Movie File: Eric Bana, ‘Die Hard 4.0,’ Steve Carell, Josh Lucas, Harold Ramis & More

'Hulk' star in talks for western; 'Die Hard 4.0' plot rumors shot down; 'The Office' actor builds an ark.

Eric Bana is in talks for a remake of the 1957 classic “3:10 to Yuma,” which is being assembled by “Walk the Line” director James Mangold. The film, about a rancher holding an outlaw captive until a train arrives to deliver him to prison, would be the first western of Bana’s career. It could also mark the first cowboy flick for Tom Cruise, whom Bana hopes will agree to play the film’s villain. “I’m not about to say that I know what the hell Tom is going to do,” he said, “but I had heard that it was one of the things he’s considering.” Bana is hopeful they’ll both get on board Mangold’s train soon. “I think everything [Mangold's] done has been great, and ‘Walk the Line’ was one of my favorite films last year, no doubt.” Laughing, he added: “Besides ‘Munich,’ of course.” …

Long before Jack Bauer was cursed with recurring days from hell, perpetually off-duty cop John McClane set the gold standard. Now, with the age of “24″ upon us, Bruce Willis is finally prepared to bring his most famous character back to life. “We’re getting close,” Willis said of the long-awaited “Die Hard 4.0.” “They’re working on the script like crazy, trying to get ready. The goal, I think, would be to try and shoot it sometime this year.” Willis wouldn’t say whether the next film will have McClane yippee-ki-yaying in a building, airport, boat or motor scooter (“Even if I knew, I couldn’t tell you”), but he did gun down suspicions that the flick will involve an Internet-fueled terrorism plot. “No,” he insisted. “That’s just a rumor.” …

We’ve seen other actors try stepping into the clown shoes of Jim Carrey for “Son of the Mask” or “Dumb and Dumberer,” but Steve Carell recently insisted that the “Bruce Almighty” sequel he’s currently shooting won’t make those films’ mistakes of trying to repeat the first installment. “It’s a different story in that I don’t acquire the power of God, but God comes to my character and instructs him to build an ark, and from there lots of things transpire,” said Carell, who will be expanding his “Bruce” role by bringing back pompous news anchor Evan “My tiny little nipples went to France” Baxter. As for the ark itself, Carell reported that “it’s giant. It’s a real ark, and it’s enormous. We’re working on it in Virginia right now.” Promising that we’ll see footage of Evan rounding up animals two-by-two, Carell added: “Evan gets elected to Congress and is then visited by God when he’s in Washington, and together they try to change the world.” The divine comedy is expected in theaters next year. …

“Groundhog Day” mastermind Harold Ramis is currently penning the script for “The Year 1,” a “History of the World, Part 1″-like comedy that he’ll also direct. “It’s driven by fundamentalism and my concerns about fundamentalism,” Ramis reported. “It’s a look at the early history of civilization using Genesis, the first book of the Bible, as kind of an emotional psycho-social template. … It’s a comedy, and when you see it, it’s gonna feel like a broad ‘Ten Commandments’ parody more than anything. A sandal epic comedy.” Ramis is writing the film for Owen Wilson, who would star as a dim-witted caveman. …

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Fan efforts to push Josh Lucas into the next “Batman” flick gained more steam this past week, after the actor acknowledged that he has met with the keepers of the franchise. This week, the “Poseidon” actor updated us by saying that he’s keeping one eye on the building momentum, and the other on his phone. “Yeah, please call,” he urged the “Batman Begins” team, before following it up with a message to fans: “I do want to do it, I love the rumor; please keep it up.” If signed, Lucas would likely appear in multiple “Batman” films, allowing him to gradually develop Gotham District Attorney Harvey Dent into the villainous Two-Face. “What I like so much about it is that question, the duality of Harvey,” he insisted. “The fact that you have someone who can be good, and then very bad, and then moving between these two sorts of faces and two sorts of charismas … it intrigues me, to say the least.” …

John Travolta insists he’ll help pick out costumes and wigs for his cross-dressing character in the adaptation of the hit musical “Hairspray.” “I’d better; if I’m going to do that,” he said. “I’d better have something to do with it.” He’ll also be wearing body padding for the role. “They have a fat suit, and I’ve got various hairstyles. All that stuff hasn’t been decided yet, but I have a character in my head that I think is really hilarious. My voice and accent, I think, will be fun to watch.” After that project wraps, Travolta will turn his attention to playing J.R. Ewing in the big-screen adaptation of TV’s “Dallas.” But before either of those films hits theaters, fans will see him in “Wild Hogs,” a motorcycle comedy with Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy. …

For the sake of the Hollywood filmmakers who recently announced plans to remake the men-on-a-mission classic “The Dirty Dozen,” screen legend Donald Sutherland would like to offer one word of advice: “Don’t,” he urged, gravely. The actor credits the superstar-packed film with launching his five-decades-long career, and fears that the remake will sacrifice anti-war sentiment for big-budget vapidity. “It’s silly,” Sutherland fumed. “[Director] Robert Aldrich was making a film against war; most movies glorify war, and he was showing how brutal and vulgar and awful it was. It’s not an adventure story; it’s a piece of work that was made in 1966, 40 years ago. It was a piece of work that really was supposed to make you vomit, and to many people it did. They came out of it saying, ‘Oh, I didn’t get off on that,’ because it wasn’t ‘Kelly’s Heroes.’ ” Sutherland’s words are unlikely to stop the in-development remake from the writers of “Con Air” and “Alias,” but that isn’t stopping him from offering moviegoers a few words of advice as well: “Forget it. Go look at Jimmy Brown falling on cobblestones [in the original movie]. That’s a piece of work.”

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