PRIVATE JOKES Stanley Kubrick was rumored to have written Eyes Wide Shut on paper that couldn’t be photocopied. Woody Allen often doesn’t show actors pages of the script that don’t concern their characters. Now Universal’s applying the same CIA-like secrecy to…American Pie 2. Think that’s weird? Imagine this: If you’re deemed worthy of sneaking a peak, a messenger will arrive at your office, remain posted outside your door lest you try to snap pictures of the script with your mini-spy camera, and grab it back when you’re done. One actor who has received clearance is Bill Paxton; he’s being courted to play the father of Stifler (Seann William Scott). Although Paxton has expressed interest in the randy role, scheduling may be an issue, as he’s currently directing Matthew McConaughey in Frailty, a thriller about a serial killer.
CHEAP DATES Blade 2, in which Wesley Snipes revisits his role as a vampire-fighter, begins filming in Prague on March 12. In order to keep the movie’s budget close to that of the original ($52 million), Snipes and director Guillermo Del Toro (Mimic) are deferring part of their salaries. How bloody sporting of them.
FURTHERMORE Should the anticipated actors’ strike go down, some of Hollywood’s finest actors will be employed on the New York stage. Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Natalie Portman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Allison Janney, and Stephen Spinella are planning to appear in Mike Nichols’ revival of The Seagull in New York City this summer. (Rebecca Ascher-Walsh can be reached at email@example.com)