REEL DEAL It looks like Academy Award winners Tom Hanks and Sam Mendes plan to cash in on their Tinseltown credibility together: The pair will join forces in an adaptation of a DC comic strip novel ”Road to Perdition,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. In the Depression era Chicago thriller, Hanks will play a baddie of sorts who seeks vengeance for the murder of his wife and son, earning the moniker Angel of Death. (It can’t be too much of a departure: Hanks’ AOD no doubt conceals a heart of gold.) The DreamWorks flick will be Mendes’ first since ”American Beauty” (the director turned his attentions back to theater after his first moment of Oscar glory). Production is set to begin in 2001. Heavy metal fans were reportedly distraught to learn that the movie was NOT, in fact, a high brow rendition of the AC/DC ”Behind the Music.”
BIRTHS Michael Douglas, 55, and his fiancée, Catherine Zeta-Jones, 30, announced the birth of baby boy Dylan Michael yesterday. The child is the first for the Welsh actress and second for Douglas, who has an adult son, Cameron, from an earlier marriage. The couple’s spokesperson said that the two are ”ecstatic.” Guess no one can accuse them of a shotgun wedding.
REALITY It seems ”Survivor”’s Kelly Wiglesworth has more on her record than a minor credit card theft. The uneasy alliance member also has an appetite for human flesh, according to a 1997 police report posted on the Smoking Gun. The report states that Wiglesworth was nearly arrested on domestic violence charges when she allegedly bit the nose of her then husband of three and half weeks, Jay Geary. Why? Because he misplaced the house keys, of course! ”I observed several scratches on Geary’s chest, neck, and I observed his nose to be purple and bleeding” the reporting officer states. Richard better watch his meaty backside.
LEGALESE Alas, there’s no rest for the paparazzi plagued. Fresh from her helicopter observed wedding, blushing bride Jennifer Aniston has filed a lawsuit against Celebrity Skin magazine for publishing photos of her sunbathing without a top. Aniston seeks unspecified damages for the unauthorized issue in which she and her co-female ”Friends” appeared on the mag’s cover under the headline ”Friends Stars X-posed.”
BLOKE SCENE Oasis fled the stage for the second time in two weeks, after being pelted with bottles and cans before a crowd of 30,000 at the Sudoeste festival in Portugal. The brothers Gallagher blamed the incident on a handful of unruly hoods, but the festival’s producers said the group was responsible for the disruption. The Daily Publico newspaper reports that Liam lost his temper because the crowd refused to join in a ”sing along.” ”Due to Liam’s tantrum the hostility of a small section of the audience spread and became general contempt,” the critic wrote. Maybe the brothers should drop the antics and fall back on a more tried and true publicity stunt…. We know! They could break up and reunite over and over and OVER again.
MUSIC NEWS Beastie Boy Mike D is still recovering from his recent fracas with the pavement, but tour partners Rage Against the Machine have rescheduled at least one live appearance. On Aug. 21 and 22, the band will play San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium, where they plan to record their first ever live album.
CASTING ”The End of the Affair”’s Julianne Moore and ”Jesus’ Son”’s Billy Crudup will star in a $2 mil indie project entitled ”World Traveler,” Variety reports…. Jackie Chan is in late talks to costar in an update of Jerry Lewis’ 1960 comedy ”The Bellboy.” Let’s hope he doesn’t play all the parts.
BACKLASH Thirty states filed a lawsuit yesterday against the five big record companies and select retailers for allegedly fixing the price of CDs and violating antitrust laws. The states want to recover damages to consumers that, according to Federal Trade Commission estimates, could total some $480 million. Warner Bros. Music Group, EMI, and BMG say that the suit is ”without merit.” Strangely, they feel the same way about Napster.