Movie File: Lohan Needs ‘Lindsay Time,’ Zach Braff Teams With Jason Bateman

'Mean Girls' star pretty sure she's not in 'Mission: Impossible 3.'

The revolving door that is “Mission: Impossible 3″ continues to turn, as one young woman enters and another appears to have been pushed out. Keri Russell has signed on to the Tom Cruise action flick, reuniting her with “Felicity”-producer-turned-”M:I3″-director J.J. Abrams. The actress will portray a trainee agent in the series’ third spy adventure, taking over a role previously occupied by Scarlett Johansson before she was forced to leave due to a delay in filming. Meanwhile, Lindsay Lohan has said of her recent talks with Abrams: “I don’t believe I’m doing” the film. “It would have been an amazing thing to be a part of, but it would have been a lot of work for me right now. I would have been in training, and in Shanghai, and all over the place. I need to take some Lindsay time.” Lohan, who said her intended role was written as an exposition-heavy character who would be killed off early in the film, insisted she’d still like to be an action star someday: “There’s some films that I am talking about with other people that are not ‘Mission: Impossible 3′ but that are action films. … I’m a huge Angelina Jolie fan, and I love her in ‘Tomb Raider,’ so we’ll see.” Cruise and Russell will begin shooting “Mission: Impossible 3″ in Italy next month; Lohan, we can only assume, will be enjoying her Lindsay time. …

With all the TV remakes flooding movie theaters, it seems inevitable that Hollywood might eventually adapt two of television’s funniest programs, “Scrubs” and “Arrested Development.” In the meantime, the stars of those shows will be moving themselves to the big screen in a comedy to be produced by Bob and Harvey Weinstein‘s new Weinstein Co. “Fast Track” stars Zach Braff as a soon-to-be dad who reluctantly accepts a job at his father-in-law’s marketing agency. “I’m [doing this movie] with Jason Bateman because I’m such an ‘Arrested Development’ fan and I think Jason’s hilarious,” Braff said. “It’s a broad comedy, like ‘Scrubs,’ and we play two guys in an office that hate each other; it’s sort of like a war.” Braff, who guest-starred as the filmmaker behind a “Girls Gone Wild”-type video series on Bateman’s dysfunctional-family show last season, added that he was thrilled about the recent “Development” renewal. “I’m so glad they picked it up for another season; I’ll definitely go back if they let me. Maybe [I'll appear] at a never-nude convention,” he said, referring to the affliction that prevents his character and David Cross‘ from ever being fully naked. The Jesse Peretz-directed “Fast Track,” which will also feature Amanda Peet, is due to start shooting this summer in New York. …

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He may be a muggle in real-life, but “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe hopes to bring some of his box-office magic with him as he goes beyond the blockbuster franchise for the first time. An Australian independent film company has signed Radcliffe for “December Boys,” a coming-of-age drama to be overseen by veteran “X Files” and “The Practice” director Ron Hardy. The film tells the story of four adolescent orphans whose hopes for adoption grow slimmer with each passing year, until a young couple befriends the group. As they all compete to be selected, the boys find their friendship threatened. The film, which the production company describes as “Stand by Me” meets “Billy Elliot,” will begin production in the fall …

Speaking of everyone’s favorite lightning-scarred wizard, Harry will return on November 18 with “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Those who remember Gary Oldman‘s mischievous Sirius Black as the best part of the last film, however, might be a bit disappointed by the direction in which his character will head this time around. “Well,” Oldman smiled, “head is the operative word. I appear in the embers of the fire to warn Harry about Voldemort. I’m in it for 45 seconds. Just a head — that’s all they filmed.” Smiling at the oddity of his cameo, he added, “I flew the head to London.” …

Now that Angelina Jolie has shown that she can play a convincing hit woman with “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” she’s taking on another acting challenge: playing old opposite fellow Oscar-winners Matt Damon and Robert De Niro. “We’re going to make it in September,” she said excitedly about “The Good Shepherd,” which De Niro will direct. “It goes from the late 1930s to the ’60s, and it’s [about] the CIA and Bay of Pigs — it’s very heavy and interesting. I probably couldn’t pitch it properly, but Matt Damon plays the main guy who goes all the way through, and [it tells] how secrets and lies and corruption [can become confused with] trying to be patriotic, and what it does to your family. It gets pretty heavy.” Jolie is looking forward to aging onscreen, but warns fans that it won’t be pretty: “I just become a raging alcoholic; I get broken capillaries and bags.” …

They’ll be so money once again, and they know it! Completing an unofficial trilogy that has so far encompassed the cult films “Swingers” and “Made,” Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau will reunite again for “The Break Up,” a comedy about a divorcing couple (Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston) forced to cohabitate. “He’s going to come into ‘The Break Up’ and play my best friend,” Vaughn reported, saying that the two friends will switch up their usual styles this time around. “There’s no one funnier that Favreau, or brighter than Favreau. He [usually] makes himself the straight guy and sets me up to be the comic relief, but he’s one of the best at being that comic-relief guy, so he gets the chance to do that a little bit here in ‘The Break Up.’ ” …

With “The Interpreter” on its way out of theaters and “Bewitched” about to invade the same screens, Nicole Kidman continues to be one of the busiest actors in the business. “I’m doing a film at the moment about Diane Arbus, so I’ve got my hands full,” she laughed. Barely taking time to breathe, the statuesque Australian beauty reports that the biopic about the revered photographer is something of a passion project. “She was one of the great photographers, I think. I’m doing it with the guy that directed ‘Secretary,’ so it’s a little odd.” The film, currently titled ‘Fur,’ co-stars Robert Downey Jr. and is scheduled for release next summer. …

If there’s ever been a string of three more diverse movie projects, Scarlett Johansson would like to hear it. After working with filmmaking legend Woody Allen on the soon-to-be-released drama “Match Point,” Johansson collaborated with blockbuster king Michael Bay on this summer’s action flick “The Island” and recently confirmed that she will be working with the Woodman again on a currently untitled comedy. “I don’t know that there is a comparison you can make between Michael and Woody,” she chuckled. “Put it this way: when I told Woody that I’d be doing a Michael Bay movie, he was like, ‘Who?’ He doesn’t know [who he is]. I mean, he’s so totally separated. He’s such a snob when it comes to that kind of thing. I told him, ‘Well, you’ve got to see ‘The Island’ when it comes out; it’s going to be great. It’s a great science-fiction movie,’ and he said, ‘Oh, I like science fiction.’ We’ll see if we can get him to the premiere.” …

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