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July 2002
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KASI LEMMONS HAS NEW BATTLE

Director Kasi Lemmons is currently working on "The Battle of Cloverfield," the followup to "The Caveman's Valentine," and her directorial debut, "Eve's Bayou." Her new film is about ghosts who conspire to change the future in a fictional Southern town.


MOS JOINS JOB

Rapper/stage star/movie actor Mos Def and Franky G. have joined the cast of "The Italian Job." The film is a remake of the 1969 heist comedy that starred Michael Caine and the late Benny Hill. This time leading man Mark Wahlberg heads the heist that includes crew Mos, Franky, Ed Norton and Charlize Theron.



SHARISSA MAKING ACTING DEBUT

Motown Recording artist Sharissa is making a crossover to movies She'll make her acting debut at 9 PM, on Wednesday, June 26 in the VH-1 telepic "Play'd: A Hip Hop Story." The film's director, Oz Scott, list of credits includes the hit TV series "Soul Food," "Chicago Hope," "Ally McBeal," "C.S.I." and "The Guardian." The film also stars Toni Braxton, Rashaan Nall ("The Bernie Mac Show"), Merlin Santana ("The Steve Harvey Show"), Faizon Love ("The Replacements") and Clifton Powell ("Rush Hour").



BASSETT STARS WITH DYLAN

Angela Bassett will co-star with Jeff Bridges in the new film "Masked & Anonymous." The movie is about a singer, Bob Dylan, who is released from prison to do one last concert for charity. Also on board for the film are Penelope Cruz, Jessica Lange and Luke Wilson. Filming begins this month.



BERNIE MAC ANGEL'S BOSLEY

King of Comedy Bernie Mac, has been hired to fill the role of Bosley in the upcoming "Charlie's Angels" sequel, scheduled to hit theaters next year. According to E!, Mac's character will be a family relative of the original Bosley.



RED & METH IN "BARBERSHOP"

Method Man and Redman, who starred in "How High," have reteamed to do the film "Barbershop," where they'll play undercover DEA cops investigating a drug ring. Ice Cube, Eve and Cedric "the Entertainer" will co-star.



HALLE NEEDS THERAPY

Academy-Award winner Halle Berry is negotiating to star in the film "Need," slated to begin production this fall. The film is about a New York therapist who learns that one of her patients, a suicidal woman, is having an affair with her husband. Marisa Tomei is in negotiations to play the patient. The Sony film will be will be directed by Luis Mandoki.



SMITH LIKES SEQUELS

Will Smith admits he's hardly against the idea of sequels. The superstar actor/rapper's latest sequel, "Men In Black II," is sure to be a blockbuster, and according to Hitpage, he says he's not against another installment of the alien action flick. "I'd definitely do a 'MIB3' if people like [the second] one," he said. He's also starting work on another sequel in August. The follow-up to "Bad Boys" with Martin Lawrence.



LIL' ROMEO A HONEY

Rapper/actor Lil' Romeo will star in the feature film, "Honey," with former "Dark Angel" Jessica Alba. The film is a coming-of-age story about an inner city girl who becomes a successful video choreographer named Honey, who dreams of opening a neighborhood dance studio. Romeo will play a young street dancer. Lensing begins Sept. 9.



KOTTO WILL WAKE GOD

Yaphet Kotto, who played Lt. Al 'Gee' Giardello in "Homicide: Life on the Streets," will star in the film "God Woke," based on Stan Lee's poem of the same name. Stan Lee is the man behind hundreds of Marvel Comics super heroes. Kotto will adapt and star in the film version of the poem that is set to begin production next spring. "Stan Lee is a visionary who understands the value of heroes and super heroes in today's society, and I have been endeavoring to bring that mythological sense into films and television for my entire career," Kotto said.


LATIFAH PRODUCING AGAIN

Queen Latifah is executive producing and starring opposite Steve Martin in the comedy, "In The Houze." In the film, Martin plays a man who meets a lady on the Internet. The only problem, she's an inmate. When she escapes from prison the fun begins. Latifah's other upcoming film offering is "Brown Sugar." Described as a black "When Harry Met Sally," she stars alongside actors Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan. Production on the movie started in 2001 in New York City, but was postponed due to the 9/11 attacks. The filming has since wrapped and "Brown Sugar" scheduled to hit theaters this October.


