By Amy Ryan
August 31, 2005 at 06:51 PM EDT

– Joe Pesci (left) hasn’t made a movie since Lethal Weapon 4 in 1998, but his old pal Robert De Niro may have coaxed him back to the screen. According to FilmJerk.com, Pesci will join Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, and De Niro himself in The Good Shepherd, the movie De Niro is currently directing about the early years of the CIA. Pesci will reportedly play a small role as a crime boss; guess after seven years of inactivity, the GoodFellas and Casino star doesn’t want to stretch too much.

– Billy Crudup, who’s also in Good Shepherd, will follow that film with a role in Mission: Impossible 3. He’ll be working alongside former boss Tom Cruise, who produced Crudup’s starring role as track great Steve Prefontaine in Without Limits.

– Why wasn’t The Island a hit? Maybe its story of clones on the run needed to be a sex comedy. Cast with two men. Say, Ben Stiller and Jim Carrey. And directed by Jay Roach, who shot Stiller’s Fockers movies. Of course, then, it would have been Used Guys.

– Instead of waiting for seven to 20 years to make his next movie, Terrence Malick may go right back to work after the release this winter of The New World, his Pocahontas-John Smith retelling that stars Colin Farrell. The Thin Red Line director is in talks to reteam with Farrell for Tree of Life, which would shoot in January. No word on the film’s plot, but shooting would take place in India, where production partner Percept Picture Co. is based.

addCredit(“Joe Pesci: Mark J. Terrill/AP”)

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