Luke Wilson made a name for himself in "The Royal Tenenbaums" as a man facing a crisis in the middle of his life. That's nothing, he told MTV News, compared to the type of crisis Wilson's "Henry Pool Is Here" character faces at the end of his. "I play a guy who thinks he's dying. He leaves his life behind and goes back to the neighborhood where he grew up to buy a house [where he can] stay and die," Wilson revealed of the new drama from "Arlington Road" director Mark Pellington. Co-starring recent Academy Award nominee Adriana Barraza ("Babel"), "Henry Pool" is about "faith and redemption," Wilson said. "There is a stain on the wall behind [Henry's] new house that a neighbor thinks is the face of God," Wilson said. "This neighbor [winds up] turning his life upside down. It's just about him finding his faith. I am really looking forward to doing it." The flick, which is still short a female lead, will begin shooting in July. ...

From the creative minds behind "The State" and "Wet Hot American Summer" comes "a deeply philosophical movie," joked "The O.C." star Adam Brody, whose upcoming flick "The Ten" tells a group of stories, each relating to a different commandment. "[My commandment] is 'thou shall not worship any other gods,' because my character believes he's the god of television," Brody revealed, adding that the setup itself is, well, a setup. "Everything so clearly does not relate to the Ten Commandments that it might even be a joke. [I think] they're kidding." One thing that was no laughing matter was the chance to work with director David Wain and his co-stars — including Winona Ryder, Paul Rudd, Famke Janssen and Jessica Alba — who Brody said inspired him to take a part in the production. "You have to kiss a lot of ass to be in these comedy gangs. I don't know if I'm in [Wain's] gang yet, but I'm trying!" Brody chuckled. "I am such a fan of so many actors in that movie, I would have served lunch on it. I'm excited I got to be a part of it." ...

It's as if millions of men everywhere cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced — über-babe Halle Berry is going to shave her head. "[My character's] hair gets damaged and she decides in a drunken stupor to shave her head completely bald," Berry said of her new movie, "Nappily Ever After." "She has to face life with no hair, and [the movie] is about all the funny ways she tries to wear wigs and paint her head and do all these kinds of funny things to deal with that fact." While Berry feels that the story is really about "realizing that we are what's inside of us, [not] this physical shell," the Oscar-winning actress admits she often "defines [herself] by her hair." "When my hair is not right, then I am just not right. Many days I won't leave the house if my hair isn't right," Berry said. "[So this story] is really important for [me]." Berry can currently be seen in "Perfect Stranger" with Bruce Willis. ...

After three films with director James Ivory, Sir Anthony Hopkins said his latest collaboration with the acclaimed filmmaker, "City of Your Last Destination," has left him "puzzled ... with a sour taste" because he says he hasn't been paid yet for his services. "Maybe I shouldn't be saying this, but why not? They lied to me, they lied, they cheated, and I'm saying it. I'm suing them, and a few people are suing them. You can't do that to people," Hopkins matter-of-factly stated. "It's a shame 'cause it's a good movie, and I like James Ivory, he's a good director. But I think it's stupid to set up movies [and then not] pay the crew or the actors. Especially in Argentina where the economy's not good." Reps for Ivory didn't return requests for comment by press time. Hopkins has vowed not to work with Ivory on any future endeavors. "Never again," the Oscar-winning actor promised. "They're crooked crooks!" ...

Forget "Lord of the Rings," "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "Harry Potter": The most complex modern literary fantasy series is Stephen King's "The Dark Tower," insisted director Frank Darabont, who said the twisting novels "defy adaptation." "Stephen and I had talked about the possibility [of adapting it] a few times. Steve offered it to me, and I kept shying away from it and probably for a good reason," Darabont revealed. "The damn thing is so huge and daunting." A seven-part series, the novels follow gunslinger Roland Deschain as he searches for the Dark Tower through time and space in a quest to save the universe. Along the way, King mixes genres such as science-fiction, fantasy, horror and western, a device Darabont called "internal, metaphysic, head-trip storytelling." After Darabont — who previously wrote and directed King adaptations such as "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile" — passed, the project was handed over to "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams. "I wish J.J. luck with it," Darabont declared. "It's a ball-breaker." ...

With news last week of Kurt Vonnegut's death, "Back to School" star Keith Gordon revealed that the celebrated author almost didn't get his famous cameo in the classic '80s comedy, where he writes a failed paper about one of his own books for free-spending Thorton Melon (Rodney Dangerfield). "In the original script it was somebody else, and Vonnegut was a much more interesting choice," Gordon contended. "I don't know who it was, but it was somebody more trendy in that moment. But Kurt is such a guy who transcends any one generation. It seemed much more in the spirit of 'Back to School.' " Gordon, who went on to direct an adaptation of Vonnegut's "Mother Night," said he was "too shy" to talk with the author when he was on set, "but of course Rodney, who had probably never read any of his books, he hit it off with him instantly and they sat around telling dirty jokes and having a grand old time," Gordon recalled fondly. "[Vonnegut] was the nicest guy in the world. The easiest, gentlest soul." ...

"Spider-Man, Spider-Man, can you do whatever a spider can?" If so, you'll soon get your chance. Marvel Studios, the creators of legendary comic characters such as "The Hulk," "Spider-Man," "The X-Men," "Iron Man" and "The Fantastic Four," has announced that one lucky contestant will win a walk-on role in a future Marvel film. The contest can be accessed on the company's Web site (Marvel.com) and runs through August 10.

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