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TELEVISION Film and TV double threat Ed Zwick (The Last Samurai) has the perfect pitch for 1/4life, an ABC drama pilot about confused twentysomethings (is there any other kind?) that he cowrote with producing bud Marshall Herskovitz: ''It describes the moment in your life when you're no longer the person you once were, and you're not yet the person you're going to be.'' The 26-year-old Deal Report likes that. The guys behind thirtysomething and Once and Again will follow nine young grown-ups, and, says Herskovitz, ''we're gonna watch their lives as they figure out who they are.'' So why don't they call it twentysomething? ''We'll let you do that,'' laughs Herskovitz. ''We know others will,'' Zwick says. ''I'm not entirely happy about it, but I suppose that's inevitable.''... Rent Narc. Where is Ray Liotta's Oscar? Maybe he'll win an Emmy for Criminal Behavior, a cop drama that casts him as a detective named Frank who hunts only the worst of the worst criminals. NBC is developing the pilot.

MOVIES Winona Ryder reteaming with her Heathers director, Michael Lehmann, for another dark comedy? We'll take it! In Mary Warner, says Lehmann, Ryder ''accidentally ingests her roommate's pot brownies, and it turns a day in which she has to take charge of five or six simple tasks into a journey across L.A. that leads her deeper and deeper into comic weirdness. By the end, she's riding the Ferris wheel at the beach having an imaginary conversation with the narrator of Babe.'' The narrator of Babe? ''Yep, the movie Babe,'' Lehmann says. ''It's out there.'' But, he warns, ''it's not as dark as Heathers. Oh, man, you couldn't make that movie today. Things have become so horrifying in the world that if you made satire that dark, people would just hate you for it.''

BOOKS John Travolta is writing his memoirs, and word on the street is that Hyperion gave him millions, like maybe three, for his trouble. Scheduled release is fall 2006. Given Travolta's myriad career comebacks, expect more twists and turns than Tony Manero on the disco floor. ''There'll be a lot of stories about a lot of people,'' says his editor, Will Schwalbe. ''But nice stories!'' Dang.

Originally posted Sep 24, 2004 Published in issue #785 Sep 24, 2004 Order article reprints