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ROLE CALL: Leo's Life of Crime

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

Can you picture pretty Leo DiCaprio as a gangsta? DreamWorks hopes so. The Hollywood Reporter says the studio is courting DiCaprio to star in "Catch Me If You Can," a biopic about real-life criminal Frank Abagnale, the youngest man ever to make the FBI Most Wanted list.

Here's a twist: The movie would probably be directed by Gore Verbinski, who made "Mousehunt" and just finished a flick called "The Mexican" with Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts.

COUNTING TO ELEVEN: Confirming a weeks-old rumor, Pitt has joined the increasingly expensive cast of the forthcoming "Ocean's Eleven" remake, to be directed by Steven Soderbergh. Also confirmed for the flick are George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Mark Wahlberg. Word has it that Clooney's taking the Frank Sinatra role, while Pitt's playing the Dean Martin character. But who'll be the new Norman Fell?

NO SPRING CHICKENS: Elizabeth Taylor will go back in front of the camera again, to shoot two "campy scenes" for the ABC-TV movie "Those Old Broads." It also stars Debbie Reynolds, Shirley MacLaine and Joan Collins, according to Variety. It's Taylor's first film work since 1994's "The Flintstones."

William H. Macy WHITHER FONZIE? Sometimes even a cool guy like The Fonz can't get a break. Or can he?

Henry Winkler's Emmy nomination in the comedy guest actor category, for his appearance on "Battery Park," was rescinded because the episode that he appeared in didn't air until June, after the Emmy eligibility period. Instead, William H. Macy was nominated for an appearance on "Sports Night."

Not to fret, Fonz fans: Winkler's also nominated in the drama guest actor category for an appearance on "The Practice."

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