Movie File: Ben Affleck, Gina Gershon, Jenna Jameson, John Woo & More

Affleck, Gershon to star in indie drama 'Man About Town.'

Ben Affleck, Rebecca Romijn, Gina Gershon and Amber Valletta (“What Lies Beneath”) are on board for the indie drama “Man About Town.” Affleck will play a Hollywood agent whose perfect life unravels when he discovers his wife (Romijn) has been unfaithful. Mike Binder, the creator and star of the now-defunct HBO series “Mind of a Married Man,” is directing from his own script. Shooting starts next week, after Valletta finishes “The Transporter 2″ with Jason Statham. … “Will & Grace” funnyman Sean Hayes will next hit the theaters in “Simon Says,” about a national teacher of the year who is hired to home-school the mischievous children of a Manhattan media magnate, who has been placed under house arrest. Hayes’ manager, Eric Gold, came up with the concept. …

Jenna Jameson is in the process of optioning the movie rights to her best selling memoir “How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale.” “I initially wanted Kate Hudson to play me, but she’s not as endowed as I am,” Jameson told Reuters. “My fans have mentioned Pamela Anderson, Jaime Pressly and even Meryl Streep.” … Dr. Jack Kevorkian, known as “Dr. Death” after years of practicing doctor-assisted suicide, has sold the film rights to his as-yet-unpublished biography, penned by longtime assistant Neal Nicol and friend Harry Wylie. Barbara Kopple, who helmed “Havoc” with Anne Hathaway, will direct. Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder in 1999 and is serving a 10- to 25-year term in a maximum-security prison in Michigan. …

Kerry Washington, who portrays Della Charles in the upcoming Ray Charles biopic “Ray,” has been cast in “Fantastic Four” alongside Michael Chiklis and Jessica Alba. “For people who loved the comic book, I play Alicia, who is the blind woman, interestingly enough, who loves the Thing,” she said. “It’s really, really cool because historically she’s always been blond-haired, blue-eyed, and I went to the studio and said, ‘What do you think about this?’ And they were like, ‘That’s an idea.’ So it’s really exciting that they’re willing to do that nontraditional casting.” Washington, who got her break in “Save the Last Dance,” is also due on the big screen next year in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. “Angelina is on a team of female assassins and I’m on her team of lady killers, I’m sort of her next-in-command,” Washington said. …

Speaking of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and “Fantastic Four,” the author of both of those movies, Simon Kinberg, has been hired to write the third installment of the “X-Men” franchise, which looked to be in limbo after director Bryan Singer left for “Superman Returns” and took his writers with him. Kinberg, who also wrote “XXX: State of the Union” and a rewrite of “Elektra,” said the story will follow the comic books. “I’m a religious reader of the (‘X-Men’) comics, and I loved the first two movies,” Kinberg told the Hollywood Reporter.Sean McNamara, who cast Hilary Duff in her first movie (1998′s “Casper Meets Wendy”) and reunited with her for “Raise Your Voice” (opening Friday), will next direct “Pope Jack.” “Tom Shadyac (‘Bruce Almighty,’ ‘Liar Liar’) and I were fighting over this script and I won,” McNamara said. “It’s a great ‘Dave’-type story, but I don’t want to get to into it.” …

After finishing “Spy Hunter” with the Rock, John Woo (“Mission: Impossible II,” “Face/Off”) will direct and produce “He-Man,” a live-action adventure based on Mattel’s “Masters of the Universe” figures. The character, a hybrid of an Earthling and an Eternian who received super powers at Castle Grayskull, was the center of a cartoon that debuted in 1983 and later a 1987 movie called “Masters of the Universe” with Dolph Lundgren as He-Man. Adam Rifkin, who is adapting the comic book “Zoom’s Academy” for the big screen, is writing the “He-Man” script. …

While much hubbub has been made about Tim McGraw‘s disturbing performance in “Friday Night Lights,” the football flick is actually not the country singer’s first time on the big screen. “Black Cloud,” directed, produced and written by actor Rick Schroder, opened in limited released last weekend and stars McGraw in a small role. “I play a sheriff,” McGraw said. “It’s about a Native American boxer trying to make it to the Olympics.” McGraw has yet to sign on for a third film and is open to anything — almost. “I certainly don’t want to play a country singer,” he said. …

Matt Groening is insisting a “Simpsons” movie is still on his agenda. “We’re trying to tell a story that we wouldn’t do on television and take advantage of a longer process and a more ambitious process for animation,” the “Simpsons” creator told Britain’s Guardian newspaper. “[The movie] will either kill the show or completely reinvigorate it.” … The next James Bond installment has been delayed from the scheduled November 21, 2005, opening date because, according to MGM, producers have not yet settled on a director. The movie will likely hit theaters in summer of 2006 or even that November, which is the traditional month for a Bond movie release. …

Justin Chatwin, who had a small role in “Taking Lives” with Angelina Jolie, has landed the role of Tom Cruise‘s character’s son in Steven Spielberg‘s “War of the Worlds.” Tim Robbins and Miranda Otto (Eowyn in “The Lord of the Rings” movies) have also been added to the adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic novel.

A Memphis judge has dismissed the rape charge filed in July against actor Anthony Anderson and assistant director Wayne Witherspoon. The judge called the testimony made by the accuser — who was an extra on the set of Anderson’s upcoming film “Hustle & Flow” and claimed she was raped by Anderson and Witherspoon on the film’s set — both suspicious and bizarre, according to Reuters. A spokesman for Anderson released a statement on Wednesday saying his client is “of course, both relieved and delighted by the judge’s decision to throw out what was so obviously a trumped-up case.”

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