Gregory Kirschling
October 31, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

MOVIES Josh Lucas is feeling the need — the need for speed, yo diggity! The ”Sweet Home Alabama” hunk will play a Navy pilot who, while leading a whole crew of Goose/Maverick wannabes, schools an artificially intelligent humanoid flyboy in ”Stealth,” an action movie directed by Rob Cohen (”XXX”)…. Famke Janssen (”X2”) has joined the cast of ”Hide and Seek,” a Fox thriller scheduled to match 2003 EW It Lister Dakota Fanning with Academy Award winner Robert De Niro. However, a Fox spokeswoman said the studio is ”evaluating the situation” after De Niro announced that he’s being treated for prostate cancer…. Seann William Scott may be the man for ”Sebastian Knight,” a Paramount comedy about a CIA agent embroiled in a one-night stand that goes bad. Serves that rapscallion right!… If we’re talking comeback role, we must be talking John Travolta! After a string o’ duds, the ”Pulp Fiction” star is looking to turn his frown upside down with ”Be Cool,” a sequel to ”Get Shorty” that would see him reprise his Chili Palmer role.

TELEVISION James Garner and Suzanne Pleshette have accepted the tricky job of playing Katey Sagal‘s parents on the revamped ”8 Simple Rules…,” which plans to incorporate John Ritter‘s death into the show…. Jennifer Lopez (”Money Train”) is producing an as-yet-untitled TV girls’ gabfest for fall 2004 through her Nuyorican production company, and she’s reaching all the way across the dinner table to offer sister Lynda hosting duties. Every day is Christmas at the Lopez house!

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