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Novenber 2002
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CUBA GOODING PRODUCING

MGM has picked up Nick Guthe's spec script "Don Cornelius," to be produced by Cuba Gooding Jr. and Tierre Turner through their Feel Good Films along with Tollin/Robbins Prods. The project reunites Gooding with Tollin/Robbins are currently in preproduction on Revolution Studios' "Radio," which Gooding will star in. "Cornelius," a potential starring vehicle for Gooding, centers on a quiet suburban accountant who finds out that his biological father is the head of the New York Mafia. When an attempt is made on the father's life, Cornelius is recruited to take over the position.



WOODARD AND GOODING ON RADIO

Acclaimed actresses Alfre Woodard and Debra Winger have joined the cast of the football flick "Radio." The film already stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as a mentally challenged man nicknamed Radio, who befriends a high school football coach. Woodard will play Radio's mother.



COOLIO STRIKES OUT IN CHINA

Rapper-turned-actor, Coolio will star in his first leading role in the movie "China Strike Force," which is scheduled for release early next year. The film is about a young Chinese security officer who is tasked to help the law take on an international drug cartel. In an LA Daily News report, Coolio calls filming overseas a wild experience, "because you got to break all kinds of (safety) rules, doing stuff on the set you could never do in America. In one scene, we needed a flaming fire-ball, and at first the plan was to put in a computer-generated fire-ball in post-production. But instead, they took a bundle of oily rags, soaked it in kerosene, tied a wire around it and lit it." Coolie also has a spot on the upcoming Ben Affleck flick "Daredevil."



JAMES EARL JONES WILL VOICE NEW DARTH VADER

James Earl Jones has told the Toronto Sun that he has signed to become the voice of Darth Vader again for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode III. The prequel will reportedly tell about Anakin Skywalker's transition to the evil half-man/half-robot. Jones said George Lucas told him: "When Anakin goes bionic -- that will be in the last five minutes of Episode 3 -- they will hear you."



SPIKE FILMS JIM BROWN

Spike Lee has premiered his new documentary "Jim Brown: All American," about the star athlete and opponent of social injustice. Lee hopes the film will inspire other top athletes and celebrities to follow Brown's example and work towards worthy causes in their communities. "I would love for Jim to sit down with Michael Jordan, with Tiger Woods," he said. Brown agrees with Lee's sentiments. He told reporters that to many of today's players are too blinded by lucrative contracts to care about what's going on in their communities. The documentary talks about Brown's activism, including his founding of the Negro Industrial Economic Union to help black-owned businesses. One segment also looks at Brown's domestic abuse problems and includes interviews with Brown's friends and associates. "Jim Brown: All American" premieres on HBO in December.



NEED ANOTHER BARBER?

"Barbershop" is already gearing up for a sequel. MGM recently signed a deal with the producers and director for "Barbershop 2." MGM is still negotiating with Ice Cube to reprise his lead role. "Barbershop" generated more than $65 million at the domestic box office and only cost $12 million to produce.



THE ROCK CONSIDERED FOR JOHNNY BRAVO

The Rock is being considered to play the role of the buff cartoon character "Johnny Bravo" for the
live-action adaptation of the Cartoon Network favorite. No writer or start date has been attached to the project yet.



ELLIOT INKS DEAL WITH FOX

Writer, Michael Elliot (Brown Sugar, Like Mike) will team with Fox 2000 on an untitled hip-hop musical to be produced by State Street Pictures. Set in Miami, the musical is described as a classic love story that revolves around an ambitious aspiring singer who risks losing fame and fortune when he falls in love. Producers say the project "will break new ground through the execution of the musical numbers." Elliot added that the songs will be in the style of hip-hop, soul and R&B.



CHEADLE GETS SIMPLE

Don Cheadle and Vince Vaughn are set to star in the film "The Other Side of Simple." The film is about two thieves who return to their hometown to reunite with a brother who was captured by police 10 years earlier when the duo abandoned him during a botched robbery.



JESSE MARTIN FIGHTS RACISM

"Law & Order" star Jesse L. Martin will star in the independent film "Season of Youth" about the story of racism in a wealthy neighborhood.



DENZEL FINDS DEREK LUKE ON SONY LOT

Talk about being at the right place at the right time! That's the story behind the new Denzel Washington film "Antwone Fisher." The film is about a man with a troubled childhood who finds his way with the help of a psychiatrist. The star of the film, newcomer Derek Luke, was discovered by Washington in the Sony gift shop on the studio lot where he worked. "Antwone Fisher" marks Washington's film directorial debut and hits theaters in December.



OUTKAST AND COOLIO IN PARTY MOVIE

OutKast and Coolio have signed on to star in "National Lampoon's Hip-Hop Party." Chevy Chase and the old Lampoon crew won't be in the new film. Instead, the film will take a concert/behind-the-scenes look at the rap stars, rap life, parties, college events, and clubs. The film is going straight to video/DVD and should be on shelves by early next year.