BOY BAND UPDATE The Backstreet Boys have had to delay their tour’s opening dates in Fort Lauderdale because of the threat of Hurricane Floyd. But don’t start cursing the rain yet: The Sept. 14 and 15 shows were rescheduled for Dec. 5 and 6, and all tickets will be honored. Meanwhile, the Boys’ tour will now kick off on Sept. 17 in Charlotte, N.C…. Meanwhile, the waiting will continue for ‘N Sync‘s music, but for non-forces-of-nature reasons. According to MTV News, the band has announced that they are switching labels, from RCA to Jive Records (home of Britney Spears — isn’t that just precious?), so now their next album, which was supposed to hit stores Nov. 16, won’t be out until early next year. Well, why bother celebrating Christmas at all this year, then?
BIG-SCREEN CASTING The late Bob Marley and his wife Rita may be played by another loving couple in the planned biopic about the great reggae singer: Marley’s son Rohan and his in-demand partner, Lauryn Hill, are considering the roles. However, it may be a while until this speculated pairing sees a movie screen: The long-gestating project — originally developed by Ron Shelton (”Tin Cup”) — has just lost its latest director, George Armitage (”Grosse Point Blank”)…. In another family affair, Goldie Hawn will play her daughter Kate Hudson‘s mom in Robert Altman’s ”Dr. T and the Women”…. Julia Stiles (”The ’60s”) — who is apparently the next next NEXT big thing, after Leelee Sobieski and Rachael Leigh Cook — will play the lead in ”Save the Last Dance,” a drama about a small-town girl who moves to Chicago and falls into an interracial romance.
OTHER CASTING NEWS Janeane Garofalo will take the lead of an untitled Off Broadway play (opening next spring) about ”a woman desperately trying to escape a world of squelched dreams, equipped with little more than a sliver of hope and brazen caustic wit.” Something tells me method acting won’t be a problem…. Jerry Seinfeld will host ”Saturday Night Live”’s 25th-season kickoff on Oct. 2, according to Variety’s Army Archerd. Here’s some observational comedy for his opening monologue: ”What’s the deal with shows that beat their recurring characters to death? Maybe we don’t WANT them to recur. Maybe even just ‘curring’ was too much for Mango.” Just a suggestion…. Jared Harris (”I Shot Andy Warhol”) and Aidan Quinn will play Lennon and McCartney in the VH1 TV movie ”Two of Us,” an account of a long-rumored (but fictional) unannounced visit by Paul to John’s New York apartment in 1976.
LAWSUITS In a similar case to the one David Duchovny recently launched, Steven Bochco has filed suit against Twentieth Century Fox, the studio behind ”NYPD Blue,” for selling rerun rights to its sister station FX for less money than it could have received had it entertained offers from outside bidders, according to the Hollywood Reporter. FX paid $400,000 an episode for the cop drama, whereas when ”ER” went on the syndication market, a feverish bidding war between many cable networks got its price up to $1.2 million per show…. The cop who arrested George Michael for loving himself too much in a public-ark restroom is suing the singer for $10 million for slander. Officer Marcelo Rodriguez claims that Mr. All-Hands mocked him in a video jokingly dramatizing the incident and has accused him of entrapment in several interviews, according to the Associated Press. Michael’s reps had no comment.
TOURING Chris Cornell has announced a 20-city tour to hype his new solo album, ”Euphoria Morning.” The short jaunt begins on Nov. 10 in Atlanta: To see if he’ll be visiting your city, visit Pollstar.
REEL DEALS Tom Fontana is close to a deal to reunite the cast of ”Homicide” for a two-hour TV movie for NBC…. The Charlie Sheen cop-precinct comedy ”Sugar Hill,” which was cut from the fall schedule by ABC, may be getting another chance, on NBC, according to Variety. Well, at least its name is: Sheen has been dropped and most of the characters are reportedly going to be changed. But still, that’s a damn fine title…. Doing his part to get more minorities on TV, director Gregory Nava (”Selena”) is developing a dramedy series for CBS all about a Mexican-American family. The show is planned for next season, but — and pardon the cynicism — if Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias aren’t still on the charts by then, don’t be surprised if it’s replaced by a sitcom about Gen-Xers working at an Internet start-up.
CYBERHOSTING Sam Donaldson‘s hair was always space age, but now the rest of him is moving into the 21st century: He’s stepping down from most of his on-air duties at ABC to host a new Internet-only news show to be seen on ABCNews.com. Donaldson will no longer be reporting from the White House, nor will he regularly coanchor ”20/20,” but he will remain a fixture on ”This Week With Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts,” because otherwise they’d have to change the title and opening credits, and that’s just plain inconvenient.
OBITUARY Al Shapiro, head of domestic theatrical distribution for New Line Cinema, died on Sunday from cancer at the age of 57. Shapiro had joined the upstart studio in 1986 and was considered one of the main forces behind turning it into a major Hollywood competitor.