Movie File: Snoop Dogg, Mandy Moore, Meagan Good, ‘Wolverine’ & More

Rapper planning adults-only cartoon movie to accompany Tha Blue Carpet Treatment.

Snoop Dogg‘s Tha Blue Carpet Treatment CD has already sold more than a half-million copies, and now the ribald rapper is working on turning the album into an adults-only cartoon movie. “I got an animated movie I’m doing called ‘The Adventures of Tha Blue Carpet Treatment,‘ which will [correlate] with my album. It’ll be rated R,” Snoop grinned, “so kids, please get your parents’ permission before watching.” The Doggfather, who said he’ll do all the voices in the movie — “I’m gonna do like Bill Cosby on ‘Fat Albert’ ” — explained that he came up with the concept after realizing he wouldn’t be able to shoot videos for most of the Carpet songs. “I made my album, and a lot of songs on that record I can’t do videos for. So I brought in some animation guys to do animated videos and movie scenes and worlds like it’s my life.” Shrugging off any notion that the flick might look like one of the other CGI projects so popular these days, Snoop added: “It don’t look like ‘Shrek,’ ‘The Boondocks’ [or] ‘Dragon Ball Z’ or nothing. It just looks like Snoop Dogg in cartoon.” …

Mandy Moore, art-house star? After nearly a dozen studio flicks, the 22-year-old singer/actress is switching over to more independently minded fare, with hopes that she can begin straddling the line and become the next Parker Posey. “I have a film called ‘Dedication’ that’s going to Sundance,” she said this week of her new romantic flick, which marks the directorial debut of veteran actor Justin Theroux. “It’s sort of a slice-of-life, tiny little movie. I play a children’s-book illustrator to Billy Crudup‘s children’s-book author. I take over for Tom Wilkinson‘s character, who passes away at the beginning of the film. It’s about our working relationship, and we end up falling in love in the movie.” The love story hits a snag when Moore’s Lucy discovers the misogynistic ways of Crudup’s Henry, but they still give the unlikely romance a shot while supporting actors Amy Sedaris, Dianne Wiest and Bobby Cannavale deal with the collateral damage. “It’s something I’m really proud of,” Moore grinned. “It’s a little quieter, different direction for me.” …

Don’t look now, but 26-year-old Meagan Good is turning herself into something of a movie mogul. Following up on recent leading-lady roles in “Waist Deep” and “Stomp the Yard,” the actress’ production company is about to roll cameras on its second film, the follow-up to last year’s acclaimed indie drama “Miles From Home.” “I just began my production company — it’s called Freedom Bridge [Entertainment] — and we’re getting ready to start our second film, and it’s called ‘Sundays in Fort Green,’ ” Good revealed, adding that she’ll produce and star in the film. “My character is quite interesting. I don’t want to give it away, but it’s something you’ve never seen me do before. It’s about a dysfunctional family, and these two sisters’ relationship, how they depend on each other to get through what they’re both experiencing in life.” “Jarhead” actor Laz Alonso has also been cast in the film, and additional actors will be announced soon. …

Brett Ratner took over the “X-Men” franchise when he directed 2006′s “The Last Stand,” so now fans of the mutants are wondering: Will he direct Hugh Jackman in the “Wolverine” spinoff? “If they hire me,” he explained this week, hoping he’ll get the gig. “I loved making ‘X-Men’ — it was the greatest experience of my life.” Nevertheless, Ratner is still hung up on the fact that he ended up switching franchises with “Superman Returns” director Bryan Singer, and wants a do-over. “What I think we should do is I can go do ‘Superman 2′ and Bryan Singer can do ‘Wolverine’ and ‘Magneto,’ ” he offered. “I’m just putting it out there.” … What’s the twist? Renowned trickster M. Night Shyamalan will launch a kiddie franchise based on Nickelodeon’s popular cartoon series “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” an Asian-influenced animated show that follows a monk who uses mystical powers to fight the dreaded Fire Lord. Shyamalan plans to write, direct and produce the series, which will be divided into three installments. “Avatar” marks the first time the “Signs” director will be working from someone else’s material. …

One of the most anticipated films to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month is “The Nines,” and star Ryan Reynolds says the script is just as unpredictable as rumored. “It’s John August, who wrote ‘Go’ and ‘Big Fish’ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ and he’s a brilliant mind,” the “Van Wilder” star said of the drama. “This is his first directorial effort, and he’s just incredible … it’s three interconnected stories. One’s about a guy who’s an actor, and another guy that’s a video game designer, and it’s about how our lives meet in a very strange, scary way.” … People have been dying to get into show business for years, but now they can actually die their way into show business. Rogue Pictures is offering movie fans the chance to get killed on film as part of its promotion for “The Hitcher,” a horror remake starring Sophia Bush and Sean Bean. The sweepstakes, which can be accessed on the film’s Web site, offers a “death scene” in an upcoming Rogue production as the grand prize. Cross your fingers and hope to die — the contest runs until next month. …

Where will red-hot star Forest Whitaker go after his all-but-certain Oscar-nominated performance in “The Last King of Scotland”? According to the actor, he’s considering one script titled “Winged Creatures,” and another called “Afterwards,” which he described as “a meditation on death.” … For decades, action fans have been eager for iconic stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li to go toe-to-toe; now, they just have to wait a few more months. “The middle of April” was Chan’s response when asked when he’d start working out the details of the untitled flick with his “Romeo Must Die” counterpart. “We’ll see what happens when I see him,” Chan added. “We’ll have a big script meeting and see what’s going on. A long time ago, everybody wanted to see Stallone and Jackie Chan — all those years and the scripts just weren’t right … [now they want to see] Jackie Chan beat [Jet Li] up.” …

What if you had to solve your own murder? That’s the premise of “Batman Begins” writer David Goyer‘s “The Invisible,” a remake that star Chris Marquette insists will be the “Ghost” of the new millennium. Marquette said Justin Chatwin‘s Nick Powell dies and then wakes up in the flick, and that their characters “have this interesting relationship because we’re best friends and I help in his murder, and now he’s trying to find out why [he was killed].” Stuck in limbo between life and death, Powell must help searchers find his body before it’s too late. The 22-year-old Marquette added that while Powell can’t be seen, “Eventually people can start to hear him and see him a little bit; everybody feels him and his presence. He learns the tricks of the trade and he starts realizing what’s going on. The longer he connects with people, the more they realize he’s there.” The creepy flick opens April 13. … Legendary Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters recently recorded “Hello (I Love You),” only the second original song he’s ever made for a motion picture, and it’ll be placed in the upcoming sci-fi drama “The Last Mimzy.” Set to play over the end credits, Waters said in a statement that the song “captures the themes of the movie” and “the clash between humanity’s best and worst instincts, and how a child’s innocence can win the day.” The movie, about a pair of eerily brilliant kids and those who hope to contain them, is due for release March 23.

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