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April 30, 2005

Seinfeld's upcoming project a 'Bee Movie'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jerry Seinfeld is going the Bee-movie route.

Seinfeld has written the cartoon comedy "Bee Movie," for which he will provide the key voice, and also will produce the tale for DreamWorks Animation.

The all-star voice cast also includes Renee Zellweger, Robert Duvall, Uma Thurman, Kathy Bates, Eric Idle, Oprah Winfrey, William H. Macy, Alan Arkin and Larry King.

"Bee Movie" follows a bee just out of college who sues humanity for mass theft of his winged species' honey. Steve Hickner ("The Prince of Egypt") and Simon J. Smith ("Shrek 4-D") will co-direct.


DreamWorks said Thursday it has slotted "Bee Movie" for release Nov. 2, 2007.

Cruz, Maura to star in Almodovar's next film

MADRID, Spain (AP) - Pedro Almodovar has confirmed that Penelope Cruz and Carmen Maura will star in his next film, "Volver," a comedy about three women from the same family seeking a better life.

The movie is set to shoot in July in Madrid and in the region of Castilla-La Mancha, where Almodovar grew up, his production house said Friday.

Maura starred in Almodovar's films in the early 1980s and last worked with him on 1988's "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown."

The new film is a generational story involving a grandmother, a mother and a daughter who journey from Spain's south to Madrid.

Almodovar says "Volver" is a cross between Michael Curtiz's "Mildred Pierce" and Frank Capra's "Arsenic and Old Lace," mixed with the "surrealist naturalism" of his 1984 film, "What Have I Done to Deserve This?"

'New Edition' wants Brown back in fold

NEW YORK (AP) - Bobby Brown's old group, New Edition, says they would welcome back the troubled singer.

"No matter what, we love that brother," Ricky Bell told AP Radio recently. "I mean, this is for real; this is no politically correct answer or anything like that. The door is open for him."

After forming as a Jackson Five-style R&B group in the early '80s, New Edition's hits included "Candy Girl" and "Cool It Now." Brown left for a solo career in 1986, though New Edition reunited for a short-lived comeback in 1996.

Brown, who married Whitney Houston in 1992, took off with singles such as "Don't Be Cruel." But he progressively became known more for his drug and alcohol arrests.

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