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  1. 'Beauty and the Beast' Advance Ticket Sales Are 'Unstoppable,' Fandango Says

    With all the hype surrounding Disney's live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast," it should come as no surprise that the film's advance ticket sales are blowing up.

    Tickets only went on sale on Monday, Jan. 30, but Fandango reports they're on pace to surpass the pre-sales of "Finding Dory." That would be quite a feat. The "Finding Nemo" sequel opened to $135 million, according to Box Office Mojo, making it the highest-grossing North American debut of all time for an animated film.

    "Beauty and the Beast" might not qualify in the same category as "Finding Dory," but the sales are impressive nonetheless. Fandango described its early pre-sales as "unstoppable" and compared them to the numbers the online ticket-seller usually see for superhero flicks, Deadline reports. It's clear that fans are eager to see the film's stars, including Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, take on the iconic "tale as old as time."

    Expect crowded theaters when "Beauty and the Beast" opens on March 17.

    [via: Deadline]

  2. The Most Anticipated Movies of February 2017

    Welcome to the "New Release Rundown," where we run down the most anticipated movies coming to theaters in February 2017. Let's dive right in...

    February blasts off with sci-fi heart-melter "The Space Between Us" and horror sequel "Rings" getting wide releases on the 3rd.

    February 10th premieres a trio of heavy hitters, including "The Lego Batman Movie," the sequel shoot-em-up "John Wick: Chapter 2" and the hotly anticipated "Fifty Shades Darker," all of which feature low-lighting and people getting tied up -- but for VERY different reasons.

    Another triple threat hits theaters the following weekend: horror-thriller "A Cure for Wellness," school-yard brawl comedy "Fist Fight," and the Matt Damon helmed action-fantasy "The Great Wall" square off for box office supremacy on February 17th.

    On February 24th, along with action movie "Collide" and the animated "Rock Dog," we get the Jordan Peele-helmed horror-thriller "Get Out," which is getting attention for its racially charged spookiness.

  3. Watch (Almost) All the Trailers for Movies Coming Out This Holiday Season
    'Tis the season for SO MANY MOVIES.

    In fact, the sheer volume of movies coming out during the holiday season makes it real hard to stay informed as to what is being released and when. Is "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" that super-sad Casey Affleck movie? Is Ezra Miller being visited by aliens? Is "Arrival" the next standalone movie in the "Star Wars" franchise? If your answer to any of those questions is anything other than "no," you found the right list.

    Fear not movie fans, we've compiled all of the trailers for movies being released this holiday season (aka November and December) into one place for your viewing convenience.

    "Almost Christmas" (Nov. 11th)

    "Arrival" (Nov. 11th)

    "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" (Nov. 11th)


    "Elle" (Nov. 11th)


    "Shut In" (Nov. 11th)


    "Edge of Seventeen" (Nov. 18th)


    "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" (Nov. 18th)


    "Manchester by the Sea" (Nov. 18th)


    "Nocturnal Animals" (Nov. 18th)


    "Bad Santa 2" (Nov. 23rd)


    "Allied" (Nov. 23rd)


    "Moana" (Nov. 23rd)


    "Rules Don't Apply" (Nov. 23rd)


    "Lion" (Nov. 25th)


    "Jackie" (Dec. 2nd)


    "La La Land" (Dec. 9th)


    "Office Christmas Party" (Dec. 9th)


    "Collateral Beauty" (Dec. 16th)


    "The Founder" (Dec. 16)


    "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (Dec. 16th)


    "20th Century Women" (Dec. 25th)


    "Assassin's Creed" (Dec 21st)


    "Passengers" (Dec. 21st)


    "Sing" (Dec. 21st)


    "Patriots Day" (Dec. 21st)


    "A Monster Calls" (Dec. 23rd)


    "Hidden Figures" (Dec. 25th)


    "Gold" (Dec. 25th)


    "Fences" (Dec. 25th)


    "Live by Night" (Dec. 25th)


    "Why Him?" (Dec. 25th)
  4. What's Leaving Netflix in September 2015
    As you've likely heard, a slew of high-profile movies, including "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "World War Z" are leaving Netflix in September, thanks to the expiration of a deal with Epix.

    Also going bye-bye, TV series including "Coach," "Undeclared," and Britcom "The IT Crowd."

    Leaving September 1
    "Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London" (2004)
    "Bratz: Rock Angelz" (2005)
    "Care Bears: Big Wish Movie" (2005)
    "Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-Lot" (2004)
    "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000)
    "Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!" (2009)
    "Doomsday Preppers": Season 1-3
    "Electrick Children" (2012)
    "FernGully: The Last Rainforest" (1992)
    "Ink Master": Season 2
    "Jackie Brown" (1997)
    "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" (1998)
    "Mortal Kombat: The Movie" (1995)
    "Patch Adams" (1998)
    "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" (2006)
    "Rugrats in Paris: The Movie" (2000)
    "Rules of Engagement" (2000)
    "Rumpelstiltskin" (1987)
    "Sarah's Choice" (2009)
    "School of Rock" (2003)
    "She's the One" (1996)
    "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993)
    "The IT Crowd": Series 1-4
    "The Lost Boys" (1987)
    "Total Recall" (1990)
    "W." (2008)

    Leaving September 2
    "Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This" (2010)

    Leaving September 3
    "Dinosaurs": Seasons 1-4

    Leaving September 4
    "Delta Farce" (2007)

    Leaving September 5
    "Marilyn in Manhattan" (2012)

    Leaving September 7
    "Ramsay's Best Restaurant": Season 1

    Leaving September 9
    "Bratz: Friendship Is Always in Style" (2014)
    "Kicking It" (2008)

    Leaving September 10
    "100 Below Zero" (2013)
    "Becoming Chaz" (2010)
    "Crash & Bernstein": Season 1-2
    "War Witch" (2012)

    Leaving September 13
    "High Fidelity" (2000)

    Leaving September 14
    "Corky Romano" (2001)

    Leaving September 15
    "Best of Teletubbies"
    "Bratz: The Video: Starrin' & Stylin'" (2004)
    "Coach": Seasons 1-9
    "Spiral": Season 4
    "Valhalla" (2013)

    Leaving September 16
    "Hank: Five Years from the Brink" (2013)
    "The Slap": Season 1

    Leaving September 20
    "Reporter" (2009)

    Leaving September 22
    "National Geographic: Inside Guantanamo" (2009)
    "National Geographic: The Battle for Midway" (1999)

    Leaving September 26
    "Indy 500: The Inside Line" (2011)
    "Lethal Force" (2011)
    "Ron White: A Little Unprofessional"(2012)

