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ROLE CALL: 'Showtime' for Murphy

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:51am EST

It's time for some old school fun.

Seasoned comedian Eddie Murphy and seasoned tough guy turned sometime funny guy Robert De Niro might star in "Showtime," Daily Variety says.

The project is about a no-nonsense cop who is forced to partner up with a rookie as the star of a new reality-based TV show in the vein of "Cop."

DOING GOOD 'DEEDS': Variety also says that Adam Sandler and "Little Nicky" director Steve Brill will team up again in the pic "Deeds," an homage to the 1936 Frank Capra classic "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town."

KISS ME, STUPID: Here's another comedy item: Jon Stewart will join Edward Norton, Robin Williams and Catherine Keener in the comedy "Death to Smoochie."

Directed by Danny DeVito, the film follows a Barney-like kid-show host who gets canned. Stewart will play the network exec that gives the show the ax.

THE 'ROYAL' TREATMENT: The Hollywood Reporter says that Anjelica Huston is in early talks to join the cast of "The Royal Tenenbaums" for "Rushmore" director Wes Anderson. The movie is about a family of five geniuses and already stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller, brothers Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson and Bill Murray.

'VIEW' FINDER: "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" co-star Marc Blucas has join Gwyneth Paltrow in the comedy "A View From the Top." He will play the ex-boyfriend of a flight attendant (Paltrow) who finds fame in the sky, the Reporter says.

'EMPIRE' STRIKES BACK: "Virgin Suicides" helmer Sofia Coppola and John Ridley have co-created a one-hour drama series for HBO called "Empire," the Reporter tells us. Set in the world of urban music, the project will be co-written by the two partners with Coppola directing the pilot episode.

TO THE MOUSE HOUSE: Last but not least, the Reporter says that stage turned "Titus" director Julie Taymor is in talks to helm "Chang and Eng," a story about Siamese twins which Disney has recently purchased.

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