Movie File: ‘Simpsons Movie,’ ‘Harold & Kumar 2,’ Amber Tamblyn & More

Minnie Driver lashes out at Homer; Doogie eager to ride unicorn; 'Rewind' turns 'Robocop' into a musical.

It can be hard to get noticed amid the hustle and bustle of a red carpet — just ask Minnie Driver. “I’m in ‘The Simpsons Movie’!” the Oscar-nominated actress piped up, noticing the attention given to “Dark Knight” villain Aaron Eckhart at the Independent Spirit Awards. “That trumps Batman! ‘The Simpsons’ is the funniest movie you will ever see.” Reluctant to let plot points slip because, she said, “I could tell you about it, and then I’d literally get shot by ['Simpsons' creator] Matt Groening,” Driver nevertheless revealed she’ll be playing “a patronizing grievance counselor in one hilarious scene.” The Simpsons memorably visited family psychiatrist Dr. Marvin Munroe in an early episode, but Driver said her character isn’t nearly as supportive. “It’s grown into [this]: ‘Oh do shut up, Homer. Nothing’s really that bad,’ ” the “Good Will Hunting” star divulged. The 37-year-old actress said working with the “Simpsons” team was the “the funniest afternoon” of her career. “There was maybe 12 or 13 writers in the room, and they’ve got funny down to a science,” Driver said. “They just tell you where the cadence is that makes the line not funny. They’re brilliant.” “The Simpsons Movie” opens July 27. …

What’s better than playing an exaggerated version of yourself in a modern stoner classic? “I get to do it all over again in ‘Harold & Kumar 2,’ ” Neil Patrick Harris told MTV News. “It’s twisted.” In “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” Harris memorably stole Harold’s car, picked up some strippers and took both for a drug-fueled joy ride. “This time I pick up the boys on the side of the road,” Harris revealed, adding coyly that “there might be a house of ill repute involved, maybe even a branding iron.” Harris, who said he would be on the Louisiana set this week, said he was looking forward to working with “Harold & Kumar” creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. “The writers are directing now, which is great ’cause their original vision will continue on through the editing process,” Harris said. “There are some good sequences. [For instance], I ride around on a unicorn. I want to see how that will work out.” A unicorn? “I’m far from sober in the movie,” Harris exclaimed, chuckling. “You draw your own conclusions.” “Harold & Kumar 2″ hits theaters in 2008. …

By now, you might know the setup for “Be Kind Rewind,” the new Michel Gondry-directed flick about two video store clerks (Jack Black and Mos Def) who have to quickly refilm the shop’s entire VHS library. But which movie re-creation will have the most fans talking? ” ‘Robocop’ is the movie fans are going to geek out over,” co-star Melonie Diaz enthused. “It’s funny. I’m a cop, and Jack is Robocop, and it’s the three of us singing.” A musical version of “Robocop”? “You know, like: ‘Robocop! Robocop’!” crooned “The Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” star, invoking the melody of the Robocop theme. “It’s really silly.” The 22-year-old actress said her character also has a hand in remaking “Rush Hour,” “The Lion King” and “Ghostbusters.” “Michel is amazing in reinventing these films — they’re really authentic because they’re made by the characters in the film who don’t know anything about movies,” Diaz gushed. “They’re really low-budget looking, but really beautiful.” …

You’ve heard of Ali and Foreman’s Rumble in the Jungle — now get ready for the “Battle in Seattle,” a film written and directed by actor Stuart Townsend about the 1999 World Trade Organization riots. “Step Up” lead Channing Tatum will star in the film based on one of America’s most incendiary political uprisings in recent history, and he said “Battle” is “very ‘Crash’-esque,” centering on “six or seven people and their stories going through these three days of chaos.” Tatum, who plays a SWAT officer alongside Woody Harrelson as his partner, said the film shows “what everybody went through — what the cops went through, what the kids went through, what the politicians went through. It was just nuts.” At more than 40,000 people strong, the intense protest of globalization led Seattle police to eventually use tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray to clear the crowds. As a SWAT officer, then, does that make Tatum the bad guy? “That’s kind of what the film’s about,” the 26-year-old actor said. “Everyone was right in their way, but everyone was wrong in their way too.” “Battle in Seattle” hits theaters in December. …

Actor/director Zach Braff is hard at work on an adaptation of the D. Burn novel “Andrew Henry’s Meadow.” “It’s a film I wrote with my brother [Adam Braff],” the “Scrubs” star reported. The story of a young boy who builds a dream treehouse, “Andrew Henry’s Meadow” is a “big kid’s adventure movie we’re hoping to start shooting later this year,” Zach Braff said. “I describe it as if Terry Gilliam had directed ‘The Goonies.’ ” But don’t expect to see Braff in front of the camera, he warned. “Maybe I’ll give myself a cameo, but that’s it,” the 31-year-old actor insisted, joking that, if “Meadow” really does wind up like “The Goonies,” “I’ll play the Sloth [character].” Braff can next be seen in “The Ex,” co-starring Jason Bateman and Amanda Peet. …

The power’s out and you’re stuck, trapped in an elevator with no hope of rescue. Count your blessings — at least you’re confined with 23-year-old beauty Amber Tamblyn. “Three people get trapped in an elevator together,” Tamblyn said of her in-production film “Blackout,” a psychological thriller co-starring Aidan Gillen (“The Wire”). “The film is about fate; where they came from before, where they are now, and how they got trapped there.” Tamblyn, who insisted that she wasn’t “really claustrophobic,” still got a little “stir-crazy” after filming. “After a month of being in an elevator with two sweaty guys, it got to be a little too much for me,” Tamblyn said. Mexican director Rigoberto Castañeda is making his American debut with the film. …

Memo to Shareeka Epps: If you thought Ryan Gosling was a real monster as a drug-addled teacher in “Half Nelson,” you ain’t seen nothing yet. Epps will star in “Alien vs. Predator: AVP2,” which comes out in the summer. “I play Kendra, a human, and I basically try to protect my brother throughout the whole movie,” she said. Remembering how “Jaws” once made audiences afraid to go in the ocean, Epps said “AVP2″ is set in Colorado and will dictate where audiences will be afraid to go next. “The aliens return through the sewers,” she said of the plot. “It’s crazy.” Epps won Best Female Lead at the Independent Spirit Awards for her role in “Half Nelson.” …

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