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Ricky Martin is considering shaking his bon-bon on the big screen as a revolutionary assassin.

Ricky is on a list of potential cast members for "The Assassination," a coming feature with George A. Romero ("Night of the Living Dead") tapped as director.

Based on the 1961 assassination of Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo, the film is also looking to land big-name stars Ed Harris as a CIA operative, James Coburn as an ambassador and Anthony Quinn as the dictator.

The film is not to be confused with 1995's "Assassins," starring fellow Latin hottie Antonio Banderas. (Coincidentally, Banderas is lining up his own film about a revolutionary, a biopic of Mexican icon Emiliano Zapata).

Martin, whose camp confirmed the discussions but said no commitments have been made, would make his feature debut with the project, though it's not the first time he's been considered for a big-screen role. Last spring, his name was kicked around as a co-star with Natalie Portman in an update of the 1987 smash "Dirty Dancing," set in the sweltering summer of Miami.

The former Menudo star isn't a total rookie in the acting world. He's appeared in several episodes of "General Hospital" (in 1994-95), as well as on a number of Spanish-language soaps.

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Another child for supermodel mom

Cindy Crawford, 35, is pregnant with her second child, due in September, People reports in its new issue. The New York-based Crawford and her husband, restaurateur Rande Gerber, 38, already have a 20-month old son, Presley Walker Gerber.

The parents want the baby's gender to be a surprise, Crawford's rep tells the New York Daily News.

The Gerbers were married in 1998. Previously, Crawford was married to actor Richard Gere; they were divorced in 1994. During that marriage, Cindy said, "More than anything, I want a family ... I love kids and sort of feel that's the thing in my life I'm going to be best at, a mother."

No word yet on whether we can expect another naked, pregnant Cindy on the cover of the highest-bidding fashion magazine. Her last pregnancy was high-profile: She frequently appeared as a guest on "Good Morning America" and proudly posed nude for W Magazine when she was seven months along.

Legislators praise Sela Ward

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Actress Sela Ward has been praised by the Mississippi Legislature for her efforts to expand a residential home for neglected and abandoned children in Meridian.

Ward, star of the TV drama "Once and Again," was joined at ceremonies in the Senate and House by her husband, Los Angeles businessman Howard Sherman, their two children and family members from Meridian, where she grew up.

The 44-year-old actress secured a $1.5 million grant for Hope for Children with help from the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

"Meridian will house a state-of-the-art campus, where everything is under one umbrella. You'll have permanent housing, emergency shelters, therapeutic centers for counseling," she said.

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