Tom Ripley is about to strike again, albeit under a completely different guise. How so? Think John Malkovich and "Mission: Impossible 2's" Dougray Scott instead of Matt Damon, for instance.
Daily Variety reports that Malkovich and Scott are in talks to star in "Ripley's Game," a sort of a follow-up to last year's "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (with Damon as the titled character).
The new project, which is based on the third novel in author Patricia Highsmith's Ripley series, follows an older, married Ripley who is looking for an assassin to rid two rivals.
Shooting of the film is set to begin in Venice in January.
DOWN WITH 'SMOOCHY': The Hollywood Reporter says that Edward Norton and Catherine Keener ("Being John Malkovich") will join the cast of "Death to Smoochy." Directed by Danny DeVito, the film follows Smoochy (Norton), a children's TV show character, as he plots sweet revenge when he is kicked off the air. Keener will play a network top brass and Smoochy's real-life ex-lover.
VICTORY 'DANCE': Cuba Gooding Jr., who will be seen next as a Navy diver in "Men of Honor," is in talks to star in a drama titled "Winterdance," Variety says. The actor is slated to play a father who's reunited with his son during a dog-sled race in Alaska.
'X' MARKS THE SPOT: Variety also says that Lisa Kudrow might star in "Marci X," wherein a Jewish-American princess is forced to take control of a hard-core hip-hop record label or something like that.
'AVENGING' SLY: The Reporter says that Sylvester Stallone will star in "Avenging Angelo," a black comedy about a woman (not Stallone) who discovers that she is the daughter of a Mafia boss. If you're wondering about Sly's involvement, he'll be playing the titular Mafia boss's bodyguard.
'CENTRAL' RESERVATION: Lastly, Variety reports that director Mike Figgis, who brought us the experimental flick "Timecode," will helm the project "By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept." Based on the autobiographical novel by Elizabeth Smart, the story revolves around the love affair between Smart, a Canadian poet, and George Barker, a fellow writer.
Regis Philbin is mortal.
The man, the phenom, the clothing-line model was doubly snubbed at tonight's 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, denied glory as a talk-show host and a game-show host.
Rosie O'Donnell of, yes, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," bested Regis in the talker category -- his last chance to win one with outgoing "Live!" co-host Kathie Lee Gifford. As for the game-show competition, would you believe the guy who does "Hollywood Squares" (uh, that would be Tom Bergeron) won? And would you believe that Bob Barker (aka the guy who does "The Price Is Right") also won?
Yup, that's right. There was a tie. So, to recap: Two -- count 'em, two -- guys (out of six nominees) were given Emmys for being great game-show hosts, and exactly zero went to the guy (uh, that would be Regis) who hosts that little thing called "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
Regis has never, ever won a Daytime Emmy, even though he's been nominated nine times.
On the bright side, "Millionaire" was honored as best game show -- probably to quell potential rioting in the hinterlands.
In the soap categories, ABC's "General Hospital" was named best drama. Susan Flannery of CBS' "The Bold and the Beatiful" was named best lead actress, "General Hospital" vet Anthony Geary best lead actor. Shemar Moore was named best supporting actor for CBS' "The Young and the Restless" and Sarah Brown best supporting actress for ABC's "General Hospital."
Susan Lucci, who broke her own Regis-like losing streak last year, hosted the ABC telecast and didn't lose again. (On the downside, she wasn't even nominated.)
There really is no accounting for taste, especially in the minds of youngsters. Will Smith and his summer box-office disappointment "Wild Wild West" grabbed three awards at Nickelodeon’s 13th annual Kids’ Choice Awards taped Friday night at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Smith won three orange blimps for favorite song ("Wild Wild West"), favorite song from a movie (ooh … guess the song) and favorite male singer.
Rosie O'Donnell (who emceed the event) and Adam Sandler each won two awards. O’Donnell, in fact, picked up the highest honor of the evening, the Hall of Fame Award for her humor and charity work.
Other orange blimp winners included the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Melissa Joan Hart and Mandy Moore.
And in a surprise career move, Robert De Niro (yes, Robert De Niro) presented an award, as did LL Cool J, 98 Degrees, Carly Pope and Leslie Bibb from the WB’s "Popular" and Mel Gibson.
GARBO’S SECRETS INTACT: Historians unsealed more than 100 letters and other correspondence between Greta Garbo and Mercedes De Acosta on Saturday, but anyone hoping that rumors of a lesbian love affair between the actress and her socialite friend would be confirmed are likely to be disappointed. Garbo's grandniece, Gray Reisfield Horan, told the Associated Press, "I see nothing that refers to a liaison … I don't think there's much here to back it up. I only knew her to be interested in men." The items were unsealed 10 years after Garbo’s death, as she requested in her will. Garbo’s estate won’t let the media quote the letters, but it’s possible the letters may be published in a book.
LATIN SIZZLE: Actors Antonio Banderas and Cameron Diaz, along with singers Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera, were among the Hispanic performers who were honored Sunday in Pasadena, Calif., at the fifth annual American Latino Media Arts Awards.
ALMA kudos also went to Latin tube talents Hector Elizondo of "Chicago Hope," Wilson Cruz of "Party of Five" and Laura Ceron of "ER."
Ten musical performers were recognized, including the Backstreet Boys, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan (with 'N Sync), Enrique Iglesias, Mariah Carey, Rage Against the Machine and Santana. Martin nabbed the male entertainer of the year award for shaking his bon-bon while Lopez, also of bon-bon fame, and Aguilera, of future bon-bon fame, received awards for female entertainer and new female entertainer, respectively.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MOUSE: Disney has paid horror director Clive Barker an advance of $4 million against nearly $8 million for all movie and ancillary rights to four unpublished fantasy novels he is writing. Collectively, the books carry the tentative title ``The Abarat Quartet.''
BLAME CANADA: Actor, Canadian and former Julia Roberts fiance Kiefer Sutherland joined thousands of protesters in Calgary, Alberta, on Saturday to protest plans to privatize some of Canada’s public health care system. Perhaps he was worried about his own benefits, since his acting career has apparently gone into cardiac arrest.
MURDOCH HAS CANCER: Doctors are planning several weeks of radiation treatment for Fox media mogul Rupert Murdoch. In a statement published by Murdoch's newspapers over the weekend, a spokesman said: "His doctors have told Mr. Murdoch the prognosis is very good. ... He has no intention of changing his work schedule."
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: All it takes to own the pair of ruby red slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" is a whole lotta of cash. A pristine pair of slippers made for Judy Garland will be sold to the highest bidder May 24 by Christie's auction house, and collectors estimate the pair could fetch $750,000. Also available are the Cowardly Lion's "Oz" costume, a Rolls-Royce from the James Bond classic "Goldfinger" and Christopher Reeve's Superman capes and body stockings.