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July 2003
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MGM CATCHES CEDRIC’S PITCH

Continuing its pledge to produce urban-oriented fare, MGM has picked up the pitch "Flash" from Cedric the Entertainer. Cedric will both star and produce as part of the deal. The project, which is expected to be fast-tracked at the studio, is described as a comedy with heart centering on Coach Levels (Cedric), who leads a group of athletes on the field and mentors them off the playing surface. He forms a tight bond with a young urban thug named Andy and tries to teach him a lesson, only to wind up learning one himself. No production date is set yet and a writer also needs to be hired.



WILL SMITH SWIMMING WITH THE FISHES

Will Smith, Jack Black, Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, Martin Scorsese, and Renee Zellweger are lending their voices to "Sharkslayer." In this saltwater version of a mafia movie, the son of a crime family shark boss (De Niro) is killed and a bottom-feeder named Oscar (Smith) is found at the scene of the crime. Hoping to get in good with the crime boss’s enemies, the fast-talking hustler let’s everyone believe he’s the killer known as the "sharkslayer," but he soon discovers he’s in over his head in a world where big fish tend to eat little fish. (Scorsese plays a puffer fish; Black plays a shark). A November release date is planned.



WHITE ROUNDS OUT "MR. 3000" CAST

Actor Brian J. White has signed on to appear alongside Bernie Mac and Angela Basset in the Walt Disney comedy "Mr. 3000" as a baseball star who befriends Mac’s character. White is widely known for his role in cable’s series "The Shield." "Mr. 3000" centers on a former Detroit Tigers player (Mac) who comes out of retirement when three of his base hits are disallowed, dropping him below the prized 3,000-hit plateau.



QUEEN DRIVING A CAB

After nominated for her supporting role in "Chicago" and enjoying success with the hit comedy "Bringing Down the House," Queen Latifah has now inked a pact to star in the English-adapted French comedy "Taxi." Latifah will play a cab driver who teams with a young cop to solve bank robberies. Filming on the action comedy begins in mid-September.



WHITNEY AND BOBBY TO COSTAR?

People magazine staffers are reporting that Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown are in talks for their first big-screen project together, starring as gangsta’ singers. In the film they will play musicians who are also gangsters. Brown says the two will "be singing, robbing, stealing - a lot of things people might not want to see us do."



RAPPER 50 CENT BIO ON THE WAY

Eminem's "8 Mile" was a success, so now Hollywood wants to try doing the life of 50 Cent as a follow up. A biographical film on the rapper is under development with the help of "The Sopranos" writer Terry Winter. It will chronicle 50 Cent's life from his impoverished upbringing in Queens, New York, to his emergence as a rap superstar. We’ll have to wait and see what the final result is, but the film will likely cover such events as the death of his Mom when he was 8, his introduction to crack dealing at age 12, his years as a thug and the gunshot wounds, and his emergence as a hip-hop star.



LIL’ KIM WINS HER SPURS

Singer/actress Lil’ Kim will hit the big screen later this year in Blockbuster Entertainment Group’s western drama "Guns and Roses." No release info yet on the plot but the film will also star Bobby Brown, Monica Calhoun and Stacy Dash.



BERRY VOICING ROBOT

Halle Berry, Ewan McGregor, Mel Brooks, Drew Carey, Jim Broadbent, Stanley Tucci, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Coolidge, Paul Giamatti, Dan Hedaya, D.L. Hughley, Jamie Kennedy, Harland Williams, Sofia Vergara and Amanda Bynes will be the voice talent for 20th Century Fox’s new CGI project "Robots." After last year's CGI hit "Ice Age," the studio is looking to repeat it’s animated success. Although it was officially announced just last month, the project is already in production with a scheduled March 11, 2005, release. Several of the actors have already spent time in the recording studio.



NUNEZ UP AGAINST THE EIGHT BALL

Actor Miguel A. Nunez, Jr. (Juwanna Mann, Sparks, Tour of Duty, Rhythm and Blues, Life) makes his directorial debut in the dramatic comedy "Up Against The Eight Ball." Nunez will also play a supporting role in the film. Production started last month but a release date is yet to be set.



ROCK TO RETEAM WITH DREAMWORKS

Comedian Chris Rock, who most recently starred in DreamWorks' "Head of State," which he directed and co-wrote, will next do voice work for DreamWorks' animated film "Madagascar," scheduled for release in 2005.



TYRESE INTO EXTORTION

Tyrese, currently on screen in the sequel "2 Fast 2 Furious," has signed a deal to star in the cop drama "Extortion." The film is actually based on an idea from the singer/model. The film follows an undercover cop (Tyrese) who infiltrates a gang to investigate the murder of his brother.



