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November 2001
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RHAMES/ OLDMAN LIVING IN SIN

Ving Rhames and Gary Oldman will co-star in the movie, "Sin," about a former police officer who gets caught up in mystery and intrigue after his sister disappears.


THE QUEEN VISITS CHICAGO

Queen Latifah is currently in negotiations for a Big Mama-sized role in the film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical "Chicago." Latifah will co-star with Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere, as the "no-nonsense" prison matron Mama Morton.



JA RULE LOCKED DOWN

In addition to "Half Past Dead," Ja Rule will also be in the new Steven Seagal movie "Lockdown." Rule joins a cast that includes Seagal, Morris Chestnut, Nia Peeples, and Tony Plana. In "Lockdown," an undercover agent is sent to prison after a drug bust goes bad, only to lead inmates against an attack by mercenaries on the prison.



NEAL WILL "HOLLA"

Actress Elise Neal, the Mrs. on "The Hughleys," has been signed to co-star in the upcoming independent horror production titled "Holla." Neal will play a famous TV actress who decides to take a vacation from her hectic career with a few friends in a secluded mansion. The vacation becomes a nightmare when the group realizes they're not only stranded in their snow-covered mansion, they're being stalked by a psychopath.



HAYSBERT FAR FROM HEAVEN

Dennis Haysbert, who starred in "Love & Basketball" and stars in the new TV action drama "24," is in negotiation to co-star in the film "Far From Heaven" with Dennis Quaid. Haysbert will play the gardener to a white suburban family in 1957. Quaid plays the head of the family who, after a homosexual affair, leaves his wife emotionally abandoned. The wife, in turn, finds comfort in the gardener.



BRANDY A "MATRIX" REPLACEMENT

Brandy is being courted to take over the role that was to be filled by the late Aaliyah in the "Matrix" sequels. Producers originally wanted to keep the late Brooklyn-born beauty in the film and dub her voice, but the studio overruled and the decision has been made to reshoot her scenes with another actress.



MJ SHOOTS CAMEO FOR MIB

Michael Jackson recently completed filming of a brief scene for the upcoming sequel to "Men in Black." Despite rumors to the contrary, his role is not that of an alien.



UNION SET FOR ROMANTIC COMEDY

Gabrielle Union is set to star opposite LL Cool J in USA Films' romantic comedy "Deliver Us From Eva." Gary Hardwick (The Brothers) is directing from his own script. Baltimore/Spring Creek Pictures is producing.



FREEMAN TELEPATHIC IN STEVEN KING FILM

Morgan Freeman has signed to star in Castle Rock Entertainment's adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling novel "The Dreamcatcher" for filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan. The project goes into production in January in Vancouver, British Columbia. "The Dreamcatcher," adapted by William Goldman, is a thriller about four childhood friends who shared telepathic powers. Years later, they must reunite and use their powers to save Earth from a mysterious force.


SPEED RACER GETS HYPED

Popular video director Hype Williams may be in line to direct the movie adaptation of "Speed Racer." Williams, who has directed videos for Aaliyah, Michael Jackson, Destiny's Child, Usher, Foxy Brown, Babyface, and Madonna, among others, has been tapped to helm the live-action film. Williams is no rookie when it comes to feature films; he also directed the movie "Belly." "Speed Racer" has been in the pipeline for some time while everyone waits for the script to finish being reworked.


FUQUA TO DIRECT CIA THRILLER

"Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua is already working on his next project. The director has signed to shoot an untitled CIA spy thriller. The picture will center on two agents -- one or both of whom might be working for the Russians! Fuqua starts lensing late next year because he'll be busy until then directing a Myriad Pictures project in late 2002, followed by production of the Bruce Willis thriller, "Man of War," which is slated to begin production in February. Fuqua's other feature credits include "Bait" and "The Replacement Killers."



SNOOP ON CRIME SPREE

Snoop Doggy Dog Dogg has signed on to do, "Lady T. and Mojo Slim." The rapper will play a street criminal who falls for a policeman's daughter. The couple then go on a crime spree, but they use their ill-gotten gains to help the less fortunate . . . like a Robin Hood from the hood. Currently, Snoop is on his Puff Puff Pass tour with cohorts Tha Liks, DPG, Doggy's Angels, and Tha Eastsidaz. Snoop currently donates $2 from every ticket sold for his concerts to the Red Cross.



