Movie File: George Clooney, Jessica Alba, Nicolas Cage, Justin Long, Uwe Boll & More

'Good Night' actor/director next appearing in CIA drama with Matt Damon.

While drawing parallels between the current administration and the mid-20th century witch hunts of Senator Joseph McCarthy, George Clooney has already made some powerful enemies with his journalistic thriller “Good Night, and Good Luck.” According to the politically minded star, however, the battles have only just begun. “I have a film coming out that’s going to make ['Good Night'] look like a [Frank] Capra film, called ‘Syriana,’ ” the actor/director reported of next month’s CIA drama, which co-stars Matt Damon. “It’s going to get us in a lot of trouble. … Every single member of the community — we’ll have everybody — there will be someone from every walk of life angry at us,” he smiled slyly. “But that’s good.” …

The recent news that Jessica Alba and Hayden Christensen would collaborate on a romantic thriller was far from shocking. The daring concept of “Awake,” however, did generate more questions than answers. The film, which shoots later this year, tells the story of a man (Christensen) undergoing surgery whose failed anesthetic renders him comatose. Alba assured fans, however, that the stars will have plenty of “Awake” time to sizzle: “The first half of the movie is before he goes under, and then the second half of the movie is him going under. You get to flashback to the way we met and when we first fell in love,” said the “Into the Blue” beauty, whose character is “paranoid and crying and nervous and loving my man.” In addition to playing Christensen’s soulmate, Alba will star alongside acting hero Sigourney Weaver (“She plays Hayden’s mom, and I am her assistant”) in the unorthodox film. “It’s not about me putting on a bathing suit or being an action hero or dancing with the lasso or dancing like I did in ‘Honey’ or kicking ass like I did in ‘Dark Angel.’ There’s nothing physical that I have to do, which is really nice.” …

With a moniker derived from superhero Luke Cage and a newborn son sharing the name Kal-el with Superman (the Man of Steel’s Kryptonian birth name), Nicolas Cage takes his comic books very, very seriously. Appropriately, then, Cage kept July’s Marvel flick “Ghost Rider” as loyal to the source material as possible. “It’s pretty faithful to the original story line,” Cage insisted, saying that the only major change is the death that fuels his mission. “In this case, I believe it’s not my girlfriend’s father, it’s [Johnny Blaze's] father who passes away at the beginning.” …

Justin Long (“Dodgeball”) recently wrapped up his next comedy. “I just did a movie with this girl Jennifer A-knee-stone?” the 27-year-old joked. “A-niss-ton? I don’t know how you pronounce it. [It's called] ‘The Break-Up,’ and Vince Vaughn and I get to do … over-the-top, funny [characters].” The movie, due in February, details the separation of a bitter couple (Aniston and Vaughn) who continue to live together, with Long cast as Aniston’s effeminate confidante. “He answers phones in an art gallery,” Long said, taking on his character’s lisp. “He was first in line for ‘Just Like Heaven’ … and he saw ‘Legally Blonde 2′ about 17 times, guilty pleasure. And he loves mai tais and mojitos and he just hates answering the phone.” Calling the part “a very challenging role,” Long remembered that he had to suppress his true, manly emotions to play the part. “There’s this one scene where I had to comfort her, and I was like, ‘Oh, you, don’t worry about him,’ very effeminate, like my character was being, and inside I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m touching Jennifer Aniston! Oh my God, she’s so beautiful; she’s so hot!’ But I had to fight it, because my character couldn’t care less about that. My character had to be like, ‘God, her shoes are dynamite!’ But me, I’m like, ‘God, she has such soft skin!’ ” …

The film version of the video game “Dungeon Siege” has changed its name to “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale,” which director Uwe Boll insists will better reflect the film’s variance from game interpretation to “Lord of the Rings”-type epic drama. Boll is also considering taking the movie (currently filming in Vancouver with stars Jason Statham and Leelee Sobieski) and dividing its near four hours of material into two movies, similar to the move Quentin Tarantino made with his “Kill Bill” films. …

Larry the Cable Guy a matinee idol? It might just happen next spring with “Health Inspector,” the cult comic’s big-screen acting debut. According to co-star Megyn Price, moviegoers will learn a lot about Larry when he plays an inspector who doesn’t quite fit in with the fancy restaurants he invades. “He was just this incredible guy, really smart, which I’m sure is a secret you’re not supposed to know,” she laughed. “With blue-collar comedy, I don’t know what my expectations were, but they were low … [but] I was hooked; I was completely shocked.” In the film, Price plays “Larry’s girlfriend with zero self-esteem but a lot of heart, we hope.” …

Child actor Josh Flitter is currently stealing scenes from Shia LaBeouf in “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” In January, the young actor will try to do the same to Martin Lawrence. ” ‘Big Momma’s House 2′ is the same as ‘Big Momma’s House 1,’ ” Flitter said of the sequel’s basic premise, adding that this time Lawrence’s Big Momma character will work alongside “someone who can hack into computers … Stuart Nybo, which is me, but he [doesn't] know I’m a kid.” Adding that he had a lot of fun with the comedian on both sides of the camera, Flitter said his precocious character frequently puts Lawrence in his place. “Besides him being smart at computers, he’s really kind of a smart aleck.” …

Juliette Lewis has always prided herself on being outrageous, but she may have topped herself with an in-development project she’s now attached to. “I love this; it’s from a book, it’s called ‘The F— Up,’ and Bob Odenkirk, he’s putting it together. It’s not financed yet, but he’s going to direct it. It’s one of these really unique, wild stories about this young New Yorker.” Lewis added that she’s looking forward to seeing the title on theater marquees nationwide. “I don’t know, in this world of Hollywood, what they choose to make. But every now and then a good one gets through.” …

Anand Tucker has directed the 1998 classical-music drama “Hilary and Jackie” and the upcoming character-driven “Shopgirl.” He insists, however, that he won’t be in over his head with the big-budget adaptations of the “His Dark Materials” sci-fi novels. “You’ve still got to turn up with a camera and some actors and shoot; it’s the same deal,” Tucker said. “There’s going to be a lot of CGI, but at the heart of it, it’s still basically the story of a little girl who’s looking for her true mother and father. It’s just an emotional story at heart.” Tucker added that while the series may not be as well-known as the adventures of a certain lightning-scarred wizard, “Materials” has the potential to become a similar cinematic phenomenon. “J.K. Rowling sold 56 million ‘Harry Potter’ [books]. The next-biggest-selling series of children’s books is Philip Pullman‘s ['Materials'] books at 8 million. So he’s sold a hell of a lot of books, it’s just that there’s that ‘Harry Potter’ thing looming over you. But they’re very, very popular … and I’ll do my best to do justice to them.”

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