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Who's making deals in the week of March 18, 2005

Who’s making deals in the week of March 18, 2005 — The biggest upcoming projects in entertainment

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MOVIES A ”Marvel boy,” Joss Whedon never really connected with rival house DC Comics’ Wonder Woman, but now the guy’s madly in love with her and is gonna write and direct Warner Bros.’ long-delayed feature! ”She represents something absolutely pure,” says the Buffy creator, who says his Amazon will not, repeat not, wear ”star-spangled panties” à la Lynda Carter’s TV incarnation. Whedon now sees it as a match made in fanboy heaven. ”When I was mulling this over, my friend said, ‘Joss, look at your freakin’ résumé. You have two things on it: wonder and woman. That’s all you write!”’. . .Back in 2003, Scary Movie‘s Anna Faris told the Deal Report she’d come back for a fourth round of fake frights only if the studio (Dimension) ponied up some serious moola. Well, congrats on the seven-figure payday, Anna! ”This could be my retirement,” laughs Faris, on signing up for Scary Movie 4, shooting this summer. ”It helps me afford to do projects that I really love.” Like Southern Belles, a ”cute little [indie] about two girls trying to get out of their trailer park and move to the big city” that’s been playing at film festivals; October’s Waiting, a ”lowbrow comedy about a bunch of waiters,” with Ryan Reynolds; and next year’s Just Friends, a romantic romp also with Reynolds (Alanis Morissette’s main squeeze!). Faris also stars as a ”stockbroker-turned-lifeguard” in the NBC pilot Blue Skies. . . .The Deal Report can relate to Jon Heder’s sweet! nerd love. ”People with weaknesses are more interesting,” says the Napoleon Dynamite hero, who joins Rob Schneider and David Spade in Bench Warmers, about the winning losers who ”form a team to play the local Little League teams, to kind of prove that they can play because they were picked on by the bullies and weren’t allowed to play when they were younger.” Not that they’re skilled athletes now. ”It’s very much about how physically inept [my character] is at baseball.” Sadly, the Deal Report can relate to that, too. (Additional reporting by Jeff Jensen)

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