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'Angel' seeks partner for Lopez

The Jennifer Lopez vehicle “Angel Eyes” is skedded to go into production next month, but suddenly there’s no one to look at her: Romantic lead Aaron Eckhart has dropped out of the project, sending the producers in search of a replacement.

Director Luis Mandoki has done a good deal of work on the script by Gerald DiPego, who penned Mandoki’s most recent film, “Message in a Bottle.” The results, however, left Eckhart dissatisfied with the revamped role of Catch Lambert, a man who, after losing his wife and child, saves the life of police officer Sharon Pogue (Lopez) and falls in love with her.

“Angel Eyes” is a co-production of Mark Canton’s the Canton Co. and Elie Samaha’s Franchise Pictures, which will handle international distribution. Warner Bros. will release the picture domestically.

— Dana Harris

U moves ‘D-Tox’ to avoid Stallone battle

Universal Pictures has moved Sylvester Stallone’s police thriller “D-Tox” back from the fall to 2001 for probable release during the first quarter.

The shift avoids a direct conflict with Warner Bros.’ fall release of “Get Carter,” which also stars Stallone. “D-Tox,” set in a remote detoxification center, is the only film Stallone made for Universal under a three-picture deal announced in 1995.

— Dave McNary

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