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By PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter   |   Oct. 16, 2002 at 8:44 PM
'SCREAM' TEAM IS 'CURSED'

Director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson -- who teamed up to make "Scream" a breakout movie hit in 1996, followed by hit sequels in 1997 and 2000 -- are planning another collaboration, this one about werewolves.

"Cursed" is planned for an August 2003 release.

Dimension Films co-chairman Bob Weinstein told Daily Variety he had been trying for years to find another project for Craven and Williamson to do together.

"We'd talked about genres like ghost movies, serial killer films, and when I said I always loved werewolf movies, Kevin said, 'We'll have something for you soon,'" said Weinstein, who expects the movie to do for the werewolf genre what "Scream" did for slasher movies.

"Like 'Scream,' this is a movie that will be scary first, and then a lot of fun," said Weinstein. "The new twist element here is special effects, because we're determined to show audiences something they've not seen before."

Warner Bros. is also working on a werewolf project. Plans call for Angelina Jolie to star in "Bitten" -- based on Kelley Armstrong's novel about a woman who becomes a werewolf, but tries to overcome that and live a normal life in the big city.


MORE 'BLUE' AT ABC

Andy Sipowicz may get another year closer to the gold watch, now that ABC has signed up "NYPD Blue" for an 11th season.

"NYPD Blue" creator Steven Bochco exercised an option in his deal with ABC giving the network until Oct. 24 to make a decision -- or leave him free to make a deal with another network. The show has been a ratings winner in its 10th season, finishing at No. 1 in its Tuesday 10 p.m. time slot in each of the first three weeks of the fall season.

In its first nine seasons, the show has been nominated for 82 Emmys -- including outstanding drama series in six consecutive years (1994-99) -- winning 19 times, including outstanding drama series in 1995. Dennis Franz has been nominated six times for outstanding lead actor in a drama series, winning in 1994 and 1999, for his performance as Sipowicz.

In other series renewal news, the WB has given full-season orders for two new comedies -- "What I Like About You" and "Family Affair."


HOLD THAT CALL

Twentieth Century Fox has decided to put off indefinitely the release of the new sniper-thriller "Phone Booth," due to sensitivity over the true life sniper killings currently being investigated in the Washington, D.C. area.

Directed by Joel Schumacher ("Batman & Robin," "Batman Forever"), the movie stars Colin Farrell ("Minority Report") as a man who answers a ringing payphone -- and is told by a caller that he will be shot and killed if he hangs up. Kiefer Sutherland ("24") plays the sniper, who has his high-powered weapon trained on Farrell from a nearby perch.

Although the storyline is all about Farrell's predicament, the audience learns that the sniper has already shot and killed two other people -- a pedophile and a CEO who led a major corporation into bankruptcy.


'STAR WARS' BUST

A former production assistant at Lucasfilm -- George Lucas' production company in Marin, Calif. -- has been arrested and charged with 13 felony counts of theft, for allegedly stealing $450,000 worth of images, sound effects, video files and the score from "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones."

Shea O'Brien Foley was arrested Oct. 8 at his office at NBC in Burbank, where he has worked since leaving Lucasfilm earlier this year. He is charged with stealing the materials between September 2000 and April of this year.

Lucasfilm officials started looking into the matter after Harry Knowles posted a review of "Attack of the clones" on his Ain't It Cool Web site, two months before the movie was released on May 16. Foley, 30, allegedly left tracks for investigators, including files on his computer, evidence in his home and repeated postings on "Star Wars" Internet chat rooms.

If convicted of all charges, Foley could face more than seven years in prison.


HONORS FOR CARY GRANT

Cary Grant joined an elite group of screen legends in receiving one of America's highest honors Wednesday, when the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative postage stamp bearing his image in Hollywood.

"The Cary Grant stamp is a wonderful addition to the Legends of Hollywood series," said S. David Fineman, vice chairman of the Postal Service Board of Governors. "He will long be remembered for his charming and sophisticated manner in his many roles on the silver screen."

Members of Grant's family took part in the dedication at the ArcLight Hollywood Theatre, including Barbara Grant Jaynes and Jennifer Grant, the wife and daughter of the suave star of such classic romantic comedies as "Bringing Up Baby" and "The Philadelphia Story."

Grant's list of screen classics also included "An Affair to Remember," "Arsenic and Old Lace" and several collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock -- including "To Catch a Thief," "Suspicion," "Notorious" and "North by Northwest."

Grant was nominated twice for best actor Oscars -- in 1947 for "Penny Serenade" and in 1944 for "None But the Lonely Heart." He was given an honorary Oscar in 1969, and a Kennedy Center Honor in 1981.

The postal service previously honored Hollywood icons Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Humphrey Bogart, Hitchcock, James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson and Lucille Ball by putting their images on postage stamps.

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