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ROLE CALL: Law on Spielberg's Side

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

Steven Spielberg is one of the most powerful men in Hollywood.

Jude Law Did we stun you with our insight? Read on. Now we'll stun you with our evidence:

Just 24 little hours after Spielberg announced that he intended to helm "A.I.," a sci-fi project left orphaned after the death of Stanley Kubrick, two Oscar-nominated actors have already jumped onto the bandwagon.

Today's Hollywood Reporter says Best Supporting Actor hopefuls Jude Law ("The Talented Mr. Ripley" and underage-acting wonder Haley Joel Osment ("The Sixth Sense") are both in negotiations to join the project. (Note: The two actors -- almost 20 years apart in age -- are not vying for the same part. Obviously.)

Just to show how much clout Spielberg has, Law reportedly fled the chance to headline Miramax's planned remake of the 1939 British war flick "The Four Feathers" in favor of "A.I." (Variety says Miramax let Law walk after the studio passed at the chance to pay him $4 million.)

Production on "A.I." (an abbreviation for "artificial intelligence") is set to begin in July. Spielberg is also writing the script.

GOOD TIMING: John Cusack, the man who made slackerdom hip in "Say Anything," "Being John Malkovich" and the upcoming "High Fidelity," will star in Miramax's romantic comedy "Serendipity." Today's Variety says the actor will play one half of a couple fated to meet, separate -- and meet and separate, and meet and separate, etc.

FAMILY AFFAIR: Remember "Blood Simple," the noirish debut of fraternal directing team Joel and Ethan Coen? Well, the Coen brothers will return to their darker roots with a yet-untitled noirish drama. Slated to go in front of the camera this summer, the flick will star Oscar winner Frances McDormand (known in other circles as Joel Coen's wife) as a cheating spouse whose boyfriend turns up dead.

HEY, DAPHNE, GET OUT THIS DAMN SPOT: TV star Kelsey Grammer ("Frasier") will return to his roots, too -- his theater roots. Grammer is slated to headline a Broadway presentation of "Macbeth." Rehearsals start April 19. The production is set to run through the summer.

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