ALWAYS A BRIDE Cameron Diaz must have caught a lot of bouquets in a past life. She was hauled down the aisle in Feeling Minnesota, nearly left at the altar in My Best Friend’s Wedding, and in the just-wrapped comedy Very Bad Things, costarring Christian Slater, she says ”I do” in the midst of multiple murders. The serial bride (whose real-life beau is Matt Dillon) swears it’s just a coincidence. Is she planning a big wedding of her own? ”I’m a bit jaded,” she says evasively. ”You’re meant to wear a gown for one day, but I end up wearing them for weeks at a time.”
TUBE TIED Not to be confused with Matt LeBlanc’s chimp flick Ed, director Ron Howard’s next gig is Ed TV. Starring Matthew McConaughey and Ellen DeGeneres, the Universal comedy stands a better chance of being mistaken for Paramount’s upcoming Jim Carrey vehicle The Truman Show, as both films are about guys whose lives become TV shows. Michael Rosenberg, president of Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, dismisses the similarities: ”It’s really nothing like Truman Show. That’s a fantasy, and our film is real.” Paramount had no comment on the uncanny comic overlap.
SPACE RELATIONS While death is a fact of life in any Alien movie, it seems certain victims have more in common than just their fear. Alien Resurrection hews to a theme begun in Alien and continued through Alien3, in which the main black character — played by Yaphet Kotto, Al Matthews, and Charles S. Dutton, respectively — doesn’t survive. What’s up with that? ”There was not a race issue at all,” says Resurrection scripter Joss Whedon. ”[The black character, Christie, played by Gary Dourdan] became the de facto leader — he commands respect and keeps things together, so I had to get rid of him. The real rule of Alien movies is to kill people that you know and people that you like.” Which explains why Winona Ryder was left standing.
— Anna Holmes
DEADLIER THAN THE MAIL The year is 2013. The place: post-apocalyptic America. From out of the wasteland rides a stranger, the one hope for restoring the country to its former glory. A menacing outlaw demands his identity. ”I’m your postman,” the stranger replies. No, this isn’t a Saturday Night Live skit. It’s the trailer for The Postman, the new sci-fi adventure from director-star Kevin Costner — and it’s dead serious. The problem is that some theater audiences have been howling at such lines as ”I don’t think we ever really understood what [letters] meant to us until they were gone” and ”I want all mail carriers hunted down.” ”We knew we had a movie that was heartland driven and that by embracing the strong emotion it was going to be a risk,” says Chris Pula, Warner Bros.’ president of theatrical marketing, claiming that ”the positive reactions far outnumber the negatives.”