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ROLE CALL: Dracula Bites Back

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Dec 31, 1899 | 7:00pm EST

Dracula never dies. Not as long as there are filmmakers to rouse his tired bones for yet another big-screen outing. Today's Daily Variety says horrormeister Wes Craven ("Scream") will produce a new vamp flick, appropriately titled "Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000," for Miramax's Dimension Films. Christopher Plummer ("The Insider") will star, but not as Drac. He'll play a London antiques dealer.

ANOTHER CUTE ANIMATED MOVIE (ZZZ ...): Tobey Maguire, Susan Sarandon and Michael Clarke Duncan will supply the voices for "Cats and Dogs," a Warner Bros. big-screen toon set for a Summer 2001 release, The Hollywood Reporter says.

CLEARLY, A GIANT: KISS rocker Gene Simmons is set to produce a biopic about the man who founded Casablanca Records -- the key disco (and KISS) label of the 1970s. "The Neil Bogart Story" is a project for Paramount. In addition to his status as a music mogul, Bogart, who died in 1982 at age 39, produced films such as "Thank God It's Friday" (1978).

KEEPING UP WITH THE MRS.: Tom Hanks spouse Rita Wilson will co-star with Leelee Sobieski ("Eyes Wide Shut") in "The Glass House," a thriller about orphaned teens and their bad guardians, Variety says.

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