We know what you might be thinking. But let us assure you, it has nothing to do with Dr. Seuss.
Yes, as the Hollywood Reporter says, Michelle Pfeiffer and Sean Penn are both in talks to star in the project "Sam I Am," but the story is actually about a lawyer trying to win a custody case for a mentally disabled man.
And as you have no doubt guessed, Penn will play the man and Pfeiffer will play the legal eagle.
The project is aiming for a mid-January start in Los Angeles.
DOUBLE DOSE: Milla Jovovich is keeping herself busy these days. The actress, who last starred in "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc," has signed on to two indie films, to be shot back to back. The first one is called "Resident Evil," a big-screen version of the popular video game. And the second is titled "You Stupid Man," a romantic comedy about a man who just can't get over his ex, the Reporter tells us.
'SLAUGHTER' HOUSE FOUR: Actress Kelly Lynch will join Ryan Gosling ("Remember the Titans"), David Morse ("The Green Mile") and Clea DuVall ("Girl, Interrupted") in the flick "Slaughter," Daily Variety says. The project will be the feature- writing/directing debut for twin brothers Alex and Andrew Smith, whose short film "The Keening" was screened at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
After the Hughes, the Coens and the Wachowskis, looks like another team of brothers is on the rise.
American viewers agree: There's nothing like watching democracy unfold on the tube.
And we are not talking about weekly episodes of "The West Wing."
A preliminary Nielsen report shows that more than 66 million viewers tuned in to Tuesday's night coverage of the presidential race between the four major networks, three cable outlets and PBS.
The 66 million figure marks a 73 percent jump in viewership from the 1996 election.
According to the estimates, NBC came out on top Tuesday night with about 19 million viewers, followed by ABC with 16 million and CBS at 14 million.
Actual numbers will be released later today.
VANITY MIRROR: The Associated Press says that "Today" show host Katie Couric, "Survivor" survivor Richard Hatch and "Harry Potter" novelist J.K. Rowling are among the honorees featured in Vanity Fair's 2000 Hall of Fame issue in December.
BYE, BYE, BYE: Daily Variety reports that Spike Feresten, one of the executive producers of "The Michael Richards Show," has quit the series after only two shows. Feresten, along with the show's other three executive producers, previously collaborated on the hit show "Seinfeld." His vacancy is not expected to be replaced.
BASEBALL, ANYONE? So much for the Subway series between the Mets and the Yankees. The Fox network has apparently lost more than $70 million due to poor ratings during its post season coverage of Major League Baseball. The victory ring eventually went to the Yankees in just five games.
HE'S BACK: Foul-mouthed 1980s relic Andrew "Dice" Clay has landed the lead in a new weekly comedy called "Colosseum." The comedian will play a Chicago street hustler and fight promoter being hurled back in time to ancient Rome. Uh-huh.
HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 14, 2000 – Perhaps they should call it "Hollywood Fat Cat in the Hat." Variety reports that Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment are planning to adapt Dr. Seuss' "The Cat in the Hat" into a live-action comedy starring Tim Allen.
"The Cat in the Hat" is the second Dr. Seuss property the two studios are producing. Their first, the much awaited "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" with Jim Carrey, will come out this Thanksgiving.
VIRTUAL CASTING: Al Pacino is about to work with a never-before-seen beauty in his upcoming movie. The Hollywood Reporter says that the actor will play opposite a computer-generated character in "Simone," a project directed by "The Truman Show" scribe Andrew Niccol.
ENTER THE 'DRAGON': Variety tells us that New Line Cinema has paid about $5 mil for the distribution rights to "Dungeons and Dragon: The Movie" in the United States.
HOLLYWOOD, May 22, 2000 -– Coming soon, yet another chance to see Al Pacino scream, yell, punch tables and act angry the only way he knows how.
Today's Daily Variety reports that "The Insider" is in negotiations with New Line Cinema to star as a struggling Hollywood producer in a flick about the movie industry.
The film, still untitled, is written by "The Truman Show" scribe Andrew Niccol.
SQUEEZING MORE OUT OF THE JUICE: Today's Variety also notes that Ving Rhames, Tom Cruise’s co-star in the upcoming "Mission: Impossible 2," will portray hard-ass attorney Johnnie Cochran in the CBS miniseries "American Tragedy," about the O.J. Simpson trial.
His dudeness Keanu Reeves is slated to star in Columbia's "The Ottoman Empire," a political parody penned and directed by Andrew Bergman ("Isn't She Great").
The flick tells the story of an erstwhile porn star (played by Reeves) who's blackmailed into providing certain vocation service to the first lady of the United States.
No word yet on when the film will go in front of the camera. Trade papers reported that the project will probably begin shooting some time between the Reeves vehicles "Sweet November" rolling this spring and back-to-back "The Matrix" sequels set to go into production this fall.
"GIFT" LOOKING SWANK: Hilary Swank, who was just named ShoWest 2000's female star of tomorrow, is set to begin work on "The Gift," the Sam Raimi film which principal cast includes Keanu Reeves and Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi, and Greg Kinnear.
Swank will play the physically abused wife to Keanu Reeve's redneck wife-beating husband. Shooting for the film begins Feb. 3 in Savannah, Ga.
ECKHART IN THE COMPANY OF MEN: Aaron Eckhart has joined the cast of "The Pledge," an adaptation of Swiss author Friedrich Durrenmatt's crime novel directed by Senn Penn. The "In the Company of Men" star will play opposite Jack Nicholson in a yet-undisclosed script.