Movie File: Paris Hilton, Vince Vaughn, Robert Redford, Drew Barrymore & More

Bubbly socialite playing blackmail victim in comedy 'Bottoms Up.'

As Paris Hilton looks forward to her biggest movie role yet in next month’s horror flick “House of Wax,” the bubbly socialite is maintaining her momentum with another starring role, this time in a comedy called “Bottoms Up.” “It’s like a love-story comedy,” Hilton said from the set. “It’s just about L.A., and Jay Mewes is in it, and Paul Walker and Jon Abrahams, who was just in ‘House of Wax’ with me.” In the film, Hilton’s character falls in love with the one played by “Clerks” star Mewes. “He’s really funny. Basically, this guy blackmails me and I’m dating like the biggest movie star in L.A. and my father is the biggest head studio guy and whatever. I’m dating this actor to make my dad happy and this guy blackmails me and I end up falling in love with him.” Hilton apparently hasn’t had to deal with any “head studio guys” herself, as she is unsure of the film’s distribution plans. …

He’s dodged balls, tapped kegs and dug his claws into some little bunnies. Now Vince Vaughn will bring his patented wiseass grin to the airwaves with a little help from “Three Kings” director David O. Russell. In the still-untitled comedy, Vaughn will play the derisive host of a radio call-in show whose world falls apart when he realizes he’s turning into his callers. The man behind the lens for “Spanking the Monkey” and “I Heart Huckabees” admits he’s aiming for a mainstream hit this time around. “This ain’t no ‘Huckabees,’ ” Russell told Variety. “There is no question, this aims to be more accessible.” …

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After bringing a harmonious tale of adversity to the silver screen with last year’s “Ray,” producer Howard Baldwin plans to swing for the fences once again. Baldwin will be teaming up with Robert Redford on an untitled film about the life of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player. After decades of segregation, Robinson overcame death threats and teammate hatred to break the sport’s color barrier in 1947. Redford will play Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers general manager who risked his career by signing the sweet-hitting second baseman and ignoring the color of his skin. The film will detail Robinson’s upbringing and racial conflicts, concluding with the first time he took the field among a team of white players. The role of Robinson has yet to be cast, but Redford and Baldwin have secured the blessings of Major League Baseball, Robinson’s widow and Rickey’s son. …

She’s about to be seen running across the Red Sox outfield in the Farrelly brothers flick “Fever Pitch,” but Drew Barrymore isn’t stopping to catch her breath. The star has a new movie on the horizon called “Lucky You,” opposite Eric Bana, Robert Duvall and Debra Messing. Directed by Curtis Hanson (“8 Mile”), the movie explores the red-hot phenomenon of poker. Barrymore also lent her voice to the upcoming animated film “Curious George” as well as the recently revived “Family Guy” series. “I did a movie, ‘Curious George,’ I did the voice for the animation,” she says. “I’m like the female lead to Will Ferrell‘s Man in the Yellow Hat. It was just a tremendous opportunity, and I really like doing voice work. I called ['Family Guy' creator] Seth MacFarlane to interview him for a documentary I directed. We became friends and I was like, ‘Can I please be on “Family Guy”?’ So I’ve been going into the booth there and doing work. I really actually enjoy doing that.” …

The new “War of the Worlds” trailer is baiting fans for the upcoming Steven Spielberg/ Tom Cruise collaboration with a peek at suburbia under attack (check it out here). Although we’re told that “They’re already here,” we’ll still have to wait until June 29 for the movie’s release. … Most triumphant! MGM Home Entertainment release both “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” in a three-disc set hitting stores July 12. Extras will include an air-guitar tutorial, a photo gallery, original radio spots, a making-of documentary with new cast and crew interviews, and, for those still skipping school to hang out at the Circle K, a history lesson. …

If titles like “Pulp Fiction,” “The Aviator,” “Good Will Hunting” and “Scream” mean anything to you, then the names Bob and Harvey Weinstein should as well. The Weinstein brothers, after 25 years at the helm of Miramax, have officially reached an agreement with Walt Disney Studios that will conclude their association with the film company they used to spearhead an indie-film revolution. “As movie fans, we truly appreciate the unique opportunities we have had to work with some of the greatest talent, both onscreen and off, in sharing such a wide range of independent and foreign films and Miramax and [subsidiary] Dimension,” the Weinsteins said in a statement. The exit strategy keeps the Weinsteins on board through September 30, as they work with Disney on wrapping up films in production and marketing remaining co-productions. Disney will retain the Miramax name, as well as the Miramax and Dimension film libraries. The Weinsteins will take the Dimension name and a number of projects in development to their new company. The name of that entity, as well as details on its financial backers, films in development and other specifics, will be announced in the upcoming weeks. …

Now that actress Sanaa Lathan has had ringside seats for the blood-and-guts battle of “Alien Vs. Predator,” she’s looking forward to indulging her romantic side. “It’s an interracial romance,” she said of the comedy she recently began shooting. “We’re changing the title. I would say that it’s probably going to be called ‘Bloom.’ ” The actress, who recently finished starring onstage opposite P. Diddy in “A Raisin in the Sun,” will be exploring racial differences with “The Ring Two” star Simon Baker. … Actress Gong Li can officially throw all her socks in a trash bag and take them to Goodwill, as she’s been cast in Michael Mann‘s upcoming “Miami Vice” movie. The Chinese actress, best known to American audiences for her role in the 1993 art-house classic “Farewell My Concubine,” was once chosen as one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People. Now she’ll be bringing those good looks to the role of Isabella, the Chinese-Cuban wife of a major crime syndicate who falls for fashion-plate detective Sonny Crockett (Colin Farrell). Mann, who executive-produced the ’80s television show on which the film is based, will be writing, directing and producing the film, due July 28, 2006. Jamie Foxx has been cast in the sidekick role of Ricardo Tubbs. …

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