Movie File: 'Harry Potter,' Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria, Halle Berry & More

New director, screenwriter on board for 'Order of the Phoenix,' due in 2007.

"Desperate Housewives" hottie Eva Longoria has signed on to star opposite Christian Bale in "Harsh Times," the directorial debut from writer David Ayer ("Training Day," "The Fast and the Furious"). Shooting starts in January. Longoria, meanwhile, is not surprised by the success of her new series, especially with the male demographic. "Our show's the voice of the modern woman, but once I saw episodes two, three and four, when I was totally in lingerie and Teri Hatcher was naked and Marcia Cross was in a bra, I said, 'Oh yeah, men will probably tune into this,' " Longoria said. "I think it's a wickedly smart show, so I think men are drawn to that. Not just because there's hot chicks." ...

Matthew Fox, who stars in ABC's other hot new series, "Lost," is reading scripts and hoping to sign on for something to shoot during the summer hiatus. "I've never really done this before, because with my 'Party of Five' experience I never really felt like I was really ready, and I wanted to take my hiatus to travel and spend time with my family," Fox said. "I'm not opposed to doing any type of genre. I just love stories, so it really comes down to first and foremost the script and then obviously the other people involved." ...

In a surprise move, the producers behind the "Harry Potter" series have selected the relatively unknown David Yates to direct the fifth installment, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." Michael Goldenberg, whose credits include 1997's "Contact," is adapting the book, since Steve Kloves, who wrote the first four scripts, left to write and direct "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." Shooting will start in late 2005 for a summer 2007 release. ... "Matrix" creators the Wachowski Brothers will produce (along with Joel Silver) an adaptation of Alan Moore's novel "V for Vendetta," which "Matrix" first assistant directorJames McTeigue will direct. The movie will center on a terrorist freedom fighter known only as "V" living in an alternate future in which Germany wins WWII and Great Britain becomes a fascist state. ...

Once she's finished doing press for "Alexander," Angelina Jolie plans to take some time off to spend with her 3-year-old son Maddox. That is, until she revs up the press machine again in June for "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" with Brad Pitt. "We play a married couple living in the suburbs who are in therapy, and then we find out that we're both hit men and we have to kill each other," Jolie explained. "It's a metaphor for marriage," she added with a smile. ... Halle Berry has signed on for "Perfect Stranger," a psychological thriller about a woman who goes undercover to investigate the murder of a friend. Jon Bokenkamp ("Taking Lives") wrote the script. ...

Robin Williams is in talks to make a sequel to "Mrs. Doubtfire," his 1993 comedy about a divorced father who poses as a nanny to see his children. Williams would also produce, with his wife, Marsha Williams, while Bonnie Hunt (who wrote and directed 2000's "Return to Me") is in talks to write the script. ... Dax Shepard will play the owner of a Hollywood classic-cars dealership who befriends the owner of a Mercedes-Benz dealership across the street, despite causing his business to crumble, in "Car Wars." Dustin Hoffman will play the other dealer in the comedy, which does not yet have a director. ...

The producers behind "Shrek" have hired "The Lizzie Maguire Movie" authors Ed Decter and John Strauss to script a spin-off movie for Puss in Boots, Antonio Banderas' character from "Shrek 2." Whether the movie hits theaters or is a direct-to-DVD release has yet to be determined. ... Disney has announced it will move ahead with "Toy Story 3" despite their fallout with Pixar, who teamed with the studio for the first two. Disney is setting up a digital animation facility to be used for the production of the movie. ...

British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, best known for his Ali G persona, is in talks to star in a movie based on British comic book anti-hero Charlie Mortdecai, an Inspector Clouseau-like degenerate. The movie, titled "The Mortdecai Mustache Mystery," will take place in America. Cohen, meanwhile, is also lending his voice to the animated "Madagascar," which will also feature Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Ben Stiller, Cedric the Entertainer and Jada Pinkett Smith. "Madagascar" opens in May. ...

Hollywood offspring Cameron Douglas (son of Michael) and Jake Hoffman (son of Dustin) are co-starring in "Adam and Eve," a comedy directed by Jeff Kanew ("Revenge of the Nerds") and produced by Michael Douglas. "It's going to be really cute, kind of an 'American Pie' romantic comedy, kind of sexy, raunchy," said Courtney Peldon ("Boston Public"), who costars in the flick. "A guy and a girl fall in love and she turns out to be a virgin, so he turns to the bad girl to comfort him. I'm the bad girl." ... Peldon's boyfriend, "Saw" director James Wan, meanwhile, is writing his follow-up. "It's a ghost story at this stage, but we'll see," he said. "It could turn into a romantic comedy."

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