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February 2002
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BOW WOW PLAYS B-BALL

After all the rumors, Lil' Bow Wow is finally set to star as a teenage basketball wonder in the new movie "Like Mike." Bow Wow's character stumbles upon an old pair of magic shoes, but the magic is actually a hoax. "They're really not magic -- someone just tells me that Michael Jordan played in them and I put the shoes on, and it's like a Cinderella-type thing," says the singer/actor. Bow Wow alsosaid acting is something he did before he started rapping, and it's still very "stressful." The movie is due in theaters this summer and also stars Morris Chestnut.



SHREK II ON THE WAY

Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers,and Cameron Diaz have all agrees to reprise their roles as the donkey, the ogre and the princess in "Shrek 2." No release date has been set yet.



ICE-T ON TRACK

Ice-T, who recently garnered an NAACP Image Award nomination for his role on "Law & Order: SVU," will star in the upcoming movie "Tracks." The film chronicles the life of reformed killer, Peter Wade, who, along with six of his friends, caused a train crash that killed a New Jersey man. Wade spent almost two years in prison for the crime.



BERRY TO BE 'NAPPY'

Halle Berry, who has been nominated for an Oscar for her role in "Monster's Ball," has signed on to star in the film adaptation of Trisha Thomas ' novel "Nappily Ever After," about a successful woman who has second thoughts about getting back with her boyfriend. The film is expected to go into production this fall.


DUNCAN A CRIME LORD

Micheal Clarke Duncan will play a 450-pound, 6' 7 New York crime lord in the upcoming super hero flick "Daredevil." Duncan will play the archenemy to Ben Afflek's movie namesake hero. The film should be out next year.


DUKE TO DIRECT

Actor/director Bill Duke has signed on to direct the film "Blacktime, Whitenoise." The film is scheduled to begin production some time this summer. It's about four friends who break into a house and accidentally shoot the owner. But in attempting their getaway, they get transported back in time to a very racially different 1968.



CHRIS ROCK TO DIRECT

Chris Rock will be making his directorial debut with the film "Head of State," for Dreamworks, which he will also star in and co-wrote. The movie tells the story of a local politician who ends up as a presidential nominee. Lensing is set to begin in April. Rock's next on-screen film "Bad Company," with Anthony Hopkins, is scheduled to hit theaters in June.



MURPHY'S LAW: KEEP WORKING

IEddie Murphy is not only on tap to do the "Shrek" sequel, he is also currently filming "I Spy," with Robert DeNiro for "Showtime," due out in March, and has a sci-fi spoof called "The Adventures of Pluto Nash," hitting theaters in August.



ROC-A-FELLA FAMILY ON BIG SCREEN

"State Property" tells the tale of the American Black Mafia, specifically a Philadelphia based crime family. The film features cameos from the infamous Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Damon Dash, Memphis Bleek and other members of the Roc-A-Fella family. The film premiered briefly in theaters back on January 18 but only in the NYC, Baltimore, Boston, and Philly markets.



RUMORS OF WASHINGTON/ MURPHY COLLABORA-TION

Denzel Washington told reporters recently that he wants to do more comedy and has been talking with Eddie Murphy about doing a joint project.



DMX TO STAR WITH JET LI AGAIN

DMX's spokesperson said he just signed on to star alongside Jet Li in the Warner Bros. action film "Cradle to the Grave," which will reunite the two "Romeo Must Die" stars. Warner Bros. said that while DMX has not officially signed on, they are close to sealing the deal.