    Leaving September 27
    "LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu": Season 1-2
    "My Boys": Season 1-4

    Leaving September 28
    "Undeclared": The Complete Series

    Leaving September 29
    "Bratz: Desert Jewelz" (2011)
    "Comic Book Men": Season 2
    "Coriolanus" (2011)

    Leaving September 30
    "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" (2013)
    "Apocalypse Now" (1979)
    "Hercules" (2014)
    "If I Stay" (2014)
    "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (2014)
    "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa"(2013)
    "Nebraska" (2013)
    "The Prince" (2014)
    "The Skeleton Twins" (2014)
    "Saved!" (2004)
    "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979)
    "Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013)
    "The Expendables 3" (2014)
    "The Good Guy" (2010)
    "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (2013)
    "The Wolf of Wall Street" (2013)
    "Transformers: Age of Extinction" (2014)
    "World War Z" (2013)
  5. WATCH LIVE: Jeremy Renner & Michael Cuesta on 'Kill the Messenger'

    Actor Jeremy Renner and director Michael Cuesta have teamed up to make one of the fall's hottest films: "Kill the Messenger" Watch as they stop by AOL BUILD to discuss the dramatic thriller of a journalist who risks everything to expose the CIA's funding of Nicaraguan rebels.

    WATCH LIVE 10:30 a.m. ET / 7:30 a.m. PT.

  6. 'Divergent': 10 Things We Learned on the Set of the Shailene Woodley Blockbuster

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    If you've seen the full-length trailer for "Divergent," you understand why we're so excited about the dystopian romance based on author Veronica Roth's best-selling books. Roth's Chicago-set trilogy about a society where teenagers must choose Factions (communities) based on their character strengths (Erudite for the intelligent; Amity for the friendly; Candor for the honest; Abnegation for the selfless and Dauntless for the brave) is so popular the final book "Allegiant" broke publishing records on Oct. 22 by selling more than 455,000 books in its first day.

    Moviefone had the chance to visit the "Divergent" set in Chicago, and aside from realizing just how ridiculously attractive the entire cast is, here are 10 things we learned about turning the young adult phenomenon into a movie. Stay tuned for even more coverage of "Divergent" as we get closer to its March 20 release date!

    1. The filmmakers have a respected pedigree
    This isn't a production by Hollywood upstarts hoping to get in on the YA page-to-screen trend. Oscar-winning producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher of Red Wagon Entertainment have produced prestigious films like "Gladiator," "The Great Gatsby" and "Memoirs of a Geisha." The producers selected director Neil Burger, who has a history of making both action films ("Limitless") and character-driven dramas ("The Illusionist.")

    Burger says he connected with the story and didn't want to make just another teen movie. "I mean that was one of things that I was just like 'Is it going to be another one of these movies?' Some of which are really good, but I wanted something different. We've seen a lot of post-apocalyptic movies; we've seen these other young adult movies. So I just thought that there was a way to do it in a much more cinematic way, to tell it visually, and also to tell it in a more real way."

    2. Shailene Woodley (Tris) and Theo James (Four) have sizzling chemistry
    As the new trailer makes obvious, the two leads have an undeniable chemistry. While every line they say to each other in the book didn't make it into the screenplay, the two leads made a point of saying the Big Stuff is there, and it's fabulous.

    "I think their relationship in the book is slightly different, but obviously there's only a certain amount of scenes that we can play in the movie," Woodley told us. "So the arc of Tris and Four I don't think is as full of the certain small nuances. But it's good guys! Don't worry it's good."

    James confirmed that the romantic scene when Tris inspects Four's tattoos (which the trailer teases) is as pivotal in the movie as it is in the book. "Yes, that scene remains in. That's an important scene for us as well [as fans]," he said."The great thing about their relationship at the beginning is that they're not suddenly in love. I mean obviously they kind of are as soon as they see each other but they have this fractious thing because he's trying to remain some sort of authority and she's discovering herself so they are kind of back and fourth."

    3. Boys hit girls. Girls hit girls. Boys hit boys.
    Just like in the book, the Dauntless Faction is known for its merciless initiation process, in which the transfer newbies must fight, fight, fight –- and gender is not an issue when it comes to sparring. As one of the story's baddies, Miles Teller's Peter had to really sell beating up Woodley's Tris. "I would never hit a woman for the record," Teller laughs. "With Shai there's a certain level of comfort, which is great."

    Zoe Kravitz's Christina has a memorable fight scene against the much larger and stronger Molly (Amy C. Newbold): "It was pretty intense. It was really tiring doing it over and over again. Like I said, Molly is twice my size, or Amy, so she throws me around and beats the sh-t out of me in this scene... At first they were like the fight sequence was just me being beaten and I'm like 'Come on give me a few punches please.'"

    Newbold, on the other hand, told us she loved the fights: "My fight with Shailene was the first day and then my fight with Zoe was the second day. So I was simultaneously super nervous because I didn't know what to expect and it just ended up being so fun. I found out I really love to fight."

    4. It's not like "The Hunger Games"
    Although the cast and crew understands why "Divergent" is often compared to other movies based on popular young-adult franchises, they were quick to point out the many differences between the setting, the characters and storyline.

    Newbold stresses how in "Divergent," the violence isn't supposed to be gratuitous, it's about demonstrating your propensity for bravery: "In 'Divergent,' all of the initiates have chosen this and in that way they feel that it's a characteristic that they are close to -- this idea of bravery -- and it's something that resonates with them. So I think that's a little different than your name being pulled out of something and being thrown into this arena where you have to kill."

    5. It's not like "Twilight" either
    Woodley stressed how Tris and Four are not Bella and Edward. "One of the main aspects that attracted me to Divergent was 'their' relationship. It's not one of those teenage dramatic relationships where it's love at first sight and she's swooning over him and he's there with her and then he withdraws and she has to chase him," she said. "There's no drama [or love triangles.] I feel like it's very real and very personal and realistic to how a lot of relationships are. It's very different than the Bella/Edward relationship. They're completely on the opposite sides of the spectrum."

    WATCH the trailer for "Divergent" (VIDEO)

    6. Dystopian Chicago really is Chicago
    Unlike "The Hunger Games," which takes place mostly in unidentified rural regions of a dystopian North America, "Divergent" is set firmly in Chicago, so the producers decided to shoot in the Windy City as well.

    "We wanted to do something that was more real, not raw in a gritty way, but raw in an immediate and intimate way. So one of the things we wanted to do was shoot on the streets of Chicago and we didn't want to do CG skylines or digital landscapes," Burger told us. "So I thought it's set in Chicago and Chicago is this monumental place, why not use that? That's the skyline, it's already here, give or take a few building that might've been lost in the war. It's pretty much the same. So the idea of shooting a movie that's set in the future but on the streets that are familiar."

