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LOVE AND WAR Oliver Stone is revisiting the Vietnam War with his script The Hunted, which producer Irwin Winkler (The Shipping News) hopes Stone will direct this summer. ”It’s about Bobby Garwood, the longest-held prisoner of war during the Vietnam conflict,” says Winkler, who’d like to cast Star Wars and Life as a House hunk Hayden Christensen. Winkler is also planning a summer shoot for his biopic about Cole Porter, which will include 38 of Porter’s songs. ”He had a really crazy life,” says Winkler. ”He was married to the same woman for 34 years, but was gay. If you really examine his songs, the lyrics are all intertwined with his love for his wife and another man.”

POTTER’S YIELD If you’re just beginning to get feeling back in your legs after sitting through the 2-hour-and-29-minute adaptation of the 309-page novel Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the following figures will not please you. Based on the same page-to-minute ratio, this means that Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, at 341 pages, would result in a 2-hour-and-44-minute movie (the film is now in production for release next November). Prisoner of Azkaban (435 pages) would clock in at 3 hours and 30 minutes, and Goblet of Fire would have to include catered meals in the ticket price: At 734 pages, the adaptation would last for 5 hours and 54 minutes. Potter producer David Heyman admits this might be a bit much for even the hardiest Harry fans, adding that he and director Chris Columbus have ”talked about making two films [from the fourth novel] – and Warner Brothers would kill me for saying it – but releasing one in November, having a cliff-hanger, and carrying into December.” Sounds like a good plan. Otherwise, he’d better be prepared to carry us out of the theater.