'N Sync Goes to the Movies
BOYS TO MEN ‘N Sync may have to bear the dubious brand of ”boy band,” but two of its members, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass, are acting pretty manly as far as we’re concerned. The two had planned to celebrate their feature debuts in the $10 million romantic comedy On the Line, scheduled to open Oct. 26, with a mega-premiere at Radio City Music Hall. While plans were scrapped in the wake of the terrorist attacks, the screening, although downscaled slightly, will be staying in Manhattan. ”The consensus is it’s not fair or appropriate to ask the police department to provide the kind of security [necessary at Radio City] when they’ve got better things to do,” says producer Rich Hull (Get Over It), who along with Miramax rallied to keep the fete in New York despite understandable anxiety. The premiere will be held Oct. 9 at the Ziegfeld Theatre.
RULES OF THE GAME Most screenwriters grovel to get their scripts made, but not Roger Avary, who wrote and directed 1994’s Killing Zoe. After winning an Oscar for cowriting Pulp Fiction, Avary was inundated with job offers, and ”like any other sensible person, I cashed in,” says the busy script doctor. Frustrated by studios that ”wanted the same thing over and over and over again, something boiled up in me and I became furious. I had to write something that was impossible to make, and put it away.” But after producer and friend Greg Shapiro (Affliction)—who knew about Avary’s penchant for shelving his own scripts—demanded to see the writer’s adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis‘ 1987 novel The Rules of Attraction, a nonlinear story about spoiled college kids, he brought it to Lions Gate, which agreed to finance the $5 million drama. Rules, which will star Dawson’s Creek‘s James Van Der Beek as a debauched, rich student, is ”aggressive, abstract, and extreme,” says Avary, who’s nearing the end of filming. On the other hand, he continues, ”When we first turned in Pulp Fiction, everyone said, ‘This is a piece of s