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May 2000
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Going to Pot?
• Hollywood’s Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christina Ricci are set to make radically different movies about drug culture

Sarah Michelle Gellar is....... the opposite of Christina RicciBuffy’s Gellar will star in James (Two Girls and a Guy) Toback’s semi-autobiographical Harvard Man. The hard-hitting drama will explore LSD overdoses, sex, philosophy and basketball-fixing in a tale of philosophy lecturer Gellar who has an affair with a student ball player. Meanwhile, Sleepy Hollow’s Ricci will star in the screen version of Elizabeth Wurtzel’s Prozac Nation all about a Harvard graduate and successful journalist who becomes manic-depressive and starts taking illegal drugs.

Jodie Loses Leg to Play Nun
• Major surgery thankfully not involved

Jodie Foster will play a one-legged nun in The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, a drama produced under her Egg Pictures banner. The $20 million independent revolves around a gang of Catholic school friends who are caught drawing an obscene comic book and rebel by planning a heist designed to make them local legends. Foster’s character, Sister Ascension, will only be a supporting player.

Award-winning video and commercials director Peter Care will direct the movie which will also include animated sequences provided by award-winning director Todd McFarlane of Spawn fame. The movie comes from the 1994 novel of the same name by Chris Fuhrman. As a result of The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, Foster’s next directorial outing Flora Plum, starring Claire Danes and Russell Crowe, will start shooting after it has wrapped.

Redford’s Beautiful Mind
• New bio-pic hopes to get its sums right

Marking an apparent departure from the intimate portraits of ‘Ordinary People’ that have marked his previous directorial efforts, Robert Redford has agreed to helm A Beautiful Mind, a biopic about Nobel prize-winning mathematician John Nash.Tom Cruise is likely to star in the film being produced by Universal Pictures and Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment.

Nash, hailed as a mathematical genius in the early Fifties, was institutionalized for schizophrenia but later made what was deemed a miraculous recovery. He received the Nobel prize in 1994 for his earlier work. The film is based on a book by Sylvia Nassar which one review said, “A Beautiful Mind is one of the few scientific biographies that could plausibly be described as a three-handkerchief read.”

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