REEL DEAL Julia Roberts and her production company, Shoelace, purchased an untitled European love story for former Disney honcho Joe Roth‘s new, still-unnamed, independent studio. The project, which is written by Sue Kramer, is scheduled to be one of the first films Shoelace develops for Roth, who signed Roberts’ company to a five-year deal last February. No word yet on whether Roberts will star in as well as produce the romance.
CONCERT WIRE David Bowie will perform a live concert for members of his official website. Tickets for David Bowie Live are available only to online members of BowieNet, where current and new subscribers can receive a pair of free tickets and a chance to meet Bowie before the show, which will be held Monday, June 19, at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom. ”The Roseland shows will be something special I think, as they will feature several songs that I haven’t sung in years and a couple that I’ve NEVER done live,” Bowie said in a press statement…. Dr. Dre, Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Nas, and Eminem are some of the hip-hop artists slated to perform at a special Spring Break Jam 2000 concert at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, N.Y., on May 19. Other acts at the massive R&B, hip-hop extravaganza include Black Rob, Ginuwine, Redman, Rah Digga, and Carl Thomas. Dr. Dre and Eminem kick off their upcoming tour, Up in Smoke, June 15 in San Diego.
LEGAL BRIEFS Brazilian model Luciana Morad, 29, went to New York Family Court yesterday asking that Mick Jagger pay $35,000 a month in child support for their one-year-old son. According to Reuters, Jagger, 56, has admitted fathering Morad’s baby, but he wants to cap monthly payments at $5,600. In March, court officials ordered Jagger to pay $10,000 a month in temporary support until a permanent figure could be decided upon. Family Court will announce its final decision on June 19…. Yesterday, a San Francisco federal appeals court unanimously upheld a jury verdict that decided Michael Bolton had partly plagiarized his hit ”Love Is a Wonderful Thing” from a little-known Isley Brothers song with the same name. Reuters reports that Bolton was ordered to pay the legendary soul singers $5.4 million, part of the 1991 single’s profits. The Isleys won their first suit against Bolton in 1994, and have been waiting six years for the appeals court decision.
CASTING Daniel Day-Lewis is in talks to star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz in Martin Scorsese’s ”Gangs of New York.” The period drama follows a young gangster (DiCaprio) who tries to unite the different ethnically divided street gangs of 19th century New York City. If Day-Lewis takes the role, it will be the Oscar winning actor’s first film since 1997’s ”The Boxer”…. Jean Reno is in final negotiations to play the villain in MGM’s ”Rollerball” remake for director John McTiernan (”The Thomas Crown Affair”). According to the Hollywood Reporter, Reno (”Ronin”) will star opposite Chris Klein and LL Cool J in the futuristic action-adventure, which will shoot this July in Montreal. An update of Norman Jewison’s 1975 cult classic, the new ”Rollerball” will be set in 2005…. Robert Carlyle and Kiefer Sutherland have just begun shooting ”To End All Wars,” an indie WWII drama, in Hawaii. Documentary maker David L. Cunningham is directing the $12 million story about American POWs forced to build a railway in Burma for the Japanese.
ALL BIOS, ALL THE TIME Wes Bentley (”American Beauty”) will play actor Montgomery Clift in the low budget film ”Monty,” which casting director-turned-filmmaker Billy Hopkins will direct in spring 2001. The drama follows Clift’s career from 1947 until his death in 1966…. Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley will play Alfred Stieglitz to Linda Fiorentino‘s Georgia O’Keeffe in the $10 million biopic ”Till the End of Time.” The love story of the renowned photographer and painter starts production June 12 in Santa Fe, N.M. The project was almost axed when the U.S. based Edgebrook Productions backed out, but three German development companies provided the financing…. ”Freaks and Geeks” star James Franco (Daniel) will play the fallen rebel James Dean in TNT’s biopic ”James Dean: An Invented Life.” Mark Rydell, the telefilm’s director and executive producer, will play Jack Warner, the studio boss and mentor who helped Dean become a star. Production starts mid-June in Southern California.
AWARDS ALERT The Sixth Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards honored Tom Hanks as favorite actor in a drama for ”The Green Mile” and Cameron Diaz as favorite actress in a drama for ”Any Given Sunday.” In the comedy category, Adam Sandler won best actor for ”Big Daddy,” while Heather Graham won best actress for ”Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.” Held Tuesday evening, the Blockbuster awards are chosen by the 7100-store video franchise’s customers. Other winners included: Cher (favorite female pop artist); Ricky Martin (favorite male pop artist); Dr. Dre (best rap artist); and the Dixie Chicks (best country group). Fox will broadcast the gala ceremony on June 20…. Queen Elizabeth has chosen the playwright and Oscar-winning screenwriter Tom Stoppard (”Shakespeare in Love”) as a member of the Order of Merit, the highest award Britain’s crown bestows upon individuals. Only 24 Britons can be in the Order at any given time. Does that mean Anthony Hopkins has been squeezed out?
TV WATCH Stanley Tucci has committed to play a recurring character in TNT’s first original TV series, ”Bull.” A drama following a team of Wall Street bankers and traders, ”Bull” will premiere on the cable channel Aug. 15. Besides Tucci, the cast includes Malik Yoba (”New York Undercover”), Alicia Coppola (”Cold Feet”), Elizabeth Rohm (”Angel”), and George Newbern (”Father of the Bride”).
ON BROADWAY Emmy winning actress Holland Taylor (”The Practice”) will replace Donna Hanover, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s wife, in Eve Ensler’s play ”The Vagina Monologues.” Hanover had signed on to star beginning May 30, but she postponed her stint last week after Giuliani announced he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Since the play features trios of stars, Taylor will join Kirstie Alley and Hazel Goodman during her engagement. Fellow ”Practice” actress Lisa Gay Hamilton and ”Ally McBeal” star Calista Flockhart are set to perform in June.