Jive Records
Josh Wolk
March 14, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

INJURIES ‘N Sync’s Lance Bass may have broken his ankle while rehearsing a sketch for last weekend’s episode of ”Saturday Night Live.” He tells MTV News that he felt something ”go” while practicing, but he went through with the evening’s performance anyway. (When you’re in a teen boy band, you have to make every minute count.) Bass is set to get an MRI today to find out the state of his ankle…. Korn had to abruptly end Friday night’s concert in Fargo, N.D., midway through when drummer David Silveria injured his hand, says MTV News. His wrist isn’t broken, but it’s hurt enough for Korn to postpone their next three concerts. The band hopes to be back on schedule by Thursday for its two Chicago shows.

VJ IN DEMAND Carson Daly is stepping out of basic cable: He’s signed a deal with CBS that — while allowing him to remain as host of ”Total Request Live” — will let him develop and star in new reality shows through his new company, Carson Daly Productions. Meanwhile, his former sidekick Jesse Kamp will be appearing on a milk carton near you.

CASTING Lassë Hallstrom (”The Cider House Rules”) is trying to recruit Kevin Spacey to take the lead in his adaptation of the best-seller ”The Shipping News.” This project has been bouncing around for a few years, with multiple directors attached and John Travolta once set to star…. Michael Douglas may join Steven Soderbergh’s ”Traffic,” taking the role (formerly ditched by Harrison Ford) of a drug czar whose daughter becomes a heroin addict. His fiancée, Catherine Zeta-Jones, is already in the cast, but they wouldn’t share any scenes, so the crew doesn’t have to worry about enduring kissy-face between takes…. Tommy Lee Jones is negotiating to headline ”Shooter,” playing an ex-sniper duped into a presidential assassination plot. William Friedkin, the director of Jones’ upcoming ”Rules of Engagement,” is being wooed to direct…. Ten years after ”The Hunt for Red October,” Alec Baldwin seems to be reconsidering his ”No blockbuster” policy: He’s in talks to join the megaproduction of ”Pearl Harbor,” playing General Jimmy Doolittle, who led the post-bombing air raid on Japan…. Courtney Love looks like she’ll be the lead in ”John Carpenter’s Ghost of Mars,” in which she (and possible costar Whoopi Goldberg) travel to the Red Planet to fight killer colonists possessed by a Martian ghost. Yes, after rereading this item we too were checking the calendar to make sure it isn’t April Fools Day.

REEL DEALS After taking on stories about gangsters in New York and Las Vegas, Martin Scorsese is really branching out — to develop a movie about gangsters in Japan. Nick Pileggi (”Casino”) and Jason Cahill (”The Sopranos”) are collaborating on a script (which Scorsese will executive produce and possibly direct) about real-life Marine Nick Zappetti, who during WWII jumped into the Japanese black market and eventually became the go-to guy for underhandedness in Tokyo…. Andy Tennant (”Anna and the King”) is staying far away from historical drama for his next project, ”Afterlife,” a sci-fi adventure about a dying scientist whose brain is transplanted into the body of a serial killer. Boy, that Courtney Love-goes-to-Mars movie is sounding more and more plausible, isn’t it?… Tough-talking crime novelist James Ellroy is developing a one-hour pilot for NBC temporarily called ”L.A. Sheriff’s Homicide.” TV cables may have to be widened to accommodate the thick streams of testosterone.

MERGER NO MORE The planned $1 billion deal to merge the online store CD Now and the music club Columbia House has fallen apart, although the two do have a lesser deal in the works: Columbia will invest $51 million in CD Now, but the Web shop will remain independent. Both sides say that it was the weak performance of Columbia House that soured the deal, according to Variety, but Columbia adds that neither company was as strong as expected. Wonder if this means they’ll have to charge TWO pennies to new members for their first 13 CDs.

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