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— SISSY FIT Sissy Spacek has been too busy dashing to awards events, celebrating her Best Actress nomination for In the Bedroom, to read the scripts that are being hurled at her agent, but she is thinking about whom she’d like to work with next. ”I’m dreaming about Robert Altman,” she says. ”And I’d love to work with Mel [Gibson] as a director. And Ron Howard, Terrence Malick, Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader…. I want to work with everyone I’ve worked with before and a few extra. I’d love to work with 100 percent of the people [at the SAG Awards].” While those thoughts thrill her, it’s not half as exciting as her paramount awards-show experience: ”I got to meet Joey from Friends!” she exclaims. ”He’s so spectacular. I grabbed his arm and said, ‘I love you!”’

— SEE MORE EVIL Tom Cruise may have to make do with zooming around in his own Porsche for a bit longer: While he and his producing partner, Paula Wagner, are developing a remake of Death Race 2000 with director Paul W.S. Anderson (Mortal Kombat), Anderson’s not quite ready to stop playing Resident Evil. The sci-fi horror flick, based on the popular videogame and starring Milla Jovovich as a zombie-killing badass, just opened this week, but the writer-director is already planning a sequel. ”I have an idea of what it would be, and Sony is very interested,” says Anderson, who intends to pick up where the first film ends. (Jovovich would star in the sequel as well.) ”I’m superstitious, so I don’t want to put pen to paper until it opens, but if we open well, that next Monday I’ll be on it.” As for Death Race, Pretty Woman scribe J.F. Lawton has just handed in his first draft, and Cruise is attached to star, ”but he hasn’t read the script yet,” says Anderson. ”And you can’t make him do anything he doesn’t want to, strangely enough.”

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