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Jan. 23, 2002 at 9:13 PM
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Harrison Ford made it plain Sunday he's ready for another Indiana Jones adventure whenever producer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg are -- and Spielberg sounds like he's ready too.

A spokesman for the Oscar-winning director told E! Online that Spielberg and Lucas have come up with a story. has reported that Spielberg said at a post-Golden Globes party that: "We have a title, but we're not ready to announce it yet."

Spielberg was apparently ready to announce some casting, however.

"I will give you one clue, though," he said. "Kate is in it."

Kate would be Mrs. Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, who played the female lead in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom." Asked whether she would show up in flashbacks in the next Indy movie, Spielberg said, "No, she'll be in the present."

Spielberg -- whose recent workload has included "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," "Minority Report" with Tom Cruise and "Catch Me If You Can" with Leonardo DiCaprio -- also has been quoted as saying he was always ready to revisit Indiana Jones as soon as he finished work on "Catch Me If You Can."

A spokesman for Spielberg told E! Online Spielberg has not put Indy 4 on his schedule yet.

"It's not his next picture," said Levy. "We don't know what his next picture's going to be."


The American Society of Cinematographers has announced the nominees for its top feature film awards.

Roger Deakins, who shot "The Man Who Wasn't There" for the Coen brothers, received his fifth ASC nomination. Bruno Delbonnel ("Amelie"), Andrew Lesnie ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"), Don McAlpine ("Moulin Rouge") and John Schwartzman ("Pearl Harbor") are all first-time ASC nominees.

Deakins -- who won the ASC in 1994 for "The Shawshank Redemption" -- was also nominated for "Fargo," "Kundun" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Deakins' work already has been recognized by the AFI and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Nearly 90 percent of all nominees for the ASC award have gone on to receive Oscar nominations for cinematography. In four of the last six years, the ASC winner has repeated as the Oscar winner.

The ASC will announce the winner named Feb. 17 in Los Angeles.


"Moulin Rouge" director Baz Luhrmann plans to opening his Broadway production of Puccini's opera "La Boheme" Dec. 8 at the Broadway Theatre.

Luhrmann -- one of five nominees for the Directors Guild of America feature film award -- has updated the story of bohemian artists in mid-19th century Paris. In his production, the story will be set in the mid-20th century.

Luhrmann did a bit of time shifting in "Moulin Rouge" too, having his characters sing late 20th century pop and Broadway tunes even though the story was set in Paris at the dawn of the 20th century.

The production will be sung in Italian with English surtitles. Plans call for Luhrmann to double cast -- and in some cases, triple cast -- the show, because the material is so demanding on singers' vocal equipment.


Getting dumped by Virgin Records America is just the latest tribulation for Mariah Carey, but at least the company is paying her $28 million to get out of its contract with her -- the biggest deal in the history of the recording industry, valued at a reported $100 million.

It may not have been the way Carey wished to start 2002 -- considering the year she had in 2001, when she suffered a highly publicized nervous breakdown and saw her first movie and her first Virgin project flop in the marketplace.

Virgin's parent company, the EMI Group, unloaded Carey's deal as part of an aggressive campaign to cut costs.

Carey's first album for Virgin -- the soundtrack for her movie "Glitter" -- sold just 2 million copies worldwide. That's a lofty goal for a lot of recording artists, but for the 31-year-old pop diva, it's a comedown from the heady days when she was one of the top-selling acts in the music business. Some music industry analysts say they wouldn't be surprised if she comes up with another mega-selling album for another label.


The final numbers are in, and director Ridley Scott's "Black Hawk Down" -- based on a U.S. military mission in Somalia in 1993 -- hit it big at the U.S. box office over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, grossing $33.6 million in its first weekend in wide release.

The movie had an impressive per-screen average of $10,844.

Disney's new Cuba Gooding Hr. comedy, "Snow Dogs," also had an impressive per screen average -- $10,299 -- as it took in $23.7 million in its first weekend in theaters.

After four weeks at No. 1, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," dropped into third place with $15.3 million, and has taken in $248.2 million.

"A Beautiful Mind" finished fourth with $14.7 million and a five week total of $77.6. After winning four Golden Globe Awards -- including best drama picture -- the Ron Howard-Russell Crowe collaboration is expected to experience a resurgence at the box office this weekend.

"Orange County" was No. 5 with $10.5 in it second week. "Ocean's Eleven" added another $6.8 million to its running total, now at $171.6 million after seven weeks in release.

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" grossed $3.5 million, for a 10-week total of $309.7 million. "Monsters, Inc." added $2 million to its total, now at $249.million after 12 weeks.

Will Smith's "Ali" is headed toward the canvas, with just $1.7 million in its fifth week in theaters, and a running total of $57.2 million.


"Inside the Actor's Studio" -- the Bravo Channel show that features interviews with A-list actors and directors -- has announced that the spring schedule will include appearances by Johnny Depp, Hugh Grant and Billy Bob Thornton.

The show will also feature interviews with Sarah Jessica Parker and Sissy Spacek.

Thornton's appearance is scheduled to air Jan. 28. Depp is scheduled for Feb. 25. Grant is set for March 11.

No dates have been set yet for Parker or Spacek.


During his Golden Globe acceptance speech Sunday, "Spin City" star Charlie Sheen -- who won for best actor in a TV comedy series -- said: "Oh, and Alan Ruck, this one is for you."

It may have seemed like an obscure reference to viewers who don't watch "Spin City," but fans of the show know Ruck as the actor who plays the sycophantic city hall chief of staff, Stuart Bondek. Sheen's dedication was intended as sort of a get-well message for Ruck, who has been hospitalized since Dec. 23 in New York with a strep infection that eventually led to kidney failure.

Movie fans known Ruck best as Cameron Frye, Ferris Bueller's pal in the 1986 comedy, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

ABC said in a statement that the 45-year-old Ruck is expected to recover fully, but that he will require a "lengthy rehabilitation period."

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