Plus, Steve Martin, Nicolas Cage, Bill Murray, Helena Bonham Carter, and more

By Josh Wolk
Updated February 28, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST
Sony Music

ON THE ROAD If you missed seeing Ricky Martin shake his bon bon last time around, he’ll be reshaking it this summer in another tour. He’ll kick it off on June 9 in Fort Lauderdale, and this stint will end on July 27 in Portland, Ore. Tickets will go on sale this weekend for most dates, so check your local papers or listen to your local morning Zoo team, who likely won’t shut up about it.

CASTING In ”Little Shop of Horrors,” Steve Martin played a hellish dentist, but in ”Novocaine” he’ll play a well-meaning tooth man whose life gets hellish when he’s targeted by a con artist (Helena Bonham Carter). Hopefully that parallel was appreciated by you readers, because it was exhausting to make…. And in casting news that’s classy because it’s British, Richard Harris and Lynn Redgrave will team in the indie ”My Kingdom,” about a Liverpool crime boss whose daughters battle over control of his empire when he has to retire…. And in casting news that’s just short of classy, Casper Van Dien (”Starship Troopers”) will headline the pilot for the new NBC nighttime soap ”Titans,” as the son of a wealthy airline magnate who will likely be described as ”dashing.”

REEL DEALS Nicolas Cage‘s production company is developing an untitled but oh-so-topical comedy for Bill Murray in which he’d play a man obsessed with a popular game show. The script is being written by Howard Franklin, who’s responsible for such other Murray vehicles as ”Quick Change” and ”The Man Who Knew Too Little”…. Now that every single 1960s and ’70s TV show has been pillaged for the tube, it’s time to start regurgitating 1980s TV onto the big screen! Disney is developing a movie version of the ”ordinary guy turned caped crusader” comedy ”The Greatest American Hero.” It’s perfect timing, considering special effects technology is only now able to digitally duplicate the mysteries of William Katt’s Medusa-like hair.