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Lady-killer Tom Cruise is nearing a deal to play a contract killer in Collateral, the new DreamWorks project from Ali director Michael Mann. He'd play an assassin who kidnaps a cabbie to chauffeur him around on a one-night killing spree.... A star is born! Bryce Dallas Howard -- Ron's daughter -- is in negotiations to replace Kirsten Dunst in The Woods, M. Night Shyamalan's next scary movie.... Nicolas Cage (Fire Birds) has John Hancocked to star in Jerry Bruckheimer's National Treasure, about a treasure map scribbled on the back of the Declaration of Independence.... Director McG (Charlie's Angels 2) tells us he's McCircling a biopic of motorcycle man Evel Knievel: ''It'll be a sort of Raging Bull take on his life.''

BOOKS Successfully launching the second phase of his plan for total world domination, Houston Rocket Yao Ming is writing a memoir for Miramax, planned for fall 2004.

Originally posted Jun 13, 2003 Published in issue #714 Jun 13, 2003 Order article reprints

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