Movie File: Ashton Kutcher, Kate Bosworth, Brittany Murphy, Erika Christensen, Mel Gibson & More

Director Brett Ratner bails, but Ashton Kutcher still interested in

Ashton Kutcher, one of several actors (others include Jude
and Josh Hartnett) who read for the lead in a new
“Superman” before director Brett Ratner bailed on the project,
remains interested in the role if the movie gets back on track and the
timing’s right. “I read it, I liked the script, it was really cool,”
the “That ’70s Show” star said recently. “It just didn’t happen.” …

Kate Bosworth will follow her romantic comedy “Win a Date with
Tad Hamilton!,” in theaters January 23, with “Beyond the Sea,” a
biopic about singer Bobby Darin directed by and starring
Kevin Spacey. “It takes place in the ’50s and ’60s and ’70s,”
the “Blue Crush” beauty explained. “I play a woman named Sandra
, who was one of the biggest movie stars of that time. So it’s
very glamorous, all wigs and makeup and stuff.” And how’s the director
doing? “Amazing,” Bosworth said. “He knows how to pinpoint every little
emotion in someone he’s directing, and it’s really fulfilling.” …

After months of diving, swimming, weaponry and speedboat training,
Paul Walker and Jessica Alba began shooting the
deep-sea-diving thriller Into the Blue this week in the Bahamas.
Scott Caan, Josh Brolin and Ashley
of “Dark Angel” co-star. … Speaking of deep-sea movies, Cole Hauser, the villain in “2 Fast 2 Furious,” has been cast in the horror thriller
“Cave,” about a team of explorers who mysteriously mutate into primeval
beings after being stranded in a collapsed cave. …

Brittany Murphy and manager Jeff Kwatinetz became engaged
January 9 at the Silent Movie Theater in Hollywood, according to
People magazine. The 26-year-old actress has been dating the
38-year-old agent for about a year. … Christina Applegate is
in the jury pool for the high-profile Robert Blake murder trial.
The star of the 1970s TV series “Baretta” is accused of shooting his
wife in 2001. …

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced Thursday (January 15), with Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”), Peter Dinklage (“The Station Agent”), Ben Kingsley (“House of Sand and Fog”), Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation”) and Sean Penn (“Mystic River”) scoring nods for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. Patricia Clarkson (“The Station Agent”), Diane Keaton (“Something’s Gotta Give”), Charlize Theron (“Monster”), Naomi Watts (“21 Grams”) and Evan Rachel Wood (“Thirteen”) earned Female Actor in a Leading Role nominations. Winners will be announced during a February 22 ceremony at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center and aired on TNT. …

Erika Christensen has been busy doing press for “The Perfect
Score” and finishing the Stephen King-based “Riding the Bullet”
with David Arquette, but she still makes time for family.
Christensen landed her 17-year-old brother, Dane, an audition for her
flick “The Upside of Anger” (which also stars Joan Allen,
Kevin Costner, Evan Rachel Wood and Keri Russell),
and director Mike Binder (HBO’s “The Mind of the Married Man”)
“fell in love with him,” she happily reported. “We didn’t have much
screen time together, but we shot in London and my whole family came
over and spent time there.” …

When director Bernardo Bertolucci’s (“Last Tango in Paris”) “The
Dreamers” is released February 6 in New York and Los Angeles, it will
mark the first time a major studio has released a movie rated NC-17
since 1995’s “Showgirls.” “While the uncut version of ’The Dreamers’
may be sexually explosive, it is an amazing film,” FOX Searchlight
Pictures chief Peter Rice told reporters. The movie, based on
screenwriter Gilbert Adair’s novel, is about three movie-obsessed
teens, two of them siblings, in 1968 Paris who dare each other
sexually. … Mel Gibson’s controversial “The Passion of Christ”
will be released independently on 2,000 screens, the equivalent of a
major studio release, in February. The movie is in Latin and Aramaic
and covers the final 12 hours of Jesus Christ’s life. …

Billy Idol will likely not be introducing “Grow Old With You,”
but Adam Sandler’s “The Wedding Singer” is being adapted into a
Broadway musical for the 2005-06 season. Tim Herlihy, who wrote
the movie set in the 1980s about a wedding entertainer who falls for an
engaged client, will adapt his screenplay. … Cedric the
and Christina Milian have been cast alongside
John Travolta and Danny DeVito in “Be Cool,” the sequel
to 1995’s “Get Shorty.” F. Gary Gray (“The Italian Job”) will
take over directing duties from Barry Sonnenfeld when the movie
is shot in February. James Gandolfini, Dwayne “The Rock”
, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn and Joe
also have roles. …

Quigley Publishing Co.’s annual survey of the Top Ten Money-Making
Stars has Jim Carrey ousting Nicole Kidman for the top
earner in 2003. Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Julia
, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, Tom
, Will Ferrell and Renee Zellweger round out the
top 10. … “Finding Nemo” swam away with 12 nominations, including
Best Animated Theatrical Feature, for the 31st annual Annie Awards, to
be presented in February by the International Animated Film Society.
“Brother Bear” is second with seven nominations.

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