Movie File: Vince Vaughn, Lacey Chabert, Angelina Jolie, John Cusack

Vaughn, director David O. Russell making film about Filipino boy — er, radio talk show host.

As fans of “Swingers” can attest, Vince Vaughn is a pretty decent con man. So when he recently gave us a plot breakdown of his upcoming film with quirky director David O. Russell (“I Heart Huckabees”), we were a bit skeptical. “Me and David are doing a movie called ‘I Guess I’m Different,’ ” Vaughn said with a poker face. “It’s about a 13-year-old Filipino boy who has an outie bellybutton [and hangs out] at a park district pool. All the other kids have an innie and they kind of tease him, and he’s forced to come to grips with the fact that his bellybutton is different from all the other kids’.” Sounds like a real blockbuster, and we wouldn’t put anything past the “Spanking the Monkey” director who once made the Oedipal complex disturbingly appealing, but word has already leaked that his untitled film with Vaughn is about a sarcastic call-in show host who finds himself taking on the traits of his callers. After being called on it, Vince fessed up: “David O. Russell and I are doing a movie about a radio talk show host who goes on an interesting journey. I’m very excited to work with him. He’s one of my favorite filmmakers out there right now.” The film, which Vaughn said will be more mainstream than Russell’s typical fare, is due at the end of 2006. …

She was a devoted Plastic in “Mean Girls,” worshipping Rachel McAdams‘ every move, but Lacey Chabert is venturing out on her own now, playing a character with a far darker preoccupation in her upcoming film “The Pleasure Drivers.” Starring alongside occasional comedic performers like Lauren Holly (“Dumb and Dumber”) and Meat Loaf (“Fight Club”), her character Faruza “is quite a bit off. She has a bit of a drug problem,” Chabert said. While the former “Party of Five” star admits she’s enjoyed dirtying up her image for the gritty indie, her career plans include prominent roles in both low-budget and mainstream studio films. “There’s a lot of opportunity in independent films to play different types of roles and stretch as an actress, but I want to do both,” Chabert said. “I loved ‘Mean Girls.’ ” … It may not have a title, but it sure sounds scary enough. Production has begun on “Scarecrow,” the American debut of the Pang brothers, the Japanese directors behind cult horror series “The Eye.” Produced by “Spider-Man” director Sam Raimi, the thrillfest tells the story of a looming darkness that seeps into a peaceful sunflower farm in North Dakota. As it threatens to turn the loving family who runs the farm against each other, they must work together to discover the source of the evil before it destroys them. Kristen Stewart (“Panic Room”) stars in the film, alongside Dylan McDermott (TV’s “The Practice”), Penelope Ann Miller (“The Relic”) and John Corbett (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”). Overseen by the same Raimi-helmed production house that brought audiences “The Grudge,” the film is currently shooting in Saskatchewan, Canada. …

Currently cast as Lindsay Lohan‘s leading man in “Herbie: Fully Loaded,” Justin Long is developing a career that’s as versatile as it is hectic. After naming off a drama and two comedies that he’s working on, the 27-year-old star added: “I’m also in a movie with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston that’s going to be shooting in Chicago.” That film, called “The Break Up,” will allow Long to flex his comedic muscles alongside idols Vaughn and Jon Favreau. “I play Jennifer Aniston’s fastidious associate. I don’t want to label him, but he [has] a bit of a different lifestyle. His name is Christopher, and he’s quite a character. We’ve been through rehearsals, and Jennifer is just the most down-to-earth, sweet woman. Like disarmingly down-to-earth.” … “8 Simple Rules” star Kaley Cuoco takes a break from playing “a ditz like I usually do” to join the debate team in “Debating Robert Lee,” an independent comedy that began screening at film festivals last month. Calling it “a really sweet movie,” Cuoco describes the teenage inspiration tale as being about “all different, all screwed-up kids [from] different backgrounds.” When a controversial debate teacher encourages them to speak their minds, “messed-up families come together and learn what it’s like to get along and hear other people’s opinions and solve politics.” With “Rules” recently canceled and Cuoco preparing for her next career step, she insisted that she wants to keep a close eye on the progress of “Lee” but otherwise simply “stay quiet this summer.” …

In case being a movie star, a mommy, a tabloid target and a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations isn’t enough, Angelina Jolie is also editing an upcoming film. “I have a documentary that I shot,” the leggy beauty recently revealed. Stepping away from action thrillers such as this summer’s blockbuster “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” Jolie plans to “take a look at the world, [all] at once” in the film, titled “A Moment in the World.” The documentary, which she oversaw production of and also appears in, will feature “a team of people who look at the world in one moment, at the same time, and it’s our journeys in it. It touches on a lot of different things.” She’s unsure when the film will come out, but in the meantime, she’s plenty busy with her second, newly adopted child (Zahara Marley) and “just being a mom.” … Never ones to let sibling rivalry keep them apart, frequent acting collaborators Joan and John Cusack (“High Fidelity,” “Grosse Pointe Blank,” etc.) have teamed once again for “The Martian Child,” a dark comedy currently shooting in Vancouver, British Columbia. Menno Meyjes, who most recently directed John in the Hitler biopic “Max,” returns to oversee the Cusacks alongside Oliver Platt, Amanda Peet and the red-hot Sophie Okonedo (“Hotel Rwanda”) in what John describes as a “really nice story” about “a man who adopts a kid … with special needs.” The 6-year-old boy, who believes that he’s from Mars, connects with Cusack’s fatherly character as the two deal with the death of the man’s fiancee. Produced by New Line Cinema, the film is currently searching for a release date …

The life stories of the six men who triumphantly raised the American flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point during World War II, will be told in director Clint Eastwood‘s forthcoming film “Flags of Our Fathers.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eastwood has recruited three actors — Ryan Phillippe, Adam Beach and Jesse Bradford — for his epic, based on James Bradley’s book “Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima.” Phillippe will play the author’s father, Navy corpsman John Bradley, while Beach will portray Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian who relies on alcohol to help him cope with his war experience. Bradford is set for the role of Rene Gagnon, a ladies’ man who was one of the flag raisers.

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