Plus, Leelee Sobieski jerks some tears, and Coolio complicates his court case

By Josh Wolk
April 14, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

CASTING Matthew Perry is joining Bruce Willis in the black comedy ”Nine Yards,” playing a financially struggling suburbanite who decides to cash in by informing the Mob about his informer neighbor (Willis). Rosanna Arquette will play Perry’s wife, and Jonathan Lynn (”My Cousin Vinny”) will direct…. Now that teen stars have cornered the market on horror films and comedies, they seem to have their sights set on tearjerkers: Leelee Sobieski (”Never Been Kissed”) will star in ”Here on Earth” as a high schooler whose first romance is upset by terminal illness…. Alec Baldwin is executive-producing and starring in the TNT miniseries ”Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial,” centered around the 1946 international court set up to prosecute Nazi officers…. Tracey Ullman, who last worked for Woody Allen in 1994’s ”Bullets Over Broadway,” will costar with Allen in his next project, filming this summer.

COURT CASES Coolio has withdrawn his no-contest plea in the charge against him of carrying a concealed 9mm semiautomatic, making it the second time he’s changed his plea. (The first time, he pleaded innocent.) The rapper was pulled over in Lawndale, Calif., last September for allegedly driving on the wrong side of the street, and he reportedly volunteered to the cop that he had a gun in a door pouch. No explanation was given for his latest legal maneuver.

REEL DEALS Director Joel Schumacher will take on ”Church of the Dead Girls,” based on Stephen Dobyns’ novel about a town that devolves into paranoia and vigilantism after three of its teenagers disappear.

BACK IN THE BOOTH Football commentator Dan Dierdorf — who spent 12 seasons with ABC before he was let go earlier this year — is returning to CBS, where he hung his mike in the mid-’80s. The former All-Pro tackle will work as a game analyst for CBS’s Sunday NFL games; he’ll also serve (with Verne Lundquist) as a backup anchor for Greg Gumbel and Phil Simms.

OBITUARY Jean Vander Pyl, whose voice can still be heard as Wilma on ”The Flintstones,” died Saturday of lung cancer at 79. Aside from playing Wilma from 1960 to 1966, Vander Pyl provided the voices of Pebbles and Mrs. Slate (the wife of Fred’s boss), and she played seven characters on ”The Jetsons.”

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