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Men In Black 2 Means
Serious Dollars For Stars

   Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are about to become two of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood. Sony Studios wants the duo back so bad for the "Men In Black" sequel that it has offered a profit-sharing deal, giving the two, the director, producers, and executive producer Steven Spielberg an unprecedented 50% of all profits of "MIB 2" up until the film hits $200 million. Beyond that, the money goes to the studio. Sony is confident it will make up salary losses in foreign ticket sales, video, and DVD. Smith's percentage will be 20%, while Jones is promised 12.5%.


Tupac Movie In The Works

   Consolidated Motion Pictures, a subsidiary of United Film Organizationis working on a new rapumentary "Tupac Vs." The film will feature one of the last live performances by Tupac Shakur, which was recorded a month prior to his death.
   According to United Film Organization chiefs Phil Roth and Jeff Beach, half the performance features previously unreleased material. The film is set for release on Sept. 6, 2001 to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the rapper's death



Cheadle To Make Cameo In Rush Hour 2

   Don Cheadle has been selected for a cameo appearance in the Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker vehicle "Rush Hour 2." Cheadle is also appearing as part of an ensemble cast in the drug expose' "Traffic."


Gregory Hines To Portray Legendary Mr. Bojangles

   Gregory Hines will star as as the legendary tap dancer and entertainer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in the Showtime Original Picture "Bojangles." Produced with MGM Television Entertainment, "Bojangles" premieres on Sunday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) and stars Hines, Peter Riegert, Kimberly Elise and Savion Glover, and will be directed by award winner Joseph Sargent.
   Bill "Bojangles" Robinson headlined vaudeville and Broadway for almost 30 years as the first black solo dancer in an era in which black entertainers were not allowed to perform alone on stage. He also performed for presidents and kings and was a fixture on radio, television and in film. When he died at age 71 in 1949, his was the largest funeral New York City had ever seen. His pallbearers included Duke Ellington, Joe Louis, Bob Hope, Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio and Irving Berlin.



Hendrix Performances To Be Released On DVD/VHS

   The UK television feature "Jimi Hendrix: Experience" will be released Feb 13. on DVD. The 85-minute film includes commentary, interviews with the artist and bandmates Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding, and live television and concert performances. The new release comes on the heels of Experience Hendrix's 4-CD retrospective box set, "The Jimi Hendrix Experience," which debuted at No. 78 on The Billboard 200 in September.


Garrett Morris To Co-Star In Indie Film

   Garrett Morris will co-star with Jon Gries in "Jackpot," the new film from the Polish Brothers. Previously Garrett appeared in the Polish Brothers' first film, "Twin Falls Idaho." Garrett plays Les, a manager of a struggling singer (Gries) who travels across America in search of fame and fortune. The film will screen at the Sundance Film Festival.


Vivica A. Fox Says Make Your Man Behave

   Screen Gems, a new marketing label under Sony Pictures Entertainment, is working on the comedy How To Make Your Man Behave, starring Vivica A. Fox, Morris Chestnut, Anthony Anderson, Wendy Raquel, Tamala Jones, Mo'Nique, and Gabrielle Union. When Shanté's (Vivica Fox) boyfriend Keith (Morris Chestnut), is caught red-handed stepping out with her arch-rival Conny (Gabrielle Union), Shanté institutes her "Ten Day Plan" to get her man to behave.