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OutKast film may be hitting sour note

HBO is making a film based on the OutKast CD “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” and one insider tells The Scoop that “they are having some major problems” on the set.
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Is an movie out of control?

HBO is making a film based on the OutKast CD “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” and one insider tells The Scoop that “they are having some major problems” on the set.

“They’re weeks behind production and millions of dollars over budget,” the source tells The Scoop. “The director [Bryan Barber] seems to have lost control, but HBO can’t fire him because he’s a big buddy of OutKast — practically the third member of the group.” Barber has directed some of OutKast’s videos and, the source adds, “he did those brilliantly, but there’s a big difference between directing a video and directing a movie.”

The insider says that Andre 3000 and his band mate, Big Boi, “are acting like a couple of 1940s starlets.” According to the insider, HBO sent Andre 3000 a letter regarding time he’s missed filming and that HBO execs have flown down to Wilmington, North Carolina, where shooting is taking place, to try to straighten things out.

An HBO spokeswoman, however, flatly dismisses the story. While she wouldn’t comment on the still-untitled film’s budget, she says that “HBO is very happy with the economic prospects on this film.” She also denies that Andre 3000 has missed any work and says that both he and Big Boi have been “absolute pros.”

She acknowledges that HBO execs did fly to the set, but insists that that’s a standard procedure, and she also says that Barber “is the right man for the project. We love him. The film will speak for itself. We’re very happy with it.” No air date has been scheduled.

Actors inspire puppets

Sean Penn may be fuming with the makers of — but the guys behind the political satire are pretty happy with Penn. What’s more, they’re even happier with Ben Affleck — whom they used as a model for their puppets’ facial expressions.

Matt Stone and Trey Parker, who are also the team behind “South Park,” featured a likeness of Penn , in which every role is played by a puppet, prompting Penn to release a letter blasting the duo. And that resulted in massive publicity for the movie.

“There isn’t anything he could have done to help us more,” Parker told “Like, he helped the movie so much. Like, he released this letter and it gets picked up all over.”  Parker dismissed Penn as “humorless” and predicted that George Clooney, who is also parodied in the film, “will like it. Most of [the celebs depicted in the film] will think it is funny.”

The duo also says that Affleck's role in “Pearl Harbor” inspired them. “We watched ‘Pearl Harbor’ just to get the nuances of the puppets just right when they were looking at each other and you know, we really used Ben Affleck as a model,” Parker said.

Notes from all over

** FILE ** Actress Charlize Theron arrives to the 32nd Annual AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Meryl Streep on in this June 10, 2004 file photo, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Tammie Arroyo, File)Tammie Arroyo / AP

Charlize Theron, who just resumed filming her new movie “Aeon Flux” in Berlin following a neck injury, is sticking her neck out for animals in Hollywood. A huge PETA billboard about to be erected on the Sunset Strip features the actress alongside her dog, Tucker, and the slogan, “If You Wouldn’t Wear Your Dog, Please Don’t Wear Any Fur.” “It doesn’t make sense to me to let animals suffer for fashion,” says the actress, who credits her upbringing in the wilds of South Africa for her respect for animals.  . . . Bill O’Reilly, who was scheduled to go on "The View" to promote his kiddie book and talk about those sexual-harassment charges, cancelled the appearance on the advice of his lawyer. . . . “Alderson [the West Virginia prison where Martha Stewart has been sent] is not a bad place to be if you have to do time,” according to a former inmate who on a site called “For the most part the staff and officers are pretty cool. Just do not try to put anything over on them; be where you are supposed to be when you are supposed to be, doing what you are supposed to be doing. NEVER make one of them look for you, and you will be fine.”

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