By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated June 05, 2003 11:09 AM

DISCUSSED: Adam Sandler, 34, is in talks to costar in a drama with Tom Cruise for director Michael Mann (“Ali,” “The Insider”), says the Hollywood Reporter. The film would be “Collateral” for DreamWorks, in which Sandler (who played a dramatic role in last year’s “Punch-Drunk Love”) would play Max, a meek cab driver who picks up a passenger (Cruise) and takes him hostage.

MET: Richard Gere, 53, held a brief meeting with Palestinian culture minister Zyad Abu Amr Tuesday, according to published reports. “We are happy to receive international celebrities, especially from the United States, because it is important in the sphere of arts to visit Palestine and be exposed to the suffering and the agony of the Palestinian people,” Abu Amr told AFP after meeting the actor, who refused to speak to the press.

FINED: Eve 6 lead singer Max Collins, 24, was fined $514 after pleading guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct under a deal reached Tuesday before a district justice, the Associated Press reports. Police initially charged the singer with indecent exposure, after he walked around the Crowne Plaza hotel outside Pittsburgh on May 27, wearing nothing but shaving cream on his genitals.

ANNOUNCED: Grammy-winning country singer Travis Tritt, 40, and his wife, Theresa, 30, a former model, are expecting their third child in December, PEOPLE reports in its latest issue. The couple have a daughter, Tyler, 5, and a son, Tristan, 3.

ENGAGED: Plus-size model Mia Tyler, 24, the daughter of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, and Dave Buckner, 27, drummer for the rock band Papa Roach, got engaged on June 2. PEOPLE reports that the couple, who plan to get tattoos on their ring fingers in lieu of wedding bands, haven’t set a wedding date. It will be the first marriage for both.

DIED: Actress Martha Scott, 90, who in 1938 originated the role of Emily in the Broadway version of “Our Town” and was nominated for an Oscar for portraying that character in the 1940 movie, died of undisclosed causes on May 28 in Van Nuys, Calif. She went on to appear in dozens of movies, including “The Desperate Hours” (1955) and “Airplane!” (1980). … Professional wrestler Freddie Blassie, 85, who became a cult figure to fans by playing the villain inside the ring during the 1950s and ’60s, died of heart failure June 2 in Hartsdale, N.Y., reports the L.A. Times.