Roberto Duran's 'Hands,' plus more movie buzz
WHO Édgar Ramírez
THE MOVIE "Hands of Stone"
THE DEAL The Venezuelan actor, seen as a CIA operative in "Zero Dark Thirty," will star in this biographical film about champion boxer Roberto Duran, while Robert De Niro will play his longtime trainer, Ray Arcel, Deadline.com reports. The versatile Panamanian fighter fought for more than 30 years in divisions from lightweight to super middleweight, though "Hands of Stone" -- the title is the English version of Duran's nickname -- will focus mostly on his bouts with Sugar Ray Leonard, including the famous 1980 rematch that ended with Duran's ignominious cry, "No más." Robin Duran, the boxer's son, is an associate producer on the film, which is scheduled to begin production in September.
WHO Kristen Bell
THE MOVIE "Veronica Mars"
THE DEAL The most famous Kickstarter campaign in history -- which has raised $4.8 million to fund a movie version of the cult television show that starred Bell as a cheeky young detective -- is in its final week. The project already has broken Kickstarter records as the fastest to reach $1 million and $2 million, and is gunning to break the record for most backers. At press time, the project had 74,703 backers; the record, held by video game company Double Fine Adventure, is 87,142. Last week, "Veronica Mars" inaugurated a new funding level of $1. The campaign ends Friday. The movie is set to begin production this summer and arrive in theaters early next year.
WHO Kelly Clarkson
THE MOVIE "From Justin to Kelly"
THE DEAL The 2003 musical romance, starring the first-season "American Idol" winner and her runner-up, Justin Guarini, ranks as the ninth-worst movie of all time, according to voters on IMDb.com. It is one of the few recognizable titles on the website's Bottom 100 list, which includes mostly obscure failures. Clarkson's film places well below Mariah Carey's legendary bomb, "Glitter," at 34th place, but slightly higher than Paris Hilton's effort "The Hottie & the Nottie," at second place. The No. 1 worst film, with 55,101 votes, is the 2008 spoof "Disaster Movie."