Nicole Kidman opens on Broadway to mixed reviews; Julia Roberts interviews Steven Soderbergh; 'Caroline in the City' gets grim news
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Star Trek (1966 TV series)

ON STAGE Nicole Kidman made her anxiously awaited Broadway debut last night in David Hare’s “The Blue Room.” The play, which examines five sexual partnerships, arrived with stellar reviews from its London run (not to mention endless talk about Kidman’s brief nude scene, which helped sell more than $4 million in advance tickets.) But American critics were not as unanimous as their British counterparts: New York’s Daily News was impressed, calling it “funny, intelligent, and razor-sharp satire,” while Variety called it an “anticlimax,” saying that “Kidman is not yet a stage actress of sure or subtle technique.” The New York Times said Kidman was “winningly accomplished,” but that the play itself “doesn’t stir you emotionally.”

IN DISCUSSIONS Julia Roberts is considering Steven Soderbergh (“Out of Sight”) to direct her next movie. Danny DeVito’s Jersey Films has been developing the temporarily titled “Erin Brockovich Project,” about an attorney’s assistant who discovers a cover-up of a toxic spill, for Roberts. She has script and director approval and will meet with Soderbergh in the next few weeks to see if they share a vision.

TV-SHOW DEATHWATCH NBC will pull the Monday-night comedies “Caroline in the City” and “Conrad Bloom” from its lineup for the February sweeps, usually a sign that a show is nearing cancellation. This season, NBC’s Monday sitcoms have been regularly bested by CBS’s comic lineup, which includes “King of Queens” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

CASTING French actress Sophie Marceau (“Braveheart”) is the latest beauty to join the cast of the 19th (still untitled) James Bond movie. Marceau will play the targeted daughter of a murdered oil tycoon who is put under the care of the dapper Bond, played again by Pierce Brosnan.

METALHEAD ALERT Headbangers looking for ear-bleeding opportunities will have two this winter. Pantera will open for the Black Sabbath reunion tour, starting New Year’s Eve. For the special opening-night show in Phoenix, they will be joined by Megadeath, Slayer, and Soulfly. Also, Korn and Rob Zombie have put aside their differences in the interest of decibels and are embarking on a joint tour beginning in Tucson Feb. 26 and ending April 11 in Toledo, Ohio.

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