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    Watch: First Trailer For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Starring Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy & More

    After no shortage of rumors, lots of set photos, a stinger at the end of this summer's "The Wolverine," and the return of Bryan Singer to the director's chair, bringing two schools of "X-Men" together for one massive outing, it's time to see if this all works. The the first trailer for "X-Men: Days ...

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    Watch: Brand New Trailer For 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Arrives From Middle Earth

    Summer might be over, and the leave may be changing, but that doesn't mean Hollywood has given up entirely on popcorn thrills. This fall will still have a couple of offerings worthy of summer spectacle, and perhaps the biggest of them all is Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug." And...

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    TIFF In the Works: 'Fifth Estate' Director Bill Condon to Reunite with Ian McKellen for Sherlock Holmes Film

    Ian McKellen has been tapped to star as Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon's adaptation of the 2005 novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind" by Mitch Cullin, which is set in 1947 and imagines a much older, retired Holmes.

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    Casting: Ian McKellen Is Old Man Sherlock Holmes, Christina Hendricks Expanded In 'Dark Places'

    As the Toronto International Film Festival gets underway in the great white north, we're bracing ourselves for a number of big-time casting notices. So let's run through some of the biggest casting news of the day before we really get buried under an avalanche of other deals. We've got word about wh...

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    First Posters For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Debut Plus Watch The Entire Comic-Con Press Conference

    A little event called the San Diego Comic-Con happened this past weekend and today finds nerds nationwide nursing superhero hangovers. But it seems there's still more to unveil from the movies that razzle-dazzled over the weekend, as one of the biggest—very literally—now has some fresh artwork.

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    Lucas Till Returns For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past,' Peter Dinklage's Role Revealed & More

    Let's say you're making a comic book sequel, and let's you already have this cast: Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore and James ...

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    Palm Springs ShortFest Reveals a Crop of Titles; Cate Blanchett, Sir Ian McKellen and Elle Fanning Among Selections

    With summer officially underway, California definitely seems like an enticing location for a film festival this time of year. The upcoming Palm Springs International ShortFest promises an array of quality film-going in a warm climate. Now in its 19th year, a portion of the official lineup of short f...

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    'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey': What Worked & What Didn't

    For a long time, it seemed as though "The Hobbit" would never get made. Despite the multi-billion dollar success of Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films, the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's earlier novel were tangled up, and Jackson didn't even seem to be sure he wanted to go back to Middle Earth. E...

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    THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

    I have great regard for Peter Jackson and his filmmaking partners, which is why it pains me to say that I found 'The Hobbit' incredibly boring. As in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy, Jackson and his WETA team have raised the bar for visual effects and created some stunning set pieces...

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    Colbert's Hobbit Week Maps New York As Middle Earth

    I may not be a big Hobbit fan (review here) but I do love The Colbert Report, which is now in the middle of Hobbit week. Tolkien-obsessed Stephen Colbert visited the film's set in New Zealand and famously won a Hobbit trivia contest, beating out one of its screenwriter’s, Philippa Boy...

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