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MOVIES It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Brett Ratner, attached to direct the military drama The Last Full Measure, his first project since abandoning Warner Bros.' Superman.... Kim Basinger will reteam with her Nadine costar Jeff Bridges in The Door in the Floor, an adaptation of John Irving's A Widow for One Year.... Alicia Silverstone and Seth Green say ''I Doo'': They've joined the cast of the Scooby sequel, due next year.... John C. Reilly (Chicago) and Diego Luna (Y Tu Mama Tambien) are in negotiations to star in Criminal, a remake of last year's Argentine con-man movie Nine Queens.

TELEVISION Sold! Sigourney Weaver is attached to star in and produce an as-yet-untitled HBO film about the Christie's and Sotheby's auction-house scandals.... Twentieth Television and Classmates.com have teamed to reunite old, um, Classmates for a syndicated series starting June 30.

BOOKS Bob Guiney, the ''funny'' Bachelorette reject, is writing an inspirational memoir called What a Difference a Year Makes, for 2004.... Her editor wants to call it The Orca Thief: Susan Orlean, the Orchid Thief author played by Meryl Streep in Adaptation, is writing a book about Keiko, the Free Willy whale who gave up Hollywood for the frigid waters of Norway. If Charlie Kaufman is toiling away on a Free Willy 4 script, this is great news.

Originally posted May 02, 2003 Published in issue #708 May 02, 2003 Order article reprints