Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford will all appear in high profile films next year

By EW Staff
Updated April 18, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
Russell Crowe: Mike Derer/Ap/Wide World

by Tricia Johnson and Scott Brown

HBO’s Meadow Soprano (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) may be a BWOC at Columbia University (especially after a creepy dean hit up her mom for a $50,000 donation), but how does the Ivy League institution feel about her? A Columbia spokesman says he hasn’t seen ”The Sopranos” and adds the show doesn’t have the school’s blessing. But Mob families aren’t the only ones with Ivy dreams.

A BEAUTIFUL MIND
SCHOOL Princeton
STAR Russell Crowe
PLOT True tale of mathematician John Nash, paranoid – schizophrenic Nobel Prize winner
ADMISSIONS? Princeton cooperated on the shoot. Though Crowe flipped a student the bird last month, a school official notes: ”There were some instances where he was downright gentlemanly.”

HARVARD MAN
SCHOOL Harvard
STAR Sarah Michelle Gellar
PLOT Daughter of a Mob boss lures the basketball captain into a gambling scheme
ADMISSIONS? ”We didn’t bother them and they didn’t bother us,” says director and ’66 alum James Toback, who shot only a few campus exteriors. A Harvard official had no comment.

STEALING STANFORD
SCHOOL Stanford (not Ivy, but close)
STAR Tom Green
PLOT A middle class man turns to crime to finance his niece’s education.
ADMISSIONS? No need. The film’s producers ”assured us it’s just a working title,” says a Stanford rep. Indeed. A source involved in the Revolution Studios film says it might be called ”Say Uncle.”

HOW HIGH
SCHOOL Harvard
STAR Method Man
PLOT Two guys smoke a strain of IQ boosting pot. But after enrolling, their stash runs dry.
ADMISSIONS? Up in smoke! While the school’s ”called Harvard, [there’s] no Harvard logo,” says producer Stacey Sher. ”It’s our metaphoric Harvard.” So metaphoric, they didn’t even shoot the campus.

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