AXED The next mystery for the ”Snoops” gals to solve will be ”What happened to our show?” The David E. Kelley drama will go off the air to make room for ”Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” come January, according to Variety. ABC had picked up the detective series for a full season, but once it had decided that ”Snoops”’ Sundays-at-9 p.m. slot was better for ”Millionaire,” the network told Kelley that the only time available for a move would put it against ”ER” on Thursdays. Kelley admitted that with the show’s ratings already dwindling, and costar Paula Marshall planning to leave, it made more sense just to let the show die. But there is a bright side for Kelley: Now ”Millionaire” will provide a stronger lead-in on to his ”The Practice.”
CASTING Miramax’s ”Cinderella Man,” the story of a Depression-era fella who becomes a boxer to feed his family, has attracted Billy Bob Thornton (as director) and Ben Affleck (as star)…. Chris Tucker will earn between $13-15 million to star in the comedy ”Black Knight.” The ”Rush Hour” star will play a waiter who finds himself transported back to medieval days. Odds are even you’ll hear the line, ”Excuse me, Mr. King Arthur? This jousting stick is nice and all, but wouldn’t it be easier if I just used a glock?” Oh, when worlds collide!… Courtney Love will play an FBI agent tracking down a serial killer in New Orleans in her next film, ”Darker Saints”…. If you love football films AND plane-crash tragedies, you’re in luck! Richard Gere will star in ”One for the Ages,” playing a college football coach whose entire team perishes in a flight disaster, and who reassembles a new squad to bring back hope to the grieving school.
ON THE ROAD Korn has broken news of their new tour on their official website. The band will serenade the U.S. starting on Feb.19 in Miami, and ending on April 19 in Kansas City, Kan. Then Korn head to Europe, hitting Milan, Italy, on May 12 and wrapping up in Holland on June 12.
HOMECOMING After a 27-year ban from British screens imposed by Stanley Kubrick himself, ”A Clockwork Orange” will finally be shown in England next year. Kubrick pulled the movie out of theaters in 1973 when he started getting death threats for its violent content, but now Warner Bros. is arranging with his family to bring it back, as a kind of a memorial to the late director. Nothing like a little ultraviolence to ring in the new millennium.
IN THE WORKS Because the only thing better than crap is crap done over, Universal is planning a remake of the 1981 Brooke Shields forbidden-teen-love tale ”Endless Love.” The studio has justified another version — this time around it will be called ”The Age of Consent” — saying that the new writer’s pitch has a much better take on the original novel than the Shields version did…. Fox is developing a miniseries based on the life of Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons, which will also serve as a history of hip-hop music. Don’t expect too critical a look, however: Simmons is helping out with the project.
CURTAIN DROPS Tina Turner will be doing her last public dancing: She has announced that her upcoming tour will be her last. ”There comes a point where it is just undignified to be a rock & roll star,” the 60-year-old singer told Britain’s TV Times. ”I don’t want to be dragging myself on stage year in year out until someone else tells me it is time to go.”
LAWSUIT A former executive producer of ”The X-Files,” Robert W. Goodwin, is suing DreamWorks for $1.8 million for breach of contract and fraud, after it allegedly ceased production on his new series when Steven Spielberg decided he didn’t like the scripts. According to Variety, Goodwin claims that the studio agreed to pay him $900,000 to executive-produce 10 episodes of a sci-fi series, ”Taken,” but that once production began, DreamWorks allegedly tried to rescind its guarantee of the paycheck, and wanted to keep him on beyond his 10-episode commitment. Goodwin was eventually let go when Spielberg supposedly was displeased with the writing, but he maintains that his contract never mentioned that production was contingent on the DreamWorks co-owner’s approval. The studio had no comment.