The ''Armageddon'' team reunites for a Pearl Harbor movie
Plus, the new ''Star'' team: Jennifer Lopez and Will Smith? And there's a riot outside the Busta Rhymes/Missy Elliott concert
REEL DEALS The ”Armageddon” adrenaline team of director Michael Bay and producer Jerry Bruckheimer will return for ”Tennessee,” a movie about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Disney has signed the two even though the script is just starting to be written, but that gives Bay plenty of time to start blowing things up…. Roger Spottiswoode (”Tomorrow Never Dies”) will direct Arnold Schwarzenegger’s next movie, ”The Sixth Day,” in which Arnie plays a man who discovers he’s been replaced by a clone…. Mark Pellington, whose oft-delayed ”Arlington Road” will finally be released next month, has been signed to direct ”One for the Ages,” the tale of a football coach who tries to assemble a new winning team when all of his old players are killed in a plane crash.
CASTING Talk about your can’t-miss duo: Warner Bros. is after Jennifer Lopez and Will Smith to team in a new remake of ”A Star is Born”…. The remake of ”The Incredible Mr. Limpet” with Jim Carrey has been in flux recently, with Carrey rapidly losing interest. According to the Hollywood Reporter, a rewrite has been turned in, but if Carrey doesn’t like it, Warner Bros. will approach Mike Myers and Robin Williams…. The pilot for a ”Mary Tyler Moore Show” reunion series may have fallen apart, but now it looks like Moore and Valerie ”Rhoda” Harper will team up as their sitcom characters for an ABC TV movie, which would hopefully air by spring of next year…. Diane Lane has joined the cast of ”The Perfect Storm,” playing the girlfriend of soon-to-perish Mark Wahlberg, who warns him not to go out to sea before the hurricane.
CONCERT TUSSLE A minor mob stormed the gates at last night’s New Jersey concert by Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Q-Tip, and Nas, thrown by New York radio station Hot-97, and hundreds of cops were called in to quell more than 1,000 concertgoers who were throwing bottles and attacking security guards and each other, according to the New York Daily News. There are two accounts of how the trouble started: Some say that the gates were rushed by people without tickets trying to worm their way in, while others say everyone had tickets, but the show had either been oversold or overrun with counterfeit passes. The police barred the gates, and according to the Associated Press, even some who had bought their tickets legitimately were not let in.
VIDEO PREMIERE Alanis Morissette is debuting the new video for her single ”So Pure” exclusively on AOL, before it’s posted on the Internet on Monday and airs on MTV on Tuesday. AOL subscribers can find it at Keyword: Alanis.
SOLO VENTURE The guitar that Eric Clapton used to play in the original Derek and the Dominos version of ”Layla” sold for an astronomical $497,500 yesterday at the Christie’s auction held to raise money for his Crossroads rehab center in Antigua. The 1956 Fender Stratocaster was expected to go for about $100,000, but instead it set the record for the most money bid on a guitar (beating the previous $320,000 high set in 1990 for the guitar Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock). More than 100 of Clapton’s guitars were sold (two to Michael J. Fox), bringing in a total of $5.1 million.
LAWSUIT The Artist Formerly Known as Prince was the victor in court when a Chicago judge dismissed a copyright infringement case against the musician by guitar-maker Ferdinand Pickett, who claims the Artist stole his idea for a guitar shaped like his male-female name symbol. Pickett had claimed he had made one in 1993 and showed it to the Artist, who allegedly turned it down and then played publicly with a similarly shaped instrument the next year. The Artist denied ever meeting Pickett.
STILL IN THE PICTURE The show won’t go on without Elisabeth Shue: Columbia has decided to put the shooting of her film ”The Hollow Man” on hiatus until August while she recovers from her torn Achilles tendon. When she first suffered the injury earlier this month, there was some question as to whether she’d be replaced. Shue plays a colleague of the scientist played by Kevin Bacon, who discovers a potion for invisibility that drives him insane.
TIME OFF Judi Dench (an Oscar winner for ”Shakespeare in Love”) had to take six days off from her Tony-winning role in Broadway’s ”Amy’s View” to fly to London to be with her husband, who is suffering from a severe pulmonary infection. The show, which closes July 18, has been playing to sold-out crowds, and though an understudy will play Dench’s role during her absence, the theater is offering refunds to ticket holders for those performances.
GAME STARS Two popular videogames are coming to the big screen: ”Pokemon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back,” which was made in Asia, will be released in America on Nov. 12. Also, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, James Woods, and Steve Buscemi will lend their pipes to the computer-animated film version of ”Final Fantasy”, which involves an alien force assaulting the Earth in 2065. If either of these are as good as ”Wing Commander,” then… uh… just keep playing.
MAKING WAVES Ahhh, Sinead O’Connor — always good for a controversy. She has dropped out of an August musical festival in Belfast because its Catholic organizers supposedly told her she wasn’t allowed to decry IRA violence on its stage. Organizers say no such thing was mentioned.
SPLIT After three years of marriage, Wynonna has divorced her husband, Arch Kelley. The country singer has to pay him a $250,000 settlement, but she gains custody of their two kids.