plus, the creator of 'NYPD Blue' is developing a medical drama, and a Playboy playmate sues Hef

By Sandra P. Angulo
March 11, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

”EYES” WATCH Just days after legendary director Stanley Kubrick’s death, Warner Bros. execs released the first 90-second promo of Kubrick’s last movie, ”Eyes Wide Shut.” Screened yesterday for an audience of theater owners at Las Vegas’ Showest convention, the daring clip features a nude Nicole Kidman lovingly watching herself in a full-length mirror, while a similarly nude Tom Cruise steamily caresses her. Sounds like an art film to us.

TV WATCH Acclaimed TV producer Steven Bochco (”NYPD Blue,” ”LA Law”) is developing a new medical drama for CBS, as part of his four-year, three-series deal that began in 1997. The show, which is Bochco’s second for CBS (”Brooklyn South” premiered and was canceled last season, leading to a temporary falling-out between network execs and Bochco), could air as soon as January 2000.

LEGAL BRIEF Former Playboy playmate and Hugh Hefner lover Carrie Leigh is suing Hef and Playboy Enterprises over his new coffee-table book ”Life Inside the Playboy Mansion.” Leigh claims passages and photos in the book, which depict her nude, surrounded by other nude women and Hefner, are an invasion of privacy, breach of contract, and defamatory. Leigh, 35, lived with Hefner for five years in the mid-1980s and now runs an adult website and search engine.

CASTING Rapper Ice Cube, who directed and starred in last year’s comedy ”The Players Club,” has been cast as the lead role in Fine Line Features’ ”Pimp.” Starting production this August, ”Pimp” tells the story of real-life hustler Robert ”Iceberg Slim” Beck.

REEL DEAL Director Grant Gee’s behind-the-scenes documentary about Radiohead, ”Meeting People Is Easy,” will debut March 20 at the South By Southwest Music and Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Gee, who trailed the band for nearly 12 months, captured on film Radiohead’s performances, interviews, appearances, and spare time after the release of ”OK Computer,” the band’s platinum-selling, Grammy-winning album. Leading up to ”Meeting”’s May 4 release on DVD home video, Radiohead will embark on a promotional tour of theaters and colleges in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Chicago.

O.D.B. ALERT Russell Jones, a.k.a., O.D.B., is being held on $115,000 bail after pleading guilty Wednesday to breaking a new California law that bars convicted felons from wearing body armor. O.D.B. — who was convicted of second-degree assault in 1993 — was arrested in Hollywood last month when police officers pulled him over for parking violations and discovered that he had no driver’s license and was wearing a bullet-proof vest.

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