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Ted Demme Dies at Age 38

Film and TV director Ted Demme, whose work includes the 2001 feature “”Blow,”” died Sunday after collapsing during a celebrity basketball game in Los Angeles and suffering a cardiac arrest. He was just 38 years old.

Demme, nephew of fellow helmer Jonathan Demme, was rushed to the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead 20 minutes later. Cause of death is as yet undetermined, but an autopsy is planned.The Gotham-born director’s other projects include 1996’s “”Beautiful Girls,”” the 1994 Denis Leary comedy “”The Ref”” and several episodes of the critically acclaimed NBC police series “”Homicide: Life on the Street.”” Demme lived in West Hollywood.

Tobey Maguire is signed on for two Spider-Man sequels!

Actor Tobey Maguire, who portrays the title character in director Sam Raimi’s highly-anticipated “”Spider-Man”” movie — is signed to a deal that locks him in to two sequels.

The first film, which also stars Kristen Dunst and Willem Dafoe, is due on May 3. The contract calls for a second “”Spider-Man”” film in January 2003, according to Variety reports. If the first movie hits it big, as anticipation seems to suggest, the option on the sequels will almost certainly be exercised. So viewers should expect a “”Spider-Man 2″” in January if 2003.

Michael Mann, Rev’s Up his Engines

Variety is reporting that Michael Mann’s Forward Pass are teaming to produce a biopic on automotive mogul Enzo Ferrari, whose family redefined the concept of the high-powered Italian sports car and almost single-handedly created Formula One racing.

Project, inspired by Brock Yates’ 1991 book “”Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Race, the Machine,”” has spent a decade in development. As far back as 1993, Mann intended to direct the film with Robert De Niro in the lead. Mann now plans only to produce the film, however. David Rayfiel (“”Sabrina””) is penning the latest draft. Ferrari’s ambition to build and race the world’s finest cars is an epic tale shaped by the forces of two world wars, the rise of fascism, family tragedies and a single-minded determination that pushed him to work seven days a week but left little room for personal relationships. Project also spent some time under development at Italian shingle Cecchi Gori. Spyglass principals Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Mirage’s Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, Mann and Gianni Nunnari will produce the film, with Cecchi Gori serving as executive producer.