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Nicole Kidman's film goes on hold after she fractures a rib

Plus, Steven Spielberg, Robert De Niro, NBC’s schedule overhaul, Holly Hunter, the Who, and more

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ON THE MEND Shooting on Nicole Kidman‘s new movie, ”Moulin Rouge,” has been put on hold for two weeks to allow her to heal a broken rib. Kidman suffered the injury four weeks ago while rehearsing dance moves she needs to play a nightclub star in 1899 Paris. After a week of filming doctors declared she wasn’t healing right and needed more rest. If those dance instructors told her once, they’ve told her a thousand times: Cancan with your legs, not with your back.

REEL DEALS Steven Spielberg may be doing more than directing Stanley Kubrick‘s last script, ”A.I.”: According to Variety, ”he’s writing the script for Kubrick’s 80-page treatment himself, while he waits to shoot ”Minority Report.” If ”Minority” gets bumped back again, he may even consider making ”A.I.” next…. Robert De Niro has bought the rights to a Vanity Fair article about a woman who had passionate — yet entirely platonic — affairs with many luminaries. (If there’s one thing we’ve learned about celebrities, it’s that all they want is a good chat.) De Niro plans to produce, may also star and direct…. Gun-crazy action director Simon West (”Con Air” and ”The General’s Daughter”) has picked his next two projects: The first will be a movie remake of the 1960s TV spy series ”The Prisoner.” The second is a dramatic departure for West — ”Shelley’s Garden,” a tale based on the life of his Welsh grandmother, a young, wealthy woman who ran off with her poor lover. Knowing West, the sweethearts will fight for their love with a kiss and a bullet to the abdomen…. Martha Coolidge (”Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”) will direct ”Arcadia,” a drama about a man who encounters the ghost of his dead lover.

SCHEDULE SWITCH With NBC barely qualifying for Must See status this season, the network is reshuffling its lineup. The critically acclaimed ”Freaks and Geeks” (the network’s lowest-rated show) is moving from Saturdays to Monday nights at 8, bumping ”Veronica’s Closet” (which moves to Tuesdays on Jan. 4) and ”Suddenly Susan” (the future of which is unclear). On Sundays, the 9 p.m. ”Third Watch” is switching places with the 10 p.m. ”Dateline NBC.” ”Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” shifts to Fridays at 10 p.m., taking over for the canceled ”Cold Feet.” And on Saturdays, ”The Pretender” will be bumped back an hour to start at 8, ”Freaks”’ old time, to be followed by ”Profiler” at 9. NBC is also considering switching the letters N, B, and C in its title to H, B, and O, and hoping that helps.

CASTING Holly Hunter has joined the cast of Mike Figgis’ improvised thriller, ”Time Code 2000”…. Tim Allen will star in ”Smile,” playing a comedian hired by a rich man to cheer up his depressed son. He may also produce.

GOLDEN OLDIES The Who‘s future plans are still vague (they have hinted at an album with new songs), but they definitely plan to revisit the past. On Feb. 15, they’ll release a CD ”The Who: The BBC Sessions,” made up of hits played live on radio from 1965 to 1973.

TRAGEDY A 9-year-old Florida girl may have accidentally hanged herself because she was reenacting a scene from the ”The Man in the Iron Mask,” according to the Associated Press. Jennifer Wood was found dead in her closet Saturday in a noose made out of a shoelace. She apparently lost her balance while standing on a plastic storage box. Her mother told Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies that twice before she had found Jennifer re-creating the ”Mask” scene in which a princess hangs herself. ”Ever since she was 4 years old, she would act out what she saw in movies,” said Carmen Wood. ”She would play parts from ‘Anastasia’ or ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame.’ But she always knew the difference between pretend and reality. Until now.”

CREEPY TUNE Pornography can sure take the fun out of professional sports: Three NHL teams are poised to take the sports anthem ”Rock and Roll, Part Two” off their PA playlist since its creator, Gary Glitter, was jailed for four months, having pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography last week in Britain. The Calgary Flames, the Edmonton Oilers, and the Colorado Avalanche are all about to ditch the crowd-rousing tune, according to Reuters. ”It is a recognizable anthem — everyone uses it in hockey, baseball, football, basketball, whatever,” said Glen Wiun, the Oilers’ game operations director. ”But in light of what has occurred in the last several days, yeah, I think we have to analyze it.”

WALK-OUT Matt Drudge once again made a stand for free speech, and once again did it in a way that might have made Edward R. Murrow want to join Pravda. He refused to appear on his own talk show Saturday night because Fox News Channel wouldn’t let him show a photograph from the National Enquirer of a 21-week-old fetus’ tiny hand reaching out of the womb to illustrate an abortion discussion, according to Reuters. A Fox spokesman said that the picture Drudge chose was not taken during an abortion, but during an emergency operation on a fetus with spina bifida. ”The picture was about one surgical procedure, and he wanted to talk about another,” said the spokesman. ”We thought that was misleading. It was an editorial decision.” Drudge disagreed with the Fox account: “This notion that I was going to misrepresent this as an abortion is junk,” he told the Associated Press. “I was going to show it and bill it as an operation for spina bifida, and just say, ‘What does it say about life? Look at this hand coming out.'”

THREATENED While in Lubbock, Tex., to play a concert with his DLR Band, David Lee Roth received 11 threatening e-mails, according to Live Daily. Local police wouldn’t give any specifics about the messages, but odds are they were more dramatic than, ”Play ‘Jump’ or I’ll be way bummed!”