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No '40-Year-Old-Virgin' sequel in sight (ever); documentary on the Clash's Strummer in the works.

Perhaps working to prove herself the most versatile actress in Hollywood, Bryce Dallas Howard is making plans to go directly from the no-budget, experimental Lars von Trier film "Manderlay" (opening next month) to one of the most high-profile films scheduled to shoot this year: "Spider-Man 3." The 24-year-old daughter of Ron Howard is in talks to take on the role of Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker's ill-fated love who rivaled Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) for Spider-Man's heart and was subsequently killed, in a classic comic book arc, by the Green Goblin. Whether the movie will follow the books' storyline is unclear, but Howard might want to start practicing her damsel-in-distress scream right now: "Spider-Man 3" is scheduled to begin shooting next month. ...

It's so secretive that it was shot under an alias in hidden locations — but when it comes to the fast-food indictment flick "Fast Food Nation," Greg Kinnear gladly offered us a whopper of a preview. " 'Fast Food Nation' is an incredible book, filled with a lot of statistics and numbers — it's a sociology study, really. ['Dazed and Confused' director] Richard Linklater got together with Eric Schlosser, who wrote the book, and they decided to do a screenplay about it — but they had to find a way to tell it in a narrative form, so they created characters who represent the essence of what the book is about." Kinnear further revealed that he plays an executive from the fast-food giant "Mickey's," overseeing the secret development of a super-sized hamburger. "They drafted an incredible script, and a lot of people signed on because of their passion for that book. ... You follow the story, but at the end of the day you get the same feelings that you would get when reading the book, sort of like, 'Wow, there are certain parts of this world that are very weird in terms of how they create this beef industry.' There will be some of that when you see the film." ...

 

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Documentary filmmaker Julien Temple made a name for himself tackling the Sex Pistols' legend in the 2000 film, "The Filth and the Fury," and he'll soon return to theaters with "Glastonbury," a profile of the world's biggest annual rock concert. Next, the music-savvy helmer will turn his attention to the life of a dear, departed, world-famous punk pioneer and companion. "I'm working already on a project about my friend, Joe Strummer, from the Clash," Temple revealed. "A film about his life. Not so much about the Clash, although they were obviously a huge part of that. It's a film about Joe, about the man, the story of his life, the music before the Clash and after the Clash — as well as about the Clash [as a band]." Strummer died in 2002, but not before Temple had already shot countless hours of footage. "From right at the beginning, I have footage I've never shown, really. The early Clash before they signed a deal, their first time in a recording studio — that will be interesting to finally use that, but I've also got stuff with [Strummer's last band] the Mescaleros, and just hanging out with him through [the years]. I don't want to sanitize him or make him a saint, but I do want to celebrate him." ...

Moviegoers have cried (and not tears of mirth) through "Cadddyshack 2," been stung by "The Sting II" and, for better or worse, "Old School 2" is on the way. Now, making a promise that his fans will likely hold him to, Steve Carell is vowing that he will abstain from ever making a "40-Year-Old Virgin" sequel. "No, that will never happen," Carell insisted. "I think it's done. I think the story is told and that's pretty much all there is about the subject, and the person." ...

Aaron Eckhart has joined the remake of the acclaimed German film "Mostly Martha," opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and newly cast youngster Abigail Breslin. "We're chefs, it's a romantic-drama-comedy," the "Erin Brockovich" star said, grinning. "How's it going to be different? It's going to be with us. We're not going to remake exactly what went on in the original. It's set in New York City, and I think it's going to be a sweet, beautiful, romantic film. I can't wait to make it." To prepare for the role, the stars have eagerly begun training themselves in the ways of food masters. "I've studied a little bit about chefs now," Eckhart said, "and they really regard food as art. It's to be eaten, but the layers are to be experienced. It's all about your five senses, when you see it you taste it and you hear it — you've got to talk to the food and touch the food. It's a very sensual art, and these people think that they're rock stars. I hope that we get all that into the movie, as well as a good love story." Laughing, he promised a tasty dish when the film is ready-to-serve in 2007: "It's gonna be sweet." ...

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With intense performances in films like "The Salton Sea" and "Full Metal Jacket," Vincent D'Onofrio has constructed a reputation as a committed, no-nonsense actor's actor. But it was exactly that pigeonholing, he recently revealed, that made him want to work on "The Break Up," an upcoming comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. "He asked me to come play his brother," D'Onofrio said of longtime friend Vaughn. "The movie is the story of a portion of Jennifer's and Vince's characters' lives. And so Vince called me, I went over, and I did it. I was over there for a week and had a blast doing it." The movie, due to hit theaters in June, tells the story of a broken-up couple engaged in a bitter battle for the rights to their apartment. "Obviously, Vince is funny," D'Onofrio offered. "It's great working for a guy who you know is gonna pull it off." ...

Brazilian beauty Alice Braga may not be a household name yet, but that may change next winter as the 22-year-old makes her English-language debut opposite some high-profile co-stars. "I just did my first American film with Mos Def, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Brendan Fraser. It's an American production, but we shot in Brazil. It's called 'Journey to the End of Night,' " Braga reported. "[My character's] name is Monique. She gets a ride from Mos Def's character, going on a journey with him that's crazy. It's one night in the life of this character." Set against the backdrop of the Brazilian sex trade, Braga expects the film to be as steamy as it is controversial. "I think it's coming out at the end of the year," she said, "and we're going to do the festivals before that." ...

Cult favorites Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes teamed up for the based-on-a-comic classic "Ghost World" and are so happy with their soon-to-be-released second teaming, "Art School Confidential," that they're already making plans to join forces yet again. "Yeah, we do have plans," graphic artist Clowes revealed, offering a rare smile. "I don't want to announce it yet, because we're very slow, both of us, so it will be so many years away that I don't want to have people asking me about it for the next three years." He did confirm, however, that like "Ghost" and "School," the third collaboration will be based on one of the comics from Clowes' considerable back catalog. "Sort of," he allowed, qualifying a bit. "All these things, they take on a life of their own. 'Art School' is based on a comic book that's only four pages long." Let the fans' speculation begin, then, on which title Zwigoff and Clowes are eyeballing. "Yes, they can make their guesses and make their bets now."

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