Snoop Dogg as a sage-like instructor? You may believe it soon enough. The rapper/actor is developing a flick based on his real-life experiences overseeing his son's youth football team. "It's a real movie," he said, insisting the flick won't be a documentary. "It's got actors and actresses, scenes, plots, 'cuts!' and 'actions!' I'm playing Coach Snoop ... woof, woof." The film — simply titled "Coach Snoop" — is going to bring the "Starsky & Hutch" co-star into the unfamiliar realm of family programming, and he says he couldn't be happier. "It's going to be a great, fun movie that you can take your whole family to see," he grinned. "We're in the second stage of the writing part. ['Friday' writer] DJ Pooh is going to finish it up for me." ...

"This one is going to be the one we should have made last time." That's what Casey Affleck said about "Ocean's Thirteen," the currently filming sequel that once again puts the actor alongside co-conspirators George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. "It's going to be a lot better [than 'Ocean's Twelve']," Affleck assured. "It's back in Las Vegas, for one thing, and it's more going back to the kind of 'Ocean's Eleven' vibe, which is just a little bit more fun in Vegas — the right place for these stories and these characters." The 32-year-old Affleck is eager to once again spar with onscreen brother Scott Caan, and he's thrilled to be using two languages this time around. "I get to speak a little Spanish in this one, which I'm pretty excited about," Affleck revealed. "I actually lived in Mexico for a little while when I was a kid, so I speak Spanish, and when I got the script and looked through it and it was all in Spanish, I thought, 'Is this a joke?' But it wasn't." This time around, the Ocean gang is joined by Ellen Barkin and Al Pacino (as a dangerous casino owner), with the flick due in theaters in June. "You never know if something's going to be good or not," Affleck grinned, perhaps recalling some unenthusiastic "Twelve" reviews. "But it seems to me like this one's going to be great." ...

More than 30 years ago, Jack Nicholson created an iconic movie character with the help of a sailor's hat, a rebellious attitude and enough four-letter words to make Eminem blush. Now versatile director Richard Linklater is determined to revisit the authority-hating characters of "The Last Detail," whom he first met when he was only 13 years old. "You hate to jinx it, but I hope I get a shot at it," the "School of Rock" director said of "Last Flag Flying," a sequel to the 1973 naval classic that earned Oscar nominations for Nicholson and Randy Quaid. "I do like that movie, and there's a book by the same writer who wrote 'The Last Detail' back in the late '60s, Daryl Ponicsan. He wrote a follow-up novel that I've adapted. ... I sent [Quaid] the script, and he'd be great. I hope he'll [do it]." The writer/director also said the film has several hurdles to overcome before cameras start rolling — including the casting of Nicholson, who Linklater said he would never make the film without. "You can't do it without the Bad Ass," he laughed, referring to Nicholson's surly character Billy "Bad Ass" Buddusky. "I haven't even talked to Nicholson about it yet; I don't even know if he's read it. ... It hasn't gotten that far down the line. They haven't made an offer to him yet or anything like that." The novel has Buddusky running a bar and Quaid's Larry Meadows reuniting with him after the Iraq war takes his son's life. Rumors persist that Morgan Freeman is interested in taking over the role of Mule from the deceased Otis Young. "I'm kind of in limbo," Linklater laughed. ...

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James Franco has joined the cast of "Finishing the Game," the buzzed-about indie flick that returns "Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" director Justin Lin to his "Better Luck Tomorrow" roots. Filming wrapped in Los Angeles last weekend on the comedy, which imagines the casting process behind the phony Bruce Lee employed for his posthumous flick "Game of Death." Franco plays an intense and emotionally demanding character named Rob Force. "He's a star of a '70s cop TV show and takes his work very seriously," Franco grinned. Force is paired alongside one of the Lee wannabes (played by "21 Jump Street" alum Dustin Nguyen), who gets his shot at movie stardom after Franco's sex symbol falls prey to an X-rated death. Lin hopes to finish editing the flick in time to take it around to film festivals next year. ...

Up-and-comer Paula Patton has her first leading role in this week's "Idlewild," and after that she'll be feeling "Déjà Vu" all over again. The mind-bending action flick stars Denzel Washington as a time-traveling federal agent. "My character is either always a little too late or too early for everything," Patton said. "She seems to be very unlucky. She can't really make a decision to go forward with one thing in her life ... and things get worse — way worse — and then Denzel steps in to help her." Tony Scott directed the film, which is due November 22. ...

The identities of the "Transformers" robots have finally been announced, but producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said that fans shouldn't hold their breath for revelations concerning the voices for the live-action Michael Bay blockbuster. "It's really one thing at a time," he said. "We're about halfway through shooting the movie, and we really have our hands full. We're hoping to slowly bring on cast, but I wouldn't count on any particular announcement with any kind of time frames. When we get to post is when we're going to have to pay really close attention to that." Voice talent for the film, which hits theaters July 4, is expected to be a combination of veteran vocal talents and well-known actors. ...

Now that they're suddenly red-hot Hollywood names, "40-Year-Old Virgin" director Judd Apatow and star Seth Rogen are about to finally roll cameras on a script that's been cracking them up for nearly a decade. Apatow will serve as producer on "Super Bad," which will feature Michael Cera of "Arrested Development," Bill Hader of "Saturday Night Live" and Jonah Hill of "Accepted." "Seth's been working on [this script] for seven years," Apatow said. "He wrote it for himself when he was young enough to play a high schooler, but he isn't anymore. So now he's hiring people to play himself in high school. He's that old." The flick tells the story of two losers (Cera and Hill) whose party plans misfire over the course of one wild night. "The plot is about two guys, and it's the last week of high school," Apatow explained. "They've been hanging around each other, it's just before college, and they realize they've never had girlfriends or become part of any social group. These two pretty girls from school say, 'Will you buy our liquor for our party?' and they take this as, 'Well, these girls like us.' So the entire movie is one night of these two guys trying to buy liquor, because they think it will turn them into popular guys with these girls. And, of course, it's a nightmare." ...

If you're going to use another woman to make your girl jealous, the femme fatale in the upcoming comedy "Bill" would probably do the trick. "Jessica Alba, she plays the hot chick — which is not hard for her," laughed Elizabeth Banks, who plays the jealous wife in a flick about a burned-out guy (Aaron Eckhart) who falls for a rebellious teen. "Jessica plays my foil. My husband uses her to get back at me after I cheat on him. She brings it!" The film is expected in theaters sometime in 2007.

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