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ROLE CALL: Al's New Gig

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

Call him Al Pacino, indie filmmaker. The Hollywood Reporter says that "The Insider" thesp’s second directorial foray, "Chinese Coffee," has been picked up for distribution by Fox Searchlight.

The shoestring-budget flick, shot over the course of three years, was financed by Pacino himself. It cast Jerry Orbach opposites Pacino in a story that pivots on a conversation between a struggling New York writer and his mentor.

Before the feature project, Pacino had made his directorial debut in 1996 with "Looking for Richard," a doc about the Bard.

LET IT BURN: Variety says that Paramount Classics has paid more than $2 million for the domestic distribution rights to "Sidewalks of New York" -- a project penned and directed by and starring Edward Burns. The romantic comedy costars Heather Graham, Stanley Tucci and Rosario Dawson.

THE FOURTH MUSKETEER: The Reporter says that French legend Catherine Deneuve is in final negotiations to join the Gary Oldman and Mena Suvari in the indie project "D'Artagnan," a story about the fourth Musketeer.

COOL LIKE ICE: Rapper-actor Ice-T is joining the cast of NBC’s "Law & Order: Special Victim Unit," the Reporter says.

NO BULL: Actor Ryan O’Neal will play the recurring role of a father in the new TNT series "Bull." The drama debuts Aug. 15.

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