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August 27, 2004

Wayans brothers to write monster movie

NEW YORK (AP) - The Wayans have long been a family of Hollywood. Now, they will be a family of monsters.

Keenan Ivory, Marlon and Shawn Wayans will write and produce a new film based on the 1960s sitcom "The Munsters," Universal Pictures said Wednesday. The brothers are making a contemporary adaptation of the story of a monster family that never quite realizes that their ghoulish ways are different.

No casting has yet been made official, but in the last Wayans written-produced film, "White Chicks," Marlon and Shawn starred as well. The trio has also collaborated on the multiple "Scary Movie" comedies and "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood."

The original Munsters TV show ran from 1964 to 1966. Since then, Herman, Grandpa, Eddie and the rest of the family have appeared in numerous made-for-TV films and the late '80s sitcom "The Munsters Today."


Spears' fiancé featured in video

NEW YORK (AP) - Britney Spears' former backup dancer and current fiancé Kevin Federline can add another title to his resume: co-star.

On Wednesday, a Jive Records publicist confirmed Federline is featured in Spears' upcoming "My Prerogative" video, set to debut in mid-September. The song, one of two new tracks off the pop star's upcoming greatest hits CD, is a cover of Bobby Brown's 1980s hit.

According to a message posted by Britney's mother, Lynne Spears, on the singer's official Web site, fans can also expect a cameo by another man close to the "Toxic" diva: her brother. Lynne Spears tells fans to "look for that good-looking hunk of a son of mine," who has a cameo at the beginning of the video.

She also said the video is "going to be like none other." Because of an injury sustained during the shooting of another video, Spears' mom wrote, "Britney's knee is unable to do choreography, the video is all about capturing gorgeous close-ups and very subtle movement."

Horn appears on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Roy Horn made a rare public appearance on the Las Vegas Strip, signaling thumbs-up from his wheelchair at a Cuban revue he and partner Siegfried Fischbacher are co-producing.

"He stayed for the whole show and loved it," Dave Kirvin, a spokesman for Siegfried & Roy said Wednesday, adding that Horn met with "Havana Night Club" cast members after the Tuesday night performance.

Horn returned to Las Vegas last weekend from Denver, where he spent two weeks at Craig Hospital, a rehabilitation center for stroke and trauma victims.

The 59-year-old entertainer suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed after a near-fatal mauling by a trained white tiger during a live performance Oct. 3 at The Mirage hotel-casino. The attack forced an end to the long-running Siegfried & Roy show.

'Blade Runner' named sci-fi's best

LONDON (AP) - A British newspaper survey of top scientists has chosen "Blade Runner" as the world's best sci-fi film.

Sixty scientists were questioned, including evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, The Guardian newspaper said Wednesday.

In the 1982 film, a retired policeman played by Harrison Ford hunts down renegade human replicates in a dark futuristic vision of Los Angeles.

Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" came in a close second, followed by George Lucas' "Star Wars" and "Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back."

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