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March 05, 2001
Seems Mike Piazza's acrimonious departure from the Dodgers three years ago still burns, at least in Hollywood. Universal Pictures recently paid $800,000 for a screenplay titled Go to Hell, Mike Piazza. Ben Stiller is reportedly attached to the project to star as a former childhood classmate of Piazza's (below) who blames the slugger for everything that has gone wrong with his life. "It's flattering to have your name out there," Piazza says. "It's kind of like Being John Malkovich." So would he appear in the movie? On one condition: "My mom's kind of upset with the title. If they were to approach me, I'd have to ask for something a little more subtle. I'm a Catholic boy."...
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March 05, 2001

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Seems Mike Piazza's acrimonious departure from the Dodgers three years ago still burns, at least in Hollywood. Universal Pictures recently paid $800,000 for a screenplay titled Go to Hell, Mike Piazza. Ben Stiller is reportedly attached to the project to star as a former childhood classmate of Piazza's (below) who blames the slugger for everything that has gone wrong with his life. "It's flattering to have your name out there," Piazza says. "It's kind of like Being John Malkovich." So would he appear in the movie? On one condition: "My mom's kind of upset with the title. If they were to approach me, I'd have to ask for something a little more subtle. I'm a Catholic boy."...

Add real estate mogul to Shaquille O'Neal's r�sum�. He's part of an investment group that has been quietly buying up chunks of property in his native Newark, where revitalization plans include a proposed arena for the Devils and the Nets. So far, says O'Neal, the group has snapped up "department stores, sporting goods stores, jewelry stores, strip malls. Every store that has a FOR SALE sign on it, I'm looking to buy." O'Neal also is looking at shopping plazas in Orlando and Los Angeles. "Strip malls are my thing," he says....

Bulls forward Ron Artest's mom, Sarah, was a bit concerned for her son's future after he scuffled with the Bucks' Glenn Robinson on Feb. 20. She called to ask him, "Are you going to get kicked out of the NBA?" Don't worry, Ma: He got a mere one-game suspension and a $7,500 fine.

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