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'Snow White And The Huntsman' Star Sam Claflin Confirmed To Play Finnick Odair In 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 22, 2012 12:30 PM
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It's been one of the most sought-after roles in recent Hollywood casting history, one that names like Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch, Garret Hedlund and even Robert Pattinson were (mostly erroneously) linked to. And after several months, it's finally been filled, with Lionsgate announcing via a press release that Sam Claflin, the 26-year-old British actor who's so far featured in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," has officially signed on to play Finnick Odair in hotly anticipated sequel "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

Watch: Two Clips From Season 3 Of 'Downton Abbey,' Including New Addition Shirley MacLaine

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 22, 2012 12:06 PM
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After the hugely disappointing second season of the show, which crossed over from trashily entertaining to just plain dull, we were wondering if there was anything that could win us back to the third season of smash-hit costume drama "Downton Abbey." And then creator Julian Fellowes went and cast Shirley MacLaine. The 78-year-old veteran Hollywood star, famous for films like "The Apartment" and "Terms of Endearment" among many, many others, is joining the show's cast as the mother of Elizabeth McGovern's Countess of Grantham, and the potential to watch her trade barbs with Maggie Smith is certainly enough to have us setting the DVR for new episodes.

Lindy Booth In Talks To Play Night Bitch In 'Kick-Ass 2'; Jim Carrey's Cameo Unlikely

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • August 22, 2012 11:42 AM
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So it was only yesterday that we were discussing the possibility of Jim Carrey joining the sequel to 2010’s “Kick-Ass” – a film the comedian is reportedly a big fan of. He would be joining a cast that has Aaron Johnson, Chloë Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and maybe even Nicolas Cage all returning, as well as a handful of new additions including Donald Faison and Morris Chestnut. But even yesterday it looked like a long shot, and despite Carrey’s apparent love of Matthew Vaughn’s film, The Hollywood Reporter is saying that their sources think the chances of Carrey taking the role of Colonel Stars (a mobster-turned-fundamentalist-Christian-turned-superhero-recruiter) are slim -- presumably the smaller budget of the sequel to the underperfoming original can't quite afford him.

Daniel Day-Lewis Looks Mournful In First One-Sheet For Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 22, 2012 11:11 AM
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With only a little more than two months before release, all we've seen of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is one official image. Is it a matter of confidence? A knowledge that people are going to want to see a biopic of the legendary President, directed by America's favorite filmmaker, and starring one of the most-lauded actors of the last few decades, regardless of what the promotional material looks like? Is it an attempt to not be seen as the Oscar front-runner too far in advance? Or is something else going on?

Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Pena Patrol The Streets In New 'End Of Watch' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2012 10:42 AM
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So, is "End Of Watch" yet another familiar cop drama from David Ayer just dressed up in POV/found footage aesthetics or does it truly have something new to say about being a cop in Los Angeles? We'll find out soon enough, but as this new trailer bears out, it certainly won't be lacking energy.

James Franco Has Sort-Of-Remade William Friedkin's 'Cruising' For An Art Project

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 22, 2012 10:25 AM
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Is it just us who find it increasingly hard to get enthused about James Franco's new projects? We appreciate his broad-mindedness; the way he can go from blockbusters like "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" to cheap action movies like the Jason Statham vehicle "Homefront" to indies like "About Cherry" to his own experimental directorial efforts like "Sal." But it's partly the sheer volume of the announcements -- with something new coming every few days, seemingly -- and partly how obscure some of them sound, that's given us something close to Franco fatigue.

Mila Kunis Joins Paul Haggis' 'Third Person'; James Franco & Casey Affleck Also In Talks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2012 10:02 AM
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Paul Haggis' next film, "Third Person," seems to be moving onward in fits and starts. With sporadic updates throughout last year, this spring the movie started firmly moving foward when Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde boarded, with Jude Law rumored for a part as well and then....not much else. But it seems the wheels are turning once again with some exciting new names now ready to lend their talents.

Josh Brolin Will Get 'Crazy For The Storm' In Sean Penn's Next Directorial Outing

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 22, 2012 9:42 AM
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It’s been five years since “Into The Wild," but Sean Penn is headed back to the director's chair and is gearing up to helm a big-screen adaptation of Norman Ollstead’s memoir “Crazy For The Storm.” And it looks like he's found his lead in Josh Brolin.

Ellen DeGeneres Swims Back For 'Finding Nemo 2' To Play Dory, But You Won't See The Movie Until 2016

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2012 9:21 AM
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It looks like the wheels are turning fast on the unnecessary sequel to the solid and entertaining "Finding Nemo." Last month, Andrew Stanton found some post-"John Carter" employment as the director of the upcoming movie, and now, one of the most treasured characters from the first movie is set to return.

Disney Preparing 'The Rocketeer' For A Reboot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2012 9:01 AM
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When Joe Johnston was first announced as the director for "Captain America: The First Avenger," folks were worried. He was coming off the disastrous "The Wolfman," and hadn't really had a hit since 2001's "Jurassic Park III" (which wasn't much to shout about). But the geek crowd -- and Kevin Feige himself -- pointed to "The Rocketeer" as evidence that he was the right man for the job. And indeed he was. The 1991 film shares a lot of the homespun humor, patriotic pride and yes, WWII setting found in 'Captain America,' and of course, it featured the requisite thrills as well. It's a favorite among the geek set, a film beloved by many and now it seems it's getting a remake.

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