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DENZEL'S DIRECTING DEBUT

Denzel Washington's directorial debut "The Antwone Fisher Story" will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival Sept. 5-14. The film tells the story of a hot-tempered sailor (newcomer Derek Luke), whose visit to a naval psychiatrist (Washington) starts him on the road to emotional healing. It will be released in selected US cities in late December.



ISAIAH TAKES ON FORD/HARTNET

Isaiah Washington has closed a deal to star in a cop film about a hip-hop mogul who takes on a police duo, to be played by Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett, investigating a music industry crime ring. Production begins this month.



ROSARIO SHATTERED

Rosario Dawson, who co-starred in "Men In Black II" with Will Smith, is considering taking a part in the film "Shattered Glass." Hayden Christensen and Steve Zahn are already on board for the project. The film is about famed journalist Stephen Glass who rose to fame on several bogus stories.



FREEMAN BOUNCING ALONG

Morgan Freeman will star opposite Owen Wilson in the Warner Brothers thriller "The Big Bounce." for director George Armitage. The project, slated for a production start on October 28, is based on the Elmore Leonard novel of the same name. The film is described as a sexy noir thriller about love and betrayal.



ON THE WRIGHT PEG LEG

Jeffrey Wright is set to play Long John Silver in yet another movie version of the famed Robert Louis Stevenson classic, "Treasure Island." While the new version stays true to the story of a band of gold-hungry pirates led by Silver, the setting will be contemporary. Lensing begins in early 2003.



GRIER SET TO OUT FOX KILLER

Pam Grier joins Gil Bellows, Sean Young, Carly Pope, and others as part of the cast of NBC's three-hour miniseries "1st to Die." The movie is based on the novel of the same name about a group of women who form an all-female club to try to catch a serial killer. Grier will play a medical examiner. Filming begins this month.



P AND ROMEO A WORKING FAMILY

Father and son team Master P and Lil' Romeo are hard at work. The two rap stars are closing several deals soon. Master P is currently working on the film, "Two Cops," with Harrison Ford and Nicholas Cage. He currently appears in the film "Undisputed," with Wesley Snipes and Ving Rhames. Romeo is getting ready to film the dance kids flick "Honey," with Jessica Alba, and has a second film coming called "Shorty," produced by his dad. Then the two will also combine their talents to film a Nickelodeon pilot together called, "Pieces to the Puzzle."



OWENS GETS REVEALING - AGAIN

OBrent Owens, director of the "Pimps Up, Ho's Down" exposé documentary, has just released the sequel "Hookers At the Point," available on VHS and DVD. Delta Entertainment and MTI Home Video announced "Hookers at the Point," as a raw and daring look into the world's oldest profession in South Bronx, N.Y.



BERRY MAKES A GOOD GUIDE

Halle Berry is in negotiations to star in "The Guide," based on the Thomas Perry novel, "Shadow Woman" about a woman who uses Native American mysticism and technology to create new identities for people in trouble.



EPPS GETS CONVICTION

On Sunday, September 29 at 8pm., Showtime will air the original movie "Conviction" starring Omar Epps with Treach and Charles Dutton. Based on the life of Carl Upchurch, the film is about a hardened criminal who today organizes gang summits and crusades for non-violence. After the movie, Showtime will air the documentary "Gangs: Escaping the Life," which examines the choices gangst members face when deciding to leave a gang.



MAGIC TO MAKE B-BALL FILM

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson and actress-director Penny Marshall are teaming up with filmmakers Kip and Kern Konwiser ("Miss Evers' Boys") to make a documentary about the history of basketball for Showtime. Titled "Dynasty," the film will focus on how basketball has gone from being a cottage business to becoming a "big business" part of international pop culture.



I SPY MURPHY AND OWENS

The long awaited "I Spy" remake starring Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson is finally set to hit theaters November 1. The two men take on the roles that Bill Cosby and Robert Culp made famous in the 1960s television hit. In the new film, the duo need to track down a missing stealth bomber and try get along with each other at the same time.



PEEBLES GETS CROWN

Mario Van Peebles and Howie Mandel will team up for the flick, "Crown Heights." The Showtime movie, chronicles the aftermath of the 1991 New York race riots and will also star Jeremy Blackman and Deguan Henderson. "Crown Heights" will air this fall on Showtime.



BARBERSHOP ALREADY IN SEQUEL TALKS

MGM likes the potential for the flick "Barbershop," so much that they are already talking with rapper/actor/producer Ice Cube about a sequel. "Barbershop" follows the life-in-a-day of an urban barbershop, and stars Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Anthony Anderson and Eve.



BONET A BIKER

Lisa Bonet has signed to join Laurence Fishburne, Orlando Jones, Djimon Hounsou and Larenz Tate in the upcoming black motorcycle gang flick "Biker Boyz.



MEKHI IS DARK ANGEL'S HONEY

Mekhi Phifer will star alongside "Dark Angel" star Jessica Alba in Universal Pictures' upcoming film "Honey." Music video director Bill Woodruff make his feature directorial debut in this music-driven coming-of-age drama about a sexy and tough yet vulnerable inner-city woman.



MJ TO DO POE?

Michael Jackson is apparently going to star as Edgar Allen Poe in a new movie and according to reports is even being coached by recluse actor Marlin Brando. Gary Pudney, a supposed "longtime friend" of Jackson, told "Access Hollywood" the singer is moving ahead with plans to do a movie about the famed author. The project is called "The Nightmare of Edgar Allan Poe," and will be about the horror writer's tragic final days. Jackson apparently wants to star as Poe.



ROCK IS HEAD OF STATE

Filming has begun on Chris Rock's directorial debut "Head of State." The Dreamworks comedy also stars Rock and he also co-wrote the screenplay. Rock will star as a Washington D.C. neighborhood Alderman, who's about to be red-lined out of his job. But after the untimely death of his party's frontrunner, he gets the unexpected nod to be his party's nominee -- for President of the United States. The film also stars Bernie Mac, Robin Givens, Dylan Baker, Tamala Jones, and Lynn Whitfield.