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+ Talladega Nights sidekick John C. Reilly will play top banana in Walk Hard, a comedy about a (fictional) legendary musician. The inspiration: ''watching a ton of [biopics] and realizing they're basically the same movie,'' explains co-writer Judd Apatow (The 40 Year-Old Virgin), who'll produce with director Jake Kasdan (Orange County). The two have even hired songwriters. Says Apatow: ''The tricky part is the music has to be great and terrible at the same time.... We plan on winning an Oscar.''

+ That was your Oscar Watch. Now for your Geek Watchâ„¢. Christopher Nolan is in talks to direct a movie version of The Prisoner — the '60s cult U.K. TV series about a nameless man trapped on a mysterious isle — after he wraps The Dark Knight next year. But here's what we need to know now: That white orb will still make an appearance in the film, right? Laughs producer Barry Mendel: ''I can reveal nothing!'' Is he already in character?

Originally posted Aug 18, 2006 Published in issue #893 Aug 25, 2006 Order article reprints
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