Movie File: Julia Stiles, Matt Damon, 50 Cent, The Rock, Rob Schneider & More

Stiles teaming with Liev Schreiber for remake of 'The Omen.'

Good morning. You are one day closer to the end of the world. Julia Stiles and Liev Schreiber are in negotiations to star in “The Omen,” a remake of the 1976 horror classic. With Damien the devil spawn not yet cast, Fox is currently searching for a young boy to take over the iconic role. The film, about a creepy kid who turns out to be the Antichrist, plans to start production in October for a release on June 6. Yes, that’s right: 6/6/06. …

If he has his way, all-American boy Matt Damon will portray all-American hero Lance Armstrong on the big screen. “I really just loved his first book, ‘It’s Not About the Bike.’ And the story was so incredible,” the actor insisted. “Everybody knows about him winning and winning and winning these Tour de Frances, which is incredible to have done what he’s done, but the story of what he really went through, the in-depth story, I just thought was kind of amazing.” Armstrong and Damon have been friends for several years, and the biker has expressed a desire to see Damon pedaling away in a yellow jersey. “We’ve been talking about it,” Damon confirmed, “but there’s nothing [yet]; it would need a great script and a great director — it would need a lot. I would only do it if it could be great. … [Armstrong's] feeling is there’s no real reason to make his story, necessarily, unless it can be great. … He’s already made his story, you know what I mean? So if we can prove to him that there was a great movie in there, then I bet he’d do it.” … Fluffy the three-headed dog wasn’t enough to do it, and neither were the horrific dementors. But something in the movie version of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” is scary enough to have earned the movie the first PG-13 in the Potter series. Citing “sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images,” the MPAA has made “Goblet” the first non-PG Potter film. Muggles and wizards alike can go dark with Harry, when his fourth adventure arrives on November 18. …

Flexing his military muscles as Sarge in the movie version of “Doom,” the man sometimes known as Dwayne Johnson recently gave his word that, when they shot the film, “the most important thing was to make sure that the gamers were satisfied, and [that] we’re loyal to the game.” If the skeptics truly will be pleased, one can only imagine how violent the film will be, given its storyline of an elite group of Marines annihilating murderous mutant creatures. “Doom” will be “unapologetic, raw, real,” the Rock proudly confirmed. “The death toll rises … [in] like every single scene.” For those who prefer a bit of intellectual substance, however, the Andrzej Bartkowiak (“Exit Wounds”) feature won’t be all blood and guts. “There is a moral issue … how far do you go … as a commanding officer, to see orders through?” … After playing a bedridden, mute stroke victim in this week’s thriller “The Skeleton Key,” veteran actor John Hurt has been restored to full health for the upcoming action blockbuster “V for Vendetta,” in which he’s cast as the Hitler-esque leader of totalitarian Britain. “I play, in that [movie], a fascist chancellor of England,” he said of the movie, which also stars Natalie Portman. Hurt remarked that the source material of the graphic novel is “an interesting premise … because the United States hardly exists by this time in the world.” With the far-out image of the masked vigilante “V” attempting to bring freedom to this oppressed society, Hurt insisted we’ll all have to “wait and see” if such an idea is going to work. The actor also mentioned that, unfortunately, some elements of the film are all too realistic: “The terrorists in it are very timely, in many ways.” …

After scene-stealing roles in “Bruce Almighty” and “Anchorman,” and tremendous advance buzz on this month’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” Steve Carell could potentially follow in the A-list footsteps of frequent collaborator Will Ferrell. The test may be “Get Smart,” a remake of the classic television show. “They have outlined the story, and the next step is to start writing the script, and that’s where they are. So it’s somewhere in the future,” the actor said. When asked about how he’s going to update Don Adams‘ Maxwell Smart for the new millennium, Carell accidentally revealed plans for a performance that sounds worth paying to see: “The best way to go about it would be to be reverential to the original, but without doing a complete knockoff of it … because I don’t think anybody can do Don Knotts.” Laughing, the comedian corrected himself: “Oh my God. See, that’s my problem — I was hoping to do it like Don Knotts, and clearly that would fail. No, I don’t think there’s any replicating Don Adams. I think it would be more of a reinvention as an homage to the original, as opposed to a complete impression of the original one.” …

Terrence Howard has already generated awards-season buzz with his double dip in “Crash” and “Hustle & Flow.” Now, the up-and-comer has brought his acting prowess to “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” 50 Cent‘s thespian debut. “I play a young man named Bamma. Bamma is 50 Cent’s, Marcus’, manager, who meets him in jail.” Promising that “we’ve got a surprise for you all,” Howard pledged that the Jim Sheridan-directed film will be a powerful quasi-biopic along the lines of Eminem‘s “8 Mile.” … “Deuce Bigalow” star Rob Schneider doesn’t know much about his upcoming experimental film, but he knows it’s going to turn into something. “We’re talking about doing a movie that’s a group of different actors coming together [for] an outrageous comedy [called] ‘Hard R.’ I don’t know exactly what it is yet,” Schneider said of the film, which is named for movies that straddle the controversial line between R and NC-17. “There are some actors who want to do it and who are involved with it. … It’s different stories, different directors tied together, and we’re just piecing it together now. I want to do something that’s crazy and outrageous.” …

Checking in on the children, director Simon West (“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”) is currently hard at work directing Camilla Belle and Katie Cassidy in a remake of the 1979 thriller “When a Stranger Calls.” He’s even already thinking sequel. “On this one, we’re always talking about the sequel,” West said. “What would happen next? I guess that’s the film I’ve been thinking of the most — the sequel to this one.” The director, whose current film expands the opening sequence of the original into a feature-length story, said the sequel won’t necessarily be a remake of “When a Stranger Calls Back,” the 1993 TV movie. “I don’t know if that would be the title, but it will definitely have a stranger in it, and he’ll definitely be calling.” …

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