January 30, 1996
Web posted at: 8:00 a.m. EST.
From Entertainment Correspondent Dennis Michael
HOLLYWOOD, California (CNN) -- "Clueless" is going prime time. The Hollywood Reporter Trade Paper says ABC has made a deal to create a situation comedy based on the hit movie. The network is reportedly wrapping up negotiations for a 13 week order. The film's director Amy Heckerling will write and direct the pilot episode.
Martin Lawrence is looking closely at "Nothing to Lose," a comedy for Touchstone Pictures. Lawrence is reported to be set to collect seven million dollars to star in the movie, Tim Robbins is also in talks to work in the movie.
Steven Seagal is getting ready to go back to work. The action star is set to begin shooting "The Glimmer Man" for Warner Brothers, Keenan Ivary Wayans will co-star. Shooting begins on February 5, 1996
Uma Thurman may have a visit to Gotham City on her schedule. Daily Variety reports that the actress is almost set to star in "Batman and Robin," the fourth outing of the dark knight. Thurman will co-star with Val Kilmer and Chris O'Donnell, she'll play villainess Poison Ivy, a role that both Julia Roberts and Demi Moore were interested in doing.
Work has begun on "Grosse Point Blank," a comedy starring John Cusack, his sister Joan Cusack, Dan Akroyd and Alan Arkin. John Cusack stars as a hitman attending his high school reunion. Principal photography is underway in Los Angeles.
A new project for Harvey Keitel. The actor is set to produce, and play a key role in "Dreaming of Julia." The Hollywood Reporter says the film will be shot in Puerto Rico as a Spanish and Puerto Rican co-production, but the film is in English.
David Letterman's losing streak has come to an end. The CBS late night show beat "Tonight with Jau Leno"by three tenths of a ratings point during the week of January 14, 1996. Jay had a week of reruns, Dave had all new shows.
Rock legend George Harrison has won a courtroom battle. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has awarded the former Beatle 11 million dollars in damages in a lawsuit against his former manager. The Hollywood Reporter says Harrison says he was pleased with the court decision, but added, "winning is one thing, collecting is another."
It's a change of schedule for Robin Wright. The actress' new project "Moll Flanders" is being moved to the summer release schedule by MGM, based on strong positive responses by test audiences, that is, according to MGM. The new version of the classic story also stars Morgan Freeman and Stockard Channing.
A major honor for Woody Allen. The Directors Guild of America has chosen the reclusive filmmaker for its accolade, the D.W. Griffith Award. Allen will have the opportunity to pick up the award at the 48th annual DGA Awards on March 2nd in New York, but he chose to play clarinet at a New York Jazz club in 1978, rather than travel to Los Angeles and pick up his Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director for Annie Hall.
Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men are getting closer to the record with their record "One Sweet Day" is number one on the Billboard Magazine Singles Chart for the tenth week in a row. The record is fourteen weeks, set by Boyz II Men.
Country Singer Billy Dean is about to make his acting debut. Dean will play a small role in an upcoming episode of "Lois and Clark" on ABC. Dean won't sing on the show, it's a straight, small, acting role.
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