    7. Book fans need to prepare for differences between the book and the film.
    Every director of an adaptation struggles with pleasing the hardcore book fans and creating a film adaptation that's simultaneously faithful and fresh. Woodley says she hopes book fans will understand the differences.

    "Obviously the book is what -- 400 pages? The script is 90 pages, and there are some things in the book that logic-wise wouldn't make sense in a theatrical way, so we had to switch the way we are presenting it," she explained.

    For example, in the movie it's obvious that Four is more than two years older than Tris, as it's written in the book. James thinks this was a necessary change: "I think for Four to have that experience as a leader and as someone of high skill that he is, that he joined two years ago and now he's this f---ing legend, I think it makes more sense that he's been there a bit longer, only a few more years."

    8. The young cast bonded over boot camp and concerts.
    In addition to working out together for hours each day before shooting started, the young cast also got the chance to hang out at Chicago venues. Cast-member Christian Madsen explains how Zoe Kravitz hooked everybody up with tickets to see Erykah Badu. "Day two after I got here we went to see Erykah Badu at the House of Blues. Zoe got everyone tickets... I just remember stuff like that and we were dancing. No one really knew each other but by the end of the night everyone was into each other."

    Being her father's daughter, Kravitz says it made sense to take everyone to the show: "It's the first thing I do when I go to a new city; I want to go see music," she tells us. "I was like 'Dude, Erykah Badu's playing!' No one was excited as I was, and I was like 'You don't understand, she's amazing!' So we got everyone to go. Theo and Christian, the next couple of days like every time I would go to their apartments they would be listening to Erykah Badu."

    9. There's a strong "Hunger Games" connection
    Zoe Kravitz, who plays Tris' fellow Dauntless transfer BFF Christina, is the daughter of Lenny Kravitz (Cinna in "The Hunger Games") and the real life bestie of "X-Men: First Class" co-star Jennifer Lawrence aka Katniss Everdeen. Kravitz reached out to Jen to see what she was getting herself into.
    "I spoke to Jen more about it. She was just like 'Do it!' and super supportive," Kravitz told us. "It's obviously changed her life quite a bit for the best, she's killin it. It's crazy I never expected to be in a big franchise film I was surprised when I did 'X-Men' and then 'Mad Max' and now I'm doing this. It's really crazy for me."

    10. Everybody Loves Shai
    The consistent refrain from every single person we met on the set, from the producer and director to the costume designer and stunts coordinator is that Woodley is a rare combination of talented, humble and generous. Perhaps that explains why she hits it off so well with her co-stars. Miles Teller, who plays her "Divergent" antagonist Peter, was previously her love interest in "The Spectacular Now," and Ansel Elgort, her brother in "Divergent," plays her first love in the upcoming "The Fault in Our Stars."

    Teller reveals about his friendship with Woodley: "Me and Shai have an interesting relationship, but that's love you know? For a couple of months you're so in love with that person and sometimes you're on edge a little bit... If I could work with Shai once a year for the rest of my career than I think we'd be doing some good stuff together."

  7. Brian Fantana's 'Anchorman 2' Character Poster Reeks of Sex Panther (EXCLUSIVE)

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    Is New York ready to get wild?

    "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," the long awaited follow-up to "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," features our beloved Channel 4 news team making their way to Manhattan -- and stopping at nothing to reclaim the No. 1 spot atop the ratings. With the highly anticipated comedy right around the corner, posters, trailers, clips (you name it) are popping up practically every day. So why should today be any different?

    We got our mitts on this exclusive poster (below), which features a giant Brian Fontana (Paul Rudd) seemingly ready to take New York City by storm -- and we can only hope he keeps the panther (that's a Sex Panther reference) to himself. While the poster's design may seem simple at first glance, it's rife with the details that make Fontana, well, Fontana; Leather jacket? Check. Bell-bottoms? Check. Paisley tie? Check. Mate.

    "Anchorman 2," starring Rudd, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate -- and co-starring Fred Willard, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, and Harrison Ford -- hits theaters on December 20.

    Until then, stay classy, America. Brian Fontana
    Anchorman 2 -Trailer No. 4
  8. 'Thor: The Dark World' End Credits Scene Leaves Director Alan Taylor Unhappy

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    WARNING: The following post contains a SPOILER about a scene that appears in the end credits of "Thor: The Dark World." Stop reading now if you want to be surprised by the scene in theaters.

    A scene added to the end credits sequence of "Thor: The Dark World" is getting negative reviews from a surprising source: the film's director.

    Alan Taylor, who helmed the sequel to 2011's "Thor," told Bleeding Cool that he wasn't happy about the tag, which reveals a blonde-haired Benicio Del Toro as the Collector from "Guardians of the Galaxy," teasing the upcoming James Gunn-directed flick that's the next entry into the Marvel movie canon. Taylor said he "absolutely did not" direct the scene when questioned about it by Bleeding Cool, adding that he was "very happy not to take responsibility" for it.

    "It's a different tone," Taylor explained of the scene, in comparison to the rest of "The Dark World." "I would have shot it differently. But I think it's cool that it reaches out and touches that other universe. That universe is coming. The Guardians universe is really cool and wacky ... but that sequence in the credits, I would say, is the only part of the movie where I'm happy to give the credit away."

    Taylor also added that he "wouldn't blame [the scene] on James Gunn," though "it's clearly his sets and his characters" that are depicted. Bleeding Cool also sat down with Marvel producer Kevin Feige, who said that the scene was indeed shot by Gunn, sometime within the last few weeks.

    So why is Taylor so angry about the last-minute addition? Is it just that it represents a shift in tone, or is he more upset that someone else came in and fiddled with his vision? The latter reason seems a bit out of character for Taylor, since he famously called in "Avengers" director Joss Whedon to help rewrite several "Dark World" scenes, a process Taylor praised and said resulted in action that was "much better ... much more fun, much more surprising than what we were trying to do." Perhaps the credits kerfuffle is because he was insulted that no one consulted him first?

    Audiences will soon be able to judge for themselves whether the end credits scene works or not. "Thor: The Dark World" opens November 8.

    [via Bleeding Cool, h/t Yahoo! Movies UK]


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  9. 'The Fault in Our Stars': Why Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort Will Be Perfect

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    "The Fault in Our Stars" has begun production in Pittsburgh, and it's one of the fastest page-to-screen adaptations in recent movie history. Award-winning author John Green's runaway critical and commercial success (it topped dozens of Best of 2012 lists) was published in January 2012, and the film is scheduled to hit theaters next year. There's a lot riding on getting this brilliant young adult novel right, because unlike the trendy genre fare, this is a story about teens falling in love while dealing with very real and unthinkable issues -- terminal cancer prognoses -- and there's nary a vampire, werewolf or dystopian government in sight.

