Movie File: ‘Indiana Jones,’ Eva Longoria, Steve Carell, Zach Braff & More

George Lucas is still writing an 'Indy' sequel; Longoria lines up two unexpected roles.

Harrison Ford‘s not getting any younger (and Karen Allen‘s not getting any more relevant), so fans can’t help but wonder: When, exactly, are we going to see the long-promised fourth Indiana Jones movie? “We just keep working on it,” shrugged series writer/producer George Lucas. “You know, we just write and write and write and write and write. But we are getting closer, and hopefully this year we will have a start date and we will have a script that we all love and hopefully it will come out next year.” Lucas added that Jeff Nathanson (“Catch Me if You Can”) is the newest addition to a pile of screenwriters bigger than the Cairo swordsman’s weapon of choice. Ford has said that he will reprise his whip-wielding adventurer role for the first time since 1989′s “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” and Steven Spielberg is making plans to direct. …

Now that sizzling housewife Eva Longoria has conquered television, she’s “Desperate” to bring her talents to the big screen as well. Her movie-star march begins this April with two films opposite well-known leading men. For her legions of male admirers, however, one question remains: Will the luscious Latina be revealing any skin via hot, sexed-up love scenes? “I don’t sleep with anybody, I don’t have sex with anybody, I’m not kissing anybody, I’m not in lingerie,” she laughed, “So it’s nice.” Playing a Secret Service agent in “The Sentinel” with Michael Douglas and a “really tough lawyer” in “Harsh Times” opposite Christian Bale, expect the unexpected as Longoria leaves behind the seductive temptress we’re used to. Proudly adding that the “two movies coming out are [both] against typecast,” the 30-year-old remains hopeful that audiences will embrace her new attitude. …

Steve Carell may no longer be a virgin, but he is a Golden Globe-winning star whose TV career (“The Office”) is nearly as hot as his in-demand movie presence. Soon the actor will take a high-profile step forward by looking back to a scene-stealing role he shot when he was a virtual nobody. ” ‘Evan Almighty’ is sort of a continuation of that (“Bruce Almighty”) story,” Carell said excitedly. Those who’ve seen the 2003 film should remember Evan Baxter, the egotistical anchor manipulated until he reported to the world that his nipples had gone to France. “My character is the same guy I played in ‘Bruce Almighty,’ and as it is now, I am elected to Congress,” Carell revealed. “God visits me while I’m a congressman, and it unfolds from there.” The movie, which centers on Evan’s attempts to build an enormous Noah-type ark to please the man upstairs, will co-star Morgan Freeman as God once again, but Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston are not expected to return. …

Ever since watching the credits roll at the end of “Garden State,” an army of newly devoted Zach Braff junkies have had one question on their minds: When are we going to see the unique young filmmaker behind the camera again? “I’m trying to direct this spring,” Braff revealed, doling out a tidbit of info that will undoubtedly receive cheers from heart-struck girls and hipster geeks alike. “I have a project I’m trying to put together, and it’ll be my second movie. And if everything comes into line, it’ll happen this late spring/early summer.” The project is expected to be the dark comedy “Andrew Henry’s Meadow” (about a man who ditches society to go live amongst nature), but Braff wouldn’t confirm. …

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is nearly as hot right now as his steamy “Match Point” love scenes opposite Scarlett Johansson, so it’s no surprise that he has signed on to do another film. And this time the star of “Velvet Goldmine” and the CBS miniseries “Elvis” is returning to music. “I love playing music. … I’m playing a musician in my next film as well, and I’ll have to actually sing, which means bring the ear plugs,” the Irish leading man chuckled. “It’s not a musical, but I play a musician in it. It’s a movie called ‘August Rush.’ ["In America" writer] Kirsten Sheridan directs this movie about a young prodigy at Juilliard, and I play his daddy.” Rhys Meyers portrays a Jeff Buckley-type musician in the flick, but the actor is less concerned about his vocal cords and more shocked that he looks old enough to play the father of “Finding Neverland” youngster Freddie Highmore. “Isn’t that terrible? I’m 28 years old,” he said, shaking his head. “I’m playing someone’s dad. He’s 10!” …

Piper Perabo is the newest addition to “The Prestige,” a high-profile drama reuniting “Batman Begins” stars Christian Bale and Michael Caine with director Christopher Nolan. “I’m just about to start preparations for that,” the 29-year old star of “Cheaper by the Dozen” revealed. “I play Christian Bale’s wife; it’s sort of a period piece (set in) 1880′s London.” The film, based on a novel about two performers (Bale and Hugh Jackman) who turn to murder, also co-stars David Bowie. “It’s about magicians on the magical stage in the 1880s, and the competition between them.” As for her new director, the man behind such visually striking films as “Memento” and “Insomnia,” Perabo gushed, “He’s a genius. I’m so excited to work with him.” …

Slowly but surely, tiny details are beginning to emerge about the characteristically bizarre sci-fi flick that will finally return the director of “Requiem for a Dream” to theaters after a six-year absence. “I have a movie coming out called ‘The Fountain’, which was written and directed by Darren Aronofsky,” reported Rachel Weisz, who stars opposite Hugh Jackman and “Requiem” vet Ellen Burstyn. “It’s a very cool movie. It’s set in three time zones: 16th century Spain, present-day America, and distant-future deep space. It’s a very psychedelic movie.” The flick lands in your time zone later this year. …

She may be most famous for keeping her “Princess Diaries,” but Anne Hathaway has grown up quickly in the eyes of “Brokeback Mountain” viewers as Jake Gyllenhaal‘s long-suffering wife. The 23-year-old will continue her transformation in a dark comedy alongside 13-time Academy Award nominee Meryl Streep. “I have a film coming up July 4 weekend called ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’ ” Hathaway beamed. Cast as a woman who lands a coveted assignment working for one of New York’s most powerful and overbearing magazine editors (Streep), Hathaway called her co-star “the greatest living film actress.” The young actress reports that it has been hard to overcome the intimidation factor, but she is enjoying the challenge of keeping the pace. “Every day is so terrifying. … She is just brilliant, and she can do more with a moment than I think I have ever seen an actor do. So, basically, now I have to go back to drama school so that I can play catch up.”

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