After debuting as a thinly veiled version of himself in "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," 50 Cent is out to prove he's taking the second half of his rapper/actor title as seriously as he does the first. Currently, he's among the high-powered cast of a drama that has him portraying the complicated emotions of a soldier returning home from Iraq. "It's called 'Home of the Brave,' and it's myself, Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Biel, Brian Presley and Chad Michael Murray," the "Candy Shop" chart-topper reported of the half-finished film. "Everybody came out, they're focused, and we've got the war portion of the film done." Now the stars begin the heavy lifting of transitioning from gung-ho warriors to "Jarhead"-like weariness. "My character, Jamal Aikins, is 22 years old, really happy in the beginning of the film, but towards the end he's affected ... The film itself is about the Iraq war, and it shows the actual effects of the war, how some people are affected by it in different ways; all the characters have a different experience coming home." Also co-starring Christina Ricci, "Home of the Brave" is anticipating a 2007 release. ...

The concept of teenage vampires launched the career of Kiefer Sutherland in the '80s, and 1996's "The Craft" cast a similar spell on audiences by depicting witches in schoolgirl uniforms. It only makes sense, then, that warlocks would eventually get their moment. "It's kinda like 'The Lost Boys' " is how "She's the Man" actress Laura Ramsey describes "The Covenant," a teen thriller she's currently filming. "These young guys, they have special powers and their eyes turn black. I'm the new girl at school and I end up liking a guy." Attempting to describe the effects-powered magic from the film, Ramsey didn't even know where to start. "There's a bad guy involved, and he wants more power ... so they use me in a spell and I do these crazy, like floatations and get under his spell. And there's spiders. It's all very warlock-y and cool and dark. ['Deep Blue Sea' helmer] Renny Harlin is directing it, so there's a lot of action sequences. It's gonna be really, really cool." The film is currently due in September. ...

Daniel Craig was appointed with a lavish press ceremony, has participated in countless interviews, and was flown all the way to a big-budget movie set in the Bahamas. It wasn't until the star shot a scene with "Casino Royale" co-star Judi Dench, however, that he says he felt like James Bond for the first time. "The scenes with Judi — doing those M scenes," Craig said of his first Bond-like moment, in which Dench's supervisor character, M, sends him on his first mission. "She's redefined M since she's been playing the role. Once we were doing those, she literally gave me the order to go out and be Bond." ...

The annual Tribeca Film Festival, continuing to gain more influence with each passing year, has announced its lineup of 2006 competition selections. Running from April 25 to May 7, the five-year-old fest will feature 169 films from some 40 countries. Among the more highly anticipated screenings is "Orange County" director Jake Kasdan's "The TV Set" (a satirical look at network television with Sigourney Weaver and David Duchovny), the John Malkovich flick "Colour Me Kubrick" (a biopic about a con man who assumed the identity of the legendary "2001" film director) and "Fifty Pills," a Lou Taylor Pucci/ Kristen Bell movie about a penniless college student attempting to raise tuition by selling ecstasy tablets. Though the fest is still a month away, one front-runner for a potential "best title" award is already leaping off the page: the Central Asia migration documentary "37 Uses for a Dead Sheep." ...

Documentarian Jeff Feuerzeig has already focused his cinematic gaze on the cult punk band Half Japanese and the even more bizarre talent of indie-rock legend Daniel Johnston. Now the director is shifting his focus to a nonmusical, but no less eccentric, subject. Feuerzeig is piecing together plans for a documentary on the haunted life of Chuck "The Real Rocky" Wepner. The boxer's 15-round battle with Muhammad Ali inspired Sylvester Stallone to write the screenplay for the 1976 Best Picture winner that would make him a star, but Wepner's own demons led to prison time and an eventual resurrection as a motivational speaker. ...

For more than half a decade, the still-loyal fans of Jerry Seinfeld have been waiting to see what he'll do next. You can count among their ranks actor William H. Macy, who has attached himself to a Seinfeld-powered movie project for no other reason than the comedian's involvement. "I don't know anything about it; I only know that I'm going to do it," Macy said of "Bee Movie," a CGI-animated film produced, written by and starring the TV sitcom legend. "I haven't even read the script," Macy laughed. The family film, about a bee who sues the human race after realizing that people are taking his honey without paying, will also feature the voices of Robert Duvall, Uma Thurman and even Oprah Winfrey. The film is slated for a 2007 release. ...

George Clooney will try to continue the momentum of last year's "Good Night, and Good Luck" with a contest called "Film Your Issue" that he's spearheading alongside TV news legend Walter Cronkite. The competition is inviting Americans age 18 to 26 to submit films of 60 seconds or less, addressing any issue — political or otherwise — that gets their blood boiling. The deadline for submissions is May 1, and the top finalists will win paid movie-studio internships and the chance to take their shorts on the film-festival circuit. Aspiring Clooneys can find more information at FilmYourIssue.com. ...

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