Plus, Lil' Kim nurses a new film role

By Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
Updated May 04, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
Sharon Stone: Anthony Dixon/LFI


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WAYNE’S WORLD Director Wayne Wang, whose erotic ”The Center of the World” opened this month, is staying steamy with his next project: ”Stompanato,” a biopic about Lana Turner’s romance with the man her daughter would be accused of killing in defense of her mother. Wang, who describes the tale as ”so absurd it’s almost a black comedy,” says that Sharon Stone is on the verge of committing to the Turner role. Wang has also spoken with Antonio Banderas about playing Johnny Stompanato, but ”I told him, ‘You have to get rid of your Spanish accent. Johnny was a mobster from the Midwest.”’

DEMME MORE Granted, it’s no Vince Vaughn – Steve Buscemi Las Vegas revue (Reel World, #593), but director Ted Demme (”Blow”) and writer – director Richard LaGravenese (”Living Out Loud”) have come up with a groovy way to work even if there’s a WGA – SAG strike: The pair are producing and directing a documentary on 1970s movies and filmmakers for the Independent Film Channel (the film will also receive a theatrical run).

”Obviously, Jack and Francis are the two big one named villains we need to talk to for a very long time, but there are also small, obscure films we want to [focus on],” says Demme, who came up with the idea while he was watching ’70s movies to prepare for ”Blow.” Demme plans to enlist friends Paul Thomas Anderson and Steven Soderbergh to interview the subjects, saying, ”It will be an absolute love letter.”

FURTHERMORE Scantily clad hip hop star Lil’ Kim will likely be donning nurse’s shoes to play an R.N. in music video director J.C. Barros’ feature film debut, ”10029.” The film, made up of four interlocking stories about life in Harlem, begins shooting June 11.

Additional reporting by Cindy Pearlman

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