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June 2001
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DMX REJOINS SILVER FOR "M"

   After successfully teaming with producer Joel Silver on Warner Bros.' action films "Exit Wounds" and "Romeo Must Die," rapper DMX is reteaming with Silver and the studio for a third time on an untitled project inspired by the 1931 German crime thriller "M." The project is the first of a multipicture deal that Warner Bros. signed with DMX. The project is being aimed to start production in the fall. Billboard said DMX would play a gang-leader hunting for a child killer. Vin Diesel is being sought for the project, as well.


KINGS LOOKING AT SEQUEL

   A follow-up to the very popular "Original Kings of Comedy" movie could be coming sooner than expected. Collaborator Cedric the Entertainer told the LA Daily News the second coming will again feature comedians Ced, D.L. Hughley, Steve Harvey, and Bernie Mac. The only hurdle is aligning the comedians schedules.



NIA LONG SEEING GHOSTS

   Nia Long will join Beau Bridges and Miguel Ferrer for the Showtime thriller "Sightings: Heartland
Ghost." The movie is a true story about a close encounter and will air on the cable channel sometime next year.



ROCK, BRANDY, FISHBURNE ON THE INSIDE

   "Osmosis Jones" is an animated film coming your way soon. It was originally scheduled for a July 27th, 2001, opening but is now scheduled to debut on August 10th, 2001. This traditionally animated film also combines CGI and some scenes filmed in live-action. Voices signed on to play the parts include Chris Rock (Osmosis Jones), Brandy (Leah), Laurence Fishburne (Thrax), David Hyde Pierce (Drixorial), Ron Howard, William Shatner (The Mayor), and Joel Silver (The Chief).
   The premise: Deep in the City of Frank (actually the body of construction worker Frank Detomello), Osmosis Jones (Rock) is a white blood cell cop who has to team up with a rookie cold tablet (Pierce) to fight off evil viruses intent on taking over. Meanwhile, out in the "real world", a doctor (Stein) is trying to diagnose what's going on inside Frank's (Murray) body. Production on the film wrapped in late April.



MR. T IN REMAKE OF "A" TEAM

   Rumor has it that Mr. T may make an appearance in the movie remake of "The A Team." The film is still in negotiations, but Top Cow Productions says things are looking good for the start of filming sometime very soon.



PAM GRIER STORY TO THE BIG SCREEN

   The tentative title is "Super Bad Momma," but many folks believe it's still too soon for someone to make a story about Pam Grier's life. But according to reports, Pam Grier's life is headed to the big screen.
   "The film is going to deal a lot with my being a child of the Women's Movement and how political obstacles affected my career during that time," says Grier.
   Grier plans on producing the film as well.


SAMUEL L. JACKSON UP TO NO GOOD

   Samuel L. Jackson, Milla Jovovich and Stellan Skarsgard will topline Seven Arts Pictures' dark thriller "No Good Deed" for director Bob Rafelson. The project begins shooting on location in Montreal in July for about eight weeks. Based on Dashiell Hammett's short story, "House on Turk Street," the project is about a San Francisco policeman (Jackson) who is about to take an overdue vacation but stumbles upon an international ring of bond thieves, led by Jovovich and Skarsgard. A cat-and-mouse game ensues.


SPIKE LEE TO RENT A MUSICAL?

   Director Spike Lee may helm the movie version of "Rent." The New York Post reports that Lee is a big fan of the Jonathan Larson hit musical and is in discussions with Miramax films to direct a movie based on the musical.


IT'S SHOWTIME FOR TALK HOST TYLER

   Aisha Tyler, the host of "Talk Soup," will join Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro for the upcoming comedy "Showtime." Murphy and De Niro play a pair of police detectives who are being filmed for a cop reality show. Tyler will play Murphy's love interest.



WHOOPIE AND CUBA IN $2 MILLON RACE

   Whoopie Goldberg and Cuba Gooding Jr. are currently in production on the film "Rat Race" about a gambling scheme in which bettors wage on which of six candidates can find the $2 million that is hidden somewhere in a locker.



PHIFER TAKES OTHELLO TO THE RIM

   Mekhi Phifer is currently in production on the movie "O." An updated teen adaptation of Shakespere's play that takes place on today's high school basketball courts. Production has finally wrapped on the film that started work as far back as the spring of 1999 in Charleston, SC. The film is scheduled for theaters this fall.



LAURENCE AND SMITH BAD BOYS

   Martin Laurence and Will Smith have signed on to make "Bad Boys 2" for Colombia Pictures, but filming is waiting for a green light from Sony. The premise is about two Miami cops who have to switch identities during a drug ring investigation gone wrong.



BOB MARLEY COMING TO BIG SCREEN

   Lauryn Hill is in talks to star in the "Bob Marley Story" alongside Marley's son Rohan. The film is scheduled to be based on Timothy White's biography, Catch a Fire, the bio of the life of the most famous and influential reggae musician ever.



TYRESE TO RETIRE?

   Tyrese is proud of his recent film debut in "Baby Boy," director John Singleton's follow-up to the late 90's megahit, "Boyz In Da Hood." He says, "It was so exciting to work with John on my first film role--I couldn't have had it better. Baby Boy is a very real, hardcore street action movie like 'Boys In Da Hood,' and I play a messed up grown man who is still a mama's boy." Unfortunately, Tyrese is saying this first film might be his last.



NEXT FRIDAY HELMER TO DO JAPANESE HIP HOP

   The director of "Next Friday," Steve Carr, has struck a deal to make the comedy "Big in Japan," about a one-hit-wonder rap group that gets a second chance to become legends after Japanese hip-hop fans rediscover the crew.



SHREK 2 IN THE WORKS

   ""Shrek" creators are already working on a DreamWorks sequel to the animated mega-hit. No word yet on whether Murphy will return as the voice of The Donkey.



CHRIS ROCK CAMEO WITH JAY AND SILENT BOB

   Don't ask how, but Chris Rock has agreed to a cameo part in the offbeat film "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." We don't know what enticed him, or what he got paid, but movie goers will be able to catch Chris Rock in a cameo shot in the eccentric duo's next road trip flick due for release in August.



DELROY LINDO IN ON HEIST

   Production started last August in Montreal, Canada on this jewel caper that costars Gene Hackman as Lindo's best friend in a plot complicated by a split in a team of thieves who go after a final big score in this "who's gonna' end up with the stash" thriller. Producers hope to have the film ready for a September opening.



WHITAKER IN A BATTLEFIELD

   Believe it or not, Forest Whitaker is actually in talks to reprise his role for a second "Battlefield Earth" with, yes, John Travolta. The original film was a box office bomb. We can only hope that if the sequel actually gets off the ground it is better written and fares better all the way around. PLEASE!


EDDIE MURPHY IN COP "IV"

   Eddie Murphy has agreed to film a "Beverly Hills Cop IV." There's no word yet if Judge Reinhold will also sign on. Rumor has it that Murphy wants to send Axel to a really foreign environment this time around, so expect a plot twist that will put the detective somewhere like London, Paris or Moscow.



SANAA LATHAN SWEET ON "SUGAR"

   Sanaa Lathan ("Love & Basketball") is in negotiations to star in Fox Searchlight Pictures' feature "Brown Sugar" for director Rick Famuyiwa. Shooting is scheduled to begin this year.
   "Sugar," is described as a black "When Harry Met Sally," centering on a romance between two urban professionals, with Lathan set to play a magazine editor who falls in love with an A&R executive for a hip-hop record label.