    "The Fault in Our Stars," unlike some books-to-movies that the audience may not even realize are adaptations until the credits roll, is one of those best-selling, zeitgeist-capturing works like "Harry Potter," "The Hunger Games," and yes, even that little vampire phenomenon "Twilight," that are so embedded in readers' minds that every casting decision is met with cries of disapproval or skepticism -- at least until the author chimes in with his/her approval.

    That kind of endorsement is exactly what Green felt compelled to do after it was confirmed that Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort would play Hazel Grace and Augustus, the central characters in the adaptation, and his Twitter followers responded with cries of "no way, not them."

    Why Shailene Woodley is Perfect
    "Shailene Woodley is a brilliant actress and Golden Globe nominee. I cannot think of any 18-year-old actress who has received the kind of critical acclaim that she has (she also won an Independent Spirit Award)," Green wrote on his Tumblr blog in May. "Her depth of understanding were immediately obvious in the audition and for me there could be no one else to play Hazel."

    Woodley may not match Green's physical description of Hazel Grace (who's supposed to look like Natalie Portman from "V for Vendetta" -- petite, brunette, doe-eyed, and with closely-cropped, post-chemo hair), but he wasn't concerned about that, and he says the book's fans shouldn't be either.

    "Hollywood can fix that stuff. (Remember when Nicole Kidman became Virginia Woolf) I'm concerned with whether she can embody the voice and experience and life of Hazel. She can," Green stressed.

    After all, 21-year-old Woodley won that Independent Spirit Award for going toe-to-toe with George Clooney in "The Descendants," is currently earning rave reviews for her performance in the coming-of-age drama "The Spectacular Now," and recently wrapped a leading role in the upcoming dystopian thriller "Divergent" (which coincidentally features Elgort as her on-screen brother). She's got the acting range and the love of the book necessary to pull off the nuanced role.

    She told Moviefone in May that she was ready to take on the role of Hazel Grace: "I'm so excited for Hazel Grace; I going to chop all of my hair off," she said. "I can't wait."

    The hair actually came off last month, and Woodley, who kept her hair long to play Tris in "Divergent," donated her locks to "Children With Hair Loss," a charity that provides wigs for kids who've lost their hair to cancer treatments and other diseases.

    "Not only do I have the opportunity to externally shift my current establishment of self, but I have the blessed gift of donating my long locks to a wonderful organization who will then create a wig for someone in need. WHAT AN HONOR," Woodley wrote on her Tumblr blog.

    If Woodley's on-screen experience and Green's approval aren't enough to convince readers of her ability to play Hazel Grace, take it from the man who co-wrote the adaptation to "The Fault in Our Stars," Michael Weber (who also co-wrote and produced "The Spectacular Now").

    "She has good taste, is attracted to the material, and she can do anything. She's just awesome," he gushed. "There was a rumor going around that 'Fault in Our Stars' was just handed to her because of 'Spectacular Now.'... That is just false."

    Weber explains that she auditioned and beat out over 200 actresses "some of them really big names." "It was not handed to her, it was not a foregone conclusion by any means, but it is such a joy to work with her again," Weber told us.

    Why Ansel Elgort is Perfect
    Weber also spoke highly of Elgort playing Augustus -- who is hot and funny and ridiculously smart. Elgort, 19, is a relative newcomer to Hollywood, but he graduated from New York's prestigious LaGuardia School for the Performing Arts, had a starring role in an Off-Broadway show, and will win over any skeptics after appearing in both "Divergent" and "Carrie."

    "Ansel Elgort is not well known, but I promise America that he is going to rock Augustus," Weber said. "He's a brilliant young actor. And his chemistry with Shailene is just remarkable. He's got that 'Gus' special quality."

    As for any awkwardness about the two playing brother and sister in the "Divergent" series and then teen lovers in "FiOS," Weber reminds readers that if anything, their experience on "Divergent" has been like an extended rehearsal period for their tear-jerker romance.

    "I think it speaks to their abilities as serious actors that they can go from brother and sister to this," Weber said. "As actors who respect each other, they developed a rapport on that set that I know will translate over. Their chemistry is just so, so good."

    Elgort admitted to MTV News that the friendship he formed with Woodley on the Chicago "Divergent" set gave him a good in for landing the role.

    "I'm sure it helped ... We already were becoming best friends throughout ['Divergent'], and then I tested in L.A. with her for that, and just the chemistry was perfect, and we're both so excited to do it."

    Best of friends playing life-changing first loves? Hazel Grace and Augustus would approve. Okay? Okay.



    Divergent's Ansel Elgort Talks Playing Shailene's Brother, Then Lover in The Fault in Our Stars

  10. 2013 Fall Movie Preview: Sci-Fi & Horror

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    Autumn is usually when Oscar hopefuls begin to roll out on the calendar, but it's also a time for pulpy thrills and out-of-this-world entertainment. The one-two punch of science fiction and horror always seem to fit the mood of fall; after all, what better entertainment is there for cold weather, dark days, and Halloween?

    We've profiled the most anticipated comedies, dramas, and family films this past week, and now Moviefone looks to the biggest sci-fi and horror flicks arriving for fall 2013. Get ready for eagerly anticipated sequels, risky remakes that have fans biting their nails, and even a George Clooney Oscar-contender thrown into the mix. (Oh, and don't forget that little movie that might pick up some fan buzz. What's it called? Oh yeah, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.")

    Check out all the movies in the gallery below, then tell us which films you're most excited to see in the comments!

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    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Trailer No. 1


  11. Oscar Buzz Begins in Earnest at Venice, Telluride, and Toronto Film Festivals

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    With critics and movie buffs flocking to fall film festivals like swallows returning to Capistrano, it's clear that Oscar season is upon us again. Already, the buzz is strong for movies that played last week at Venice and Telluride, and the air in Toronto is thick with anticipation for likely contenders playing there later this week and next. Therefore, we can anoint some favorites in the race, even though none of these movies has been released yet.

    The biggest hosannas at Telluride went to "12 Years a Slave," the based-in-fact epic about an African-American free man who was shanghaied and sold into bondage in the years before the Civil War. Not only will we no longer have any excuse for not knowing how to spell and pronounce Chiwetel Ejiofor (an instant Best Actor contender), but his movie will also be a favorite for Best Picture, Best Director ("Shame" helmer Steve McQueen), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), Best Supporting Actress (newcomer Lupita Nyong'o), and Best Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley).

