Charlie calls Cameron Diaz one of his Angels
Plus, Sigourney Weaver heads back to outer space, and Alanis Morissette and Korn may rock the next Woodstock
CASTING Cameron Diaz is going Farrah in her career: She’s in final negotiations to join Drew Barrymore in an update of ”Charlie’s Angels.” Here’s hoping this TV retread is another ”Addams Family” and not another ”Mod Squad”…. Sigourney Weaver may be heading back to sci-fi, but this time her character won’t be as skilled as Ripley at kicking martian butt. She’s considering joining Tim Allen in the comedy ”Galaxy Quest” about two stars of an outer-space TV show who are abducted by aliens who want them to help in a battle against an evil planet…. Billy Crudup (”Without Limits”) and Kate Hudson (”200 Cigarettes”) are headlining Cameron Crowe’s next movie, an untitled, semiautobiographical tale about a young journalist covering the world of ’70s rock superstars. Anna Paquin, Jason Lee, and Fairuza Balk have also joined the cast, and Frances McDormand may come aboard as the journalist’s mother…. Willem Dafoe has picked two more typically nonmainstream projects: First he’ll join John Malkovich in ”Shadow of the Vampire,” an account of the making of the 1922 silent vampire film ”Noseferatu.” Then he’ll head to China for ”Pavilion of Women,” based on the Pearl S. Buck novel about a Chinese woman who shocks her conservative society when she allows her husband to take on a second, younger wife.
PEACE AND LOVE, ’90S STYLE Bookings for the 30th-anniversary Woodstock concert this summer are picking up speed. Although the event’s producer would not announce any names, the New York Times quoted sources as listing Alanis Morissette, Korn, Sheryl Crow, Counting Crows, Aerosmith, Ice Cube, Willie Nelson, and the Chemical Brothers as just some of the acts that will play. The show, which will reportedly feature only a few of the bands that rocked at the 1969 festival, will be held from July 23-25 in upstate Rome, N.Y.
HEADING OFF CABLE? John Henson, who mocks talk shows on E!’s ”Talk Soup,” may soon see how the other half lives: ABC is reportedly talking to him about hosting a chat show at 12:35 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Times. Henson, 31, has made no comment on his immediate plans.
REEL DEAL Martin Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi, who collaborated on the scripts for ”Goodfellas” and ”Casino,” are creating a script based on the life of Michele Sindona, an Italian financier who lost his vast holdings in a bad Wall Street deal, ending up in jail in Italy where he was poisoned to death. Scorsese may direct, although it would likely come after his current pet project, a biopic on Dean Martin, also cowritten by Pileggi.
LAWSUIT Tom Petty is suing a Northern California recording company for not taping all of the songs they were hired to during a March 16 concert at San Francisco’s Fillmore West. Petty, who is suing for an undisclosed sum and charging negligence and breach of contract, claims that Phil Edwards Recording only got 13 of the show’s 30 songs on tape. Said Edwards, ”The suit is incredibly vague, and it wouldn’t be fair to comment on it.”