Much to the delight of his fans, Adam Sandler once traded fists with geriatric game-show host Bob Barker. Now the comedian's devotees may be hoping he'll have a similar romp in the sand with the world's most famous lifeguard, since David Hasselhoff has signed on to play the boss of the former Happy Gilmore in a flick called "Click." Also signing on for a rare comedic performance is Kate Beckinsale, who will play the love interest of Sandler's character. The film tells the story of a workaholic architect whose reality is turned on its ear when he stumbles upon a remote control that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Hasselhoff and Beckinsale will join forces with the previously cast Christopher Walken and Henry Winkler. ...

Those looking for Hollywood's next big thing may want to take a moment to memorize the name Kristin Chenoweth, as the veteran stage actress has just signed on for yet another role in a high-profile film. Already scheduled for supporting work in the highly anticipated big-screen updates of "Bewitched" and "The Pink Panther," the Tony-nominated Chenoweth has now signed on to play downtrodden soul singer Dusty Springfield in a biopic from Universal, the studio that hit the jackpot last year with Jamie Foxx and "Ray." Written and directed by Jessica Sharzer ("Speak"), the film will focus on the career peaks and heartbreaking failure that the singer faced during the '60s. Modern audiences will most likely remember Springfield as the singer of "Son of a Preacher Man," the moldy oldie dusted off by Quentin Tarantino for a "Pulp Fiction" rebirth. The film is the second musically inclined biopic in development by the producing team of Marc Platt and Nicole Brown, who are also working with Alicia Keys on a film that would have the singer portraying a child prodigy who evoked comparisons to Mozart. ...

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The Superman/Batman film collaboration rumors of a few years ago may have never panned out, but that doesn't mean the two emblems of heroism can't help each other every now and again. Warner Bros. has announced that the DC Comics legends will unite on May 18 at 8 p.m. as the studio unveils eight exclusive minutes of "Batman Begins" footage during the season finale of the Superman drama "Smallville." The studio isn't revealing the exact timing of the "Batman" preview, saying only that it will air at some point during the show's 90-minute broadcast. Refusing to take a back seat to the footage from one of summer's most anticipated blockbusters, the "Smallville" finale promises to keep the audience's attention with its own plotline of murder and betrayal on Clark Kent's graduation day. "Superman and Batman have always been inextricably linked to each other, so it seems fitting that a show chronicling the Man of Steel's youth give you the first look at the birth of the Dark Knight," "Smallville" executive producer Al Gough said in a statement. ...

Now that Jack Black's finished monkeying around on "King Kong," he wants to wrestle. The Tenacious D singer/actor has signed on to star in an untitled wrestling project, in which he would play a Mexican priest moonlighting as a masked Lucha Libre wrestler who is also trying to save an orphanage from being closed. The film will be directed by Jared Hess (his first film since "Napoleon Dynamite") and co-written by Hess and Mike White (who also wrote "Orange County" and "School of Rock" and appeared in both). "I can't think of two people I'd rather party with than Mike White and Jared Hess," Black said in a statement. Plus, "I can't wait to get down to Mexico." Production's slated to start this fall. ...

After winning the coveted role of Johnny Storm in this summer's "Fantastic Four," Chris Evans could have used his newfound clout to shout "Flame on!" in the direction of any number of upcoming films. The 24-year-old heartthrob has chosen to reunite with his "Cellular" co-star Jessica Biel in "London," sadistically continuing to taunt those who confuse Biel with his "F4" co-star Jessica Alba. "We just wrapped a film called 'London' about like a month ago," Evans said. "It's a little indie film I'm really proud of. It's about a guy and a girl that are in a very explosive relationship. They love hard and they hate hard, and it kind of follows over the course of their rise and fall. It's great: very wordy and character driven." The film, which also stars Jason Statham and Leelee Sobieski, does not yet have a release date. ...

Production began this week in Los Angeles on "Bench Warmers," a comedy produced by Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions. The film tells the story of three men who decide they can finally overcome the trauma of being the last kids picked for sports by challenging children's baseball teams. As they develop a support base full of former left-out children, they earn themselves a shot at taking down the best team of kids in the state. Rob Schneider, David Spade and "Napoleon Dynamite" star Jon Heder lead the cast of the Revolution Studios comedy, due in 2006. ... Matt Long, star of TV's "Jack and Bobby," will have his hands full when he takes on his most high-profile role to date playing a young Nicolas Cage. "I'm off to Australia May 15 to shoot 'Ghost Rider' with Nic Cage and Eva Mendes," he said, before giving some insight into the top-secret plot of the superhero film. "It's about this guy named Johnny Blaze, who makes a deal with the devil to save his father from terminal cancer. I play young Johnny Blaze and Nic Cage plays Johnny Blaze in his 30s. The movie starts with me, and then it flashes forward to him in his 30s, where the devil comes back to collect on his bargain. It's going to be a lot of fun and it'll be a really entertaining and really big movie." The film, helmed by "Daredevil" director Mark Steven Johnson, is currently targeting an August 2006 release. ...

The 58th annual Cannes Film Festival, the world's most esteemed film showcase will stretch over 12 days this year. Films at next month's sun-soaked, star-packed extravaganza will include "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith," the second part of Lars von Trier's controversial "Dogville" trilogy, the directorial debut of Tommy Lee Jones ("The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada") and "Last Days," a Gus Van Sant film about a doomed rock star with more than a passing resemblance to Kurt Cobain. As is often the case, the most high-profile films will be presented out of competition, including Woody Allen's "Match Point" and the final installment of George Lucas' space saga. Fifty-three films representing 28 countries were selected from the 1,500 submitted for this year's event. The festival will also showcase horror legend David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" and "Broken Flowers," a Jim Jarmusch quirk-fest starring the unlikely pairing of Bill Murray and Sharon Stone. The president of this year's jury will be Emir Kusturica, a Bosnian director and two-time winner of the festival's coveted Palme d'Or. ...

You know what they say: It's always better to have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Michelle Williams ("Dawson's Creek," "The Station Agent") thinks otherwise, however, in the trailer for "A Hole in One," the darkly humorous period film that has her portraying a lobotomized housewife alongside Meat Loaf. The atmospheric look at what it means to be "normal" in a world that frequently makes no sense will be released next month, but the trailer can be viewed now in the Trailer Park. ... With Jane Fonda making a comeback in the upcoming "Monster-in-Law," the film legend is happy to see "Barbarella," one of her most infamous roles, getting a revival as well. "Yeah," she said excitedly about a proposed remake of her 1968 sci-fi classic, "if you can recapture that kind of wonderful, camp, charming humor." With the rights to the film in the hands of Drew Barrymore's production company, Fonda said the "Charlie's Angels" star would be more appropriate than her current co-star, Jennifer Lopez. "I think that she could do a good job. [It has] nothing to do with beauty, because they don't come any more beautiful than Jennifer Lopez, but there is some quality about Barbarella that is different from Jennifer. That's why Drew would be interesting, because there is an innocence ... there is an all-American innocence about Barbarella, oddly enough." ...

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