Hawking the Universe
If Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time, probably one of the least read best-sellers of recent years, has been languishing on your coffee table, now you can say you're waiting for the movie. Eureka! Hawking has gone Hollywood. Director Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line) is translating the slim but weighty tome on astrophysics into a 90-minute nonfiction film featuring state-of-the- art graphics as well as Hawking himself, the wheelchair-bound Cambridge physicist who has Lou Gehrig's disease.
Shooting has started on A Rage in Harlem, starring Gregory Hines, Danny Glover, Forest Whitaker, Robin Givens, and Zakes Mokae. Based on the novel by Chester Himes (who also wrote Cotton Comes to Harlem), the action-comedy marks award-winning TV director Bill Dukes' feature film debut.
Life's a Beach: Part II
Calling all beach boys and girls: Columbia Pictures is looking for a couple of nubile teens to step into the shoes. . .er, loincloths of Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins for Return to the Blue Lagoon, a sequel to the 1980 adventure in paradise. ''We're searching for a freshness and innocence. . .the opposite of hip New Yorkers,'' director William Graham explained at an open audition in where else? New York City that attracted more than 500 kids. Swimming prowess, or at least looking good in the water, was a definite plus. As soon as the castaways are cast, shooting will get under way in Fiji.
Drugstore Cowboy director Gus Van Sant will cowrite and direct a biopic about Andy Warhol. Based in part on a book by Victor Bockris, the film reportedly will also rely on elements of fantasy to tell the late artist's story.