According to Ryan Reynolds, the star of this week's "The Amityville Horror," he may soon be trading in his haunted house for a pair of red-and-yellow tights. While visiting "TRL" this week to promote his horror flick, Reynolds responded to host Vanessa Minnillo's probing by setting the record straight on rumors he might be playing fast-moving superhero the Flash in an upcoming film. "They're talking about it," the "Van Wilder" star said excitedly. "You know, David S. Goyer, the greatest writer/director in the world, he's working on it right now and he's going to bring it to life." Reynolds, who collaborated with Goyer previously on "Blade: Trinity," insists the film is nearing reality, with him playing the part of the world's fastest man. "Hopefully they'll greenlight it, and I'll be wearing a, you know, red unitard," he quipped. A Warner Bros. representative said there was "nothing official" yet on the movie adaptation of the character introduced in the pages of DC Comics over 65 years ago. ...

Old friends Kevin Smith and Jason Lee are in negotiations to reunite for another film, this time without the "Clerks" mastermind behind the camera. "Catch and Release," starring Jennifer Garner and Timothy Olyphant ("Dreamcatcher") and shooting in Vancouver this May, is a dark comedy about a woman whose fiance drops dead during his bachelor party. Left alone to cope with the tragedy, she turns to his three best friends. Lee and writer/director/occasional actor Smith have previously collaborated on such Smith films as "Mallrats" and "Chasing Amy." ... Sweet! McFarlane Toys has announced that it will produce a line of collectible toys based on last year's quirky breakthrough film "Napoleon Dynamite." The group of inaction figures will include the clueless antihero, as well as his mustachioed sidekick, Pedro, and hipper-than-thou brother Kip. " 'Napoleon Dynamite' action figure may seem like an oxymoron," said Fox Merchandising VP Peter Byrne, "[but] there is a huge, pent-up demand for merchandise for 'Napoleon Dynamite,' and a McFarlane action figure will be a 'must have' for all fans." The creative force behind the toy company, Todd McFarlane, has gone from creator of the "Spawn" comic-book series to producer of highly detailed toys celebrating such classic film characters as Leatherface, RoboCop and Edward Scissorhands. You'll have your opportunity to take the "Dynamite" figures off some sweet jumps when they hit toy and hobby stores this fall. ...

We know that "Pimp My Ride" host Xzibit is a man of many talents, but can he make over a football team as well as he can a beat-up Pinto? Audiences may find out soon enough, as the rapper/actor is in final negotiations to join Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the upcoming football drama "Gridiron Gang." The film, which begins production in Los Angeles at the end of May, tells the true story of a probation officer (played by the Rock) who put together a football team of juvenile-detention inmates to play against local high schools. Xzibit would be cast as Malcolm Moore, the assistant coach of the team. Phil Joanou ("Heaven's Prisoners") is on board to direct the film. Xzibit will also be seen in next month's "XXX: State of the Union." ...

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Hut ... hut ... hike! Mark Wahlberg is taking the ball and running with it as he negotiates with Disney to star in the true story of a football fan whose gridiron dreams became Monday night manifestations. The artist formerly known as Marky Mark will star as Vince Papale, the Philadelphia Eagles fan who attended an open tryout and inspired the team after miraculously securing a spot on the roster. If the film sounds like "The Rookie" meets "Remember the Titans," it's due to Disney's continued devotion toward inspirational sports stories along the lines of those two films and last year's emotional slap shot, "Miracle." The Papale story, dubbed "Invincible" for much of its development but undergoing a title change, will mark the directorial debut of "Daredevil" cinematographer Erickson Core. ...

Actor/wrestler/all-around-tough-guy the Rock, who appeared most recently in "Be Cool," will flex his big biceps in the buddies-in-peril comedy "Ride Along," a new movie with Ryan Reynolds ("The Amityville Horror"). "We are almost finished writing it," Reynolds said. "It's going to be great. It is something that we are all really excited about. The Rock and I both wanted to do something together, so this is sort of the perfect vehicle for both of us." Comparing the film to the Robert De Niro/ Charles Grodin classic "Midnight Run," Reynolds offered a breakdown of the plot: "I'm a cognitive therapist marrying his sister, and he is sort of a by-the-book, gritty, tough cop in an inner city. He takes me on a ride with him and we end up getting [mixed up] ... in some sort of crazy crime caper. This is a classic kind of oil-and-water story." Shooting is scheduled to begin at the end of the summer. ...

Director Ridley Scott ("Kingdom of Heaven," "Matchstick Men") is keeping his epic mindset on the future while considering a visit to the past. When asked if he would consider making a sequel to his 2000 blockbuster, "Gladiator," he said, "It's all to do with the material. If the script's great, absolutely." As for the science-fiction classic that launched his career, Scott said the door is always open. "If 'Alien 5' is a great script, of course. I'd have to take it seriously, because I started [the franchise] off, and they never asked me to do number two." ...

Those who remember the classic television series "The Honeymooners" are anticipating how Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps and Gabrielle Union will reinvent Ralph, Ed and Alice, respectively, in the big-screen version due June 10. Outspoken actress Regina Hall, however, promised that Ed's wife, Trixie, won't be the stand-by-her-man stiff she was 50 years ago. "Trixie's fun now," said Hall, who will be seen next week in the kidnapping comedy "King's Ransom." "She and Alice are similar but are opposites; she's still smart and really supportive of Ed and loves her husband. She's definitely not argumentative, but she's fun. I think she has a lot of ... spunk. She's a spunky Trixie. She could be called Spunxie." ...

If you look in the mirror and see Robert Rodriguez or Quentin Tarantino, you might want to seek professional help. Or, you could always enter yourself instead in the 2005 Fresh Films program, a national teen-filmmaking series that gives its participants a chance to someday put their own visions up on the silver screen. Entering its second year, the program will be scouring the nation in May to find teens in 10 cities to collaborate with a professional crew and produce a short film. The films will then compete against others in an online vote, with the winner getting a Los Angeles premiere. Interested teens should visit www.fresh-films.com between May 5-27 for more information. ...

Featuring one of the more eclectic casts recently proposed for a film, "In the Pink" sounded like it could have been a "Witches of Eastwick" triumph or an on-set disaster of "Stepford Wives" proportions. Bette Midler, Cher and Britney Spears all in the same movie? According to comedian and intended co-star Wanda Sykes, soon to be seen in next month's "Monster-in-Law," the day may never come. "I have no idea," Sykes said of the stuck-in-development comedy about cosmetics saleswomen. "There's no deal in place. At least, there's no check in place, no check that's been deposited. ... I met with the studio and they wanted it to happen, but so far that's all it is: something that's floating around." ...

"Words can't describe it," sums up one character's opinion after witnessing a gruesome murder scene in "The Devil's Rejects." It might also describe how you feel about the new trailer for the horror movie. Overseen by rock-star-turned-rebel-director Rob Zombie, the trailer for the hillbilly slasher film promises: "A tale of murder, madness and revenge." What else would you expect from a man whose last name is derived from brain-sucking dead people? Grab on to your armrests and get your first look in the Trailer Park. ...

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