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MOVIES Rush Harvey Weinstein to a hospital -- he's got Fosse fever! Still woozy from Chicago's success, the Miramax man has acquired remake rights to choreographer Bob's Broadway shows ''Pippin'' (1972) and ''Damn Yankees'' (1955).... Chris Tucker is in talks to star in ''Rush Hour 3,'' his first movie since 2001's ''Rush Hour 2,'' which was his first movie since 1998's ''Rush Hour''.... Is Rodney Dangerfield, 81, too old to reprise his role as Thornton Melon, the Triple Lindy-diving college frosh of 1986's ''Back to School?'' Yeah, but that didn't stop him from signing a deal with MGM to exec-produce a remake of his Comedy Central staple.... ''The Bourne Supremacy,'' a sequel to ''The Bourne Identity,'' is on, with Brit director Paul Greengrass (''Bloody Sunday'') angling to guide Matt Damon as sensitive international assassin Jason Bourne.... Jodie Foster (Nell) is fluent in French, and she's in negotiations to prove it in ''Un Long Dimanche de Fiancailles (A Very Long Engagement),'' a WWI drama from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring his ''Amelie'' leading lady Audrey Tautou.... ''Will & Grace's'' Debra Messing has her first film lead in ''Something Borrowed'' (that would be Dermot Mulroney, the male escort she hires to pose as her boyfriend).

TELEVISION Robin Givens, Farrah Fawcett, and Melissa Gilbert will play unlikely friends and titular spouses in ''Hollywood Wives: The New Generation,'' a CBS TV movie based on Jackie Collins' 2001 novel.

BOOKS From surprise best-seller to blockbuster? Columbia Pictures plans to turn Dan Brown's ''The Da Vinci Code,'' about a swashbuckling symbology prof, into a film franchise. Somewhere in Paris, Mona Lisa is smiling.

Originally posted Jul 11, 2003 Published in issue #718 Jul 11, 2003 Order article reprints
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