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Crowe calls rumors of him starring in Steve Irwin biopic 'appalling.'

It hasn’t even been a month since “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin‘s bizarre death, but already there’s talk of an in-the-works biopic starring Russell Crowe. But Crowe, a friend of Irwin’s, said the rumor is utterly false — and that he was sickened to even hear it. “There’s no truth to that whatsoever,” he fumed recently. “That’s one of those, y’know, appalling pieces of sh– that comes out of the press. Y’know, while my friend’s body is still warm, I’m being accused of doing commerce over his grave — and it absolutely disgusts me.” While the Oscar winner conceded that Irwin’s story is an amazing one, he said it’s much too early to be thinking about such things. “Should there be a movie about Steve? For sure, y’know, what an incredible life. What a unique and individual life he led: his childhood growing up with his mom and dad, growing up in a reptile park, his ambitions, turning that simple reptile park into the greatest zoo in Australia. … What he stood for was far more than being the funny guy on TV,” Crowe insisted, adding, “It’s only serious people at serious universities that realize who he really was.” …

Seann William Scott probably doesn’t have a problem getting women — but it’s a very different story for the desperate characters he so often plays. Now, the artist formerly known as Stifler may finally be in a position of power thanks to “Coxblocker,” the next flick from suddenly hot “Employee of the Month” writer/director Greg Coolidge. “It’s about a guy named William Cox, who has trouble with women until he finally meets the girl of his dreams,” the New Jersey-born filmmaker said of the plot. “Of course, her best friend is her ex-boyfriend [Scott]. Little do we know that the ex-boyfriend is trying to get back together with her — so while our hero, Topher Grace, is trying to hook up with her, Seann William Scott is blocking him all along the way. The girl has no idea.” And while the film might never be confused for a documentary, Coolidge swears his script is based on reality. “We’ve all seen [something like] that,” he said. “I went to a wedding recently with a girl that I’m dating now, and I was going to sit down and some guy sat in the chair that I was about to sit in, just so he could talk to her for the rest of the night.” The film is currently in pre-production, with hopes for a 2007 release. …

They might not be reading the “Saturday Night Live” news together anymore, but that doesn’t mean that Amy Poehler and Tiny Fey can’t still team up to bring the funny. The duo are making plans to star in “Baby Mama”, a comedy that will mark the directorial debut of “Austin Powers” sequels writer Michael McCullers. The flick tells the story of a single woman who hires a surrogate when her busy career won’t let her give birth to the child she wants so badly. Poehler and Fey, who previously collaborated on the Lindsay Lohan hit “Mean Girls,” hope to shoot the film next summer. …

































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Model/actress April Scott has big boots — and little shorts — to fill as the new Daisy Duke in “The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning,” next spring’s DVD prequel to the 2005 film. “It takes place before the original movie, when we’re like 17, 18 years old,” said Scott, who returns the Duke cousin to her brunette glory. “Daisy goes through the transition where she’s a frumpy teenager, gets the idea to chop off her jeans and make short shorts, and then she becomes like the sexy Daisy Duke that we all know.” Although the actress cautioned that she’s “no Jessica Simpson,” Scott promised new surprises for fans of the original series. “I do a lot of mechanic work, actually. I put the General Lee together, so I basically had my mechanic’s license after the movie was over,” she grinned, adding, “there’s a lot of racy stuff too.” The prequel also brings back 2005 movie veteran Willie Nelson as Uncle Jesse, while casting Christopher “Shooter McGavin” McDonald as Boss Hogg. …

Although many media critics have written off “Superman Returns” as one of the summer’s biggest blockbuster disappointments, one place the movie has indeed taken flight is on IMAX screens. That version, which has 20 minutes of selected (read: action) scenes in 3-D, has set multiple records for the bigger-screen medium and is still going strong after 13 weeks in release. The Bryan Singer-directed movie has now taken in an impressive $30 million in IMAX sales alone. …

In only five years, the tales of “Samurai Jack” have revolutionized action cartoons, captured the eye of Hollywood, launched a few careers and subsequently been largely forgotten. According to series creator and god of geekdom Genndy Tartakovsky, the proposed live-action movie starring the time-traveling samurai has indeed stalled. “It kind of got lost in Hollywood a little bit,” the writer/director/animator sighed. “I have a very strong idea for ‘Jack,’ and I want to stay faithful to it. In Hollywood, the first thing people want to do is change things, and so the best thing happened to it — it died.” Instead, the proudly stubborn Tartakovsky is excitedly planning to oversee the faithful version he’s always insisted upon while putting the Japanese warrior back into his ink-and-pencil trappings. “Jack will come back,” he promised, “we will finish the story, and there will be an animated film.” With Tartakovsky hard at work on a “Dark Crystal” sequel, he added that any success with that film might someday yield the live-action “Jack” he’d still like to see made. “If I make a hit movie, I can pretty much do then almost just what I want,” he grinned. “If Bryan Singer wanted to do ‘Samurai Jack,’ they would say, ‘Sure! Do “Samurai Jack.” ‘ … I did television, now I have got to do film, and then after that who knows?” Tartakovsky further added that the recent conclusion of his “Clone Wars” cartoon also marked the end of his collaboration with George Lucas, and that he’d have nothing to do with the “Star Wars” TV projects in development. “No,” he commented. “I am all done.” …

Think you’ve got what it takes to rock the mic alongside Ne-Yo? Then you might want to start selecting your samples and thumbing through a rhyming dictionary, because the soundtrack to his movie “Stomp the Yard” is saving an extra spot for an aspiring artist. Those with original songs of four minutes or less are invited to submit their tunes on MySpace.com/StompTheYard, with music executives whittling down the top entries for public voting. The flick, about an L.A. troublemaker who uses his street-style dance moves to win over admirers and enemies at an Atlanta college, stars both Ne-Yo and Chris Brown alongside Columbus Short and Meagan Good. It’s due in theaters January 12.

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