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MOVIES You gotta love ''Drumline'''s Nick Cannon. The go-getter wanted to make a movie with Lindsay Lohan, so he came up with the idea and, lo and behold, Lohan signed on. '''Mean Girls' was off the hook,'' he says. ''And I was like, It would be cool if she and I could do a romantic comedy. But I didn't want to just do the typical black-white thing 'cause that's played, and I believe in our day and age we could look past that. So that's when I was like, She could play a real ''Sex and the City'' type of young lady and I could play an eccentric blind man!'' Who meet, appropriately, on a blind date -- the movie, which Adam Sandler will help produce, is even tentatively titled ''Blind Date.'' '''Scent of a Woman' is one of my favorite movies too,'' Cannon adds, ''so I'm like, If I could pull the blind thing off comedically, like Al Pacino pulled it off dramatically, I might be able to win.'' Not to mention: Hoo-wah! ''Exactly.''... ''Eucalyptus'' is a beautiful word. Yoo-ca-lip-tus. It's also the title of a new movie that beautiful mind Russell Crowe is in talks to star. Based on Murray Bail's 1999 novel of the same name, it's about a man who, walking through a forest of eucalyptus trees, woos a young maiden with his Scheherazade-like storytelling.

TELEVISION Fifteen years after forever winning the Deal Report's heart as Nadine in ''Drugstore Cowboy,'' Heather Graham is gonna play a shrink next season on ''Scrubs.'' ''It's an age-old comedy technique,'' says ''Scrubs'' creator Bill Lawrence. ''Anytime you put a shrink into a workplace family, it's pretty easy to pick apart everybody's dysfunctions.'' And Graham's character, Dr. Molly Clark, has an especially screwed-up personal life. Here is one of her lines from the opening show -- imagine Heather's voice reciting it as you read: ''Show me a well-adjusted, successful man who wants to settle down and have kids and I'm not interested, but find me an alcoholic in his mid-30s that still thinks his band might make it, and just tell me where I can show up and buy him dinner.''

Originally posted Jul 30, 2004 Published in issue #776 Jul 30, 2004 Order article reprints

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