Bob Weinstein, Drew Barrymore, and Tony Kaye made movie news this week

By Jessica Shaw
May 14, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Title fight
When is a killing not really a killing? That’s the question Dimension was debating two weeks after the Columbine massacre. The result: The studio decided to change the title of Kevin Williamson’s upcoming high school revenge-comedy Killing Mrs. Tingle to Teaching Mrs. Tingle. According to Dimension honcho Bob Weinstein, the timing is purely coincidental. ”The truth is we’ve always considered changing the title,” he says, dismissing the notion that the change was spurred by the Colorado shootings. ”If that was the case, we would’ve done it two weeks ago.” So what’s the deal? ”The title was misleading. The killing is not the literal killing — it’s the metaphorical killing,” Weinstein says. ”Tingle is Kevin’s 9 to 5. And Dabney Coleman never dies!”

Flower Power
In the past year or so, Drew Barrymore has played a fairy-tale princess, a drive-thru cashier, a waitress, and a high school geek. You might expect her to take a breather. But with a stack of projects on her plate, the cofounder of Flower Films (which coproduced the $36.5 million-and-counting Never Been Kissed) isn’t taking a break anytime soon. Next up, she’ll star in either Columbia’s Charlie’s Angels (which she’d also coproduce) or Riding in Cars With Boys, a comedy-drama to be directed by Penny Marshall (also for Columbia) about a mother and the son she gave up for adoption. Also on Barrymore’s fast track is Fox 2000’s Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, about a woman who works at an enchanted toy store, and Warner Bros.’ Wizard of Oz pseudo-sequel Surrender Dorothy, in which Dorothy’s great-great-granddaughter battles the spawn of the Wicked Witch of the West. A remote possibility — which Barrymore’s rep would not confirm — is Me and the Girls, about a woman and her three twentysomething daughters (mother-child team Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson are also attached to the New Line project). According to Barrymore’s spokesperson: ”All the studios would love to tell you her next movie will be theirs.”

Special Kaye
Is Tony Kaye trying to make up with New Line production prexy Michael DeLuca? Echoing the cryptic notes he published last year, the American History X director (who was so unhappy with the way that film was reedited he wanted ”Humpty Dumpty” as his credit) took out full-page April 28 ads addressed to DeLuca in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter that read: ”Please come to London immediately. I want to discuss a big idea with you. An idea that with the appropriate realization will benefit both the world and our careers.” Kaye, who is reportedly developing a drama inspired by a Busta Rhymes CD about the entertainment industry’s glorification of violence, won’t comment. According to someone close to DeLuca, the exec did call London but has yet to hear from Kaye. ”The guy spent $10,000 to take out those two ads,” the source says. ”It would have been a hell of a lot cheaper to just pick up the phone.”

(Additional reporting by Dave Karger)

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