Movie File: Hilary Duff, Shane West, ‘Hellboy,’ Frankie Muniz, Naomi Watts & More

Hilary Duff, who is shooting two movies this spring, is in negotiations for a third, another teen comedy called “Outward Blonde.” “It’s a really cool story about a bratty girl who lives in New York and she doesn’t really know how to do anything,” the actress said. “She just has her family that supports her and then they send her to an Outward Bound camp and things get a little crazy.” …

If the producers behind “Hellboy” decide to make a sequel, which is likely given the success of the movie, they won’t have much trouble getting star Ron Perlman on board. “I wish we were starting ‘Hellboy 2′ right now,” he said recently. “This is a character I can never tire of playing. This is everything an actor dreams of. He’s got this incredible heart. He’s got these formidable powers. He’s got this accessible personality that is captivating to all who come in his path. Even the monsters are amused by ‘Hellboy’ as they’re being beaten into submission.” … Director Gus Van Sant (“Good Will Hunting”), who has a home in Portland, Oregon, raised locals’ eyebrows recently when he moved the production of his next movie from there to New York, citing a change in artistic vision. Called “Last Days,” the movie is about the Pacific Northwest’s grunge music scene in the mid-1990s, with Michael Pitt (“Murder by Numbers”) starring as the singer of a Nirvana-like band. …

In other rock-flick news, Shane West (“A Walk to Remember”) has joined the cast of “Vinyl,” about a group of women behind a male rock band that is on the verge of breakout success. Thora Birch, Jena Malone, Marla Sokoloff, Dominique Swain and Anna Faris star in the indie project. … Frankie Muniz just finished voicing his star character in the live action/animated combo “Racing Stripes,” which also features the voices of Dustin Hoffman, David Spade and Steve Harvey. “In the beginning of the movie, my character Stripes, which is a baby zebra at the time, gets left behind by the circus,” Muniz explained. “So a family comes in and finds it and takes care of it, and Stripes thinks he’s a horse and wants to be a race horse and has a crush on [a horse voiced by] Mandy Moore. It’s really cool.” …

When shooting on “The Ring 2″ starts in mid-May, Naomi Watts will be joined by her fellow Australian friend Simon Baker, the Golden Globe-nominated star of CBS’ “The Guardian.” Hideo Nakata, who directed both of the original Japanese “Ring” movies, will helm the sequel to Gore Verbinski‘s 2002 American remake. … “Antwone Fisher” star Joy Bryant has joined Kate Hudson and Peter Sarsgaard in the cast of the horror movie “Skeleton Key.” Bryant will play the friend and roommate of Hudson’s character, who experiences spooky things in the home of an elderly couple for whom she’s caring. …

“Spy Kids” star Alexa Vega has two completely different movies due this year. She describes one, “Sleepover,” as the “Sixteen Candles” of our time. “It’s about these loser girls who, right before their freshman year, decide to throw a sleepover,” she explained. “And it ends up being a scavenger hunt between them and the popular girls. And there’s a love story in the movie. And it’s basically like this loser girl transforming into realizing that she has a good heart and a good personality, so she’s really a good person.” The other is called “State’s Evidence.” “It’s about six kids and it’s really dark and scary,” Vega said. … Along with the Sundance favorite “D.E.B.S.,” “You Got Served” star Meagan Good has two other films due this year. The first, “The Cookout,” was co-written and produced by Queen Latifah, who also stars along with Eve. “I am a gold digger and she’s the lead character’s girlfriend and she’s very much like, ‘Did you see my ring? Oh, isn’t it fantastic?’ ” Good said. “The main character is a basketball star played by a guy who goes by the name of Storm P. It’s his first acting job and he’s great.” Good, who is also recording an R&B and rock album, will then appear in “Brick” with Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“10 Things I Hate About You”). “It’s about the underground trafficking that’s going on in a suburban high school,” she said. “I play a girl who’s very spooky and very manipulative … she’s like the Oracle in ‘The Matrix.’ You gotta come to her for all the answers, but she never wants to give them straight.” …

Nick Zano, star of the WB’s “What I Like About You” and former host of MTV News’ “Movie House,” just finished a movie of his own, “Love Surreal” with Shiri Appleby (“Swimfan”). “I fall for a girl in art class and she becomes my tutor and we have feelings for each other, but she’s got a boyfriend the whole time,” Zano said. “Then it turns out her boyfriend isn’t real, it’s all a figment of her imagination.” … Lacey Chabert, the “Party of Five” star who is due next in the Lindsay Lohan comedy “Mean Girls,” has signed on opposite Milo Ventimiglia (“Gilmore Girls”) for the indie “Dirty Deeds.” “It’s about homecoming weekend at a high school,” she said.