Movie File: Queen Latifah, John Travolta, David Spade, Jessica Alba & More

Rapper promises fresh flavor in new 'Hairspray'; Spade digging up more 'Dirt'; Alba spills 'Fantastic' details.

Queen Latifah and John Travolta are making headlines with their plans to star together in a big-budget remake of “Hairspray.” What remains now is the “Producers”-like question of whether they’ll be adapting the hit musical or the 1988 John Waters cult film that inspired it. The answer, Latifah revealed, is somewhere in the middle. “They’re gonna kinda step away from it a little bit — as much as they can — to make it as contemporary and edgy as it can be,” said the “Bringing Down the House” star, who will reunite with that film’s director on the flick. “They want to try some more interesting things with it. … It’s already given you whatever you need, and we can only enhance it by adding more to it and making it as edgy and fresh as we can.” Latifah added that she can’t wait to play Motormouth Maybelle in the 1962 tale of a plump teenager’s integration-advancing dance moves. She said casting Travolta as Edna Turnblad (originated by transvestite actor Divine) shows the filmmakers’ willingness to think outside the box. …

It might set Internet message boards aflame with controversy, but David Spade is making plans to film a sequel to his critically despised trailer-park comedy “Joe Dirt.” “We might do it this summer,” Spade said, adding that the final script is in place. Before Spade’s detractors start sharpening their knives, however, they might want to give a listen to the mullet-loving film’s intriguing sci-fi setup. “Joe Dirt goes back in time to make sure white trash comes alive,” the actor said. “He makes sure Lynyrd Skynyrd gets together. It’s like ‘Back to the Future.’ ” …

Dr. Doom is dead, and “Fantastic Four” invisible woman Jessica Alba is now looking forward to vanquishing a villain whose identity she’s prohibited from revealing. What Alba is allowed to reveal about 2007′s “F4″ sequel, which begins filming soon, should nevertheless raise a few geeky eyebrows. “We’re making the right changes,” Alba said, responding to detractors of the first flick. “It’s gonna be an amped-up version, this next one. It’s gonna be faster, and it’s gonna be a more intense story line that kind of references the comic a bit more.” All the major stars from the first film are set to return and, Alba said, the heroes might finally get their famously pimped-out flying vehicle from the comics. “Maybe [we'll have] the Fantastic Car,” the actress said, “which I’m excited about.” …

It may seem like everybody is looking forward to the June 30 opening of “Superman Returns,” but according to actress Emily Blunt, you might want to save a few bucks for the counterprogrammed comedy brave enough to open opposite it. “You’re in for a treat,” Blunt said of “The Devil Wears Prada,” which portrays a corporate battle between Anne Hathaway‘s character and her devilish boss, brought to life by a perennial Oscar favorite. “It’s very quick-paced and brilliantly written. It’s intelligent humor, and Meryl Streep is going to be a force of nature in it.” Indie favorite Blunt is taking her first stab at mainstream success as Emily, another of Streep’s tortured employees. “She’s incredibly neurotic and on the edge of a nervous breakdown,” the actress said. “She’s a senior assistant in the fashion house, working for Meryl Streep, who is the head editor of this magazine. She’s a pain in the ass. She’s on the verge of a nervous breakdown and is pretty unbearable to be around — and unbearable to people.” Blunt expects moviegoers to be pleasantly surprised by the film and by her first comedic performance. “I had a lot of the best lines in the movie,” she boasted. “It was a lot of fun.” …

The busy production slate of “Napoleon Dynamite” alum Jon Heder has been well-documented, but are Hollywood studios also voting for Pedro? According to actor Efren Ramirez, the answer is yes. His calendar is similarly filled with a ton of movie shoots, each weirder-sounding than the last. “I play a transsexual in ['Crank']. Check that out,” he urged. “It’s with Jason Statham [of 'The Transporter'], and that guy’s really cool. And I did ‘Nacho Libre’ with Jack Black, and [the volleyball drama] ‘All You’ve Got’ with Ciara. She’s pretty hot. [Next] I’m doing a film called ‘Don Juan,’ and I play Don Juan. It’s a film that takes place in the ’80s, and I die of AIDS,” he said. “It’s another comedy!”

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