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May 06, 2002
Dodgeball is hot. Not only is there a feature film about the gym-class standard in the works (SCORECARD, Feb. 25), but also a TV series based on the game could air this summer. Zoo Productions is shopping a 13-episode series called Ultimate Dodgeball to networks. Zoo head Barry Poznick came up with the idea after staging a celebrity dodgeball tournament at a pediatric AIDS benefit in March. Poznick was impressed by how competitive the stars—including David Arquette, Amanda Peet and Matthew Perry—became during the games. "Brendan Fraser got really worked up after losing three times in a row," says Poznick. "I was like, 'Dude, you make millions of dollars a movie. Forget about it." Poznick says several prominent athletes have already volunteered to appear, noting, "For many it was their first competitive sport."...
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May 06, 2002

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Dodgeball is hot. Not only is there a feature film about the gym-class standard in the works (SCORECARD, Feb. 25), but also a TV series based on the game could air this summer. Zoo Productions is shopping a 13-episode series called Ultimate Dodgeball to networks. Zoo head Barry Poznick came up with the idea after staging a celebrity dodgeball tournament at a pediatric AIDS benefit in March. Poznick was impressed by how competitive the stars—including David Arquette, Amanda Peet and Matthew Perry—became during the games. "Brendan Fraser got really worked up after losing three times in a row," says Poznick. "I was like, 'Dude, you make millions of dollars a movie. Forget about it." Poznick says several prominent athletes have already volunteered to appear, noting, "For many it was their first competitive sport."...

For the 61st anniversary of Lou Gehrig's death, Major League Baseball is teaming with Project ALS to stage a unique promotion. Before the start of big league games on June I, a celeb will take the field and recite Gehrig's famed farewell address. James Gandolfini, Luke Perry, Billy Baldwin and Julianna Margulies are among those who'll give the speech. The stars are involved because of Project ALS cofounder Jenifer Estess, a theater producer who learned she had Lou Gehrig's disease five years ago....

Scoring the winning goal in a title game is one thing; beating out Russell Crowe for a role is another. Ally McCoist, a 22-year veteran of the Scottish Premier League, has done both. McCoist stars in A Shot at Glory (opening on May 3), a drama about a second-tier Scottish team that is faced with being moved out of town by its American owner ( Michael Keaton), until the coach ( Robert Duvall) recruits a marquee player (McCoist) to change its fortunes. Soccer buff Duvall, who is also a producer on the film, first talked to Crowe about the part of the player, but decided against him because, says Duvall, "you need someone who can kick a soccer ball." That's why Duvall turned to McCoist. Says Duvall, "He's the only person who could play this role."

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