    Much praise also went to "Prisoners," the kidnapping drama whose cast consists largely of previous Oscar nominees and winners (including Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, and Melissa Leo) who may get booked for a return trip to the podium.

    Also at Telluride: "Inside Llewyn Davis," Joel and Ethan Coen's look at the New York City folk scene of the early 1960s. Having premiered back in May at Cannes, the film wowed viewers in Colorado, too, spurring talk of Best Director and Best Actor (Oscar Isaac, of "Drive," as the title musician).

    Another Venice and Telluride favorite was "Gravity," Alfonso Cuaron's ("Children of Men") sci-fi opera about an astronaut (Sandra Bullock) adrift in space. People are talking about that for Best Picture, too, as well as Best Director, Best Actress, and maybe even Best Supporting Actor for frequent Academy favorite George Clooney.

    Venice also sparked buzz for Judi Dench (always Oscar bait) in "Philomena" and Daniel Radcliffe (as poet Allen Ginsberg) in "Kill Your Darlings."

    Some of these movies will also play at the less-exclusive Toronto Film Festival, beginning Sept. 5. Listen for talk about such movies as "August: Osage County" (with an all-star cast led by Julia Roberts), "Rush" (Ron Howard's racing drama), "Labor Day" (with Kate Winslet doing her trademark unhappy hausfrau role), "The Fifth Estate" (with Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks' Julian Assange), "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (starring Idris Elba as the South African leader), and "Dallas Buyers Club" (starring an emaciated Matthew McConaughey as an AIDS-stricken activist).

    Some movies that already played at Cannes will be seeing their North American debuts in Toronto. Among the buzziest are "All Is Lost," the one-man, nearly-silent drama that stars Robert Redford as a solo sailor adrift at sea, and "Nebraska," the latest from director Alexander Payne ("The Descendants"), featuring a comeback role for Bruce Dern as a cantankerous dad on a road trip. "Blue Is the Warmest Color" wowed Cannes viewers with the performances of Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux as a lesbian couple.

    There are still some movies that remain wild cards, since no one has seen them yet, but whose makers have Oscar pedigrees that make them possible contenders this year. Tom Hanks has two movies: "Captain Phillips" (as a real-life victim of a Somali pirate attack) and "Saving Mr. Banks" (as Walt Disney, opposite Emma Thompson in the role of "Marry Poppins" author P.L. Travers). George Clooney has two: "Gravity" and "Monuments Men" (a World War II drama directed by and co-starring Clooney). Director David O. Russell is back with "American Hustle," a period crime drama featuring Oscar-nominated stars from both of his last two films ("The Fighter" and "Silver Linings Playbook"). Ben Stiller, after years of trying, finally remade "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" as director and star. And "The Wolf of Wall Street" is the latest collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. Some of these will debut at the New York film festival in a few weeks.

    These films may join such already-released summer movies "Blue Jasmine," "Fruitvale Station," and "Lee Daniels' The Butler" among Oscar contenders. "Jasmine" has generated awards talk for writer/director Woody Allen and star Cate Blanchett; "Fruitvale" for star Michael B. Jordan; and "The Butler" for director Daniels and stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.

    Why does it matter what a handful of critics saw at Telluride or are about to see at Toronto? Well, last year at this time, the pundits were emerging from Telluride and raving about a movie called "Argo."



    George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and More Headed to Toronto Film Festival
  12. 'Killing Season' Trailer: John Travolta Hunts Robert De Niro

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    It's hard to believe that Robert De Niro and John Travolta have never starred in a movie together, but the two Hollywood heavyweights are finally facing off in "Killing Season."

    As the first trailer shows, De Niro is a Bosnian war veteran who's shut himself off from his family and the rest of the world in the Appalachian Mountains.

    Travolta is a lost hunter with a bad accent and weird beard whom De Niro takes in. Little does he know that the guy is actually a Serbian soldier plotting vengeance against him for something that happened during the war.

    But once they head out hunting, De Niro quickly realizes he's Travolta's prey. "What do you want from me?" he demands in a walkie-talkie.

    "To feenish vat vee stahted," Travolta cackles.

    They go mano a mano, and for an old guy, De Niro holds his own.

    "You want a war? Come and get it," he taunts the Serbian.

    "Killing Season" stalks theaters July 12.

    Killing Season- Trailer No.1


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  13. 2012 Movie Preview: Horror, From 'Halloween 3D' to 'World War Z'

    With 2011 in its death throes, what better time to look ahead to 2012. All this week, Moviefone will preview the seemingly endless supply of big-time films hitting theaters during the next 12 months -- from from 'The Devil Inside' to 'Django Unchained' and everything in between. Next up: the 12 family films to watch for next year.

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  14. 'Hunger Games' Crash Course: Everything You Need To Know About Katniss Everdeen and More

    The countdown is on until March 23, when 'The Hunger Games' -- Suzanne Collins' best-selling young adult thriller -- hits theaters. If you haven't seen the awesome trailer or read any of the three chart-topping books, you may not know what the 'The Hunger Games' is about; it's not only one of the most anticipated releases of 2012 but it's set to become the Next Big Movie Franchise. In other words, this is the latest page-to-screen series with a hardcore built-in following that's stirring up teen and adult fans into a veritable frenzy.

    Here is a handy primer of what you need to know to get ready for the big screen adaptation of the popular series.


    WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

    The dystopian thriller takes place in a bleak, post-apocalyptic future, where North America -- now called Panem -- has been divided into 12 Districts that serve the controlling Capitol. During a morbid public lottery, 16-year-old huntress Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) takes her 12-year-old sister's place to compete in a televised battle-to-the-death contest that pits her against 23 other teens, including her fellow District 12 "Tribute" Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). As they train to compete in the titular Hunger Games, it's obvious their developing friendship complicates their ability to kill each other in the Arena. But no matter their feelings, they will have to outlive the 22 Tributes from other Districts to return to home.
    WHO'S WHO IN THE CAST


    The impressively large cast is led by Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. The three most important men in Katniss' life are her best friend Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus' on-and-off-camera love in 'The Last Song'), her fellow District 12 tribute Peeta (Josh Hutcherson, from 'The Kids Are All Right,' 'Bridge to Terabithia' and 15 other movies), and her often-drunk Hunger Games mentor Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson). Other important cast members include Elizabeth Banks as Capitol representative Effie Trinket; Lenny Kravitz as Katniss' personal stylist Cinna; Paula Malcomson as Katniss' mom; Stanley Tucci as the Hunger Games' host Caesar Flickerman; and Oscar winner Donald Sutherland as Panem's President Snow. And that doesn't even include all of the 22 other Hunger Games Tributes!

