Stephen M. Silverman
August 09, 2002 01:50 AM

SCOUTED: Mel Gibson, 46, has examined possible Italian locations for “Passion,” a film that would explore the life of Christ, and he’s talked to “High Crimes” actor Jim Caviezel, 33, about the leading role, reports Variety. (Both actors are Catholic.) Gibson intends to produce the film, though has reportedly not decided whether or not to direct it, too . . . SENTENCED: Disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding, 31, has been ordered to complete outpatient alcohol counseling for two years, her lawyer, Steven Thayer, told the Associated Press. If she stays out of trouble for five years, the charges, stemming from an April car accident, will be dismissed . . . NAMED: Actor Matt Dillon (“There’s Something About Mary”), will receive a career achievement award at France’s Deauville Film Festival (Aug. 30-Sept. 8), reports Variety. At that time, Dillon, 38, will also present his first film as a director, “City of Ghosts” . . . WANTED: Motley Crue singer Vince Neil, 41, has a warrant out for his arrest on a misdemeanor for allegedly punching a record producer outside a West Hollywood nightclub last April, says the district attorney. Neil’s manager, Burt Stein, told AP that the allegation is ridiculous and that his client will cooperate with authorities . . . SETTLED: Feuding sisters Julie Eisenhower, 53, and Tricia Nixon Cox, 56, have amicably put their legal squabble behind them over how to spend $20 million for their father’s library, reports AP. At issue was who should administer control over the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, Calif. The parties are keeping details of their settlement private, says a family lawyer. Perhaps they’ll surface on tape someday.

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