HARVEY FIGHTING HOLY WAR

Steve Harvey is currently negotiating two films: "The Fighting Temptations" and "Holy War." "The Fighting Temptations," a Paramount/MTV Films release, will have Harvey opposite Beyonce Knowles and Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. Fox Searchlight's "Holy War" will be helmed by Mark Brown, who also directed "Two Can Play That Game."



ICE CUBE JOINS GANG

Ice Cube is negotiating with Warner Bros. to star in "Torque," an action motorcycle gang flick. Cube would play Trey Wallace, leader of the cycle gang, the Machine. The gang is challenged by rival motorcycle gang the Hellions, to be led by actor Mat Schulze. Filming started this month.



LAURENCE FISHBURNE - A MYSTIC

Variety reports that Laurence Fishburne (of "The Matrix" series) is in final negotiations to star in Warner Bros.' "Mystic River." Fishburne will play a cop's partner as the pair investigate a murder that links three old friends. Brian Helgeland and Clint Eastwood will co-write the adaptation based on Dennis Lehane's bestselling suspense novel.



FOX TO KILL BILL

Vivica A. Fox is currently starring in the box office comedy "Juwanna Mann," as a WNBA all-star. But if you're wondering why she looks so natural on the court, it's because Fox - a Hoosier -- was the starting guard on her championship high school team. Still, the actress and cast, spent a month working in basketball training and then headed out to Charlotte, NC, to train with off-season WNBA players like Cynthia Cooper, Teresa Weatherspoon and Rita Williams. But physical workouts haven't stopped for Fox. She just completed martial arts training in China for her next film, "Kill Bill."



WHITAKER GETS TIME

In Forest Whitaker's new project, he will direct the thriller "Selling Time," about a man who tries to alter a very, very bad day, by going back in time to change the past.



ROCK TO BECOME A ROYAL

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, the wrestle/actor who recently starred in the blockbuster
"The Scorpion King," is now being courted to star as Hawaii's most famous historical king, "King Kamehameha," who ruled the island from 1795 to 1819. No production info has been relesed yet on when filming will start.



MOS ON THE OUTSIDE

Mos Def, co-star of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Top Dog, Underdog," will star in the urban indie film, "From the Outside Looking In." The film follows five best friends growing up in Brooklyn. "From the Outside Looking In," will also feature Isaiah Washington and Wood Harris. Lensing begins in August.



BERNIE MAC A BAD SANTA

Bernie Mac will star with John Ritter and Billy Bob Thorton in the holiday film, "Bad Santa." No info yet on when filming will begin.



POOH TWISTED DIRECTOR

DJ Pooh, who collaborated with Ice Cube for the "Friday" trilogy and wrote the films "The Wash" and "3 Strikes," has teamed with Marcus Morton for the new film "Don't Get It Twisted." Pooh will direct. The film is about twins separated at birth and raised in opposite socioeconomic environments who meet as adults and decide to trade places.



CEDRIC INTOLERABLE

Cedric "the Entertainer" (Cedric Kyles ) is headed back to the big screen to star in the film "Intolerable Cruelty" with George Clooney. In the film, Cedric will play a detective working on a case involving a divorce lawyer (Clooney) and his client, portrayed by Catherine Zeta-Jones. In addition, Cedric will also be staring in and producing the film "Family First," about a man who takes his family on a road trip to Texas for a family reunion.



JAMIE FOXX IS CITY LIVIN'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jamie Foxx will star in "Livin' for the City: The Marion Barry Story", an HBO biopic of former Washington mayor Marion Barry. Leon Ichaso (PINERO, "Hendrix," "Ali: An American Hero") will direct. The project which will begin shooting late summer or early fall in Baltimore and Washington will be executive produced by Chris Rock, Joan Fields and Tracey Kemble. Richard Wesley wrote the script. Following "Livin'," Foxx is set to star in Crusader Entertainment's biopic, "Unchain My Heart: The Ray Charles Story.



BERNIE MAC IS GUESSING

Columbia Pictures is developing the remake of the 1967 classic, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," which originally starred Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. But this time around, according to the Hollywood Reporter, it will star Bernie Mac. In the new version, unlike the original, which had Poitier coming to meet the bride-to-be's white family, Mac would play the Spencer Tracy character, whose daughter dates (and brings home) a white man.



SMITH EYES WHITE BOY

Will Smith will team with Ryan Phillippe to produce a movie called "White Boy Shuffle." According to Variety, the flick is described as a hip-hop "Catcher in the Rye," about a young black man whose life is flipped when he moves from the beach to South Central Los Angeles. No word on whether either actor will star in the film.