Movie File: Ryan Gosling, Keira Knightley, Ryan Reynolds, Paul Walker & More

'Notebook' star opens up about Che Guevara biopic also featuring Javier Bardem, Benicio Del Toro.

“We’re still chugging along” are the few words that notoriously tight-lipped Ryan Gosling offered when asked for a status update on “Che,” the Steven Soderbergh-directed biopic planning to film next year. Acknowledging a cast of equally intense method-type actors including Javier Bardem, Franka Potente and Benicio Del Toro in the film about the Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara, the star of “The Notebook” began to open up, saying, “We’re looking forward to it.” Gosling and Del Toro are taking their assignments so seriously, in fact, that they’ve even scheduled a trip to the jungles of Bolivia, where he said they plan to take a crash course in “top-secret guerrilla-type stuff.” While Gosling says he did enjoy last year’s “The Motorcycle Diaries” — which portrayed a young, pre-activist Guevara — he said this film’s drama will feature increased levels of both intensity and violence. “It couldn’t be more different. That film was about Che before he was Che. This is a film about … well, I don’t know what it’s a film about yet, we haven’t done it, but I know it will be so different. I also know that Benicio is kind of possessed by it, so I can’t wait to see what he does. It’s going to be great.” …

As she simultaneously shoots two sequels to the 2003 breakthrough “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Keira Knightley has spent her time swashbuckling beside friends both old (Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom) and new (Chow Yun-Fat, Bill Nighy). Her most memorable co-star, however, is the one she has yet to actually meet. “I had my first day back [recently], because we had a little bit of a break over the summer. My first day back was being dragged across the deck by an invisible giant squid, invisible because it’s being put in by CGI afterwards,” Knightley giggled. “So I just spent the entire time pretending that it was tentacles everywhere, and the director was running around going, ‘I’m a tentacle, I’m a tentacle.’ It takes a little bit of an imagination; I have no idea what it’s going to look like, but hopefully it’ll be cool.” For the stunt work, the actress “had a harness on, and a line running down my leg and coming out the bottom of my boot, and it was on a machine. They cranked the machine and it would just whip me over the floor, it was wicked.” The fully-realized beast will attack Knightley as she rides on an ocean vessel in one of the “Pirates” films, due in theaters in the next few years. …

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Ryan Reynolds has tapped kegs in “Van Wilder,” warded off vampires with his abs in “Blade 3″ and even taken the time to share a hamburger with “Harold & Kumar.” So where does the soon-to-be-30 sultan of sarcasm go from here? “The next thing I’m doing is ‘Smokin’ Aces.’ It’s Joe Carnahan‘s follow up to [2002's] ‘Narc,’ and it’s with myself, and Alicia Keys and Jeremy Piven and Andy Garcia,” he acknowledged. “We’re shooting it right now.” In the comedy/action flick, Reynolds plays an FBI agent trying to keep a loud-mouthed comedian (Piven) alive after he receives the only contract no entertainer wants — one on his life. Keys, in her movie debut, is cast as an assassin out to get Piven’s Buddy Israel. “She’s going to be great. She wouldn’t have been hired in the movie if she’s not going to be fantastic,” Reynolds said, realizing that he’ll soon be surrounded by acting-singing women, including his fiancee, Alanis Morissette (who appears with Reynolds in the upcoming comedy “Just Friends”). “I don’t think Alanis is going to tell Alicia anything that she doesn’t already know and vice versa,” the actor laughed when asked if he would pass along pointers between the two. “Performing is performing, whether you’re doing it in a song or you’re doing it on film. The two are quite synonymous. Alicia, every time she performs a song, she’s emoting, and I don’t think working on a film is any different.” …

The human head may still weigh eight pounds, but 10 years and the inevitable struggles of puberty have added quite a few more to Jonathan Lipnicki, the former “Jerry Maguire” child star. After ditching his trademark eyeglasses, Lipnicki has set his sights on landing some adult roles, and you’ll never believe the first one he found. “It’s called ‘The L.A. Riot Spectacular,’ which is actually a spoof on the L.A. riots that happened in the early ’90s,” Lipnicki said about the film, which is due in January and also features porn star Ron Jeremy and Emilio Estevez, who plays one of the policemen who beat up Rodney King. “And it’s narrated by Snoop Dogg,” Lipnicki smiled. “It’s pretty outlandish; it’s kind of at the level of ‘Team America: World Police,’ it might have passed that.” The scruffy-haired teen, in the market for a part that would contrast his “Jerry Maguire” baggage, sure seems to have found it. “I play an Aryan Youth, you know, a white supremacist. I kinda do a little spoof on that, and I get to play, basically, a white supremacist my age during the early ’90s.” Jonathan, what would Stuart Little think? …

When Paul Walker isn’t running around in a bathing suit opposite Jessica Alba, he’s been busy laying the foundation for what he hopes will be a long Hollywood career that won’t necessarily be dependent on his impressive lack of body fat. Recently Walker discussed plans for his first step, a drama he’ll star in and produce based on the same-named book “The Death and Life of Bobby Z.” “It goes into production [in L.A.] in October. We’re also going to film in Mexico, and in Dana Point [California]. A friend of mine, (’15 Minutes’ director) John Herzfeld, is going to direct it,” he reported of the film about a convict ex-Marine (Walker) who agrees to impersonate a drug dealer in exchange for his freedom. “It’s the first time I’ve ever really dove headfirst into a project. I’ve been there since the beginning; I read the novel some while back, and we got the rights to it and we turned it into a screenplay. It’s great. The best thing about producing a project is you get to assign all the positions, and they’re my friends. But more than just being my friends, they’re the best at what they do. I have people I can go to war with, that I know I can trust.” Walker added that he chose “Booby Z” for his producing debut because “there’s just enough risk, and I knew I’d feel safe with it. I’m not jumping off a 150-foot cliff; I’m jumping off a 75-foot cliff.” …

Will the General Lee soar through the air again? “Oh God, I hope not,” laughed “Dukes of Hazzard” star Johnny Knoxville when asked whether there are plans for a sequel to the big-budget franchise film. “Dukes,” which debuted this past summer to overflowing cash registers and vitriol-spewing film critics, seemed to divide the nation as successfully as the last presidential election, generating inevitable questions about whether Knoxville and co-stars Seann William Scott and Jessica Simpson would return for a second swig of moonshine. For his part, Knoxville said there are currently no plans for a return to Hazzard County, and then diplomatically backtracked: “If it comes around, of course, I’d love to do it again.”