IDOL STUDDARD GETTING BIG SCREEN TIME

Big "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard is about to try his luck on the big screen. Studdard will have a cameo role in the new Scooby-Doo movie, "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed." The film will again star husband and wife team Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The role shouldn’t be too big a challenge for the songster. Studdard will be singing a song in the movie. The movie hits theaters next March.



SERENA PULLS OUT OF WIMBLDON ROLE

According to World Entertainment News Network, Serena Williams has pulled herself out of the running for "Wimbldon, The Movie." Kristen Dunst now has the role, but Williams was the one the movie-makers wanted. "I believe I'm a good actress and I have a lot of skill, but playing a part in a tennis movie isn't challenging for me at all," said the tennis champ.



CANNON PURRING AS A RODENT

Nick Cannon is joining the recent Hollywood CGI voice-over bandwagon. He’ll be voicing a smart-mouthed rodent in the upcoming live-action/CGI feature adaptation of "Garfield." Bill Murray will voice the lazy, lasagna-loving Garield. The orange and black-striped cat's owner will be played by Breckin Meyer. Cannon's character is a city mouse named Louis who Garfield befriends after he saves the cat's life.



MCBRIDE A TERMINAL CASE

"Boston Public" star Chi McBride, currently in front of cameras with Will Smith for "I, Robot" for 20th Century Fox, has closed a deal to join Steven Spielberg's "Terminal" opposite Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones for DreamWorks Pictures. Shooting is scheduled to start in September. "Terminal" sees Hanks as a Balkan immigrant in the United States who makes an airport transit lounge his home after he learns that because the borders of his war-torn nation have been blurred, his passport is no longer any good, leaving him without a country. Making friends among the airport employees, including a baggage handler (McBride), he falls in love with a flight attendant (Zeta-Jones), which prompts his escape a year later. Bernie Mac had been negotiating for the role, but that deal fell apart and McBride stepped in.



UE PRODUCING CAPTIVITY

Urban Entertainment and Fox Searchlight will co-produce the psychological thriller "Captivity," a script by "Phone Booth" scribe Larry Cohen. The project is about two strangers who are kidnapped and manipulated by an unseen sociopath. We’ll be looking at this film again once the cast is announced.



CANNON FILLS DANCE CARD

Nick Cannon has signed on for the Miramax Films’ Richard Gere-Jennifer Lopez starrer "Shall We Dance?" Others new to the cast are Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Bobby Cannavale, Lisa Ann Walter, Broadway veteran Deborah Yates, and Richard Jenkins. "Dance," a remake of the 1996 Japanese feature of the same name, follows a businessman (Gere) who takes ballroom dancing lessons to impress a beautiful young dance teacher (Lopez).



SLY WANTS SUGE KNIGHT FOR TUPAC/BIGGIE "SCANDAL"

Sylvester Stallone is bringing a new version of the murders of Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. to the big screen and is in talks with Suge Knight to play himself in the flick. Stallone is writing, directing, and starring in the independent flick to be called "Rampart Scandal," about a real-life cop in the corruption-ridden Los Angeles Rampart Police Station. The officer gets involved in a massive internal investigation of the LAPD that some say links off-duty officers to the murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. The project is set to begin production in September.



LL COOL J FINALLY SET TO BURN

Jolene Blalock of Star Trek’s "Enterprise" series, has nabbed the female lead for the thriller "Slow Burn," which already had LL Cool J (or James Todd Smith as he prefers these days for acting) and Ray Liotta signed on and waiting for female companionship. The film is about a district attorney (Liotta) with big ambitions, who locks horns with a gang leader. LL and Blalock will play a stranger and an assistant DA who have the DA exactly where they want him – under their control.



TUCKER FEELING THE RUSH

The next "Rush Hour" could end in a New York minute. Funnyman Chris Tucker has signed on for the next installment, but buddy-cop co-star Jackie Chan has yet to agree to the deal. The martial arts star is still in talks with the studio. Like Tucker, director Brett Ratner is also back onboard but everything is on hold until Jackie reups. If all goes well, the studio is expecting a 2004 release.



LISARAYE FILM IS TWO YEARS LATE

LisaRaye made her big screen debut in "The Players Club." Her breakout role was supposed to be in the prison film "Civil Brand," but the studio has had the project on the shelf for the last two years. It will finally hit movie screens this summer with costars Da Brat, MC Lyte, Lark Voorhies, Mos Def, and others. Those who have screened the film say it was worth the wait.