Movie File: Ian McKellen, Samaire Armstrong, Chris Tucker, 'Knight Rider' & More

Magneto gets spinoff; Samaire fawns over Sir Elton; 'Rush Hour 3' moves forward.

With "X-Men: The Last Stand" looking like the final adventure for Marvel's movie mutants, fan attention is turning to long-rumored spinoff flicks for breakout characters Wolverine and Magneto. "I've said for years now that there should be a Magneto spinoff, and I'm glad that the studio is coming around to the same idea," grinned Sir Ian McKellen, adding that a Magneto movie would be a prequel. Since the thought of a non-McKellen Magneto is only slightly less terrifying than Vinnie "Juggernaut" Jones in leather, fans should be happy to hear McKellen will be handing over the gig to an immensely talented actor: himself. "The next question is, 'Well, who should play me as a young man?' Because that's probably what the spinoff would be about; it would be about the young Magneto," McKellen said. "And after you've seen me in 'X-Men 3,' in that first scene, [you'll have an answer]. You see me 25 years younger than my actual age, by some new film technology that we can take advantage of these days. There's only one person who can play me as a young man — and that's me." The Magneto film, featuring a CGI-enhanced version of the nearly 70-year-old actor, will aim to speed along production once "X3" has had its chance to stand and deliver. ...

The plot of the next movie from sexy "Just My Luck" actress (and current Stuff magazine cover girl) Samaire Armstrong sounds pretty weird: Vitriolic enemies leap into each other's bodies and attempt to ruin each other's lives. What's even stranger about the comedy "It's a Boy Girl Thing," however, is that it's produced by Elton John and his partner, David Furnish. "The first day I met him, Sir Elton, I had a dream the night before that he was not very nice to me," Armstrong said. "So when I got [on set], I wanted everyone to know that Elton John was not very nice to me. And the next day, he came to set [in his car]. ... He wouldn't quite roll down the window, and I was like, 'Oh my God, he's not gonna be nice to me!' " Armstrong was happy to report, however, that the Rocket Man's famously diva-ish behavior never materialized. "He rolled down the window and said, 'I had a dream that you weren't very nice to me.' He's awesome." Featuring a rare acting appearance by Sharon Osbourne, "It's a Boy Girl Thing" is expected in theaters later this year. ...

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Now that he's done treading water with "Poseidon," director Wolfgang Petersen is turning his attention to "Ender's Game," a passion project he envisions as an R-rated version of one of Hollywood's most successful franchises. "I think 'Harry Potter' was inspired by 'Ender's Game,' " Petersen insisted, citing the 1985 sci-fi novel he's adapting. "It's a very interesting story; it's sci-fi with kids ... the conflict between the kids and the world of these dolls, and how these super-talented kids are being exploited by the adults, especially the military, to use their talents for war." The project tells the story of a future where humans, in response to alien attacks, implement a controversial program to breed young military geniuses. Petersen cites "Potter" and the ultraviolent Japanese cult flick "Battle Royale" to give an idea of the tone he's leaning toward. "It's one of the projects at the top of my list of what I want to do next. I've been involved with it for quite a while," Petersen said, crossing his fingers. "We're getting another script for it in a few weeks, and then we'll see what we can do with that." ...

Chris Tucker once famously screamed at Jackie Chan: "Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?" Now Tucker's got a new message: "Rush Hour 3" is no longer stuck in gridlock. The long-rumored third adventure flick has experienced dozens of starts and stops, but the studio is adamant that it will film this fall. The movie relocates the mismatched cops to Paris, where they'll be on the hunt for some Chinese mobsters. Chan and director Brett Ratner will return, as will Tucker for his first role in more than a half-decade. The first two films have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. ...

"Daily Show" junkies, listen up: Jeff Goldblum has wrapped filming on "Man of the Year," a comedy spoofing the newfound cult of political comedians. "I like 'Wag the Dog' a lot, I like Barry Levinson, he's a wonderful director. And Robin Williams is in that, Laura Linney and Christopher Walken," Goldblum said of the film, which he sees as a companion piece to Levinson's Oscar-nominated 1997 satire. "It's a political story about a Jon Stewart or Bill Maher-type comedian, played by Robin Williams in this case, who on a lark decides he's going to run for president of the United States. He somehow gets on the ballot, it snowballs, and he wins. And then we find out that maybe he's won through computer error. I'm the head of the computer company that may be responsible for this error." Goldblum expects the film in theaters toward the end of the year. ...

Time to take that black leather jacket out of storage: The Weinstein Company and TV legend Glen A. Larson have announced plans to bring "Knight Rider" to the big screen. Larson will write a script based on the classic '80s adventure show about a wounded police investigator brought back to life by a mysterious benefactor whose talking car is remarkably badass — despite its snooty British accent. "I am a huge fan of the original series," Harvey Weinstein said in a statement, "and could not be happier that we've joined forces with Glen Larson to bring these iconic characters to the big screen." Participation by series star David Hasselhoff is in question, but here's hoping Hugh Grant voices KITT. ...

"I was a huge Tenacious D fan for years before I even met Jack," Colin Hanks said, discussing his reunion with "King Kong" and "Orange County" co-star Jack Black. "If you had told me when I watched their HBO show that they'd have an album and would be playing Brixton Academy in London in a few years, I would have laughed." This November, Hanks hopes to have D fans laughing at a scene he recently shot for Tenacious D's big-screen debut, "Tenacious D in 'The Pick of Destiny.' " "I play a drunken frat boy that makes fun of [the D's other half] Kyle Gass. ... You'll have to watch the movie to see why I'm making fun of Kyle." Pressed for a bit more info, Hanks drew a comparison to a Meryl Streep classic: "I can't give away too much," he said. "It's like you want to know who Sophie chooses at the end!"

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