaplin, actress MARION
DAVIES and publishing magnate WILLIAM
The film centres on the
events that took place one weekend on
Hearst's yacht when film-maker THOMAS INCE
was shot, allegedly by Hearst in a jealous
Tilly will play gossip columnist
LOUELLA PARSONS who, according to the script,
found out about the murder and used it to
blackmail Hearst into giving her a job for
life with his newspaper chain.
begins in Berlin and the Greek islands later
representatives are denying his recent date
with The Practice star LARA FLYNN BOYLE had
anything to do with the break-up of his
Ford and his wife MELISSA
MATHISON, who have been married for 17 years,
confirmed that "we have been living apart
for the past month. We sincerely hope we can
work out our differences''.
58-year-old star was recently photographed
sharing a drink with Boyle, whose romance
with JACK NICHOLSON has been on and off
Ford's agent Patricia McQueeney
said "there was no third party'' involved
but declined to comment on whether Ford had
remained faithful throughout his marriage.
"It's a friendly separation,'' she said.
"Whatever happens, they'll always be
BILLY JOEL has ended his
short retirement from rock tours. The Piano
Man, who said he would not tour again because
he wanted to devote more time to composing
classical music, is now going back on the
road with ELTON JOHN.
The two artists
have worked together in the past and they are
now putting together a tour which is expected
to begin in California in February.
representative for Joel confirmed that the
tour is "in the discussion stage and a
schedule is in the works''.
British director MICHAEL APTED is talking
with JENNIFER LOPEZ about her starring in the
suspense thriller Enough which he will direct
Apted, whose most recent
film was the James Bond hit The World is Not
Enough, reportedly believes the actress is
ideal for the role of a newly married young
woman who takes martial arts lessons to
combat domestic violence.
It is being
described as a cross between Sleeping with
the Enemy and Double Jeopardy.
GWYNETH PALTROW is said to be in deep
negotiations to replace ELIZABETH HURLEY as
the face of Estee Lauder.
The New York
Post reports that Estee Lauder is not happy
with Hurley's "increasingly risque image''.
Executives also resent the fact she has
been critical of the company since she was
labelled a scab by her peers for making a
commercial during the Screen Actors Guild
Hurley blamed Lauder executives
for "not informing'' her of the
quotes a source as saying: "Paltrow is the
hot young face that Lauder wants in its
battle against Lancome, which recently hired
UMA THURMAN, and L'Oreal, which enlisted
French actress VIRGINIE LEDOYEN.
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER says he nearly
drowned while filming a climactic scene in
his latest film, The 6th Day.
called for the action hero to dive into water
to elude his pursuers but he became
"When I came up for air I
hit a platform. I was totally out of breath
so I tried another spot but it was further
under the platform,'' he told interviewers.
Eventually a crew member pulled him to
"If there wasn't someone there
it could have been fatal,'' he said.
JOHNNY DEPP, who portrayed cross-dressing
film director Ed Wood in the film of the same
name, does a gender switch for his new film
Before Night Falls, in which he plays the
dual roles of a military officer and a
"That's what acting is all
about - getting under a character's skin,''
he said. "I had a blast - but the heels were
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