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  January 06, 2003
Why Leonardo DiCaprio's Head's in the Clouds
By Michael Ausiello

Gunfight Blazes in New Grisham Film
By Daniel R. Coleridge with Michael Ausiello

Hopefully, fans of novelist John Grisham won't mind that Runaway Jury — the latest flick adapted from his legal fiction (due later this year) — plays musical chairs with social issues. In the works since 1997, Jury's story has gone from a courtroom battle over tobacco (as in the book) to gun control. That's a hot-button issue for actor Bruce Davison, who co-stars with John Cusack, Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman in the film.

For the role of attorney Derwood Cable, Davison had to set aside his strong anti-gun sentiments to defend the gun manufacturer being sued. "It certainly goes against [my personal beliefs]," he tells TV Guide Online, "but [that's] what's been wonderful about working with Dustin and the director, [Gary Fleder] — trying to balance the argument as much as possible within the structure of a Hollywood movie. We've really spent a lot of time working on pro and con arguments within the regular trial situation."

While the filmmakers felt guns were more timely than cigs — hey, Russell Crowe already covered nicotine in 1999's The Insider — Davison thinks Jury still will satisfy Grisham aficionados. "Basically, the story is intact," he says. "[It's] the same story that was in place, as far as the manipulation of the jury itself, with some high-tech stuff added in since the novel was written."

Did Davison — an Oscar nominee for 1990's Longtime Companion — learn anything about the pro-gun side from doing this movie? "No," he says evenly. "I've always been aware of the other side. It's been an issue that's been close to me for a long time. I do have a registered handgun myself, and do have friends like [NRA president] Charlton Heston in the business that I've debated the issue with on many occasion."

Hairspray: Truly All-American
By Ben Katner

If imitation is really the sincerest form of flattery, then NBC's sleeper hit American Dreams (Sundays, 8 pm/ET) is paying a doozy of a compliment to Hairspray, the 1988 cult-classic movie that's become the toast of Broadway as a musical. Not only do both have a beat and you can dance to 'em, but their story lines are so similar that Dreams executive producer Dick Clark ought to at least give an "inspired by" credit to Hairspray writer-director John Waters.

  January 06, 2003
It was business as usual at the box office, with The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers holding on to its No. 1 position for the third consecutive weekend. The Golden Globe-nominated...
Theater vet Rachel York has won the highly coveted role of Lucille Ball in CBS's upcoming telefilm, Redhead: The Lucille Ball Story, according to The Hollywood...
The holocaust drama The Pianist was the big winner at Saturday's National Society of Film Critics awards, scoring trophies for best picture, director (Roman Polanski),...
King of Queens matriarch Leah Remini is engaged to marry her longtime boyfriend Angelo Pagan. The groom-to-be proposed on Christmas Eve in a Studio City, Calif....
Oscar-winning cinematographer Conrad L. Hall, whose work included Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and American Beauty, died Saturday at a Santa Monica, Calif...
A bunch of aging pop stars proved the biggest concert draws in 2002. Paul McCartney's first tour in nine years was the top grosser with $103.3 million, followed by the Rolling...
ABC scored a touchdown with Friday's overtime college championship game between Ohio State and Miami. The Fiesta Bowl showdown generated a boffo 18.6 rating/29 share, making it the ...
Lois and Clark star-turned Radio Shack spokeswoman Teri Hatcher has signed a talent holding deal with ABC to star in a comedy series project targeted for fall 2003. The...
Disney's Lilo & Stitch, Monsters, Inc. and Treasure Planet garnered a combined 25 nominations for the 30th annual Annie Awards, announced today... Tribune has axed...

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