Movie File: ‘Spider-Man 3,’ Kirsten Dunst, Martin Scorsese & More

Dunst says Spidey's all about love; Scorsese plans Rolling Stones documentary.

With the planned evildoings of Venom, Sandman and the Green Goblin, it would seem Peter Parker has his hands full in next summer’s “Spider-Man 3.” But while series veteran Kirsten Dunst promised plenty of baddies in the next flick, she said the film puts just as much emphasis on the darker side of romance. “We do have a lot more villains in this one, but when it comes down to it, the ’Spider-Man’ story is the love triangle between me, Peter [and] Harry,” said Dunst, who prefers the tender acting moments of the franchise to the breathtaking stunts. “I think that’s always been the thread of all of the ’Spider-Man’ films, and in terms of that, because we are older, the relationships have gotten more complicated [in the next film]. I think it’s going to be a darker turn for Peter Parker as he deals with these relationships and how that comes out into his life, how being a superhero is affecting him in a dark way.” Dunst also said she’s part of the flick’s ongoing reshoots, for which she’s spent most of her time in front of a blue screen. “You could do blue screen until you are blue in the face,” she laughed. …

He’s already covered the Band and Bob Dylan in respective concert and documentary films, and now director Martin Scorsese is primed to get some satisfaction. The “Departed” director will be filming concerts by the Rolling Stones later this month for a documentary the legendary filmmaker is putting together on the equally legendary band, catching several of the dates on its A Bigger Bang Tour. As Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the rest of the guys continue to battle the demons of old age, Scorsese will film their gigs at New York’s Beacon Theater between October 29 and 31. The film does not yet have a title or release date. …

































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From Australia to London (where she was a castmember on season four of “The Real World”) to the Los Angeles dream factory, Jacinda Barrett has made a name for herself across many nations. You could say the same for director Mira Nair, the Harvard-educated Indian filmmaker whose movies have played to packed houses from Boston to Bombay. Recently, the two teamed for “The Namesake,” a flick about the Indian immigrant experience in the United States starring Kal Penn (“Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”) as a young American who rebels against his family’s traditional ways. “It’s set partly in Calcutta and partly in New York, and it’s about the assimilation of the two cultures and how difficult that can be at times,” Barrett said. “The novel [it’s based on] was written by Jhumpa Lahiri, who won a Pulitzer Prize for ’Interpreter of Maladies,’ so it’s really good source material and a great director.” The movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and will hit America in March. …

Way, way back in the 1980s, every kid wished they could be one of the Transformers. Well, here’s your chance. Paramount Pictures has launched a contest called “Make Prime Speak,” giving fans a chance to put their words into the mouth of Autobot leader Optimus Prime for next July’s Michael Bay movie “The Transformers.” Although the speaking gig has already been assigned to Peter Cullen, the voice of Prime in the classic cartoon series, fans are encouraged to send in the one line of dialogue they’d most love to hear Cullen deliver in his John Wayne-like drawl. To enter, go to TransformersMovie.com and complete the registration form, including your line of dialogue. There is one entry per e-mail address, however, so die-hards will undoubtedly want to open 20 Hotmail accounts immediately. After finalists are selected based on “originality, appropriateness to Prime’s character and relevance to the picture’s story,” 100 of the best submissions will be posted online for fan voting. Your lines are due in by October 12, with the voting phase concluding October 23. The big-budget “Transformers” movie stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson. …

Andy Dick, whose semi-autobiographical film “Danny Roane: First Time Director” hits theaters in January, has concluded that his life is “pathetic.” “If I watched [’Danny Roane’] and I wasn’t me, or even if I was me, but it wasn’t me in the movie, I would cry because the character I play is just pathetic,” declared the comedian, who has battled substance abuse for years. “It’s the character I play in real life. But not anymore — I’m cleaned up again.” The film follows a wacky television actor who is blackballed from the industry after one too many drunken escapades, and he must attempt to get back into Hollywood’s good graces by directing a serious feature film. “It’s not a flat-out comedy. It’s dark but [mostly] it’s real,” Dick said. “It’s about me, and it’s about drinking and about an actor that becomes sober and then he tries to direct. It’s really a movie within a movie.” Dick, who wrote and directed, recruited many of his close friends to star, including Ben Stiller and Jack Black. “It’s my first movie, so I had to rope them all in — all the big sh–s,” Dick laughed. …

With films like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Dodgeball,” character actress Missi Pyle has become known for being very good at playing roles that are very weird. “Will there be an Oscar for that at some point?” the 33-year-old actress laughed. Perhaps, but she might have better luck now that she’s joined “Feast of Love,” the new film by three-time Academy Award winner Robert Benton (“Bonnie and Clyde,” “Kramer vs. Kramer”), something that she calls “a dramatic film in which I am very not weird.” Currently filming, the flick stars Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear and follows a group of friends in Oregon dealing with the slippery slopes of being in love. “These are very normal characters, so I’m very excited about that,” Pyle added. “Feast” is targeting a 2007 release.

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