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A GOODMAN IS HARD TO FIND
Go figure: When test audiences saw a preview of Coyote Ugly, the Aug. 4 release in which Piper Perabo and Tyra Banks play beauteous barmaids, they begged for more…John Goodman. Goodman, who plays the father of Perabo’s character, a wannabe singer, came back for two days of reshoots a few weeks ago, during which time the film also acquired a new ending. Says producer Jerry Bruckheimer, ”The audience loved the bar, and the movie didn’t originally end there, so we added a vignette.” Not to mention a cameo for the newest crossover star-in-the-making, country singer LeAnn Rimes, who not only lends Perabo her on-screen singing voice but now makes an appearance in the film.

INDIE-ANA JONES
We’ve discovered Steven Spielberg’s Achilles’ heel: The man has absolutely no idea how to finance an independent film. When his longtime assistant, Marc Fusco, approached his mentor for advice on finding investors for his feature debut, Rennie’s Landing, ”[Spielberg] said, ‘Marc, I don’t know anyone in that world. I don’t even know how to begin thinking about it.”’ Still, Fusco — who rounded up his own investors — is counting on moral support from the boss when he begins filming the twentysomething drama (which stars Felicity‘s Scott Foley) later this summer. ”As soon as we bring the animatronic monster through the wall and it explodes,” jokes Fusco, ”I might need some help.”

BIND DATES
Mike Newell’s How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days could lose its star, Gwyneth Paltrow, if it’s not in filming shape by fall. She’s tied up on Neil Labute’s Possession until winter, and has to start the Farrelly brothers’ Shallow Hal in April. If Days isn’t ready, a source close to the actress says Paltrow is considering Miramax’s View From the Top, about a woman who longs to be a stewardess.

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