"ALI" RELEASE MOVED BACK

The release date for the highly anticipated biopic "Ali" has been moved back to Christmas. According to Fox 411, Columbia Pictures says it's because December 25th is a better date for the film, but other sources say the postponement is so that rising star Alicia Keys will have time to record the theme song for the film.



PULP DUO TOGETHER AGAIN

"Pulp Fiction" duo Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta may be teaming up again for the film "Basic." The action flick, is scheduled to start lensing near the end of November in Florida and Panama. Travolta will play a DEA agent brought into a basic training camp to investigate the disappearance of an Army Ranger drill instructor (Jackson) after a failed training exercise.



LL COOL J AN FBI MINDHUNTER

LL Cool J is set to co-star in "Mindhunters," an action film about an FBI psychological profiling division and its new recruiting class. LL Cool J will be one of the recruits and Clifton Collins Jr., who co-stars in the "The Last Castle," is in negotiations to join the film as a wheelchair-bound trainee.



X-MEN 3 ON THE HORIZON

After months of working on the X-Men 2 script, David Hayter is promising fans that there'll be a third film in the series. "'X-Men 2' is definitely bigger," Hayter explained. "What I'm telling people is that it's the second part of a much bigger, three-part movie." Without revealing any plot details, the scriptwriter said "We are closing in on the final draft. Everybody seems pretty happy. I can't say much about it story-wise, but it's going to be really cool." While Halle Berry and the rest of the original cast are signed on for the second film, there's no word yet as to who might be in the prequel.



RED AND METH JUST PLAIN ZANY

Method Man and Redman are set to brew up some zaniness for their upcoming film "How High." During an interview with MTV, Meth told reporters, "It's a fish-out-of-water tale. You have these two guys, Silas and Jamal. One is a street scientist, he makes his own plants (you know the kind). The other lives with his momma." The film is set for release on December 26.



SEAGAL LIKES KURUPT AND RAPPER FRIENDS

Action star Steven Seagal has been showing up in a lot of films with rappers lately, and his next project, "Half Past Dead," is no different. Rappers Ja Rule and Kurupt have joined the cast of the Screen Gems action film, along with Morris Chestnut. The film follows a criminal who masterminds a plot to infiltrate a prison to persuade a death row inmate to help him find $200 million in gold lost from an old heist. Rule recently co-starred in "The Fast and the Furious" and Kurupt will soon appear in the Kurt Russell film, "The Plague Season."



BEYONCE AN AUSTIN POWERS BEAUTY?

According to reports, Beyonce Knowles has been cast to co-star alongside Mike Myers in the Austin Powers installment "Goldmember." Well, she's certainly in good company. Leading actresses in the previous Austin Powers films were Liz Hurley and Heather Graham. Beyoncé's previous acting experience includes the MTV-made film, "Carmen: A Hip Hopera."



DMX IN "M"-INSPIRED FILM

DMX has told anyone who'll listen that he loves acting and to his credit, people are listening. The rapper has been signed to work with the "Exit Wounds" and "Romeo Must Die" producer-director team of Joel Silver and Andrzej Bartkowiak for a film inspired by the 1931 thriller "M." The film follows a child murderer/stalker who eludes police, but in their overly thorough search for the criminal, the police cause problems for organized crime. So the criminals decide the only way to get the cops off their backs is to catch the murderer themselves. DMX will play a crime boss who reluctantly helps the police.



BERRY JOINS AFFLECK

Halle Berry is in talks to co-star with Ben Affleck in Revolution Studios' "Gigli," an action film directed by Martin Brest (Meet Joe Black) Production begins this month.



THE QUEEN GETS SOME "SUGAR"

Queen Latifah, is in talks to star in the film "Brown Sugar," alongside Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan. "Brown Sugar" is described by director Rick Famuyiwa as a "love letter to New York." Diggs and Lathan play a record label executive and a magazine editor who share a passion for hip-hop and eventually fall in love. while Latifah may play Lathan's best friend. "Brown Sugar," will be executive produced by Magic Johnson, and is scheduled to begin filming at the end of the year. "Brown Sugar" is the first major movie to shoot in New York City since the September 11, terrorist attacks.



DJIMON FILMING IN NYC

Jim Sheridan's "East of Harlem" recently shot two weeks of exterior sequences in Manhattan, while all interiors for the immigrant drama, set entirely in New York, were filmed in Sheridan's native Ireland. The movie co-stars Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine and Djimon Hounsou.