'SNL' Tidbits for August 4, 2001

By Sean Bradley

'SNL' Back on Big Screen

Another "Saturday Night Live" recurring character may be coming to a movie theater near you.

Adam Sandler is anxious to produce a comedy about a 20-centimeter tall Elvis Presley, with former "SNL" cast member Rob Schneider starring in the title role, reports the Herald Sun. You may recall that "The Adventures of Tiny Elvis" was a sketch performed twice on "SNL" in the early '90s -- with host Nicholas Cage and Schneider portraying the miniscule King of Rock 'n Roll in separate episodes.

"Adam's just offered me a role in his new movie,'' Schneider tells the Herald. "He wants me to play an eight-inch Elvis Presley. I know it sounds like a crazy idea, but I think it's going to work."

The only other casting news at this point is that Michael Caton, who recently played a mysterious doctor in Schneider's "The Animal," is expected to re-team with the actor as one of Elvis's best friends in the film.

Michaels Switches Agencies

"SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels has jumped to the Creative Artists Agency for television and film representation, Variety reports. He had previously been with the William Morris Agency.

Michaels continues to be managed by Brillstein-Grey. He recently signed with NBC to develop a daytime talk show for next season.

Rock Stays at HBO

He may have thrown in the towel with his late-night talk show, but Chris Rock is still happy at HBO. The former "SNL" cast member has signed a new two-year overall deal with the cable network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

His first project under the contract extension is a thirty-minute spoof on newsmagazines like "Dateline NBC" and "20/20," that will be produced through Chris Rock Enterprises.

HBO has ordered a pilot for the show, which originated as live remote segments featured on "The Chris Rock Show." "Rock's" Ali LeRoi, who wrote and appeared in some of the bits, will executive produce the new series with Rock.

Sandler Buys Family Comedy

Adam Sandler's production company, Happy Madison Prods., has bought the rights to co-produce an untitled family comedy from writers Claudia Grazioso and Steven Gary Banks.

Former "SNL" cast member Sandler will consider starring in the film, but no definite casting decisions have been made, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The project revolves around a successful bachelor whose life is turned upside down when he agrees to take his girlfriend's children from Washington to New York on the day before Thanksgiving, the busiest travel day of the year.

Revolution Studios will co-produce the comedy with Sandler's company.

Downey Jr. Mouths Elton

Ex-"SNL" cast member Robert Downey Jr.'s next performance will see him collaborating with Elton John.

The troubled actor will appear in Elton John's music video "I Want Love," the first single from John's forthcoming album "Songs From The West Coast," which is due in stores October 2, Variety reports.

The video was shot at Greystone Manor in Beverly Hills. It features Downey lip-synching along to the song, which was co-written by John and his long-time lyricist Bernie Taupin.

Downey's singing and piano playing are featured on Ally McBeal: For Once In My Life, a collection of songs from the hit TV show. The actor earned a best supporting actor Emmy nomination for his work on the series last season, and "Access Hollywood" reports that Downey will be attending the ceremony.

Crystal Comedy Opens Big

"America's Sweethearts" opened in second place last month, and had pulled in an estimated $60 million after 10 days of release.

Produced, co-written, and co-starring former "SNL" cast member Billy Crystal, the film had the third best opening for a romantic comedy of all-time. In "Sweethearts," Crystal plays a publicist who tries to reunite Hollywood's favorite couple (John Cusack and Catherine Zeta-Jones) in the name of promoting a movie. Julia Roberts plays Zeta-Jones' sister and personal assistant.

According to Variety, "Sweethearts" skewed 55% female, with 55% of audiences over age 25 in opening night exit interviews. The film is on track to reach $100 million during its theatrical run.

Short's 'Glick' Gets Renewed

Comedy Central has renewed former "SNLer" Martin Short's talk-show spoof "Primetime Glick" for a second season.

"'Jiminy Glick' will be back to torment Hollywood one more time," Comedy Central executive vp and general manager Bill Hilary told The Hollywood Reporter. "We're really pleased with it and pleased that Martin Short wants to come back to Comedy Central."

Hilary said Comedy Central is talking with Short about other potential network scripts but nothing definite has been set in stone. "We'd love to do something else with Martin, but our first priority is to get this series back on the air again as soon as possible," she said.

The 10-episode sophomore season should kick off early next year. Thus far, "Glick" has averaged about 869,000 households with a 1.2 rating, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Ex-Writer's 'Mouth'

Former "SNL" writer Ali Farahnakian will bring his critically acclaimed show "Word of Mouth" to The Second City e.t.c. stage August 7 - 29, every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12.00 each. In the spirit of the show's title, there is no press release or advertising. The show will operate by "word of mouth," so SATURDAY-NIGHT-LIVE.com is doing its part to spread the word.

'SNLers' on the Tube

Here are appearances "SNL" alumni will be making on talk shows this week:

"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," NBC
* Thu 8/9 - former cast member Molly Shannon

"Late Night with Conan O'Brien," NBC
* Wed 8/8 - cast member Darrell Hammond

"The Rosie O'Donnell Show," syndicated
* Tue 8/7 - cast member Chris Kattan (Rerun)

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