Francis Ford Coppola, Whoopi Goldberg, and Charles Bronson made headlines this week

Once again, two movies may be going head-to-head on the same subject — in this instance, FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover. Francis Coppola will direct a Hoover biopic for American Zoetrope, Quincy Jones Entertainment, and Warner Bros. sometime next year, from a script based on Curt Gentry’s just-published J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets. Meanwhile, at Universal, producer Sean Daniel’s project will be based on Anthony Summers’ upcoming Hoover book and other sources.
Only in Hollywood could Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith be nuns in a convent. And Hollywood’s own 530-member United Methodist Church will be the setting for various scenes in Touchstone Pictures’ Sister Act, set for release next spring. Built in 1930, the formidable off-white concrete church has been the location for many productions-from Back to the Future to Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which is still being shot.

Movie tough guy Charles Bronson isn’t exactly known for showing a tender side in his work, but he recently wrapped an ABC-TV movie called Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus. Bronson plays Frank Church, the turn-of-the-century New York journalist who wrote the memorable editorial to a little girl, Virginia O’Hanlan, who questioned the existence of St. Nick. The movie is scheduled for Dec. 8.
John Forsythe, who previously starred in Bachelor Father, Charlie’s Angels, and Dynasty, will play a befuddled Reagan-like senator in Norman Lear’s Love Child, a mid-season NBC replacement sitcom that will begin airing in January. ”My batting average has been pretty good, hasn’t it?” the 73-year-old actor says modestly.

Nicholson Baker’s books tend to take place over the course of a single afternoon, following one man’s ruminations as he sits feeding his child, another’s observations during an hour at the local shopping mall. Baker’s new novel, Vox — to be published on Valentine’s Day — consists entirely of an adult party-line conversation. Random House has sent the galleys to reviewers wrapped in plain brown paper.

Forty Acres and a Mule Musicworks, Spike Lee’s new record label (to be distributed by Columbia Records), will be ”for talented people who make music that isn’t necessarily played on the radio,” says Lee. The roster so far includes actress/singer Lonette McKee, Senegalese musician Youssou N’ Dour, and soul group State of Art. The filmmaker also plans to release a soundtrack score of his upcoming movie, Malcolm X, on Forty Acres.

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