Movie File: Ben Affleck, ‘Ghost Rider,’ Vince Vaughn, Susan Sarandon

'Surviving Christmas' star to portray the man who portrayed Superman.

Boldly emerging from his fortress of solitude, wrapping himself in a bright red cloak, sticking out a broad chest to deflect the attacks of his enemies, here comes … Ben Affleck? The “Surviving Christmas” star has been chosen
to take on the biographical role of George Reeves in “Truth, Justice and the American Way,” a film about the troubled actor who portrayed Superman on television in the 1950s. Variety is reporting that Affleck has landed the coveted role, with Diane Lane playing alleged lover Toni Mannix and Adrien Brody as the detective investigating Reeves’s puzzling death. Director Allen Coulter is expected to begin shooting the film this summer. … “Everybody’s doing biopics,” “Son of the Mask” star Jamie Kennedy said about the trend; the celebrity he wants to portray, however, may make you jump. “I’d like to do a biopic on David Lee Roth. He was a really great entertainer, and not many people know his story. He’s interesting.” …

Captain America squaring off against Ghost Rider? It wouldn’t be quite the superhero crossover it sounds like, but “Easy Rider” legend Peter Fonda is in negotiations to play the villain Mephistopheles in the big-screen adaptation of the “Ghost Rider” comic book. Coming together quickly, the film already has Nicolas Cage onboard as protagonist Johnny Blaze, alongside Eva Mendes, Sam Elliott, Donal Logue and (somebody call off the search!) Wes Bentley. The Hollywood Reporter has the film pegged for a rapidly approaching shoot in Melbourne, Australia. … He has competed for an Oscar and helped John Constantine slay demons within the space of a year, but Djimon Hounsou isn’t finished pushing his boundaries. The charismatic former model will play the boyfriend of Queen Latifah in next month’s “Beauty Shop,” co-starring Alicia Silverstone and Andie MacDowell. “[Latifah] is definitely a queen. She carries herself as a queen, really,” the actor said. “What a gracious lady.” Hounsou will also be reaffirming his action prowess this summer in “The Island,” in which he’s cast as the head of security for a utopian society that is secretly harvesting its inhabitants. …

“No, I don’t think it’s going to happen,” said Vince Vaughn last week, officially squashing the hopes of those who long to see Frank the Tank run naked again. Rumors have depicted an “Old School 2″ script as being in different stages of development ever since the success of the 2003 frat comedy, but the star insists that the project is dead. “There have been plans that I’ve heard talked about,” Vaughn conceded, “but nothing for sure.” … Ever since “Last Crusade” thrilled us in 1989, we’ve been wondering which bad guy would try to take down Indiana Jones next. Now, we may finally have the name of our villain: veteran screenwriter David Koepp. “This wouldn’t have happened so fast if it had not been for David Koepp,” said Steven Spielberg about “War of the Worlds,” the Koepp-penned script whose production took Spielberg’s attention away from a fourth Indiana Jones adventure. “We go through the whole development process all the time, making movies, and sometimes you’re really intent to make a picture, like I was with Indy 4. [But] my producer didn’t like the script as much as I did. My intention was to make Indy 4 a year and a half ago, but it didn’t work out. Now I’m hoping to make it a year and a half from now.” …

If you want to be the first to jump on the next Harry Potter/Lemony Snicket-type craze, check out www.narnia.com, the tantalizing and informative official site for next winter’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” With a literary legacy almost as long as its title, the film promises to pull in fans both young and old when it opens in roughly 285 days. Production has recently relocated from New Zealand to Los Angeles, and the conceptual art is now live on the Web site. … Despite the title cluing you in that this film is coming from a “Bad Santa”-esque mindset, Susan Sarandon has agreed to class up the Billy Bob Thornton comedy “Mr. Woodcock” with her Oscar-winning presence. According to the Hollywood Reporter, she will link up with Seann William Scott (“American Pie”) and Thornton. Upset by the news that his mother (Sarandon) is marrying his old high school gym teacher (Thornton), Scott returns to his hometown to stop the wedding. She may not be Stifler’s mom, but Sarandon seems destined to raise some hell nonetheless. …

You’ll still have to catch it in theaters if you want to be an educated viewer of this weekend’s Academy Awards ceremony, but the thrice-nominated Don Cheadle drama “Hotel Rwanda” will be debuting on DVD April 12 with a truly unique bonus feature. Each disc will come with a preaddressed donation envelope for Amnesty International to support causes in Rwanda and Sudan. “Hotel,” which details the struggle of a man who saved more than 1,200 people during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, will also include a documentary, a making-of featurette and an audio commentary featuring Cheadle and Paul Rusesabagina, the real-life hero he portrays. …

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