    Jennifer Lawrence on Katniss Everdeen: 'Her Face Cannot Be Badass'
    THE VIOLENCE WILL BE INTENSE


    The Hunger Games is an annual televised battle to the death between 24 adolescents aged 12-18. There are 24 "Tributes" -- one boy and one girl from each of Panem's 12 Districts -- who must compete every year for the amusement of the Capitol and as a reminder of the power the central city holds over its Districts. Think 'The Running Man' meets 'Battle Royale' by way of CBS' hit reality show 'Survivor.' Once in the Arena (the intricately controlled battleground), the Tributes have one goal: to be the last one standing. That means a LOT of teen-on-teen murder (hand-to-hand and weapons based, not to mention some help from the dangerous Arena), because in the end, there can be only one victor.
    IT'S NOT APPROPRIATE FOR LITTLE KIDS


    Yes 'The Hunger Games' series is published by Scholastic, but it's definitely for young adult readers -- a.k.a. middle-schoolers or mature tweens. Common Sense Media rates the three books as best for kids 12 & up, so on the big screen the PG-13 film will be even more difficult for younger fans to process. Even some teens are too sensitive to handle all of the kid-on-kid killing, so consider yourself warned.
    THE DEAL WITH THE FIRE

    You might be wondering what the deal is with all the fire in the movie's trailer, key art and posters. Let us explain, although it's a SPOILER: When Katniss and Peeta are introduced to Hunger Games viewers in the Tribute Parade, they're wearing ensembles custom designed by Cinna to symbolize their District's main industry: coal mining. The costumes are form-fitting black "unitards" covered by synthetic fire, making Katniss and Peeta utterly unforgettable from the first moment they're seen. Katniss is then dubbed "The Girl Who Was On Fire." As for the bird emblem, it's a "Mockingjay" -- a hybrid between the mockingbird and the fictional "jabberjay," a genetic mutation the Capitol unleashed to spy on the districts. It's a metaphor for all the Capitol can't control and also the gold pin Katniss' friend gives her to wear during the Games.

    Check Out 'The Hunger Games' District Trading Cards
    THIS IS NOT LIKE 'TWILIGHT' OR 'HARRY POTTER'


    Although everyone (including us!) loves comparing the box-office potential and popularity of 'The Hunger Games' to the international phenomena of 'Twilight' and 'Harry Potter,' the three stories are nothing alike -- except for the fact that they deal with extraordinary teenagers overcoming dangerous circumstances. The Girl on Fire has no magic like the Boy Who Lived and no need for saving like "The Girl Dazzled by Vampires."

    Listen to Taylor Swift's 'Hunger Games' Song 'Safe and Sound'
    THERE'S A LOVE TRIANGLE


    OK, so there is one teeny-tiny way 'The Hunger Games' mirrors the 'Twilight' saga: there's a trilogy-long love triangle between the beautiful protagonist and two worthy suitors, one of whom is her best friend. Katniss' two swoon-worthy prospects: her fellow hunter and close pal Gale and her fellow Hunger Games contestant Peeta, who's been secretly smitten with her for years. Who she'll end up with we'll never tell, but let's just say the fan divide between Team Gale and Team Peeta is as fierce as Team Jacob vs. Team Edward. Either way, they're both amazing (and gorgeous) guys.
    THERE WILL BE TWO SEQUELS

    It's not a spoiler to confirm that Katniss survives the titular Hunger Games; after all, what protagonist dies in the first story of a series? The second installment, 'Catching Fire,' introduces the audience to more than a dozen new characters, most of whom are veteran Hunger Games survivors who can't wait to meet the competitor from District 12.

    Fantasy Casting: Who Should Star in 'Catching Fire'?


    IT'S BETTER TO READ IT, THAN SEE IT

    If you really want to be ready for the March 23 premiere, start reading the Scholastic book series now. It's un-put-down-able, and once you start reading about Panem, the history of the Hunger Games, and Katniss and Peeta's ordeal in the Arena, you will NOT stop until you've blazed through 'Catching Fire' and 'Mockingjay.' One tip -- buy or borrow all three books at once, so you don't end up frantically running to the nearest Barnes & Noble for the next installment.


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  15. 2012 Movie Preview: Big Directors, from Steven Soderbergh to Quentin Tarantino


    With 2011 in its death throes, what better time to look ahead to 2012. All this week, Moviefone is previewing the seemingly endless supply of big-time films hitting theaters during the next 12 months -- from from 'The Devil Inside' to 'Django Unchained' and everything in between. Next up: the 12 big-name directors with new films out in 2012.

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  16. 2012 Movie Preview: Action, from 'The Grey' to 'Skyfall'


    With 2011 in its death throes, what better time to look ahead to 2012. All this week, Moviefone is previewing the seemingly endless supply of big-time films hitting theaters during the next 12 months -- from from 'The Devil Inside' to 'Django Unchained' and everything in between. Next up: the 12 action movies to watch for next year.

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  17. 2012 Movie Preview: Family Movies, From 'Ice Age' to Pixar's 'Brave'

    With 2011 in its death throes, what better time to look ahead to 2012. All this week, Moviefone will preview the seemingly endless supply of big-time films hitting theaters during the next 12 months -- from from 'The Devil Inside' to 'Django Unchained' and everything in between. Next up: the 12 family films to watch for next year.

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  18. 2012 Movie Preview: Blockbusters, from 'The Hunger Games' to 'The Dark Knight Rises'


    With 2011 but a hazy memory, what better time to look ahead at some of the biggest movies on tap for this year. From 'The Dark Knight Rises' to 'Django Unchained' and everything in between, 2012 is loaded with plenty of future favorites. Ahead, a look at some of the biggest blockbusters, comedies, dramas and romances on tap for the year.

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  19. 2012 Movie Preview: Comedies, From 'American Reunion' to 'The Dictator'


    With 2011 in its death throes, what better time to look ahead to 2012. All this week, Moviefone will preview the seemingly endless supply of big-time films hitting theaters during the next 12 months -- from 'The Devil Inside' to 'Django Unchained' and everything in between. First up: the 12 comedies to watch next year.

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  20. 'The Hunger Games' District Trading Cards: President Snow and Seneca Crane [Moviefone Exclusive]

    Anticipation for 'The Hunger Games' continues to build like the Games's countdown clock in the fabulous trailer (still watching that one every day, FYI), and at least part of that has to do with the increased fan interaction on the District Facebook pages. Each of Panem's 12 districts saw a (fictional) mayor elected last week, and now Lionsgate has released a spate of collectible online District trading cards to coincide with those coronations, featuring your favorite 'Hunger Games' characters -- as well as some of your potentially least favorite. Like the duplicitous President Snow and Gameskeeper Seneca Crane! Moviefone has your exclusive first-look at the Snow and Crane cards, which you're encouraged to print out and perhaps use as a dart board. Come on, like Katniss wouldn't do the same thing?

