Mariah Carey might have found her perfect screen role; Bon Jovi reunites; Michael Jackson is injured
CASTING Although many of Mariah Carey‘s much-trumpeted movie aspirations have fizzled — she lost the Natasha role in ”Rocky and Bullwinkle” to Rene Russo, and her James Bond parody with Chris Tucker, ”Double-O-Soul,” seems stalled — she told MTV News that she is so high on a script by Kate Lanier (”What’s Love Got to Do With It”) that she is planning to record a soundtrack soon. Carey also has a small role in Chris O’Donnell’s ”The Bachelor”…. Ian McKellen, who has been showered with award nominations for ”Gods and Monsters,” is negotiating to play the heavy in ”Mission Impossible 2” with Tom Cruise. John Woo is directing the thriller, which is scheduled for an early-March start and also stars Ving Rhames, Steve Zahn, and Thandie Newton…. Dina Meyer (”Starship Troopers”) will play Sylvester Stallone‘s soon-to-be-late wife in ”Detox.” After her violent death, Stallone checks into a rehab center for trauma, and discovers that the patients are vanishing mysteriously.
REUNITING Bon Jovi is cutting a tune for Ron Howard’s new movie, ”ED TV,” the first recording the band has made together since its 1995 album ”These Days.” The new song, ”Real Life,” reflects this comedy about a man (Matthew McConaughey) selected to have his entire life taped for television. The soundtrack will be released on March 16; the film opens three days later.
INJURED Michael Jackson was treated for a broken right wrist yesterday in Miami. His spokesman called it a small fracture and a minor injury.
FORBIDDEN ”The Prince of Egypt,” banned last week in the Maldives, has also been barred from exhibition in Malaysia. The head of the country’s Film Censorship Board said it bans ”films that don’t serve the public good,” calling the biblical movie ”insensitive” for religious and moral reasons.