After looting the box office this summer with "Gladiator," helmer Ridley Scott is about to do the same thing on the high seas.
Daily Variety is reporting that the lauded director will direct Disney's "Captain Kidd," an adventure tale based on the life of the notorious 17th century pirate.
The project will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and will be written by "Double Jeopardy" scribes Doug Cook and David Weisberg.
Scott has just finished wrapping "Hannibal," the sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs," and will immediately segue into the big-budget flick "Black Hawk Down."
A SOUND 'MIND:' Ed Harris knows what's hot. Variety says that the actor has aligned himself with red hot director Ron Howard and red hot actor Russell Crowe in the project "A Beautiful Mind."
In the true story, "Gladiator" Crowe will play John Nash, a paranoid-schizophrenic and Nobel Prize winner. Harris will co-star as an intelligence officer in the film.
Howard, of course, just came off helming a little holiday film called "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" with Jim Carrey.
ANOTHER GENERATION: "Star Trek" fans can rejoice. Variety says that "Gladiator" scribe John Logan has been tapped to write the next "Star Trek" flick in the sci-fi franchise. The project will be No. 10 for the big-screen series.
No director has been named yet, but veteran Trekkies Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner are set to return.
It’s over for another one of Hollywood’s Golden Gay Couples. Rocker Melissa Etheridge and her partner, director Julie Cypher, announced today that they are calling it quits after 12 years together, USA Today reports.
The couple has two small children.
“With the utmost of love and respect for one another, we have decided to separate,” the pair announced in a statement released by Island Records, Etheridge’s label. “As committed parents, our top priority continues to be what is in the best interest of our children. Though elements of our lives will change, our family will always remain intact.”
Cypher gave birth to the couple’s daughter, 2, and son, 1. They told Rolling Stone magazine in January that Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young legend David Crosby was the children’s biological father, donating his sperm so that the pair could give birth through artificial insemination.
Cypher was previously married to “La Bamba” actor Lou Diamond Phillips. Etheridge’s hits include “Come to My Window” and the album “Yes, I Am,” a reference to her sexual orientation.
The Etheridge-Cypher split comes on the heels of the breakup of and Anne Heche, who called it quits in August after 2 ½ years together.
Heche recently has been linked with men ranging from a co-star (Vince Vaughn) to a director (Nick Cassavetes).
Columnist Liz Smith reports today that Heche's current love interest is actually a 28-year-old cameraman, a man Heche met during DeGeneres' concert tour who was working for the pair as they recorded a documentary about the concert for HBO.
Can audiences expect a Ron Howard/Tom Cruise reunion? Maybe. Daily Variety reports today that Howard is in negotiations to helm the adaptation of "A Beautiful Mind," a biography on Nobel Prize winner John Forbes Nash Jr. who was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.
Howard has just finished directing Jim Carrey in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and, if all goes well, will start shooting "A Beautiful Mind" at the end of the year.
The question is whether Cruise, who worked with Howard in "Far and Away," will commit to the project, as well. He's said to be interested in playing Nash.
COLUMBINE REVISITED? Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst will turn movie director in "Runt," a story that follows an ostracized high schooler who takes arms against his rivals. The pro-skateboarder-turned-music mogul will be mentored by director David Fincher ("Seven," "Fight Club") for his feature debut.
BRIT INVASION: Hugh Grant and Colin Firth have confirmed their participation in "Bridget Jones’ Diary" as romantic rivals vying for the attention of Renee Zellweger. The film is slated to go into production this month.
Rocker Melissa Etheridge has finally revealed the identity of the man who fathered her two children -- and it's not Brad Pitt.
Etheridge has long talked about her crush on good friend Pitt, whom she once said was good-looking enough to make any woman switch teams. (Etheridge outed herself in 1992.) Anyway, the Pitt connection fueled rumors that the actor's DNA was involved when Etheridge's partner, Julie Cypher (ex-wife of Lou Diamond Phillips) became pregnant.
But alas, Pitt has not passed along his good-looking genes to Etheridge-Cypher. Surprisingly, Etheridge reveals to this month's Rolling Stone that the biological father is sorta the anti-Brad Pitt -- David Crosby, the balding, pudgy folkie best known for his hard-livin' days with 1960s stalwarts Crosby, Stills & Nash.
"He's musical, which means a lot to me," Etheridge says of Crosby in Rolling Stone, "and I admire his work."
Cypher became pregnant through artificial insemination and gave birth to daughter Bailey, now 3, and son Beckett, who's 1. The entire, extended family appears on the cover of the new Rolling Stone, including Crosby, 58, and wife Jan, who recommended him for the paternity job.
"No kitchen implements were involved,'' assures Cypher.
Well, that's a relief.
EXODUS: Woody Allen leaving "Manhattan"?!?
The notorious New Yorker has decided to leave the Big Apple for London -- at least for a year, according to reports. Manhattan is, of course, the city in which nearly all Allen's films are set -- and not just the ones named after Manhattan ("Manhattan Murder Mystery", "Manhattan").
Allen, 65, wife Soon-Yi, 29, and their baby daughter, Bechet Dumaine, plan to move to Britain so Allen can direct one-act plays in the foggy city's fashionable "boutique" theaters, according to Sunday's London Times. Producers rejected a similar plan in New York because it was deemed too expensive.
OBLIGATORY DOUGLAS/ZETA-JONES ITEM OF THE DAY: Yes, the wedding is still on for Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, -- in fact, Britain's Sun reports that the two will tie the knot in Majorca, a Spanish resort island.
Douglas owns a remote mountain villa there, and an unnamed source tells the tab, "They want to keep the wedding private. Michael's estate in Majorca is perfect because it is so isolated."
But not too private: The Welsh actress reportedly was considering holding the wedding in a chapel near her hometown but nixed it because the venue was too small.
The Sun, by the way, says the Douglas/Zeta-Jones nuptials will go down Sept. 25, which also happens to be the couple's shared birthday (he'll be turning 56, she'll be turning 31).
That would prove convenient; Douglas would only have to remember one date out of the year.
STUPID, BUT OK: Paul Newman suffered bruised ribs after crashing his racecar into a tire barrier at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday.
"I got overconfident on a fresh set of tires," Newman, 74, said. "The tires weren't warm enough, and I slipped."
Newman, an avid and accomplished racecar driver, was examined on the scene by a doctor and further evaluated at Hallifax Medical Center.
"I'm angry at myself," Newman said. "It was a stupid thing to do."
But it's not slowing him down: Newman still plans to run the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona race next month.
GLOBAL PRESENCE: Steven Spielberg, who won a best director Golden Globe (and later the Oscar) for "Saving Private Ryan," and Gwyneth Paltrow, who scored a Globe and an Oscar for "Shakespeare in Love," have been tapped as presenters for the 57th Annual Golden Globes on Jan. 23 in Beverly Hills.
Also presenting awards are Catherine Deneuve, Winona Ryder and the (very) aforementioned Michael Douglas.
THE WRITE STUFF: Michael Caine, currently seen in "The Cider House Rules," has decided to do a little John Irving of his own.
The Oscar-winning actor ("Hannah and Her Sisters") has completed his debut novel -- a thriller -- but says he must go back for rewrites after realizing he killed off one of his characters, er, twice.
"I've got to the end in a mad dash. Now I've got to go back and do it properly," Caine told reporters.