”Inspector Clouseau is such a vibrant, rich character — why can’t another comic genius mine that territory?” asks director Shawn Levy (Cheaper by the Dozen) of Steve Martin’s bold move into Peter Sellers’ trademark role. ”Steve and I are going into this with our eyes open,” Levy told EW on the Manhattan set last summer. ”The extent to which Steve is committing to this character is reminiscent of The Jerk. It’s Steve going all the way.” Not going all the way? Beyoncé Knowles, who stretches . . . as a vixenish pop star.
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Convict-football flick The Longest Yard puts Chris Rock and Adam Sandler together on screen for the first time — with Longest Yard vet Burt Reynolds! ”This is the funniest movie I’ve ever done,” says Rock. Wow! Okay! Then there’s The Amityville Horror, in which Ryan Reynolds (Blade: Trinity) and Melissa George (Alias) sit around and watch the walls bleed — which isn’t as scary as Herbie: Fully Loaded, in which Lindsay Lohan and a talking VW Bug take on NASCAR. But King of the Retreads surely goes to The Producers, a movie in which Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane reprise their roles from the Broadway musical based on Mel Brooks’ 1968 pic. And they say there are no new ideas.