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By PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter   |   Dec. 13, 2002 at 4:52 PM
UCLA WILL HONOR SCORSESE

The UCLA Film and Television Archive has announced that Martin Scorsese will attend a Jan. 16 "midcareer presentation of memorable moments from his films."

In addition to clips from Scorsese's movies, the program will feature a discussion with the director himself -- including a question-and-answer session with the audience. The event at the Directors Guild of America will be the highlight of a series sponsored by Miramax from Jan. 9-26, that will screen may of Scorsese's pictures -- including "GoodFellas."

The series will also screen several movies that Scorsese has identified as significant influences on his working -- including Federico Fellini's "I Vitelloni" (1953) and Raoul Walsh's "The Man I Love" (1947).


'GANGS' TEAM DECIDES TO HAVE ANOTHER

The business and creative team behind the new movie "Gangs of New York" will make a movie about legendary billionaire Howard Hughes.

According to published reports, Martin Scorsese will direct his "Gangs" star Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Aviator," expected to start shooting next spring and arrive in theaters some time in 2004. The project is reportedly being produced jointly by Miramax and Warner Bros.


BOX-OFFICE PREVIEW

This week's box-office battle shapes up as sort of a "girls-against-the boys" deal, as Jennifer Lopez, Rob Schneider and "Star Trek" arrive in theaters.

Lopez and Ralph Fiennes will open at 2,838 locations in the romantic comedy "Maid in Manhattan"

Schneider's new comedy "The Hot Chick" is scheduled to open at 2,217 locations.

"Star Trek: Nemesis" is headed for 2,711 screens.

All three are expected to encounter resistance from holdovers "Die Another Day" and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets."


SHOWTIME PLANS SERIES ON PORNMEISTER

Showtime is planning a series for next year about the life of pornographer Adam Glasser -- better known in his business as Seymore Butts.

The project may sound a bit sleazy, but the man behind it is Arnold Shapiro, a respected Emmy-winning producer of "Scared Straight" and "The Teen Files" -- TV documentaries praised for their thoughtful treatment of serious social issues. Shapiro told Daily Variety his new Showtime series will chronicle the life and word of Adam Glasser -- an adult entertainment producer, director and occasional performer -- but will not be an exposé.

"It's about the ironies and the humor that are associated with a man who chooses to have an alter ego and do this work," said Shapiro.

The producer said he and his producing partners got the idea for the show after seeing "American Porn," which was aired last year as part of the "Frontline" series on PBS.

"It showed how mainstream the business has become," said Shapiro, "it's something like a $4 billion industry."


JUDD HIRSCH RETURNING TO PRIME TIME

Emmy-winning actor Judd Hirsch ("Taxi") is reportedly headed back to prime time, in a new family comedy that will also star Daniel Stern ("Home Alone").

The Hollywood Reporter said Hirsch will play Stern's father in the new midseason comedy on ABC, "Regular Joe" -- about a father (Stern) preparing to deal with an empty nest, who ends up raising his 18-year-old daughter's baby.


GUS VAN SANT HEADS FOR SAN FRANCISCO

Gus Van Sant is the featured guest next week at the first of a six-part film series in San Francisco, "Close-Up: Visionaries of Modern Cinema."

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the Oscar-nominated director of "Good Will Hunting," "To Die For" and "My Own Private Idaho" will talk with New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell and answer audience questions, as part of a program that will feature clips from his films.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Visiting Artists Program is sponsoring Van Sant's appearance.

The Close-Up series is being presented by Frameline, a San Francisco-based organization that supports, develops and promotes lesbian and gay visibility through media arts.


STARS COME OUT FOR PEACE

Continuing a 20-year-old tradition, several Hollywood peace activists will join a lineup of politicians, religious leaders and political activists this weekend for Peace Sunday.

Ed Asner ("Lou Grant"), Ed Begley Jr. ("St. Elsewhere"), Ronee Blakly ("Nashville") and Lindsay Wagner ("The Bionic Woman") will appear at the Los Angeles Convention Center with Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and actress Sally Kirkland, who is also an ordained minister of the Church of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness.

Ron Kovic, the Vietnam veteran-turned peace activist whose story was told in the Tom Cruise movie "Born on the Fourth of July," is also scheduled to participate.

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