Movie File: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jennifer Aniston, Jude Law & More

Affleck isn't giving up Hollywood for D.C. — he's starring in "Nowhere Men."

Ben Affleck, who has been highly visible at this week’s Democratic National Convention, recently dropped out of two different movies (“Glory Road” and “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”), but have no fear: He’s not leaving Hollywood for D.C. Affleck just signed on for “Nowhere Men,” an action-adventure flick about a group of people with extraordinary powers who pursue covert operations. Soren Garcia-Rey, who has worked as the actor’s assistant on a couple of films, came up with the concept, which he describes as “Ocean’s Eleven” meets “Men in Black.” … Affleck, meanwhile, is also adding projects to his plate at LivePlanet, his and Matt Damon‘s production company. The friends are producing “American Start-Up,” a reality show that will fund eight small businesses with $50,000 capital and eliminate the most struggling company each week. Spike TV will air the show in the fall. …

Damon, meanwhile, is in talks to join Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Departed,” Martin Scorsese‘s remake of the Hong Kong thriller “Infernal Affairs,” which will be set in Damon’s hometown of Boston. Damon would play a mobster who infiltrates the police department at the same time that DiCaprio’s character, a cop, is infiltrating the mob. … Affleck’s former girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, turned 35 over the weekend and celebrated in Los Angeles with husband Marc Anthony, Leah Remini and her “Monster-in-Law” co-stars Jane Fonda and Michael Vartan. “Monster-in-Law” is due sometime next year. …

Lucasfilm announced “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” as the title for the final “Star Wars” movie at San Diego’s Comic-Con over the weekend. The Sith is the evil sect that corrupts Anakin Skywalker, who transforms into the evil Darth Vader in the movie, which is due in May of 2005. …

Jennifer Aniston will join “King Arthur” star Clive Owen in “Derailed,” a thriller based on James Siegel‘s best-selling novel of the same name. The movie, which will be shot in London and Chicago in September, centers on a married advertising executive whose life is turned upside down when he misses his train to work. … Jude Law has agreed to take on the role of Jack Burden in a remake of the 1949 best picture Oscar-winner “All the King’s Men.” The film will be directed by Steven Zaillian, best known for scripting “Schindler’s List,” from his own adaptation of Robert Penn Warren‘s novel. Sean Penn is negotiating to play Willie Stark, the role that won Broderick Crawford an Oscar, in the story of a journalist who falls under the spell of a Southern populist politician. …

Professional wrestler John Cena, known to WWE fans as the “Doctor of Thuganomics,” is in talks to star in “The Marine,” the first feature film produced by Vince McMahon‘s World Wrestling Entertainment. Cena would play a Marine who returns from combat after being injured to find his girlfriend inadvertently caught up in a kidnapping. … Téa Leoni is nearly set to replace Cameron Diaz in a remake of the 1977 George Segal and Jane Fonda comedy “Fun With Dick and Jane.” The movie will center on the misadventures of Jane and her jobless husband Dick, played by Jim Carrey. Diaz had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. …

Über-producer Jerry Bruckheimer is following up “King Arthur” with “National Treasure,” an action-adventure film starring Nicolas Cage, “Troy’s” Diane Kruger, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Plummer and Sean Bean. “It’s really a wonderful cast,” Bruckheimer said. “It’s a treasure-hunt movie. It’s Nic Cage, whose family’s been trying to find this treasure for three or four generations, and Nic takes on the task to find it. The answer is on the back of the Declaration of Independence. So he’s not the only person that knows this, and he’s got to beat the Sean Bean character, who wants to steal it before he does. It’s a good plot.” “National Treasure” will hit theaters on Thanksgiving. …

Steven Spielberg will executive produce a live-action movie based on the popular toys Transformers, robots that morph into cars, planes and ships. Spielberg helped his DreamWorks, along with Paramount Pictures, acquire the rights to make the movie, due in the summer of 2006. … Alan Tudyk, currently on the big screen as Sonny in “I, Robot” and Steve the Pirate in “Dodgeball,” is spending the summer shooting “Serenity,” a movie based on the short-lived 2002 Fox series “Firefly,” in which he also starred. “We’re making a big-budget movie where it’s a lot cooler,” Tudyk said. “Better costumes, cooler … I don’t know, everything! It’s just sort of better. More money makes it better, and we all came back.” “Serenity” will hit theaters in 2005. …

Summer box-office sales are on pace to a record season. Thanks in large part to $429.4 million from “Shrek 2,” $328.5 million from “Spider-Man 2″ and $241.8 million from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” ticket sales are up 14 percent compared with the first half of the 2003 summer season. … In between directing the big-budget action flicks “Dark City” and “I, Robot,” Alex Proyas made a comedy about a rock band who get their big break, only to discover that they suck. Titled “Garage Days,” the movie is due on DVD August 3, and will be accompanied by deleted scenes, outtakes, “Behind the Garage Door” interviews and the featurette “Garage Days Backstage Pass.” …

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