Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, John Ritter, Julie...

Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, John Ritter, Julie Hagerty, Christopher Reeve, Denholm Elliott and Mark Linn-Baker will star in Hollywood Pictures’ film adaptation of “Noises Off,” Michael Frayn’s stage farce. Director Peter Bogdanovich begins production in early spring, possibly in Santa Barbara County, of the humorous behind-the-scenes tale of a bedraggled British theater company touring the provinces.

David Warner will star in Megagiant Entertainment’s “Telephone.” The film, produced and directed by Jefery Levy, who co-wrote the script with Colin MacLeod, will examine the relationships of a retired painter with the women in his life--his girlfriend, ex-wife, daughter, sister and mother--much of which are sustained over the telephone. The film will shoot in L.A. this summer.

Drew Barrymore and British actor Bruce Payne will star in Pellegrini/Finnegan’s “Baby Doll Blues” (a.k.a."Platinum Blues”), which starts shooting in early April under the direction of Ed Pellegrini. Blues musician Willie Dixon, Brion James, Jack Nance and Jack Rader have featured roles in the music-oriented drama.


Alexis Arquette, younger brother of Rosanna Arquette, has signed to star in Starfish Productions’ “Mime” to film on location in New York next fall under Noel Black’s direction. Jay Neugeboren wrote the screenplay.

Cathy Moriarty and Maruschka Detmers join Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas in “The Mambo Kings,” the film version of Oscar Hijuelos’ Pulitzer-Prize winning novel. The film, produced by Arnon Milchan and Arnold Glimcher, will be directed by Glimcher beginning March 24 in L.A. and Minnesota. Warners distributes.