The Write Stuff

Andrews_julie_2 She’ll tell it all. And I do mean Julie Andrews. On June 25, Julie is keynote speaker at the American Library Association meet in D.C. after which she barricades herself in her office for three weeks. She must finish writing her autobiog for  Hyperion’s April 2008 release date. The book bares Julie’s life up to age 27 when she started filming “Mary Poppins” in 1963. No punches are pulled — as she unveils a childhood with abusive, alcohoic parents and her upward climb — soaring might be more accurate.

Welcome back

When last seen in Hollywood, Richard Zanuck was hosting a cocktail party for “Borat” star Sacha Baron Cohen who was the toast of the award season crowd. Zanuck left immediately afterward for London to start filming “Sweeney  Todd” with Cohen in another offbeat role, playing Signor Adolfo Pirelli to Johnny Depp’s cutup Sweeney Todd.

Zanuck returned this week with the film having been completed and brought in for an economical (these days) $50 million directed by Tim Burton in 50 days. The DreamWorks, Par, WB film opens the final week ofthe year to qualify for the next Oscar season and then goes wide.

Zanuck enthused about the terrif changes for both Johnny Depp and Cohen in their roles with music. Helena Bonhanm Carter, Alan Rickman and Timothy Spall also costar in the pic version of the Tony-Winning B’way musical. 

I also asked Zanuck about the future of the tabled “Ripley’s Believe it Or Not” for which they had circled the globe choosing locations. He said he’s still hopeful that he and Tim Burton will be back aboard the Paramount film which is getting a new script.

When You’re Hot

Steve Carell, now ashore from his voyage on “Evan Almighty,” is winging to Moscow for sequences in “Get Smart,” the feature version (and how!) of the vidseries. He’ll first be seen in Disney’s “Dan In Real Life” which illustrates another of Carell’s talents — the pic’s described as a combination of “On Golden Pond” and “The Big Chill.” 

P.S. His series, “The Office,” has been picked up for a hefty 30 moresegs by NBC.

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