He may be calling himself Andre Benjamin these days, but Outkast singer Andre 3000 seems like he's lining up about 3,000 new projects. In addition to the multitalented Benjamin's commitments to the upcoming CGI movie "Charlotte's Web," the Guy Ritchie gambling flick "Revolver," the Mark Wahlberg drama "Four Brothers" and the Outkast movie, the star has signed a first-look film and TV deal that will have him keeping the shorties in mind. Nickelodeon Movies will kick off the pact with production of "The Hit," a kid-minded movie about fifth-grade student Tyler, who befriends a mysterious figure named Q while trying to find a match for his single father. The mysterious, eccentric man, later revealed to be Cupid, teams up with Tyler as they both discover that love isn't as easy to manipulate as they think. ...

Zach Braff, Casey Affleck and Tom Wilkinson have begun to "Kiss" in Montreal ... not each other, we assume, but perhaps their female leads. Principal photography has commenced on "The Last Kiss," a movie pairing Braff, Affleck and Oscar-nominated actor Wilkinson with Jacinda Barrett, Rachel Bilson and Marley Shelton. The comedy concerns itself with five longtime friends, all on the verge of turning 30, who look back to their shared childhood as they face the adult issues that lie ahead. Director Tony Goldwyn ("Someone Like You") is directing the suddenly red-hot Braff in his first post-"Garden State" live-action role. "The Last Kiss" will continue production in Canada and in Madison, Wisconsin, through the end of June. ... DreamWorks is getting all tooned up for another family blockbuster, following last week's announcement that it will be collaborating with Aardman Animations on the caveman comedy "Crood Awakening." Co-written by "Monty Python" alumnus John Cleese and "Racing Stripes" scripter Kirk DeMicco, "Crood" will tell the story of a Stone Age citizen whose position as Leader of the Hunt is put into jeopardy when a prehistoric genius starts coming up with such revolutionary ideas as fire. Aardman and DreamWorks previously collaborated on the clay-crafted chick-flick "Chicken Run," and will be releasing "Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" later this year. The "Crood" announcement, made during a tribute to Aardman at the Cannes Film Festival, did not mention who would be providing the movie's voices. ...

Veteran actor Randy Quaid has appeared in more than 100 films but is finding himself as giddy as a newcomer over the possibility that he may revisit the role that brought him an Oscar nomination three decades ago. "It's something that's starting to become more real as we go along," Quaid reported of a possible sequel to "The Last Detail," the profanity-spewing Navy classic he starred in with Jack Nicholson. "It deals with the characters 30 years later, and the situation in the story parallels the original movie. When we did the original, it was set in the Vietnam War, and now this will be set in the Iraq War. It's got the same kind of dynamics that are uncanny, really — almost eerie." Quaid said the sequel would reunite him with Nicholson, and the two old friends are excited about the possibilities. "I won't be in the military [this time], no, but my son ... well, I can't tell you. It's just sort of in the process of all coming together. I think everyone's waiting for a script; we'll read it and go from there. It would be wonderful — people always ask me what happened to that guy; he went away to the brig for eight years for stealing $16 from the admiral's wife's favorite charity. He did eight years of hard time in the brig, and now we see him 30 years later. He shows up, back in these two sailors' lives again." ...

Jennifer Lopez has shorn the flowing locks that helped make her famous, but she's assuring fans that the shoulder-length trim is only temporary. "I'm still getting used to it. ... I cut my hair for my next movie, it's called 'Bordertown.' I'm going to play a reporter," Lopez said of the film. "She wants to be a foreign correspondent, so she works for the newspaper and she's sent on an assignment down to Mexico to investigate murders that are happening in a factory on the border. I'm very excited about this project; I'm reuniting with [director] Greg Nava, who did 'Selena' with me, my first movie ever." ... He's got the $100 haircut, the "I know more than you do" smile and the ability to make a suit look better than anyone else, but is George Clooney slimy enough to play an attorney? Sure, he stepped into the profession for 2003's "Intolerable Cruelty," but now Clooney will play it straight in "Michael Clayton," an indie legal thriller that marks the directorial debut of "Bourne Supremacy" writer Tony Gilroy. Clooney will portray the titular New York attorney, an elite member of the profession whom his colleagues refer to as "The Janitor" because of his ability to clean up his clients' scandals. As the film takes place over four horrific days of Clayton's career, the lawyer discovers that sometimes the spinner can get spun. ...

Scruffy-looking comic heartthrob Adam Scott has already stolen scenes from Ashley Judd in "High Crimes" and served as the only memorable non-CGI facet of "Torque." Now Hollywood is catching on. "I've got 'The Matador'; it's a Greg Kinnear/ Pierce Brosnan movie coming out in the fall," he said of the hit-man drama. "Also, 'Art School Confidential,' which is Terry Zwigoff's new movie — he did 'Bad Santa' and 'Ghost World.' And I just finished a [currently untitled thriller starring] Sarah Michelle Gellar ... so I've got a lot of stuff coming up." ... With their film "Team America: World Police" arriving on DVD this month, "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone expect notoriously gruff thespian Sean Penn to remind the world that he isn't happy with his depiction in the film. As such, the filmmakers are thinking about revisiting the Oscar-winning star for their next project. "Obviously Sean Penn doesn't have a sense of humor, and I think we'll point that out," Stone said. "We should do a movie like 'Sean Penn and His Search for a Sense of Humor' ... 'Rob Schneider and Sean Penn in 'Two Goofy Buddies.' " "What a sense of humor!" Parker added, "rated PG-13." ...

Hey, if Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino can do it, why can't he? Writer/director Paul Weitz is hoping to reunite several stars of his past films for "American Dreamz," a Universal Pictures production that he describes as a satire of American politics and show business. Weitz has already secured the services of his "About a Boy" star Hugh Grant and is in talks with "In Good Company" star Dennis Quaid and Chris Klein, who teamed with Weitz on the first two "American Pie" movies. Straying a bit from his stable, Weitz is also courting Mandy Moore for the film, which will follow such characters as an insecure British TV personality (Grant) and a U.S. president (Quaid) undergoing a nervous breakdown. Production is scheduled to begin as early as July. ... It's Jason Voorhees' birthday; if you bought him a cake, you might not want to allow him to carve out the ceremonial first slice. The camp-counselor-hating, vocally impaired "Friday the 13th" star is celebrating his 25th anniversary with fans May 13-15 at a "Celebration Weekend" that includes screenings of his first eight films, short movies by fans, a competition featuring the character's classic Nintendo video game, prizes for fans in costume, and appearances by "Friday" veterans including Corey Feldman, director Sean S. Cunningham and 78-year-old actress Betsy Palmer, who seems almost as invincible as her cinematic son. If you're near the Los Angeles area and can track down a hockey mask in time, get thee to Hollywood and Highland. ...

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