• Nicole Kidman – who, I swear, threatens to "take some time off" just before the release of every movie, and then when said movie bombs, inevitably scrambles to get herself right back on Variety's front page – has signed on to star in and produceHeadhunters at Fox 2000. Jez and John Henry Butterworth are adapting Jules Bass' novel, about four average broads who go to Monte Carlo and pretend to be heiresses in order to find rich husbands.
  • Is the early buzz on Brokeback Mountain a sign that Hollywoood has become more comfortably queer? Peter Bart says uh-uh. "Though gay lifestyles have certainly moved into the open, there's little evidence that society has become more open in its basic attitudes or that entertainers should feel cozy in emerging from the velvet underground."
  • Though various speculators have been speculating that the rumored Dreamworks/Univeral sale might go through this Friday, a reality check would show that prognosis to have a couple of holes. For starters, Steven Speilberg in still off in Malta shooting Munich, and as such, hasn't been able to participate in talks regarding the sale of his baby. GE is also still in the midst of its audit on the company, which is said to be worth $1 billion. The two studios have been embroiled in a two-month negotiation period since July; Universal is going to have to scramble if they want to take action, because that period ends at the end of this week.
  • Paramount has Adam Sztykiel working on a script called Nerd Camp, about a group of kids who "spend the summer taking college-level courses ... and redefine what it means to be cool." So, essentially, it's Karina Longworth Circa 1990. Let's just assume that fanny packs and graphing calculators are involved in that "redefinition".
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