Movie File: Emma Roberts, Milla Jovovich, Charlize Theron & More

Teen actress having fun playing super-sleuth Nancy Drew.

Beginning in the Depression-era 1930s and stretching out for more than 75 years, teenage sleuth Nancy Drew has gone through some substantial changes over the years. Now, with “Unfabulous” TV star Emma Roberts picking up Nancy’s magnifying glass for a feature film, the character has received her most extreme makeover yet. “We started filming a couple of weeks ago and we’re having a great time,” the 15-year-old reported of next year’s “Nancy Drew.” “They’re trying to keep her character the same, but they wanna put her in modern-day L.A. and see how she can adapt. … She does a lot of stunts actually. Everybody is so surprised to hear that. They don’t think so, but I have a stunt double and she climbs on roofs, goes down scaffolding, car chases … crazy stuff.” …

Setting the record straight, Milla Jovovich recently insisted the third “Resident Evil” film will be called “Afterlife” instead of “Extinction,” and that reports (including those on her own Web site) of the film concluding in Japan are bogus. “I don’t get to go on the Web site all the time and make sure things are right, but it doesn’t end in Japan, that’s for sure,” Jovovich grinned. “We’re gonna start filming in March, and it’s really cool. The script is great; it’s different and it’s got some really interesting elements to it. It’s going to be very different than any of the other ’Resident Evil’s. … It’s gonna be like ’Resident Evil’ meets ’Mad Max.’ ” …

Yes, this November’s “Killshot” is based on a novel by Elmore Leonard, the writer behind the dark comedies “Get Shorty” and “Be Cool.” But, according to co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“3rd Rock From the Sun”), the Quentin Tarantino-produced, Johnny Knoxville-featuring flick will have a very different tone. ” ’Get Shorty’ is funnier than ’Killshot.’ ’Killshot’ is funny, but in a darker, faster way,” the actor said of the film, about a married couple attempting to avoid a pair of ruthless hit men. “I play opposite Mickey Rourke, he’s a killer and I kind of want to be his partner. So think of Mickey Rourke, as opposed to John Travolta … that, I think, explains the difference.” Laughing, Levitt added, “It’s a little harder. And not to offend John Travolta or anything, but Mickey can kick his ass.” …

OK, even we’ll admit that we don’t know who Wilmer Calderon is — he claims to have been in “Annapolis” — but wow, does his next movie sound cool. “It’s ’Reservoir Dogs’ meets ’Memento,’ ” the TV veteran said of “Unknown,” a thriller due later this year. “It’s five guys who wake up in a warehouse, and they’ve lost their memory due to this toxin, and it’s locked in the warehouse with them. They get a phone call from their boss saying that they’re going to come kill the two guys who have been kidnapped in two hours. Three of them are the kidnappers, and two of them are the ones who have been kidnapped, and no one knows what’s going on and they’ve got to help each other out.” …

Vera Farmiga (“The Manchurian Candidate”) recently finished filming “The Departed” alongside an all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg and Alec Baldwin. Looking forward to this December’s release of the film, she said she now understands why so many superstars go out of their way to work for director Martin Scorsese. “He’s the heavyweight champion of American cinema, and after so many years, he’s still so curious about what makes people tick,” she recalled. “It’s an education that he gives you, and any film that he references that you haven’t seen, the next day (he will give you) a package of DVDs with bows tied around them. … He gives you a film education. He’s a film encyclopedia.” Farmiga, who plays a police psychologist, insisted that the conflicted story of Boston cops, department moles and the Irish mafia should mark a return to some of Scorsese’s most powerful themes. …

If you enjoyed last weekend’s box-office champ, “Eight Below,” you may want to keep an eye out for another family-themed flick due later this year that similarly stars Bruce Greenwood and a remarkable four-legged friend. “It’s a movie about a dog who saves a firehouse that is down on its luck,” Greenwood said of “Firehouse Dog,” a live-action film about a divalike, pompadoured Hollywood star who gets back in touch with the real world. “I’m the dad, a good guy who is the fire captain. We kinda fall on hard times. My kid’s a bit of a reprobate and won’t go to school, ducking out of school all the time. … He stumbles upon this dog and brings it home. Lo and behold, even though it looks like the worst possible thing, it teaches him responsibility and inspires the rest of us.” …

Charlize Theron will be appearing at the South by Southwest Film Festival next month to premiere “East of Havana,” a documentary about young Cuban rappers that she produced. The actress will also take part in a documentary panel at the annual Austin, Texas, fest alongside the makers of punk documentary “American Hardcore,” the West African musician exploration “The Refugee All Stars,” and the Townes van Zandt flick “Be Here to Love Me.” In other SXSW news, “Arrested Development” funnyman David Cross will appear in support of “Fired!,” a doc that features Cross, Tim Allen, Felicity Huffman and others telling their true tales of getting canned from various jobs. …

The title may have a cheesy “Z” at the end, but actress Jelynn Rodriguez is promising that this summer’s “Bar Starz” will be something worth toasting. “They’re kinda doing the ’American Pie’ thing,” Rodriguez said, promising a healthy dose of bawdy teenage humor. “It’s a story following a bunch of people who live every day going to bars and partying. I play a bar starlet. … It’s clever, funny, pushing the envelope.” The flick co-stars TV veterans Derek Waters and Charlie Finn, as well as the inimitable Charlie Murphy.

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