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HALLE IN SQUALL

Halle Berry has been tapped to star in a new film called "October Squall." Berry plays a rape victim who decides to raise her attacker's child. While that seems all well and good, trouble comes when the child becomes a teen and Berry's character starts to notice violent tendencies. The film is to start lensing sometime next year and is based on a true story.



DENZEL ON FIRE

Denzel Washington is negotiating to star in the Fox 2000 thriller, "Man On Fire," where he will play a former U.S. Marine in Naples, Italy who reluctantly takes a job as bodyguard to a child whose family is being threatened by kidnappers. After the child is kidnapped and accidentally killed, the soldier devotes himself to avenging her death. Based on the novel by A.J. Quinnell, the film will be re-team Washington with his "Crimson Tide" director Tony Scott. Shooting is scheduled to begin in February.



FOXX & CHESTNUT "BREAK-UP"

Jamie Foxx and Morris Chestnut may star together in the new film "The Break-Up Handbook." The film is about a man (Foxx) who writes a best seller about breaking up after being dumped by his fiancée. The trouble starts when his buddies (like Chestnut), take his advice. Chestnut is still in negotiations for his role.



GRIFFIN NOT CAMERA SHY

Eddie Griffin is a busy actor these days. The comedian/actor is teaming with Cheech Marin, and Queen Latifah to lend their voices for the live-action film "Pinocchio." Marin will voice the Fox, Griffin will voice the Cat, and Latifah will voice the Dove. The film is expected in theaters this Christmas. Griffin will also play an action star in the film "Blast!" described "as 'Die Hard' on an oil tanker." It's expected to be relesed in theaters by February. Griffin is also working on a film which he wrote called "My Baby's Mama." It will hit theaters some time next year.



FUQUA LIKES STRANGERS

Antoine Fuqua is talks to direct the Warner Bros. Pictures film "Strangers." The film is a "reconception" of the Patricia Highsmith novel "Strangers on a Train." The project will cast soon and is expected to begin production in spring. Fuqua directed "Training Day," for Warners, which won Denzel Washington a best actor Oscar and a nomination for Ethan Hawke for best supporting actor. The film is about a tennis pro who wants to kill his wife and a cultured eccentric who wants to kill his father. The two end up trading murders.



KING GETS LEGAL

Actress Regina King has signed on to co-star with Reese Witherspoon in the upcoming "Legally Blonde" sequel. The film, titled "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, & Blonde," began filming last month. King will play a political chief of staff in Washington, DC where Witherspoon's character, Elle Woods, has come to do legal battle. King recently wrapped shooting on "Daddy Day Care" with Eddie Murphy.



BABYFACE REMAKES SUMMER PLACE

Edmonds Entertainment (headed by Kenny "Babyface" and Tracey Edmonds), with Gold Circle Films and Storyopolis Productions will create the remake of the 1959 classic "A Summer Place." Singer Mandy Moore will play the role Sandra Dee had in the original. The story follows a teen romance kindled at the same time the kids' married parents' former affair reignites. Production is expected to begin by spring.



BROTHERS WAYANS SPOOFED AGAIN

Keenan, Marlon, and Shawn Wayans are back to spoofing the public. E! reports that the trio sold a sci-fi parody and a cross-dressing crimefighter caper to Revolution Studios. Still a long way to production announcements, though.



DENZEL LOOKS AT SINATRA CLASSIC

Tina Sinatra wants to do a remake of her late father's film "The Manchurian Candidate," and she is in talks with Denzel Washington to play the role her father made famous. The remake, penned by Dan Pyne, is based on the 1959 novel by Richard Condon, "Candidate," is a political thriller and dark satire of anti-Communist hysteria. Frank Sinatra starred opposite Angela Lansbury and Laurence Harvey in the original. When "Manchurian" was re-released theatrically in 1988, it was critically hailed, with Sinatra's performance cited as the best of his career. Prior to his death, Sinatra gave Tina his blessing to set up a "Manchurian" remake. Signs are good that Denzel will take the role.



LINDO AND ALLEY "NORMAL"

Delroy Lindo will be joined by former "Cheers" star Kirstie Alley for the CBS TV movie "Profoundly Normal." Based on the real life story of a mentally challenged couple, Lindo and Alley will play the couple who moved from a home for the disabled to developing a successful life on their own.



DOGG BEARABLE

Rapper/actor Snoop Dogg will take on the role of the street snitch Huggy Bear for the movie version of the '70s TV show "Starsky and Hutch." Ben Stiller is signed to play Starsky and Owen Wilson as Hutch. Snoop will reprise the role made famous by Antonio Fargas. Production on the film is expected to begin in February. Before "S&H," you'll be able to catch Snoop's film "Lady T. and Mojo Slim" due out next year.



FREEMAN GOING IN CIRCLES

Morgan Freeman will star in the military thriller "Circle William," as a naval officer. In the project, two brothers -- a naval commander and a White House press secretary -- try to prevent an attack by terrorists. No lensing date announced yet.



BERRY TO MAKE FIRST BOND SPINOFF

Halle Berry made such an impession in the new James Bond flick "Die Another Day" it seems the producers want Berry to star in the first movie ever spun off from the James Bond film series. Zap2it.com quoted Bond series producer Barbara Broccoli as saying, "There are talks about it. We are considering it." Also, cable network E! Entertainment quoted Berry as saying that if a spinoff movie was planned, "I would do it in a heartbeat."



DRE SIGNS FOR FIRST SOLO FILM

Dre (Andre Benjamin) one half of the Outkast singing duo, has signed on for his first feature film, "Love Hater," to be directed by Morgan J. Freeman. Shannyn Sossaman is also in talks to star in the mid-70s based film about an upper middle class musical prodigy and a lower class free spirit he befriends.



COOL J GETS SWATTED

LL Cool J is already shooting his next film. It's titled "S.W.A.T." and also stars Samuel L. Jackson. His latest outing, "Deliver Us From Eva," hits theaters in January.


FREEMAN LEADS DOG'S LIFE

Morgan Freeman and martial arts action star Jet Li are in discussions to co-star in the thriller "Danny the Dog" for Europa Corp. Location filming will be in the United Kingdom with studio shooting scheduled for France. The film will be directed by Louis Leterrier, whose directorial debut was the recent thriller "The Transporter," also for Europa Corp.