Movie File: Johnny Knoxville, Ryan Reynolds, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx & More

'Jackass' star still keeps in touch with kids from 'The Ringer.'

Johnny Knoxville is busy shooting “The Dukes of Hazzard” in Louisiana, but he’s still keeping in touch with his co-stars from his last movie, “The Ringer,” in which he plays a guy who rigs the Special Olympics to pay off a debt. “I’d never worked with kids who were mentally challenged before, and I didn’t know what I was getting into, but it was literally the best thing that I’ve done,” Knoxville said recently. “Each one of them is singularly brilliant in one area or many areas. They’re so special and they call me all the time. I was really lucky to be able to do that. The Special Olympics endorsed the movie, and people perceive it one way, but it’s actually a sweet movie. But we counterbalance it with, you know, rawness as well.” …

Ryan Reynolds just wrapped “The Amityville Horror” and will move on to “Just Friends,” a romantic comedy about a record label exec who is reconnected with the high school girlfriend whose “let’s just be friends” turned him into a womanizer. “That’ll be a good time,” Reynolds said of the movie, which will co-star Anna Faris. … Dennis Quaid will star in, write and direct “Shame on You,” a biopic about Spade Cooley, a 1940s swing star who killed his wife in front of their teenage daughter and then, in 1969, after being released from prison to perform a benefit concert, died of a heart attack backstage. Katie Holmes is in talks to play Cooley’s wife in the movie, Quaid’s first big-screen directing attempt. …

Jessica Biel‘s physical training for “Blade: Trinity,” opening December 8, also came in handy for “Stealth,” an action thriller about a secret artificial-intelligence program co-starring Jamie Foxx and Josh Lucas, directed by Rob Cohen (“The Fast and the Furious”) and due in July. “My weight training was very valuable,” she said. “I kept that up all throughout ‘Stealth,’ and that gave me a great base to start off and then kind of change my body in little ways to really make this character different, yet still very physically strong and muscular.” …

Nick Cassavetes, coming off “The Notebook” and “John Q,” is in negotiations to direct the movie adaptation of Marvel Comics’ “Iron Man.” Cassavetes, also a screenwriter (“Blow”), will tweak the script, about a billionaire industrialist who develops an armored suit that lets him fly and shoot “repulsor rays.” … Cuba Gooding Jr. has signed on for the indie thriller “End Game,” about a Secret Service agent who teams with a news reporter (Angie Harmon) to investigate a conspiracy behind the assassination of the president. Burt Reynolds and James Woods are co-starring in the film, which starts shooting in February. …

Producer Jerry Weintraub, whose “Ocean’s Twelve” opens next week, is no longer interested in reviving the “Police Academy” series and will instead focus his energy on his “Oh, God!” remake starring Ellen DeGeneres. “I made the first one in 1976, and I’ve been trying to figure out how to do another one since then,” Weintraub said. “And then Ellen just came to me and said, ‘I’d play God if you would take a chance and do that.’ I said, ‘Take a chance? That’s the best idea I’ve heard! Let’s go for it.’ … I’m crazy about her. … And I don’t think you can be a woman and play God unless you’re likeable.” …

Although there are no concrete plans in place, Kevin Smith is looking forward to following up his special-edition “Clerks” DVD with a similar “Dogma” release. “If we had decided in the script stage to cut all the stuff out [that didn't make the final cut] we would have saved ourselves a week of shooting,” Smith said. “Thank Christ with DVD, nothing’s wasted. Everything will eventually be seen.” If it were up to Smith, he would do special-edition DVDs of all his movies. “I want a complete record of my life anytime we do a DVD, so it makes sense to me to pack them as much as possible,” he said. “It’s not really altruistic, it’s selfish. Although, the people who are buying it are fans, so hopefully they like all this information, all this extra stuff.” …

The 95-year-old National Board of Review, which is traditionally a good indicator of who’s going to win at the Academy Awards, has named “Finding Neverland,” a biopic of “Peter Pan” creator J.M. Barrie starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, the best film of 2004. Jamie Foxx won best actor for “Ray,” Annette Bening won best actress for “Being Julia,” and “Sideways” won Thomas Haden Church best supporting actor and director Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor best adapted screenplay. …

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