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April 14, 2003
If there was one thought moviegoers shared upon leaving Showgirls, it probably wasn't, I'd love to see the guy who wrote that take a crack at Vince Lombardi. But ESPN would. They've hired Joe Eszterhas, who also wrote Basic Instinct, to write the script for a movie about the Ice Bowl, the 1967 NFL Championship Game between the Packers and the Cowboys that brought the term frozen tundra into sports. Says Ron Semiao, VP for ESPN original entertainment, "We thought this story would evoke passion in a big-time Hollywood screenwriter who's a big spoils fan."
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April 14, 2003

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If there was one thought moviegoers shared upon leaving Showgirls, it probably wasn't, I'd love to see the guy who wrote that take a crack at Vince Lombardi. But ESPN would. They've hired Joe Eszterhas, who also wrote Basic Instinct, to write the script for a movie about the Ice Bowl, the 1967 NFL Championship Game between the Packers and the Cowboys that brought the term frozen tundra into sports. Says Ron Semiao, VP for ESPN original entertainment, "We thought this story would evoke passion in a big-time Hollywood screenwriter who's a big spoils fan."

Eszterhas fits that bill: He's a sports fanatic who has written for Inside Sports. He's also fighting throat cancer, which has led him to give up smoking and drinking and start walking five miles a day. "He's immersed himself in sports as part of his recovery," says Semiao. "He viewed this opportunity as part of that." The movie, which hasn't been cast yet, is scheduled to premiere on Dec. 13, after the Heisman Trophy presentation.

?The latest pop star to film a spot for the NBA's "Love it live" ad campaign is Christina Aguilera, whose song Fighter will be included in spots through the playoffs. Aguilera won over NBA executives when she performed her ballad Beautiful at the All-Star Game in February. The NBA has attracted her attention as well. "It's always fun to go to games," says Aguilera, an Allen Iverson fan. "You know, for the events, the energy of the crowd, even to perform...and of course, the cute players."

?Just when you thought there couldn't be any more uncomfortable silences on Jimmy Kimmel Live, they went out and hired Mike Tyson to be the guest sidekick last week. While Tyson was at times surprisingly chatty, he was also at times unsurprisingly vulgar. On Friday, apropos of nothing, he asked guest Michael Vartan of Alias if he had ever had sex with Shannen Doherty, then proceeded to wonder aloud, "Can you imagine Shannen with a big, black buck?" Another Tyson reference—to having sex with Alias costar Jennifer Garner—as well as a lengthy comment that was bleeped out left Vartan mute and looking as if he were sitting in the guest's chair against his will.

?Officials at Lincoln Financial Field, the new home of the Eagles, have hired Kia Steave Dickerson, a designer on TLC's hit reality show Trading Spaces—in which neighbors remake each other's homes—to decorate the stadium's 132 luxury suites. Many of the suites will contain billiard tables and fireplaces.... If actress Johanna McCloy had her way, we'd be calling him Veggie Sanders. McCloy, who starred as Ensign Calloway in Star Trek: the Next Generation and did ads for Dog Chow and Miller Lite, has launched Soy Happy, an organization determined to get vegetarian fare on the menu at every major league ballpark. "I never really thought I was going to get a movement going," says McCloy, 38. "It started because I was at a Dodgers game a few years ago and there wasn't one vegetarian option in the Stadium." She began writing concession managers at parks, and now about a dozen stadiums carry veggie dogs. Her website, soyhappy.org, features endorsements from, among others, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, a vegetarian, who is pictured cuddling a couple of kittens.

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