Movie File: Usher, Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Smith, Matt Dillon, Dax Shepard & More

Mr. Entertainment's upcoming film mocks the life of an entertainer.

Usher has revealed some details about his upcoming, still-untitled movie with MTV Films. “It’ll be mocking the life of an entertainer,” he said of the plot. Usher will shoot the movie, as well as a Jackie Wilson biopic, in late 2005, after making a few more videos from his Confessions re-release. … Meanwhile, fellow R&B singer Mary J. Blige is looking to make her movie debut soon. “I read a lot of scripts, and I turn down a lot,” she said. “I want it to be that role that’s for Mary. I don’t want to jump to anything and humiliate myself because of money or fame. I want to do the role that says, ‘She deserves that Oscar nomination,’ or ‘She did well.’ ” …

Mark Wahlberg, who is gearing up for “The Italian Job 2,” is in negotiations to star in “Four Brothers,” a drama about siblings who set out to avenge the death of their mother. John Singleton, whose credits include “Boyz N the Hood” and “2 Fast 2 Furious,” is directing. … Jay Hernandez, in theaters now in “Friday Night Lights” and “Ladder 49,” has just finished filming “The Nomad” in Central Asia. “It’s a period piece,” he said. “It takes place a couple hundred years ago. It’s about this nomadic tribe of people who try to unite and fend off all these Mongol hordes. There’s a lot of big, huge scenes — horses, fighting, huge sets.” …

He’s hard at work on a “Clerks” sequel, and now Kevin Smith is thinking about a “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” follow-up. “So many people ask about it — I’m just like, ‘Where were all you mother—-ers when they were in their own movie in theaters? I could have used your help!” Smith said. “That makes me think every once in a while, and ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’ did really well on DVD. I’m like, ‘Wow, if we made a Jay and Bob movie now, we might clean up.’ But I don’t know, that’s not a reason to make a movie.” A sequel would be a few years off, regardless, as Smith is committed to “The Green Hornet” after “The Passion of the Clerks.” …

Dax Shepard has sold his script “Guerrilla Photographer” to Sony-based studio Revolution and will likely star in the movie, which Adam Sandler‘s Happy Madison company will produce. The movie is about an aspiring National Geographic photographer who becomes a paparazzo to make ends meet. … Neve Campbell will play the fiancée of Ron Livingston‘s character in “Relative Strangers,” an indie comedy about an uptight businessman who discovers that his biological parents are from the wrong side of the trailer park. Danny DeVito, who is producing, and Kathy Bates will play the parents. …

Matt Dillon, Breckin Meyer, Jill Ritchie (Kid Rock‘s sister) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have joined Lindsay Lohan and Michael Keaton in “Herbie: Fully Loaded.” Dillon will play the bad boy of NASCAR, where the movie about Herbie, a Volkswagen Beetle, is set. … Meanwhile, Dillon is writing a movie based on Eddie Maloney, a mobster who became an informant for the FBI and a witness in the John Gotti trial. Dillon also plans to direct the drama for United Artists, with whom his Banyan Tree Productions has a first-look deal. UA released “City of Ghosts,” co-written and directed by Dillon, last year. …

Mel Gibson, who has made millions off “The Passion of the Christ,” has donated $10 million to help care for children from foreign countries being treated at two Los Angeles hospitals. The organization Healing the Children will recommend how the donation is used. … Three former high school classmates of Richard Linklater have filed a lawsuit against Universal Studios, claiming to have suffered embarrassment because of characters based on and named after them in the director’s “Dazed and Confused.” Bobby Wooderson, Andy Slater and Richard “Pink” Floyd claim Linklater did not get their permission before making his 1993 cult classic. …

Diane Lane, Kyra Sedgwick, John Cusack, Christopher Plummer, Stockard Channing and Dermot Mulroney are onboard for the ensemble romantic comedy “Must Love Dogs.” Based on a 2002 novel, the movie centers on a divorcée whose Irish-American family enrolls her in a number of online dating programs after she swears off men. … Arsenio Hall is directing a documentary about the black standup comedy circuit. His movie, tentatively titled “The Other 23 Hours,” will explore several comics’ lives off the stage. …

Jessica Bendinger, who wrote “First Daughter” and “Bring It On,” will direct “Stick It,” a comedy about a renegade girl in the strict world of women’s gymnastics. Bendinger also wrote the script. … Sam Schreiber, the screenwriter behind “Raise Your Voice,” is now focusing his attention on “Sticks and Stones,” the script that originally brought him to New Line, who then asked him to pen the Hilary Duff drama. “It’s about a woman pool hustler,” Schreiber said of his pet project. “I wasted large chunks of my college experience in the pool room [researching].”

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