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Not just any Mutt will do

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There’s only one person who can keep the “Indiana Jones” film franchise going, filmmaker George Lucas says: Harrison Ford.

Lucas scoffs at the possibility of passing the famed fedora from Ford to Shia LaBeouf, the 22-year-old actor who played Indy’s son Mutt Williams in this summer’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

“He is Indiana Jones,” he says of Ford. “If Indiana Jones wasn’t in it, you’d have to call it ‘Mutt Williams and the search for Elvis.’ “

Lucas says that a fifth movie in the series is certainly a possibility.

“We’re doing research now to see if we can’t come up with another object for him to chase,” he says.

“Hopefully we’ll come up with something.”

Meanwhile, Lucas has another popular franchise to nurture: “Star Wars.”

Lucas produced the animated “Star Wars: Clone Wars,” hitting theaters next Friday. It will be followed in the fall by an animated TV series of the same name.

Lucas also plans a live-action “Star Wars” TV series, and is looking into re-releasing the films using new 3-D technology.

Guess Lindsay Lohan said ‘no’

Quentin Tarantino, who revived John Travolta’s career with “Pulp Fiction,” reportedly is turning his eye to Britney Spears.

London’s Daily Telegraph reports that Tarantino is close to signing the comeback-bound pop singer to star in a remake of Russ Meyer’s “Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!”

Spears would play a lesbian stripper who kills a young man and takes his girlfriend hostage as her love slave.

They wanted a new drug song

So how did ‘80s pop-rock superstar Huey Lewis wind up recording the title song for the new stoner comedy “Pineapple Express”?

“I don’t consider career moves,” says Lewis, 58. “I just answer the phone. I’m flattered at my ripe old age to even be considered.”

Clay’s latest production

Former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken is a father.

The 29-year-old singer announced the birth of Parker Foster Aiken on his blog Friday.

The mother is Jaymes Foster, Aiken’s friend and record producer whom he met while performing on “Idol.”

The germination of an idea

Matthew McConaughey has revealed that he kept the placenta from his son’s July birth and plans to plant it in an orchard.

He hopes it will fertilize the land, a ritual long followed in several cultures, the actor tells CNN’s “House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta” in a two-part interview today and next Saturday.

“When I was in Australia, they had a placenta tree that was on the river … and all the placentas of all that tribe, all that clan, whatever aboriginal tribe that was, all the placentas went under that one tree, and it was this huge behemoth of just health and strength,” he says.

The birthday bunch

Comedian David Steinberg is 66. Actor Sam Elliott is 64. Actress Melanie Griffith is 51. Actress Amanda Bearse is 50. Rapper Kurtis Blow is 49. Singer Whitney Houston is 45.Actress Gillian Anderson is 40. Actor Eric Bana is 40. Singer Juanes is 36.

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