Diddy to star in 'Raisin'

New York -- Sean Combs, better known as rap star P. Diddy, will make his Broadway debut this season in a revival of "A Raisin in the Sun," Lorraine Hansbury's landmark drama about a black family moving into an all-white Chicago neighborhood.

The original production, which starred Sidney Poitier, Claudia MacNeil, Ruby Dee and Diana Sands, was a success on Broadway in 1959 and later as a 1961 movie with the same lead cast. It was made into a Broadway musical, starring Virginia Capers and Joe Morton, in 1973.

The title comes from a line in a poem by Langston Hughes: "What happens to a dream deferred?/Does it dry up/Like a raisin in the sun?"

Dreyfuss cast as Bialystock

London -- Richard Dreyfuss will star in the London production of "The Producers," the Mel Brooks musical that made Broadway history two years ago by winning a record 12 Tony Awards.

The Academy Award-winning Dreyfuss will play Max Bialystock, a rapscallion Broadway producer who bilks investors out of their money by putting on a musical about Adolf Hitler. It was a role made famous on film by Zero Mostel and later on Broadway by Nathan Lane.

English comedian Lee Evans, 39, will co-star as Leo Bloom, Bialystock's sidekick. Evans is best known in England as a stand-up comic and TV star. His film credits include "There's Something About Mary" and "The Fifth Element."

Affleck to entertain troops

Los Angeles -- Ben Affleck will take his new thriller, "Paycheck," as a holiday gift to the Armed Forces in the Persian Gulf.

The 31-year-old actor plans to preview "Paycheck" to servicemen and women in a series of stops throughout the region, the United Service Organizations announced Wednesday.

"Paycheck," based on a sci-fi story by Philip K. Dick, stars Affleck as a high-tech engineer who allows three years of his memory to be erased after working on a secret project. Then he has to figure out why people are trying to kill him.

The film, directed by John Woo, will be released in U.S. theaters on Dec. 25.

'Seabiscuit' a fast role

Beverly Hillls, Calif. -- It didn't take William H. Macy long to create the memorable character Tick-Tock McGlaughlin in "Seabiscuit."

"A lot of my fellow actors in this film worked very, very hard and I walked in and in four days knocked this thing off," Macy said Monday at a party marking the release of "Seabiscuit" on DVD.

Tobey Maguire and Chris Cooper co-starred in the summer movie hit about the race horse that became a symbol of hope during the Depression.

Although Macy wasn't on the set long, he appears throughout the film. "It looks as if I shot as much as Tobey," the 53-year-old said. "I didn't realize that it would have the impact that it did."


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