    The Tribute Trading Cards showcase all of the District Tributes and feature some key stats about each of the participants. If you're a 'Hunger Games' newbie, it's a great way to get acquainted with some of Katniss's competition -- be sure to check out Glimmer and Cato -- and if you're a long-time fan, the cards are a fun reminder that 'The Hunger Games' is a little under four months away from arriving in theaters.

    Head over to the 'Hunger Games' Facebook page for more and check out the cards below. 'The Hunger Games' -- starring Donald Sutherland as President Snow, Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, and Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson -- arrives in theaters on March 23, 2012.



    Check out the full gallery below; there have been stirrings of real trading cards being printed.


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  21. 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Hard Copy Video Looks Into Mystery



    The "feel bad movie of Christmas" doesn't open until Dec. 23, but in the meantime, you can delve into the secrets of 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' with a new viral video. Posted to Mouth Taped Shut is what seems to be an episode of the old 'Hard Copy' tabloid TV, complete with cheesy reenactments, cheesy '80s hair and lo-res, seemingly 30-year-old VHS. The 'Swedish Mystery' episode delves into the death of Harriet Vanger, which is the central mystery at the heart of 'Tattoo.'



    'Hard Copy,' for what it's worth, ran from 1989 to 1999, occupying a pre-E! niche of celebrity crime stories, inspiring the 'Rock Bottom' parody on 'The Simpsons' episode 'Homer Badman.'

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  22. Peter Berg on 'Battleship' and the 'Inherent Cynicism' Among 'Cinema Intelligentsia'


    By Jenna Busch

    "You sank my Battleship!" We all remember the game, but when the idea to base a film on it was bandied about, people seemed a bit concerned. How do you take a game that was nothing more than plastic with pegs and turn it into a film -- and should you even try? According to 'Battleship' director Peter Berg, definitely. "There's been so much inherent skepticism about how you can make a film about plastic pegs and grids," he told Moviefone during a visit to the 'Battleship' edit bay earlier this year. "To me that was never an issue. It was all about naval warfare and about the modern navy and I've had the privilege of knowing the modern navy, being on the ships that you guys got to see and going out to sea and watching them operate and seeing what their weapons systems are, seeing how smart the men and women are that fight. I always knew there could be a film there, but now the reality of actually executing that is an awesome task."

    That awesome task is quite the major undertaking. 'Battleship' stars Taylor Kitch as Alex Hooper, a man who's life isn't exactly on track. Alexander Skarsgard plays his brother Stone, a military man who is exactly the opposite of Alex. When aliens attack (yes, aliens), the two have to work together to save the world. As if that weren't hard enough, these aliens, Berg explained, have stealth technology that makes them impossible to read on sensors. (See where this is going? D6!)

    'Battleship,' which will get distributed by Universal, is a Hasbro property like 'Transformers,' a fact that Berg says made the film easier to swallow for everyone despite the huge financial risk.

    "Well, look, there's no doubt that in today's film world, unless you're Jim Cameron and you've got a lot of time and an incredible amount of money to put a project together [...] it's a real, bona fide risk that puts a lot of jobs at risk, a lot of children's medical insurance and dental, orthodontists and summer camps. The trickle down effect, the amount of money being spent on these films is massive. So, the idea of going alone, whether it's 'Harry Potter,' it's 'Pirates of the Caribbean' having at least some brand familiarity with the Disneyland ride; it's 'Transformers,' obviously it's everything that Marvel and DC are doing; none of these guys are going completely alone. Jim Cameron, hat off to him, he is. No one else is at this budget level.

    "So, to say that it doesn't give the guys writing the checks a little bit of added insurance to know you've at least got some brand awareness, you're going to have a company, in this case Hasbro, that's able to open up marketing streams and help you get the word out – it's just not accurate. 'You want to make a fifty million dollar film? Okay. Go do it.' You want to make a film, and these budgets are pretty publicized ... I'm not going to say where we are, but it's not that hard to figure it out. You're not going to shy away from a little extra help. The fact that the game has been around for fifty odd years, the fact that there is instant brand awareness, and look, there's always inherent cynicism particularly amongst us, the cinema intelligentsia, but you go onto your average high school football game outside of Philadelphia and say, 'Yeah, I'm doing this film called "Battleship".' 'Oh, the game? That's cool. I love that game.' That's good."

    Berg loves the game, too, and he was happy to get some freedom in the translation.

    "One of the great things about doing this film was that there was never any mandate, like, 'You have to say "you sank my Battleship" or "you have to say D4."' The challenge was for me, like, what do I like about the game Battleship besides naval conflict that actually might be an interesting way to reference the film that isn't offensive to anyone that actually feels clever, that's actually an additive. There are lots of references to the game throughout. Hopefully none of them will be offensive and will all be in the spirit of the film, but an example of how we referenced the game, Battleship seems to be such a simple game where you and I are playing and I go, 'B2' and you say, 'Miss. B4,' and I say, 'Hit.' There's not much to it. True. But what's interesting about the game, the experience of playing you in the game, if I'm playing you in the game it starts with this empty board and I'm trying to figure out where you are. I have no idea where are and as the game progresses I start to figure out where you are. There's a feeling of discovery that's inherent to the game, like, 'Okay. I understand where you're hiding.' I understand what you were thinking and how you decided to try and hide and I found you and now I'm going to kill you as quickly as I can before you kill me. The game actually gets your heart going."

    So do the special effects, and the challenge of creating something that doesn't really exist from scratch.

    "What's kind of interesting and that I find particularly exciting about making these films is that you'll be sitting there with some of the best designers at ILM, we've got great computer designers downstairs helping us figure out what these shots are because we're dealing with entire virtual worlds for big chunks of the film and we've got a team of editors. We're trying to put this together and you sit there, and there've been a couple of times this has happened, where I was trying to figure out how to put a sequence together where two massive CG ships are engaging each other. One is human and one is not human. They've got to be physically relating to each other. They've got to be engaging each other with ordinance. There has to be humans on one and something non-human on the other that are behaving and emoting and nothing exists. Literally nothing exists. So, you've got a plate of the ocean. You've got a big, wide shot of the ocean that we shot a year ago with a helicopter and I'm staring at that. And you ask, like, 'Okay. What are we going to do? We can start with this or this?' It's very challenging and I ask, 'Well, how have you done it before? Tell me how you've done it before.' 'Well, we've never done it. It's never been done.' 'It's never been done?' No. It has actually never been done before. We've never done this particular thing, and that's kind of awesome to hear."



