Plus, ''Jurassic Park 3'' may start shooting next year, and Joshua Jackson attempts some freelance lifesaving

By Josh Wolk
Updated August 05, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT
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MUSIC NEWS Begin screaming hysterically… NOW. The Backstreet Boys have announced a U.S. tour that will begin on Sep. 15 in Orlando and run through December. Tickets will go on sale for all shows on Aug. 14. You can check out their tour schedule on the Boys’ official website to see if they’re coming to a town near you…. Mariah Carey enlisted Jay-Z to duet on her new song ”Heartbreaker,” which will appear on her new album, expected out in November.

REEL DEALS ”Jurassic Park 3” may start filming early next year, according to Variety. Steven Spielberg won’t be behind the camera, although he is producing and reportedly came up with the story, details of which are being closely guarded. (But please God let it not be about dinosaurs in space.) Joe Johnston (”October Sky,” ”Honey I Shrunk the Kids”) will direct, and Michael Crichton, who wrote the original two source novels, will be only tenuously involved…. Liam Neeson will produce (but not act in) an HBO miniseries adaptation of ”Trinity,” Leon Uris’ epic 1977 novel centered around the formation of the IRA…. The director of the upcoming Jamie Foxx/Kris Kristofferson comedy ”Bait” has bailed out, six weeks before production was to begin. Stephen Surjik (”Wayne’s World 2”) reportedly had insurmountable creative differences with Foxx, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

BAYWATCH, HERE HE COMES Who does he think he is, Tom Cruise? ”Dawson’s Creek”’s Joshua Jackson attempted a swim rescue on Tuesday when he and an unidentified friend saw two girls struggling to get back to shore while swimming at a North Carolina beach. The two men swam out to help them, but found the tide and the waves too powerful for all four to get back to shore, according to the Associated Press. Fortunately a Coast Guard boat arrived to pull them out of the water.

CASTING Uma Thurman will headline an adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel, ”The Custom of the Country.” Christopher Hampton, who wrote her ”Dangerous Liaisons,” will write and direct…. Matthew McConaughey will star and produce in a film based on William Weatherford, the Native American reluctant warrior (who was half Scottish) who led his tribe in an attack against General Andrew Jackson’s troops in the War of 1812. (The movie will be called either ”Raven Mocker” or ”Red Eagle.”) McConaughey reportedly has a personal attachment to the story, since his great-great-grandfather was Jackson’s doctor. Hopefully he’s not still holding a grudge…. ”American Psycho” star Christian Bale will go from slaying the masses to healing them: He’ll star as Christ in the NBC TV movie ”Mary & Jesus,” which is not the cop buddy movie that the title may lead you to believe…. Michael Rapaport (”Deep Blue Sea”) joins Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. in ”Navy Diver.”

BAD DAY, MATE Rodney Ansell, the Australian outdoorsman who inspired the ”Crocodile Dundee” movies, was killed in a bizarre shoot-out with police in Australia on Tuesday. Ansell came to fame in 1977 when he wrote a book about being stranded on a deserted island for two months, and was the subject of a documentary about the adventure. Paul Hogan based the Dundee character on him, and over the past decade Ansell had become increasingly disturbed, from financial setbacks and bitterness that he didn’t share in any of the profits from the two films. When two policemen were dismantling a roadblock in Darwin on Tuesday night, one was suddenly hit by a bullet fired by Ansell, who was hiding in the nearby bush, and the other cop fired back, killing him. The police say they have no motive for Ansell’s seemingly random attack, but are investigating whether drugs were involved.


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