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The Hollywood Minute

February 27, 1996
Web posted at: 11:30 p.m. EST

From Entertainment Correspondent Dennis Michael

HOLLYWOOD, California (CNN) -- According to the Hollywood Reporter trade paper, "Picket Fences" has had its last broadcast. CBS has decided to pull the critically acclaimed but ratings-starved drama from its prime time schedule. A new series called "Nash Bridges," starring Don Johnson, will move into the Friday night time slot starting in late March.

Picket Fences

There's been a composer change on "Mission Impossible." The Hollywood Reporter "e-mail" column reports Alan Silvestri was relieved of the project, and composer Danny Elfman was hired to create a new film score for the movie. Tom Cruise, who is on the production team as well as the star of the film, reportedly didn't like the score.


The artist formerly known as Prince has sparked some speculation as to whether he will revert to just Prince. The purple person's latest release, soundtrack cuts for the movie "Girl Six," are credited to "Prince." Spokesmen for the unpronounceable symbol say, however, the recordings were made when he was still just "Prince."

Sandra Bullock has a new film project in the works. The actress is reportedly in late talks to star in "Runaway Bride," about a woman who has fled from the altar several times in panic over commitment. Daily Variety reports that a number of actresses have fled from commitment to the project, including Julia Roberts, Demi Moore, Ellen Degeneres, and Geena Davis.

Chris Farley is going back to work. The "Saturday Night Live" alumnus, and star of "Black Sheep," is working on "Beverly Hills Ninja." Robin Shou of "Mortal Kombat" co-stars, along with Nicolette Sheridan.

Francis Ford Coppola is no stranger to epic classic projects, but his latest idea is one of the biggest and most classic. Columnist Army Archerd reports the filmmaker is planning to turn Homer's "Odyssey" into a miniseries for television.

Sense and Sensibility

Oscar nominee "Sense and Sensibility" was awarded the Golden Bear as the best film at the 46th Annual Berlin film festival over the weekend.

Keanu Reeves has been offered a role that's not of this world. Daily Variety reports the actor has been offered $9 million to star in "Soldier," a science-fiction thriller set on a remote planet.


Mel Gibson is going to the Oscars. The actor has joined the growing list of award presenters for the 68th annual Academy Awards. There was a distinct possibility he was planning to go anyway: Gibson has been nominated in the Best Director category, one of nine nominations for his movie "Braveheart."



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