    So, what about the aliens themselves? Moviefone got to see a maquette, but can't reveal what it looked like. That stipulation aside: it looked pretty darn cool.

    Despite being talkative about everything else, Berg had a little to say about the design. "We talked with futurists. We talked with paleontologists. We talked orthopedic surgeons about different animals. We looked at different variations of animal life on our planet and thought about a horses foot compared to a humans foot and how different ways a foot could be structured. If you added joints...different animals have different joint structures. So, for example, there's three main joints here in the foot ... so, if we added joints, what might that look like or reduced fingers. We messed with the relationships from bicep to forearm, but trying to keep it all within the realm of something that's somewhat familiar to us, but different. These people need to eat. They need to drink. They need to hydrate, just in different ways and in different quantities than we do. They have real issues with the sun on our planet, the amount of brightness on our planet. They have body temperature issues."

    Consider the effects and the hunky cast, fans might have some body temperatures too when 'Battleship' opens on May 18, 2012.

    [Photo: Universal]



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  23. Peter Weller, 'Robocop' Star, Joins 'Star Trek 2'
    Remember: no matter where Peter Weller goes, there he is. Deadline has reported that the star of sci-fi classics like 'The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension!' and 'Robocop' has joined the cast of J.J. Abrams' upcoming 'Star Trek' sequel in an unspecified role. Weller had a very busy 2010, guest-starring on 'Dexter,' 'Psych' and 'Fringe,' the Abrams-created sci-fi investigation show on Fox. And when he's not busy acting (or serving the Prime Directive), he's busy teaching at Syracuse University and earning a Ph. D in Italian Renaissance art history at UCLA.

    Casting news for part two has been heating up in the past few days with the rumors that Alice Eve might have the female lead, and Benicio Del Toro might be the villain, but it definitely won't be Khan. Trekkies will be quick to point out that Weller appeared on 'Enterprise' as Frederick Paxton, the commander of a moon-based colony, who led a campaign to kick all extraterrestrials off of Earth. Fans however, probably shouldn't expect him to reprise the role, considering these new movies are focused on rebooting the vast 'Star Trek' mythology. So Spock can rest easy on that one.

    The still-untitled 'Star Trek' sequel won't arrive in theaters until May 27, 2013 -- plenty of time to get really impatient.

    [via Deadline]

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  24. 'The Dark Knight Rises' Prologue: Where You Can See It


    Counting down the days until 'The Dark Knight Rises' prologue hits theaters on Dec. 16? Now you can also plan your route to the nearest IMAX theater, where the six-minute-opening will play in front of showings of 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.' Warner Bros. has just released the list of the 42 IMAX theaters in the U.S. and Canada where you can see the prologue that introduces villain Bane (Tom Hardy). It was shot in IMAX, as are several key scenes in 'Ghost Protocol.' Will it be at an IMAX theater near you? The complete list is ahead.

    Austin, TX - IMAX Theater Austin
    Boston, MA - Jordan's IMAX - Natick
    Boston, MA - IMAX 3D Theatre in Reading
    Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Theatre Chinook 16
    Chantilly, VA - Udvar-Hazy Center IMAX
    Chicago, IL - Navy Pier IMAX Theatre
    Des Moines, IA - SCI IMAX Dome Theater
    Detroit, MI - Henry Ford IMAX - Dearborn
    Edmonton, AB - Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton
    Harrisburg, PA - Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts
    Houston, TX - Houston Marq'e Stadium 22 + IMAX
    Indianapolis - White River IMAX
    Los Angeles, CA - Irvine Spectrum 21 + IMAX - Irvine
    Los Angeles, CA - RAVE 18 + IMAX (Howard Hughes Center)
    Los Angeles, CA - Ontario Palace Stadium 22 + IMAX - Ontario
    Los Angeles, CA - CityWalk Stadium 19 with IMAX - Universal City
    Madison, WI - Star Fitchburg 18 with IMAX - Fitchburg
    Miami, FL - AutoNation IMAX - Fort Lauderdale
    Minneapolis, MN - Great Clips IMAX - Apple Valley
    Montreal, QC - Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal
    Nashville,TN - Opry Mills Stadium 20 + IMAX
    New York, NY - Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX
    New York, NY - Palisades IMAX - West Nyack
    Omaha, NE - Star Cinema 16 with IMAX - Council Bluffs
    Orlando, FL - Regal Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 + IMAX
    Ottawa, ON - SilverCity Gloucester + IMAX - Gloucester
    Palm Springs, CA - Desert IMAX Theatre - Cathedral City
    Philadelphia, PA - IMAX at the Tropicana - Atlantic City
    Philadelphia, PA - Tuttleman IMAX - Franklin Institute
    Phoenix, AZ - Arizona Mills 25 with IMAX - Tempe
    Providence, RI - Providence Place 16 with IMAX
    Quebec City, QC - IMAX Le Theatre At Quebec
    Sacramento, CA - Esquire IMAX
    San Antonio, TX - IMAX at RiverCenter
    San Francisco, CA - Metreon 16 with IMAX & ETX
    Seattle, WA - Boeing IMAX - Pacific Science Center
    Tampa, FL - Museum of Science and Industry
    Toronto, ON - Coliseum 12 Mississauga + IMAX
    Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Theatre Toronto + IMAX
    Toronto, ON - Colossus 18 Woodbridge + IMAX - Woodbridge-Vaughan
    Vancouver, BC - Colossus Langley + IMAX - Langley
    Vancouver, BC - SilverCity Riverport + IMAX - Richmond

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  25. 'Corman's World' Clip: Martin Scorsese Reveals Early Movie Mistakes (Exclusive)
    Before he became an award-winning and world-renowned director, 'Hugo's' Martin Scorsese had slightly more humble film beginnings. Actually, a lot more humble. One of those early efforts was 'Boxcar Bertha,' a gritty crime exploitation film set along the railroads of Depression-era America. To the young and naive Scorsese, the film was a big deal, but it was just another B-movie in a long list of B-movies for its producer Roger Corman.

    Corman, one of the most prolific filmmakers in history, also served as a mentor to directing powerhouses like James Cameron and Francis Ford Coppola; before they became the talent behind the biggest movies in history, Corman put them through his patented "cheap and fast" school of film production. In this new clip from the upcoming documentary 'Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel,' Martin Scorsese reveals just how little he actually knew when it came to making a movie with Roger Corman.



    'Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel' will arrive in select theaters on December 16.

    [Photo: Getty]


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