February 20, 1996
Web posted at: 11:15 a.m. EST
From Entertainment Correspondent Paul Vercammen
HOLLYWOOD, California (CNN) -- It's the halo effect for Val Kilmer and Elizabeth Shue. Both are negotiating roles for the big-screen version of "The Saint." Shue just received an Oscar nomination for "Leaving Las Vegas." If Kilmer becomes a "saint," that will raise more questions about him playing Batman in the upcoming sequel. ER's George Clooney is rumored as possibly the next actor to wear the bat cape.
It's back to Ed McBain's "87th Precinct" on NBC's "Sunday Night at the Movies." The episode called "Ice" will feature Dale Midkiff and Joe Pantoliano as homicide detectives probing the deaths of a dancer, jeweler and drug dealer. It's the latest television effort based on McBain's best selling crime novels.
Linda Fiorentino is set to join Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith in "Men in Black" from Columbia Pictures. The Hollywood Reporter says the film is an action-packed version of "Ghostbusters." Shooting is set to begin in March.
Disney reportedly is developing a sitcom for actress Kathleen Turner. According to Daily Variety, Turner would shoot the show in New York where she lives. This would be Turner's first foray into the world of series television .
Kim Basinger is sparring once more in court over "Boxing Helena." Basinger pulled out of that movie and got sued. Now Basinger's bankruptcy trustee is suing her former lawyer for allegedly mishandling her first trial.
Turner Broadcasting and Sports Illustrated are going to play for the same team. Turner sources say the two will create a 24-hour sports and information network. The Sports Illustrated-Turner pairing, comes as Time Warner is working to wrap up its $7 billion dollar buyout of Turner Broadcasting.
There are high hopes that Robert DeNiro and Ethan Hawke will take to the silver screen in a contemporary version of the Charles Dickens classic, "Great Expectations." DeNiro would play the part of the convict, with Hawke in the role of Pip.
John Goodman and John Travolta will team up in another modern adaptation of a literary classic -- Dostoyevsky's "Novella the Double." The Hollywood Reporter says Goodman will receive $3 million for the Mandalay Entertainment film. Shooting is set to begin in Paris with Roman Polanski as director.
Elton John will host a fourth Oscar-night bash to benefit his AIDS foundation. Columnist Liz Smith reports that the pop star's soiree at the Maple Drive Restaurant will feature "A-list" stars, including Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, Sharon Stone, Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg.
Angela Lansbury is to return for another Sunday night appearance on CBS. Variety columnist Army Archerd says Lansbury's "Murder She Wrote" will air on February 25, with a new episode called "The Track of the Soldier."
A "Friends" star and a "Saturday Night Live" graduate are packing for a road trip. Matthew Perry and Chris Farley have signed up to play self-proclaimed explorers shadowing Lewis and Clark in the Turner Pictures film, "Edwards and Hunt, the First American Road Trip."
Kramer of "Seinfeld" fame is headed for Winnemucca. Sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that actor Michael Richards will play a fast-on-his-feet, well meaning impostor in a new contempt-of-court comedy. Richards is rumored to be getting $3 million for the movie.
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