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He said he'd be back

Ah, the wonders of technology: Warner Bros. is exploring whether it can digitally insert Arnold Schwarzenegger into "Terminator: Salvation" (opening May 19). The California governator said he had met with director McG and agreed to be in the movie -- as long as he didn't have to actually act. "I made it very clear that I don't have the time to do the movie," he said. Schwarzenegger says he would be in a brief scene in which he appears as a "future Terminator," adding, "I think it's cool to continue on with the franchise, in case I want to jump over again and get into the acting after I'm through here."

The final reel

Patrick Wilson has joined the cast of the Harrison Ford-Rachel McAdams-Diane Keaton comedy "Morning Glory." ... Christian Bale reportedly is replacing Brad Pitt, who replaced Matt Damon, in "The Fighter," starring Mark Wahlberg (who has withstood all the casting changes). David O. Russell ("I Heart Huckabees") is planning to step in as director, replacing Darren Aronofsky. Doesn't anyone want to commit to this thing? ... A third film in the "Da Vinci Code" franchise (following No. 2, "Angels & Demons," out May 15) will be based on Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol." If you've never heard of it, it's because the book won't be published until September.

CYNTHIA DICKISON