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MOVIES Do you recognize this guy without his death-ray sunglasses on? It's James Marsden, who plays Cyclops in the ''X-Men'' movies! As the movers were moving ''armoires and mattresses'' into his new home in Toluca Lake, Calif., he rang to talk about his new movie, ''The Alibi,'' which starts shooting in July. ''Steve Coogan'' -- who was awesome in ''Coffee and Cigarettes,'' wasn't he? -- ''plays a guy who starts this service called the Alibi, which basically creates a very elaborate alibi for people who want to cheat on their husbands and wives,'' explains Marsden, who plays one of Coogan's cad clients. And Coogan -- not Marsden -- gets to romance Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. What's up with that? ''It's a comedy,'' quips Marsden. ''That's the funny part.'' After ''The Alibi,'' '''X-Men 3' is probably gonna be around the corner,'' says Marsden. ''Spring next year, we're gonna start shooting. They want to release it May 2, 2006.'' Hey, good deal -- not doing anything that day!... Robin Williams -- who the Deal Report certainly thinks is one of the 25 funniest people in America even if ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY does not -- is almost set for ''RV,'' a comedy about one family's misadventures in a recreational vehicle.... Marlon Brando is in discussions to play Marlon Brando in ''Brando and Brando,'' a minibudgeted flick about a kid with a Brando fixation. Yikes, hope he gets the part -- Marlon Brando was BORN to play Marlon Brando!

TELEVISION VH1 is developing a two-hour tele-multibio-pic (hey, did the Deal Report just invent a new word?) about the behind-the-scenes lives of the Brat Pack -- Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Demi Moore, that whole gang. Now here's betting some wiseass tries to cast Ashton Kutcher as Emilio Estevez, Demi's old boyfriend.

Originally posted Jun 04, 2004 Published in issue #768 Jun 04, 2004 Order article reprints