Mike Myers Revives Dr. Evil, Plus Kirsten Dunst, ‘High School Musical’ & More, In Movie File

Dunst moves from Spidey to Blondie; second 'Musical' sequel headed for big screen.

For five long years, “Austin Powers” fans have been wondering when they’ll see the shagadelic super-spy’s next adventure. As it turns out, we’ve been focusing on the wrong character. “We’re developing a fourth [movie], entirely from Dr. Evil’s point of view,” Mike Myers revealed this week. “That is part of what I’ve been doing in the last little while.” After a four-year absence from the screen, the reclusive comedian is finally ready to make his return following “Shrek the Third” with the “Austin Powers” sequel and the debut of a brand-new franchise character. “I’m starting to film [a movie] in two months called ‘The Love Guru’ — I’m doing that in August,” he said of the comedy, which has taken nearly three years to develop and included the same lengthy trial-and-error comedy-club tour he’s used to perfect past characters like Austin Powers. “I take a year to tour the material, like the Marx Brothers did.” Discussing the new character, Myers revealed, “It’s about a Canadian boy who was left in an ashram in India, grows up to become a guru and is hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs to win the Stanley Cup,” he grinned. Myers added that his co-stars for the movie will be hired over the next few months, and he’ll continue developing the Dr. Evil flick in his spare time. …

One way or another, “Spider-Man 3″ star Kirsten Dunst is determined to play punk/ new-wave icon Debbie Harry in a biopic. “It’s in development,” she said excitedly about playing the Blondie singer. “I’ve talked to Debbie. We’re both Jersey girls, and I think she’s the coolest woman in the world.” Although Dunst was born around the time when Blondie broke up in 1982, the actress insisted that hits such as “Heart of Glass” and “Tide Is High” have long acted as a soundtrack to her life, and now she’s eager to bring the sultry songstress’ relevance to a new generation. “I have a lot of responsibility, I know that,” she admitted. “But I would never attempt to even take this on if I didn’t think that I can do it.” Dunst credited her mom with turning her on to the band as a child. …

“American Pie” and “The Dukes of Hazzard” are just a few of the theatrical films to spawn DVD sequels, but can you name a single movie franchise to go in the other direction? That alone should put into perspective the groundbreaking success of “High School Musical,” the Disney phenomenon whose second sequel will get a full-on theatrical release. “It’s because of the fans,” star Ashley Tisdale bubbled this week, giving credit where credit is due. “I’m really grateful.” The hugely popular tween musical series currently has two sequels lined up, and while the second film’s plot has been known for some time, Tisdale says she’s not giving up the goose on what the third one will be about — because she doesn’t know! “We just know that we’re doing a third one theatrically,” she revealed. “We haven’t got the script [yet], so once we do, we’ll see [what it's about].” Called “Haunted High School Musical,” the flick will dance into theaters in 2008. “High School Musical 2″ airs August 17 on the Disney Channel. …

Last month, “Grindhouse” director Robert Rodriguez was telling anyone within earshot that longtime collaborator Antonio Banderas would be joining the “Sin City” gang for the soon-to-shoot sequel. Surprisingly, it seems that he forgot to tell Banderas himself. “It’s for me rumors, because I haven’t had contact with Robert in a long time,” the “Desperado” star shrugged. “I would love to [do it]. He’s my friend, and we’ve done six movies together.” Nevertheless, Banderas said that it wouldn’t surprise him if he did end up getting sinful alongside Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke and the others, since he’s familiar with Rodriguez’s style. “Knowing Robert, if I’m going to be in that movie, he’d call me the night before,” Banderas laughed. “I don’t know what character he’s going to offer me, if he’s going to offer me … but I’d be there for him, absolutely. I would go to hell with Robert Rodriguez.” …

Cillian Murphy won’t be reprising his role as Scarecrow in the next “Batman” movie (“I can’t count on that at the moment, I’m afraid,” he reported), but that doesn’t mean that the Irish actor with the unsettling eyes can’t get geeky. “I wouldn’t call him a geek,” he said of his character in the upcoming Lucy Liu-starring comedy “Watching the Detectives.” “Let’s just say, he’s got quite special interests.” Those interests include movies, movies and, well, murder. “I play a character that works in a video store, and he’s a film-noir buff,” Murphy said of the “Play It Again, Sam”-like flick, which built buzz last week at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival. “[Lucy Liu's femme-fatale character] comes in, and they have crazy adventures. It was a really fun shoot — a small, little independent film and it has a great director on it, [Broken Lizard comedy-troupe member] Paul Soter. … I’ve done a lot of heavy films, which I’m very proud of, but they do take a lot from you. It was nice to come home and have a bit of energy at the end of the day.” Calling Liu a “funny lady,” Murphy added that he’s eager to see how audiences react to his first straightforward-comedy role. You can watch “Watching” when it hits theaters later this year. …

You think you have a dirty job? Try picking up pieces of brain. “I’m in the cleaning business,” Steve Zahn said of his character in the recently wrapped dark comedy “Sunshine Cleaning.” “After suicides and murders and stuff like that, I come in and clean it all up.” Sure, it might sound like a bummer — but then again, the last movie from producer Peter Saraf probably didn’t read like a feel-good script either. “It’s similar in tone to ‘Little Miss Sunshine,’ and from the same people,” Zahn explained. “It [has] the backdrop of crime cleaning, [but] it’s this interesting, quirky comedy.” The film co-stars recent Oscar nominees Alan Arkin and Amy Adams and Golden Globe nominee Emily Blunt. “I play a detective. I’m married, and I’m having an affair with Amy Adams, and I’m trying to get her in on the cleaning business.” The film will hope to clean up at the box office early next year. …

As star and occasional writer of movies like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up” and “Superbad,” 25-year-old comedian Seth Rogen is fast becoming the voice of a new generation — only now, he’s doing it much more literally. “I’ve been doing a lot of CG voices in movies lately,” he told us this past weekend. “I’m in [the March '08 cartoon] ‘Horton Hears a Who.’ Jim Carrey is Horton, and I’m his best friend Morton — a mouse and an elephant, together at last. … I’m also doing [February's] ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles,’ which I have not read the book. … I assume it’s a ‘Harry Potter’-like thing. I’m a hobgoblin named Hogsqueal.” As if all that weren’t enough, Rogen revealed that he recently signed on to do another voice, this time in a high-profile cartoon from the makers of “Shrek.” “I’m in this ‘Kung Fu Panda’ movie with Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman,” he said of the flick, due in theaters next summer. “I’m a praying mantis — people seem to be very amused casting me as small creatures.” While Rogen is pulling in a lot of voiceover work these days, the comedian freely admits that each performance will essentially be his own speaking voice. “I have no talent at that,” he laughed. “I’m no Mel Blanc.”

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