Movie File: Mandy Moore, Daddy Yankee, Terrence Howard, Game, Meagan Good & More

Billy Crudup's children's-book writer falls for Moore's illustrator in 'Dedication.

Mandy Moore and Billy Crudup have signed up alongside acting legends Mia Farrow and Harvey Keitel for “Dedication,” a drama that will mark the directorial debut of fellow actor Justin Theroux (“Mulholland Drive”). The film, which has plans to shoot early next year in Manhattan, tells the story of a children’s-book writer (Crudup) and the illustrator he falls for (Moore) after they are forced to collaborate. Farrow will play mother to Moore’s character, while Keitel has been cast as the young woman’s predecessor. …

Now that Daddy Yankee has surfed the Latin-music wave to international success, he’s making plans to ride it into Hollywood as well. “I’m producing a movie called “Straight From the Barrio,” the “Gasolina” singer revealed. “I’m starring in it as well. In the movie, I’ve got my people from Puerto Rico and other rappers like DNT and Maestro. … I’ve got almost the whole reggaeton genre in the movie with me.” The film, which tells the story of a young drug dealer embarking on a reggaeton career, has been filmed but is currently searching for a release date. And, according to the star, it won’t be just another “8 Mile” rip-off. “It’s not my autobiography or nothing like that. I’m going to show the world the problems that we have in the barrio. It’s the real stuff; nothing [that's been] seen before. Just the real deal that we’ve got to face every day on the island and everywhere that we go.” …

While discussing the seemingly never-ending list of projects he’s been attached to, Terrence Howard spilled details on yet another upcoming role: the lead in Spike Lee‘s “Save Us Joe Louis.” “[Louis] was a positive individual whose impact on the world, the world community, is just monumental,” Howard said of the boxing legend who broke down racial barriers. “Spike’s been working on that for the last five years, and Disney will be producing it, and it will cover [legendary adversary] Max Schmeling and Joe Louis’ life, and their relationship too, [through them becoming] allies and [allegations of Schmeling's association with the] Nazi Party and how the propaganda affected the rest of the world. I think it’s a monumental story, and I’m very proud that Spike has stuck with me for five years and waited for this moment.” …

Once it finishes filming “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning,” Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes production company will turn its gaze upon a remake of the 1986 horror cult classic “The Hitcher.” For producers Andrew Form and Bradley Fuller, the news couldn’t be more exciting. ” ‘The Hitcher’ is a movie that Michael and I individually loved,” remembered Fuller, who denied rumors that Sam Rockwell and others had already signed on. “If you talk to kids under 20, no one knows what ‘The Hitcher’ is at all.” Form and Fuller further confirmed that music video director Dave Meyers will make his movie debut overseeing the film. …

Ryan Reynolds is currently listed on at least one magazine cover as the next great action hero, but the muscular comedian laughs it off. “I have no idea what they’re talking about. My next project is a live-action Smurfs movie,” he joked. “Handy is what I’m going for.” Getting serious, he added that he’s working on “Smoking Aces,” an action movie co-starring Ben Affleck and Alicia Keys. He described the film by writer/director Joe Carnahan (“Narc”) as ” ‘True Romance’ and that sort of vein … some funny moments, but it’s pretty dark and I would say not without its violence.” Carnahan is taking Reynolds’ performance to such gritty depths, the actor reports, that he had to get ugly by cutting off all his hair. “I did shave my head for the beginning of it,” the actor chuckled, but if he were ever embarrassed by his appearance, Handy Smurf’s white hat could have easily covered it up. …

Donnie Wahlberg is currently onscreen getting tough with Jigsaw in “Saw II,” but the proudly versatile actor is already bragging about his next film, in which the only thing getting cut up will be the dance floor. “My favorite film is called ‘Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School,’ which was a big Sundance [Festival] film this year, with Mary Steenburgen and Marisa Tomei. It’s a fun little movie, and I really had a special time doing that.” Due in January, “you’ll have to look a little harder for it,” Wahlberg cautioned, “but it’s worth the effort.” He said he thinks fans will enjoy his off-the-wall performance as “one of these pompous ballroom kind of weirdos.” …

“It’s basically the ’06 Bonnie and Clyde,” Meagan Good said of “Waist Deep,” a modern-day drama with its roots entrenched in two of history’s most infamous personalities. “I’m working with the Game and Larenz Tate, Tyrese. … It’s got some different twists in there, and the Game’s the bad guy in it, even though he’s a good guy.” In the film, the “You Got Served” actress plays “my first leading lady, mature adult part,” as a woman named Coco who aids Tyrese’s character in a vigilante mission after his child is kidnapped. Good said Game, who will be making his movie debut in the film, defied her expectations by leaving the entourage at home and bringing along his curiosity instead. “He was great,” she marveled. “The funny thing is, he came on set humble, focused, wanting to learn what he could learn from me and Tyrese and Larenz, and he just was very open-minded. It wasn’t like, ‘Well, I know what I’m doing.’ He was just like, ‘So what do you think about this, this and that?’ He just wanted to be his best and be on point.” …

According to “Twin Peaks” writer/producer/co-creator Mark Frost, Kyle MacLachlan‘s Special Agent Dale Cooper might be leading the series’ diehard fans back to David Lynch‘s bizarre world more than a decade later. “We’ve talked a little about [a new project], and it’s a possibility down the road,” Frost said. “I think it would be hard to re-create the world of ‘Twin Peaks’ at this point, but Kyle is still there and still a terrific actor, and that’s a character we could possibly take other places.”

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