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PUCK EVERLASTING Dennis Quaid reignited his career with The Rookie, and now Kurt Russell has his own feel-good Disney sports movie. He's in Vancouver to shoot Miracle, in which he plays Herb Brooks, coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, whose Cold War-era underdog win against the Soviets became the story of the decade. For homework, Russell met with the real-life Brooks. ''He's a very inventive, creative hockey mind in a very disciplined, tough Midwestern body,'' Russell says. ''Ultimately he reeks of that thing that is indefinable -- he's a winner.'' Directed by Gavin O'Connor (Tumbleweeds), the movie also stars 2003 Sundance prizewinner Patricia Clarkson as Russell's wife. ''You know working every day with Kurt Russell is going to be a good thing,'' she says. ''I'll make the sacrifice.''

SLEUTH ACHE While working on the police drama Dark Blue (opening Feb. 21) -- also starring Russell -- director Ron Shelton chatted regularly with his technical adviser, retired L.A. detective Robert Souza. ''By the end, I [thought], There's a movie to be made about the sometimes comically absurd lives of these career Hollywood homicide detectives.'' Thus Hollywood Homicide, Shelton's police action-comedy, starring Josh Hartnett -- and, in a return to his lighter side, Harrison Ford. ''In a certain way, it's the twinkle of the guy of Indiana Jones,'' Shelton says. ''It's about a veteran detective, and Harrison is a veteran movie star. I gave him an opportunity to let some of the flaws and wrinkles show.''

FURTHERMORE Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours, has just adapted his first novel, A Home at the End of the World, which theater director Michael Mayer (Thoroughly Modern Millie) will start shooting in May with Colin Farrell.

Originally posted Feb 14, 2003 Published in issue #695 Feb 14, 2003 Order article reprints
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