Movie File: Tom Cruise, Rachel McAdams, Brad Pitt, ‘Dukes’

McAdams joins Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton and Luke Wilson in 'The Family Stone.'

With “Wedding Crashers,” “The Notebook” and “Mean Girls” already under her belt, Rachel McAdams has a perfect batting average — well, as long as you consider “The Hot Chick” to be a foul ball. Now, McAdams has used her knack for finding great scripts to land this November’s “The Family Stone,” an ensemble comedy that places her alongside Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton and a “Crashers” sibling. “It has Luke Wilson,” she smiled. “[I'm] making the rounds with the Wilson brothers. It was fabulous, we were all so worried that we had such a good time the movie won’t be any good. We had an amazing director and a beautiful script that really tugs at the heartstrings, but it’s also very funny.” Comparing the movie to “Love Actually,” McAdams said “Stone” will have “a lot of different story lines, but it’s more about one family and their holiday. I play Amy Stone, the youngest of the five children. Amy’s a little stuck in her life; she spends a lot of time at home with mom and dad, even though she should be off doing her own thing. Dermot Mulroney brings home Sarah Jessica Parker for the holidays, and I hate her and I sabotage their relationship; I’m not very nice sometimes. I have some issues, yeah.” …

Warning: this movie update will self-destruct in five seconds. Principal photography began July 12 on “Mission: Impossible 3,” the latest installment in Tom Cruise‘s blockbuster action franchise. Directed by “Alias” mastermind J.J. Abrams, the film will utilize Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laurence Fishburne and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers to continue the series tradition of surrounding Cruise with top-notch dramatic actors. The action thriller will be shot in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. and is currently spying a May 5, 2006, release. …

For years, Brad Pitt has successfully straddled the Hollywood line between blockbusters like “Ocean’s Eleven” and edgy material such as “Snatch.” He’ll continue the trend next year by following up “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” with “Babel,” a twisted drama from independent film auteur Alejandro Iñárritu. “I just finished this thing with [Iñárritu] and Cate Blanchett,” Pitt said. “I think it works as a trilogy with his other films, ‘Amores Perros’ and ’21 Grams.’ It’s another weaving of multiple stories and it’s dealing with a lot of different languages.” Telling four different tales set in Morocco, Tunisia, Mexico and Japan, the film also stars “Motorcycle Diaries” up-and-comer Gael García Bernal. “Ours is the English-speaking section, but it’s really dealing with not being able to communicate and language being our barriers.” …

To paraphrase the old saying: He who laughs last doesn’t get the joke. The nation’s second-largest movie chain, AMC Theaters, has banned “The Aristocrats” from its 3,500 screens after the company’s corporate offices determined that the unrated documentary’s central joke — a classic vaudeville-era joke about a family auditioning for a talent agent, reinterpreted by such modern-day masters as Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock and even Cartman from “South Park” — is too dark a shade of blue. The film will open in other venues on July 29. …

Shepard to Lost Sheep, Shepard to Lost Sheep: “The Dukes of Hazzard” movie was given a coveted PG-13 this week by the MPAA for “sexual content, crude and drug-Related Humor, language and comic action violence,” and former Georgia Congressman Ben Jones, who also played “Crazy” Cooter on the original program, has posted a tirade on his Web site calling the new film “raunchy” and powered by a “profanity-laced script with blatant sexual situations that mocks the good, clean family values of our series.” Judge for yourself when “Dukes” hits theaters August 5 …

After taking on a group of girls in too-short skirts earlier this year, Jordana Brewster is getting ready to tackle Leatherface. The “D.E.B.S.” supervillain is in negotiations to play a nicer girl this time around in the currently untitled “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” prequel being developed by filmmaker Michael Bay‘s remake house Platinum Dunes Productions. The story will (naturally) revolve around a group of good-looking teens who find themselves being terrorized by everyone’s favorite chainsaw-brandishing psychopath, but this time, it promises to delve into Leatherface’s twisted origin. Jonathan Liebsman (“Darkness Falls”) will direct the film, which is scheduled to shoot in Austin, Texas, later this summer. …

Eighty-two-year-old comics legend Stan “The Man” Lee invented the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and the Hulk, and he isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Lee’s POW! Entertainment has introduced a new line of “space age” toys, including digital jewelry, that allows its users to play interactive games and collaborate on their acquired “super powers” as if they were the Wonder Twins. Lee’s Power Patrol rings, and the games that they interact with, can be accessed at his Power-Patrol.com Web site. …

After largely sidestepping the issue for nearly four years, Hollywood is finally beginning to acknowledge the horrific events of September 11. Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone (“Any Given Sunday,” “JFK”) will be directing Nicolas Cage in a yet-untitled film that depicts the attacks on the World Trade Center. The film will tell the story from the perspective of officers John McLoughlin and William J. Jimeno, the last two men to be rescued from the towers. Stone said in a statement that the project will be an “exploration of heroism in our country — but [will be] international at the same time in its humanity.” Distributor Paramount Pictures has plans to donate a portion of ticket sales to 9/11-related charities. …

Hollywood starlets have a long history of sullying their squeaky-clean childhood images with gritty material. Following in the footsteps of Jodie Foster and Christina Ricci is Michelle Trachtenberg, the 19-year-old former “Buffy” actress and “Ice Princess” star is embracing her dark side. “I start my next movie, which is an independent called ‘Four Corners’ in about two weeks,” Trachtenberg said this week. “It’s a story about four different people and how high school affects them in a pretty regular way, which actually happens to be negative. [My character is] a really messed-up girl who’s sort of the town whore and does something [that makes her] realize how her actions effect and screw up her world … ‘Ice Princess’ was very kitschy obviously, but my creative interests lie more with dark [material].” …

Although they continue to wreak havoc in reruns all over the world, the long-deceased Three Stooges are unable to comment on current efforts by Bobby and Peter Farrelly (“There’s Something About Mary”) to revive the eye-poking trio with new comedians for the 21st century. Instead, veteran actor Adam West would like to speak up on their behalf. “It’s reflective of certain people in the industry. There are many of those people who feel, ‘That’s what the audience wants, and that’s what were giving them,’ ” lamented West, who played straight man to the comedy legends in “The Outlaws Is Coming!” in 1965. “But I feel that no one can top them, because it will be with people who are imitating, or trying to give the impression that they should be the Three Stooges … Regardless of how insane and sometimes crude and basic their physical comedy was, they were perceptive in that they had a kind of taste-meter with it that a lot of people don’t have today.” …

Production has begun on two high-profile films and, honestly, that’s the only thing they’ll ever have in common. Steven Spielberg is jumping between Europe and New York, shooting an untitled drama about the aftermath of the 1972 Olympics massacre that stars Eric Bana (“Troy”). Tyler Perry, meanwhile, has begun principal photography in Atlanta on “Madea’s Family Reunion,” a sequel to the cross-dressing cult hit “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” Perry will be making his directorial debut after writing and starring in “Diary.” The slightly more seasoned Spielberg plans to use his directorial expertise ambitiously by shooting, editing and releasing his film by December 23.

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