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June 2003
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Rhames Fighting The Dead

Ving Rhames and Sarah Polley are in final negotiations to star in Universal Pictures/Strike Entertainment's horror feature "Dawn of the Dead." The project, a reinvention of the 1978 horror film of the same name, goes into production next month. "Dead" is about a mysterious plague that causes the newly dead to rise from their graves and begin to eat the living.

Snoop Dogg On Plane Ride

The MGM urban comedy "Soul Plane" will co-star rapper-actors Snoop Dogg and Method Man and the equally dynamic duo of Mo'Nique and Sommore. Described as an urban version of the classic 1980 comedy "Airplane!," "Soul Plane" is set to go into production in late June. Snoop will play the plane's pilot, and Method Man will portray Muggsy, the airline owner's best friend who is put in charge of the plane's business class. During the urban airline’s maiden flight, the Hunkee family, headed by Tom Arnold, is mistakenly rerouted from another airline, where they find out they're the only white people on board.

Update On The Rock Walking Tall

We reported in last issue about Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the remake of 1973’s "Walking Tall," and now we have more info. The film will also star with Ashley Scott as the Rock’s love interest and Kristen Wilson as her sister. Shooting is still scheduled to start in July. Neal McDonough will also star as Hamilton, the man at the center of the corruption. Scott will play the sheriff's (Rock’s) love interest in the small town, and Wilson will play his sister.

More News on Fuqua’s Arthur

To update on previously reported film. "Bend It Like Beckham" star Keira Knightley has scored a starring role as Guinevere in Walt Disney Co.'s and director Antoine Fuqua’s "King Arthur." Knightley will star opposite Clive Owen in the historical take on the medieval legend. Described as a demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, the film promises a more realistic portrayal of Arthur than has ever been presented onscreen. It is scheduled to start production this month in Dublin, Ireland. The film will focus on the history and politics of the period during which Arthur ruled -- when the Roman Empire collapsed and skirmishes over power broke out in outlying countries -- as opposed to the mystical elements of the tale on which past Arthur films have focused.

Murphy Has Country of One

Universal is negotiating with Eddie Murphy to star in the comedy "Country of One" about an African-American man who makes a wish and wakes up one day to discover that he is the only black person in America. Oscar-winner Brian Grazer ("A Beautiful Mind," "8 Mile") will produce the project and "Barbershop" director Tim Story is in talks to direct.

Ice Cube Not There Yet

Brian Levant has come aboard to direct Ice Cube in Revolution Studios' "Are We There Yet?" A fall start date on the project is expected. The film sees Ice Cube, a playboy bachelor in trouble with his girlfriend’s kids when he offers, on New Year’s night, to get her kids -- whom he has never met -- in Washington and deliver them to mom in New York on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Along the way, the kids do everything in their power to ruin the trip and Cube’s relationship with their mom.

Latifah A 'Gangster'

Queen Latifah is nearing a deal to star in Miramax Films' remake of the South Korean action-comedy "My Wife Is a Gangster." No director is on board, but the studio hopes to be in production by first quarter next year. "Gangster" is about a female mob boss (Queen Latifah) who gets married to please her dying sister. She chooses a poor, unsuspecting dupe who has no idea what he's getting into in the hopes that he won't ask too many questions. However, he starts to wise up, and she starts to fall in love.

Fox and Moore Into Sex/Murder

Filming has started on the Rainforest Films thriller "Motive," starring Vivica Fox and Shemar Moore. The film also features Joe Torry, Mel Jackson, and Keisha Knight Pulliam and is being shot in and around Atlanta. The film is about a Moore’s character, Emery Simms, and his wife Vivica Fox and the moral dilemma that develops when Emery engages in a sexual fling that escalates into a murder mystery.

Marlon a Ladykiller?

Marlon Wayans, will be starring alongside Tom Hanks in the Coen Brothers' remake of the 1955 comedy "Ladykillers." Tom and Marlon play thieves who have to silence their landlady when she discovers their plan to rob a riverboat casino. They soon find out that the little old lady isn’t as easy to get rid of as they had anticipated.

Damon A Clown

Damon Wayons is set to star in 20th Century Fox's "Homey the Clown." The film is a spin-off of the role Wayans made famous in Fox's "In Living Color." It will be directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans from a script written by Dean Lorey andDamon Wayans. Filming is expected to begin in this month.

Washington And Streep In Cat And Mouse

Oscar-winner Meryl Streep has signed on with Oscar-winner Denzel Washington for Paramount’s remake of the 1962 Frank Sinatra thriller "The Manchurian Candidate." Washington stars as a decorated war hero who tries to thwart a brainwashed assassin. Streep plays the assassin's evil mother, a role originally played by Angela Lansbury.

Coolio In "Red" Water

Rapper/actor Coolio will appear opposite Lou Diamond Phillips in the TBS Superstation original movie "Red Water." The film is set to premiere August 10th on the cable channel.

Eddie Griffin Feeling Blue

Eddie Griffin is feeling blue. Griffin has signed on for the live-action flick "Paul Bunyan," voicing the Lumberman’s blue ox, Babe. The CGI movie will be ready at the end of the year.

Orlando A White Cat

Funnyman Orlando Jones is offering up his vocals for the CGI project "Father of the Pride." Jones will mouth along with John Goodman, Carl Reiner, and Cheryl Hines in the series about the catty characters of white lions in Vegas duo Siegfried & Roy’s act.

John Amos Has Baby’s Momma

John Amos will costar in "My Baby’s Momma," with Eddie Griffin, Anthony Anderson and Michael Imperioli. A trio of young men (Griffin, Anderson, and Imperioli) are forced to grow up quick when their girlfriends all become pregnant around the same time. The film is in post-production.

Rhames Into Sin

Ving Rhames will soon be seen in director Michael Stevens’ indie feature "Sin" alongside Gary Oldman. about a retired one-armed cop (Rhames) who must save his sister (Kerry Washington), from a revenge seeking madman (Oldman).

Union Possessed

Gabrielle Union will costar with Jeremy Renner in "Neo Ned." The indie project from filmmaker Van Fischer (Blink of an Eye) centers on a racist psychiatric patient (Renner) who falls for a young black woman (Union) who thinks she is possessed by the spirit of Adolf Hitler. Cameras are currently rolling in Los Angeles.

Anderson Lands "Cody Banks" Sequel

Anthony Anderson will star opposite Frankie Muniz in MGM's spy-kid follow-up "Agent Cody Banks," playing the teen's special-ops supervisor. The sequel centers on the adolescent agent's undercover job in the U.K. as a foreign-exchange student. Lensing will be in London.