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Damon and Cruz will reteam in Thornton's hitchhiker pic

Plus, ”Town and Country” stages risqué trailer, and more

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‘HORSE’ REPLAY ”All the Pretty Horses” may be underperforming at the box office, but director Billy Bob Thornton, who’s talking about releasing a longer director’s cut on DVD, is planning a reunion of sorts. According to Matt Damon, Thornton is writing a script for Penélope Cruz, Angelina Jolie, Damon, and Thornton; Pedro Almodóvar is interested in directing. The actors are delighted, even if they’re not quite sure what it’s about. ”One night Billy said, ‘We’re doing a hitchhiking movie,”’ says Damon, adding that Cruz, in her less than perfectly fluent English, calls it ”the high jack movie.”

WATERSHIP DOWN Steven Spielberg’s longtime producing partner Frank Marshall plans to plant himself back in the director’s chair this fall. Marshall, who helmed ”Arachnophobia” and ”Alive,” is currently working with writer Jonathan Lemkin (”The Devil’s Advocate”) on a script for Warner Bros. titled ”Expendables,” inspired by a California prison program that trains inmates to become commercial divers. ”Expendables” is an ensemble action drama about prisoners who are sent to the South Seas to locate a sunken World War II submarine loaded down with gold. ”It’s kind of a ‘Dirty Dozen’ on the water — all the things you shouldn’t do,” jokes Marshall. Convicts, conflict, and exotic locations? Hey, it floats our boat.

GOING DOWN ‘TOWN’ Speaking of divers, after approving as suitable for all audiences a ”Town and Country” trailer in which an elderly woman calls a character a ”muff diver,” the MPAA seems to have realized this is not a reference to a game played with hand warmers. The organization has requested that New Line pull the trailer, which has already been playing in theaters for about a month. New Line has declined.