HOLLYWOOD

Matt Damon

By Tony Rizzo
Where is the justice? Only a Brit can play James Bond. Yet, our greatest American hero, Superman, will be played by Brit Henry Clavill in the December 2012 release of “Man of Steel,” with Amy Adams as Lois Lane! But we’re getting even … Meryl Streep will be seen as Margaret Thatcher, the former British Prime Minister, in “The Iron Lady,” due out in January. Thatcher’s children and many Brits are unhappy, but with two Oscars and a BAFTA award (the British Oscar) under her belt, they’ll change their tune when they see how much better she is than anyone THEY could have come up with!

Daniel Radcliff, currently singing and dancing on Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” has already completed his next film. He’ll star in the supernatural thriller “The Woman in Black,” due out in January. … And Robert Pattinson has shed his nice guy image by filming “Bel Ami,” in which he plays a totally amoral journalist with several wealthy and powerful mistresses, played by Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas. No release date yet.

Matt Damon has been a busy guy. He and co-stars Mark Ruffalo, Anna Paquin, Matthew Broderick and Kieran Culkin still are awaiting the release of “Margaret” and wonder why producers can’t iron out their differences. The film has been bogged down in “production conflicts” since 2007. … “Contagion,” which has a team of doctors trying to stop a deadly disease from spreading, is due out in October and teams Damon with Oscar winners Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet and Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as Jude Law and Laurence Fishburne. … Matt’s next shoot will be “Liberace,” with Michael Douglas in the title role. Matt has managed to juggle career, marriage and the birth of three daughters in the past eight years. This guy has more energy than the Duracell bunny. I’ll have what he’s having!

Kirstie Alley, runner-up on “Dancing With the Stars,” plays a vet in the romantic comedy “Nailed,” in which Jessica Biel plays a woman with a nail in her head who falls in love with a U.S. senator played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Kirstie tries to remove the nail. James Brolin, No. 1 on Barbra Streisand’s hit parade, also plays a senator, and TV comics Tracy Morgan, John Stewart and Paul (Pee Wee Herman) Reubens are around for laughs. … “We Bought the Zoo,” with Scarlett Johannsson, Thomas Haden Church and Elle Fanning, about a father who moves his family to the country to renovate a struggling zoo, is due out Dec. 23. … Finally, “Elysium,” with Jodie Foster and William Fichtner, about aliens who come to earth to battle mankind, will not be out until March 2013.

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