Barbecues and Bar Mitzvahs: According to MTV, Lenny Kravitz cinematic debut, Barbecues and Bar Mitzvahs, will be a dramatic comedy the artist compares to the films of Woody Allen. "It's not a music movie, which is cool," Kravitz said. "There are no concert scenes or anything. It's about someone in my particular position growing up between two cultures. It's like 'Annie Hall' or 'Manhattan.' "

The son of a Jewish TV producer and black actress Roxie Roker (who played Helen Willis in the TV series "The Jeffersons"), Kravitz searched for identity as a child and found solace in music, which he felt embraced all ethnicities. His movie, due in 2005, will address this discovery.

Barbecues and Bar Mitzvahs will begin preproduction in the fall and will shoot next spring. Lenny will play the lead character, but the other roles are up for grabs. "I have some people in mind and people who have expressed interest, but nothing's on paper," he said.

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Brian B.