News Roundup: Aug. 6


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Miramax, HBO and LivePlanet announced Monday they are planning a second installment of Project Greenlight, the contest in which a first-time filmmaker gets to direct his or her own film. (The project also chronicles the challenges of making the film in an HBO documentary TV series.) This time around, two winners will be paired up–an amateur writer and an amateur director. Live Planet partners Chris Moore, Sean Bailey, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will once again executive produce. Submissions will be accepted from Sept. 19-Oct. 2 at


Susan Sarandon can finally relax now–she’s made it. The Oscar winner received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday. Sarandon’s longtime partner Tim Robbins and her three children joined in her moment of glory. “Being from New York, it’s great to have…a little bit of real estate in L.A.,” she told The Associated Press.


Singer/songwriter Jewel and her manager/mother, Lenedra Carroll, have formed their own production company, Magic Lantern Entertainment.Variety reports the company’s first feature will be Wave, an ensemble drama centering around the reunion of a woman and her estranged son in a small island community off the western coast of Canada. Jewel, who co-starred with Tobey Maguire in the Ang Lee film Ride with the Devil, will appear in the film.

One of the main bridges linking Miami to Miami Beach will be closed at times this week due to the filming of some action sequences for Bad Boys 2, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Roughly 90 police officers are having to reroute traffic to the two other bridges connecting the beach community to the mainland.

Veteran television commercial director Zack Snyder, who has directed such talent as Harrison Ford, Kevin Costner and Catherine Zeta-Jones in international ad spots, is venturing into feature films for the first time. He’ll helm the adaptation of the comic book Mage, about an average guy who becomes a reluctant hero, for Spyglass Entertainment.

Eva Mendes (Training Day) is the latest talent in negotiations to join the cast of The Fast and the Furious 2, directed by John Singleton. She’ll play a female undercover agent who teams up with agents Paul Walker and Tyrese to bring down a drug trafficker.

Tube News

Fox TV will make Home Alone 4, starring French Stewart, Jason Beghe, Barbara Babcock and Missi Pyle, for ABC. Newcomer Mike Weinberg will play Kevin McCallister, the role originated by Macaulay Culkin 12 years ago.

Music News

Following a successful weekend gig in East Troy, Wis., the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, known now as The Other Ones, will be going on a 15-show tour of the Midwest and East Coast in November and December.