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October 2001
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LL COOL J STAYING BUSY ON BIG SCREEN

Up next for the rapper is the film "Rollerball." He is also set to star in Dimension Films' "Dolemite" and Miramax' "My Baby's Mama" with John Leguizamo, Lil' Kim, ansd Eddie Griffin, a script co-written by Griffin.


"MIB 2" CHANGES ENDING

The "Men In Black" sequel, starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, is getting a change to its original ending. The movie, expected to hit theaters July 4, 2002, had featured a special effects grand finale set at the World Trade Center's Twin Towers. Like many films that planned to feature the towers or a terrorist plot, "MIB 2" has to make changes. "It's so slightly different," director Barry Sonnenfeld told TV Guide Online, "The ending took place at the base of the World Trade Center and will now take place at some other New York icon, but we hadn't shot any of the ending." The film is almost complete. Most of it was filmed in Manhattan earlier this summer. The rest is being shot on an LA sound stage.



LOPEZ AND JACKSON FILMS ON HOLD

Security concerns were the reason why production of Jennifer Lopez's and Samuel L. Jackson's new films have been postponed until further notice. Jackson's film was slated to begin production in December. It deals with an amnesiac who wakes up to discover he is the prime suspect in a series of bombings in Los Angeles.



SAMUEL L. JACKSON IN "XXX" MOVIE

Samuel L. Jackson is in negotiations to star with Vin Diesel in the action drama "XXX." Jackson would play a federal agent who recruits Diesel's character to infiltrate a Russian crime ring. Diesel's paycheck is a reported $10 million. No word on what Jackson would receive. Jackson just completed filming the second installment of the "Star Wars" saga.


CHRIS ROCK DELAYED

The Chris Rock/Anthony Hopkins film "Bad Company" is the latest film to be put on the back burner. The action-comedy stars has the two as bumbling CIA agents. It was supposed to open Christmas, but has been pushed back to sometime in 2002.


MORRIS CHESTNUT MAY BE "DEAD"

Morris Chestnut, currently in "Two Can Play That Game" with Vivica A. Fox, will star in the upcoming film "Dead." The prison action flick has been described as "Die Hard" behind bars. Chestnut plays a man with a plan to infiltrate a high-tech prison to get info from an inmate on the location of $200 million in gold.



UNDERWOOD IN 'HOTEL FIRE'

Blair Underwood and X-Filer David Duchovny are will join Julia Roberts in Steven Soderbergh's film "How to Survive a Hotel Room Fire" for Miramax Films. The entire project has been closely guarded, but the Hollywood Reporter says the film will be shot in Los Angeles in November on digital video and film. Deals have not yet been signed for the three stars, but sources confirmed that all three are in negotiation for roles.



"DELIVER" UP UNION

Gabrielle Union, star of the current film "Two Can Play That Game," is set to star in the romantic comedy "Deliver Us From Eva," about a woman (Union), who interferes in the love lives of her three brothers. The frustrated brothers decide to pay a man to pursue their sister in hopes of diverting her attention. The film began shooting last month.



WAYANS REMAKING "BELLBOY"

Keenan Ivory Wayans is in talks with MGM to remake the Jerry Lewis comedy, "The Bellboy." Wayans appears to be following Eddie Murphy's lead in redoing Lewis hits ("Dr. Dolittle," "The Nutty Professor"). Wayans hopes to cast Jackie Chan in the lead role, as a bellboy at the Las Vegas' MGM Grand Casino.



SHOWTIME TAPS ERIKA

Erika Alexander (Max, the cynical lawyer from "Living Single"), has been tapped to star in the gritty Showtime movie "Street Time." Alexander will play a parole officer in the film that will costar Scott Cohen ("Gilmore Girls") and "Northern Exposure" star Rob Morrow. Showtime says "Street Time" could also become a series.



RAPPER ACTING AGAIN

Treach (Anthony 'Treach' Criss) of Naughty By Nature was just on cable in the second season of Showtime's "Soul Food," portraying Philky, an old running buddy of Lims [Darrin Henson]. Treach will hit the big screen soon in Showtime's "Conviction," BETs "Book of Love, HBOs "First Time Felon," and ScreenGems' "Love And A Bullet."