Movie File: Eddie Murphy, Ryan Cabrera, Frankie Muniz, ‘Terry Tate: Office Linebacker’ & More

Murphy is back in drag; Hollywood gains Cabrera, loses Muniz; breakout commercial star gets own movie.

Fans of Eddie Murphy‘s “Nutty Professor” blockbusters will be happy to know the comedian is getting back in touch with his cross-dressing, multiple-personalities side in a new film called “Norbit,” co-starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Marlon Wayans, Thandie Newton (“Crash”), Eddie Griffin and Terry Crews (“The Longest Yard”). “It’s insane,” laughed Crews. “Eddie [Murphy]‘s playing a guy that’s married to the worst woman in the world. And he’s playing the guy and the girl, which is insane.” The film has Murphy undergoing hours of makeup to portray both the sheepish title role and the overbearing wife infuriated by her husband’s attraction to Newton’s sexy character. “I don’t think anyone’s prepared for what they’re about to see,” warned Crews. “Rick Baker, six-time Academy Award winner, is doing all his makeup. … I play [Norbit's wife's] brother, and we are the worst family in the world. We don’t cut Eddie any slack. It’s just a vicious, vicious movie in the way that we treat this guy.” Directed by Brian Robbins (“The Shaggy Dog”), the film is expected in theaters next year. …

Ryan Cabrera, Method-acting legend Harvey Keitel and sitcom superstar Frankie Muniz all in the same film? The trio have made plans to star in “My Sexiest Year,” a coming-of-age comedy whose unlikely cast also includes Haylie Duff, Nick Zano (TV’s “What I Like About You”) and Amber Valletta (“Transporter 2″). Currently shooting in Miami Beach, Florida, the film follows a young man’s life-defining romantic encounter with an international supermodel. As if the casting news isn’t strange enough, Muniz said the film is his final role before he quits acting to follow his dream of becoming a professional race car driver. It will mark the big-screen acting debut, however, of “On the Way Down” singer Cabrera. No word yet on whether they’ll expand the dimensions of theater screens to accommodate Cabrera’s hair. …

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His brutal tackles have turned him into a Super Bowl sensation and an oft-forwarded Internet clip, and now Reebok’s “Terry Tate: Office Linebacker” is making plans to bring his trash-talking act to the big screen. “It’s more or less along the lines of a journey through a dream,” revealed Lester Speight, the chisel-chested former-All-American-player-turned-character-actor. Currently in script form, the movie expands the gag of a workplace football player enforcing office etiquette in a whole new world of ass kicking delivered to various pop-culture icons. “We’ve got some commercial spoofs we want to go with — Jared the Subway guy, the Budweiser catfight girls. … [Terry Tate] is going to be in New York, he’s going to be all over the place, there’ll be a love story and everything.” The commercial star also plans to tackle some well-known celebrities, with Speight and the filmmakers offering Justin Timberlake a role in the film. “He’s one of the antagonists in the script,” the star grinned. “It’s going to be a nice little story.” …

What would you get if you took “Speed” and combined it with “D.O.A.”? Chances are, you haven’t lost much sleep over the years pondering that question. But according to “Napoleon Dynamite” star Efren “Pedro” Ramirez, the answer is going to make one heckuva movie. “It’s called ‘Crank,’ and it’s with Jason Statham (‘The Transporter’) and Amy Smart (‘Just Friends’), and it comes out in December,” Ramirez said of the action thriller. “It’s kind of like ‘Speed’ with Keanu Reeves, but instead of being on a boat or a bus, it’s actually in somebody’s body. He’s got, like, a day to live to find the antidote, or he dies.” Explained director Brian Taylor: “The character has to keep his adrenaline up and keep going, so he has to find new and interesting ways to keep his heart pumping as fast as he can. Efren is sort of his sidekick, his kind of underground friend who knows what’s up. It’s a wild little piece.” Dwight Yoakum also stars in the flick. …

The twin stars of MTV’s “8th & Ocean,” Sabrina and Kelly Aldridge, are making plans to strut their stuff on the big screen after signing on to “Deck the Halls,” a Christmas comedy starring Matthew Broderick, Danny DeVito and Kristin Davis. Set in a small New England town, the soon-to-film flick will tell the story of two neighboring families who do battle over their Christmas decorations. Broderick and Davis will play one of the fighting factions, with Alia Shawkat (TV’s “Arrested Development”) as their daughter. The Aldridge twins will portray the unlikely offspring of a marriage between DeVito and equally pint-sized “R.V.” star Kristin Chenoweth. The comedy will mark the big-screen debut of the reality show’s backstabbing, breakout sisters, with John Whitesell (“Big Momma’s House 2″) set to direct. …

“The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” is allowing fans to upload video of their own tricked-out rides for a shot at a cash prize and private screening of the film. If you think you’ve got the right rims, or just want to see what everyone else will be driving to the theater on June 16, check out LiveDigital.com/events/onlineshowoff. Visitors can submit their own clips and can vote on others that have been submitted. …

Mexican beauty Ana Claudia Talancon, 26, is excited to have her first American film, “Fast Food Nation,” debuting this week at the Cannes Film Festival. “I play Coco, a girl who becomes a meth addict and works extremely long hours in shifts at a slaughterhouse,” she said of her role in the movie, based on a bestselling book. “Seeing life in the slaughterhouse was so shocking: how it all happens, how they process it all, how they hire the people and how unsecure it all is.” The movie co-stars Greg Kinnear and Avril Lavigne, and director Richard Linklater (“Dazed and Confused”) shot much of the film at actual fast-food locations.

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