Movie File: ‘Spider-Man 3,’ Topher Grace, Daniel Radcliffe & More

Grace ready to kick Spidey's butt; Harry Potter strips down again for 'December Boys.'

“You like Spider-Man,” Topher Grace grinned last week, “but isn’t it about time that somebody kicked his ass?” Now, with only six weeks left until the release of “Spider-Man 3,” the man who will soon be known as Venom is promising we’ll finally see Peter Parker getting pummeled. “He kicks Spider-Man’s ass,” Grace grinned, reflecting on his black-suited supervillain. “It was interesting, and it was hard. I had to do a lot of working out, which is very new to me. … I play a bad guy, so that was a very different experience for me, acting-wise.” Cast alongside series stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco, the “That ’70s Show” star insisted he’ll be right there in line with the rest of us come May 4. “I’m the guy that’s going to be driving around to theaters opening weekend to watch it,” he smiled. “I used to collect the comic books, and I’m pretty geeked out about it.” …

Harry Potter sure is growing up fast. Actor Daniel Radcliffe made headlines recently by stripping down to his birthday suit for the London play “Equus,” and now actress Teresa Palmer will take his virginity in winter’s “December Boys,” a drama that will once again have the boy wizard taking it all off. “It’s about four orphan boys, and Daniel Radcliffe plays the character of Max. He has his first sexual experience with my character,” giggled Palmer, discussing the racy scene. “I play a very sexually advanced 16-year-old in the 1960s. I’m a bit of a hippie-girl flower child. It’ll be interesting for all the Harry Potter fans to see him in a role outside of the series.” …

Fast-rising star Idris Elba will be Brittany Snow‘s “Prom” date, signing on to the latest remake of a classic ’80s slasher flick. “I’m doing ‘Prom Night,’ the remake of the old Jamie Lee Curtis movie,” the “Daddy’s Little Girls” star revealed this week. “I play Detective Wynn, who is — well, I’m just going to tell you he’s the guy who gets it wrong, all the way through the movie.” The currently filming flick casts Snow (“John Tucker Must Die”) in the Scream Queen role of Kim Hammond, one of several teens whose childhood mishap comes back to haunt them on a night when the scariest event is typically a slow dance. “It’s not super-loyal to the original, but it’s not name-only either. It’s definitely going to have the same theme,” assured Elba. “We’re going in to make a really smart, clever thriller, like ‘Seven.’ ” The remake will mark the film debut of TV helmer Nelson McCormick (“Prison Break,” “NYPD Blue”), and the star promised that it will be much more realistic than recent reimaginings like “Black Christmas” or “The Hitcher.” ” ‘Jaws’ wasn’t about the fish, was it? It was about the effect that it had on that small town,” he reasoned. “That’s what this is about. In this film, what happens on the night of the prom is really horrific. [We] really break down the effect of what happens to those involved, especially my character.” …

Tonight, only on “Inside Hollywood”: Anna Faris is getting a boob job! OK, we’re just kidding around — but the “Scary Movie” star really is planning on beefing up her bosom for her next role, as a sexy centerfold in an untitled comedy with one of Hollywood’s biggest laugh-getters. “Adam Sandler is producing it and hopefully will also appear in it,” Faris said of the flick. “It’s about a centerfold who ends up getting fired from the industry and has to make her way in the real world. It doesn’t go so well for her.” The script has Faris’ character reluctantly taking on a “house mother” job at a dorky UCLA sorority (think “Revenge of the Nerds” with girls) and teaching them the ways of the catwalk. “I created this character and then wrote it together with the writers of ‘Legally Blonde’ and pitched it and ended up selling it to Happy Madison,” Faris said of Sandler’s production company. “My only thing now is that I’m definitely going to have to get a little bigger,” she laughed, pointing to her chest. …

Will this summer mark your last chance to stay at the “Hostel”? According to dark-minded director Eli Roth, June’s “Hostel: Part II” might be the final film in the series — simply because he can’t imagine how he could make the films any more extreme. ” ‘Part II’ is going to be a scarier, darker, sicker film. It’s a much more disturbing movie, which is what I was going for,” he said of the plot, which has three girls uncovering the intricacies of the first movie’s murder-for-money organization. “Right now, there is no plan for ‘Hostel III.’ ” Roth said he instead plans to dedicate his time to upcoming projects like adapting Stephen King‘s “Cell.” …

Where do you go after steaming up the screen in flicks like “Bound” and “Striptease”? Writing children’s books, of course! Actress Gina Gershon recently completed “Camp Creepy Time,” the story of Einstein P. Fleet, a little boy forced to attend a summer camp where all the counselors are aliens plotting to sell kids to an intergalactic zoo (after they transform into mummies, werewolves and vampires, of course). The book was written with her older brother, Dann. …

“Saw”? “Hostel”? “Halloween”? All pretenders to the throne, joked Vinnie Jones, who said his new flick, “Midnight Meat Train,” is “so ridiculous it’s the king of all horror movies.” And how does “Midnight Meat Train” earn the crown? “Look, you see me, right, and I get two passengers on the train, I hook them up and I skin them,” Jones explained of the script, based on a story by Clive Barker. “You actually see me skinning them — pulling the skins off of human beings. You ever seen that?” Well, no — but if that doesn’t offend your internal sense of decency, Jones said there’s even more. “I just got fitted for these contact lenses which will drain blood out,” he revealed. “So, you know, it really is going to look like my eyes are pouring blood.” Jones can next been seen in “The Condemned,” opening April 27. …

Hide your wives and daughters — the badass, sword-wielding, vigilante character Machete, who makes a brief appearance in a faux trailer before “Grindhouse,” will soon have his own feature film. “['Grindhouse' co-director Quentin Tarantino and I are] going to do some of the trailers as features. I know the Machete one we’re going to do as a full-length,” director Robert Rodriguez revealed this week. “With Danny [Trejo] front and center as he should be. I’ve been writing the script — it’s really fun.” According to Rodriguez, the flick about a blade-wielding Latino James Bond will be the first in a series of many future “Grindhouse” films based on the “fake” movie trailers. “We’re gonna do them all at some point. We don’t want to forget these ideas; they’re really great.” Naturally, that also includes the breakout trailer “Don’t,” directed by “Shaun of the Dead” mastermind Edgar Wright. “He was real excited about the idea and said he’ll make a feature out of it,” the “Sin City” director grinned. ” ‘Grindhouse’ presents ‘Don’t!’ ”

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