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The latest about Oliver Stone's new project

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When it comes to his latest project, who could blame Oliver Stone for thinking there’s a conspiracy afoot? ”Beyond Borders,” his romance for Mandalay Entertainment about a foreign aid worker’s relationship with two men, was set to roll May 1. Then Catherine Zeta-Jones got preggers and dropped out; with the start date in question, costar Kevin Costner fled to ”Pearl Harbor.” ”Until you find the woman, you can’t cast the man,” says Stone. ”That’s why you can’t have one piece like Kevin, who’s a very attractive hunk of man. But he goes only with certain types of women.”

Stone was reportedly in talks with Julia Roberts, but she has just committed to ”The Mexican” with Brad Pitt, which also begins filming this spring. Says Mandalay president Adam Platnick, ”We’re confident we’re going to be able to do it.” Adds Stone, ”The script has been through six drafts, so it’s close.” The director will spend the next month playing matchmaker: ”I have to. It’s a love story, so what do you want? Two people who f—ing hate each other?”

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