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RISING SON Like other members of the Huston film dynasty, scion Danny Huston -- grandson of Walter, son of John, half brother of Anjelica -- plays both sides of the camera. The director of such smallish projects as Burt Reynolds' 1996 thriller ''The Maddening'' is costarring with Benicio Del Toro and Sean Penn in the recently wrapped ''21 Grams,'' and with Nicole Kidman in the reincarnation drama ''Birth,'' now filming in New York City. Huston didn't stumble upon this new career path until his 30s, when he began taking small acting parts initially in an effort to improve his directing skills. ''It's a bit serendipitous,'' says Huston, whose leading role in 2002's ''ivans xtc'' earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination. ''We all tend to be mavericks.''

'DEVIL DOGS Along with prepping the spin-off for ''Daredevil's'' bodacious nemesis/love interest, Elektra (Jennifer Garner) -- guess that answers the question of whether she dies at the end of the movie -- producer Gary Foster is drawing up a list of baddies who could appear in the high-flying hit's planned sequel. ''There's Typhoid Mary, who's psychotic,'' Foster says. ''By day she's normal, but at night she loses her mind. She's very cool and sexy.'' Other potential villains are the Owl, a crime overlord, and Black Widow, a Russian ex-ballerina and Daredevil ally who could turn to the dark side. And director and comic aficionado Kevin Smith (who appears in the film as a lab assistant) offers another offbeat casting idea: ''Matt Damon would be hot. America wants to see the inevitable: Ben Affleck and Damon making out.''

Originally posted Mar 07, 2003 Published in issue #699 Mar 07, 2003 Order article reprints
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