Date: Thursday, May 27 2004
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Amanda Bynes has inked to topline the romantic comedy ``Lovewrecked'' for helmer Randal Kleiser. The project marks Bynes' first starring role after the Dennie Gordon-helmed ``What a Girl Wants'' for Warner Bros. Pictures. Shooting starts next month in the Caribbean. ``Lovewrecked'' finds Bynes as Jenny, an 18-year-old girl who is ecstatic when she finds that her favorite rock star is a guest at the
tropical resort where she is working for the summer. When they are both thrown overboard during a cruise, Jenny finds herself stranded alone with him on what they think is a remote beach. . . . Walter Hill has signed on to direct the cop thriller ``Little Sister'' for Millennium Films. Hill will direct from a script he co-wrote with his production partner and longtime collaborator David Giler. The story centers on a female cop who teams up with a Mafia-type thug seeking retribution for his little sister's death. Hill's directing credits include ``48 Hrs.,'' ``Southern Comfort,'' ``Red Heat'' and ``Deadwood.'' . . . David Mackenzie, who made waves for helming the controversial NC-17-rated ``Young Adam,'' starring Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton, will next direct ``Nico'' for Vagabond Films, the company said Wednesday. Based on the book ``Nico: The End'' by James Young, the biopic will center on the life of Nico, a model-singer-actress who was part of the Andy Warhol scene in the 1960s. She appeared in Federico Fellini's 1960 film ``La Dolce Vita'' and was chosen by Warhol to sing with the Velvet Underground. Heroin addiction took over her life, however, and she died in 1988 in a bicycle accident in Ibiza, Spain. The project, described as dark and funny, also will revolve around the lives of the other members of the Velvet Underground while Nico was a member.