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MOVIES Martin Scorsese loves American Express! First he's a spokesman, now he's making a whole movie for the credit card company, which has drafted the Gangs of New York director to produce and narrate a documentary on the Statue of Liberty to air Jan. 15 on the History Channel. Charge the whole shoot on your AmEx, Marty!... Joshua Jackson and Juliette Lewis in love? She'll eat him alive! That's the setup, though, for Aurora Borealis, an indie starring the Dawson's Creek paddler as a youngster who falls for his grandpop's health-care aide (that would be the Natural Born Killer). Donald Sutherland (Lock Up) plays grandpop.

TELEVISION That's Detective Mick Foley to you, joker. The novel-writing, toothless wrestler (a.k.a. Mankind) pitched ''an offbeat police drama with comedic elements'' to CBS, and they've ordered up a script. ''He's roughly a cross between Dirty Harry and Columbo,'' says Foley of his character. ''Ruthless, yet bumbling.''... Punk'd punks Dax Shepard and Al Shearer are brothers fighting over an inheritance. That's the gist of the feature-film pitch the MTV stars just successfully punk'd Fox Searchlight into picking up.... It's not HBO. It's Bravo. The Carnivale net has passed on a third season of Project Greenlight; the Queer Eye network is reportedly angling to pick it up.

BOOKS She famously got no credit for dubbing the singing vocals for Natalie Wood in West Side Story, Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, and Deborah Kerr in The King and I. Now Marni Nixon -- ''The Voice of Hollywood,'' currently appearing on Broadway in Nine -- is writing an autobiography, due spring 2005. Ironically, she's hired ghostwriters. ''Isn't that funny?'' she says. ''I think that's hysterical.'' She promises to give them credit.

Originally posted Dec 12, 2003 Published in issue #741 Dec 12, 2003 Order article reprints
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