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    Emma Watson To Star In Guillermo Del Toro Produced 'Beauty And The Beast'

    The list of Guillermo Del Toro produced films long ago surpassed the levels of being absurd and comically long but what the hell, he's just added another one but unlike the myriad of other projects in various stages of development this one has a pretty big name already attached.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    David Strick's Emmy Nominee Photos: Justified, Glee, Modern Family, 30 Rock

    Check out David Strick's photos from the sets of Emmy-nominated shows. From Glee to Justified, here's the complete set and a selection below:

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    More: Awards, TV, Emmys
  • Shadow and Act
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    Official Teaser Trailer For "The Dark Knight Rises" Surfaces

    A bootleg version has been floating around the web since last week, but we didn't post it, given the severe punishment Warner Bros promised to dish out to those who did. Though if you saw the final chapter of the Harry Potter franchise this past weekend, you would have seen it anyway, as it was one of the many preview trailers shown before the movie.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Harry Potter Finale Records Boosted by Online Pre-Sales

    Harry Potter Finale Records Boosted by Online Pre-Sales

    While 3D boosted Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 weekend's record box office performance, so did online pre-sales, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Another big winner surfacing from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’s $168.6 million weekend: Online movie ticket providers Fandango and MovieTickets.com.  Pre-sales for the franchise finale figuratively crashed both sites as each reaped company highs: Fandango generated 19% of Deathly Hallows: Part 2’s opening weekend ($32 million) while MovieTickets saw its highest pre-sale in its 11-year history, selling twice the amount of any movie this year.   Even more telling about the future of movie-ticket sales: 20% of Fandango’s summer revenue to date has been derived from mobile devices (from iPads to Androids).  Downloads for the company’s ticketing app currently number more than 18 million. Fandango services 60% of all U.S. screens wired for pre-sales.

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    Watch: Teaser Trailer For 'The Dark Knight Rises' Officially Hits

    So interwebs, was it worth the wait? After days of speculation about when it would arrive with trailer descriptions being posted and the spot being leaked to the web early, "The Dark Knight Rises" teaser trailer has finally, officially arrived and it's somewhat underwhelming despite the great premise which casts Bruce Wayne as a reluctant hero, not eager to put on the mask again.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Why we Need More “Warrior Princesses” Like Hermione Granger by Natalie Wilson

    Don’t hate me Potterites, but I would have preferred the Harry Potter series had been instead the Hermione Granger series. Yes, I know J.K. Rowling says Harry popped into her head as wizarding protagonist and that she didn’t set out to create a male lead. I also realize the saga is brimming with strong female characters (as detailed here and here). Yet, given that male protagonists still vastly outnumber female ones, I wish Hermione was the girl who lived at the center of the saga.

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    More: Feminism
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    Watch: The Post-Credits Surprise From 'Captain America' Leaks Early

    What started as a gag by director Jon Favreau on the first "Iron Man" film has become a signature part of all Marvel Studios films: the post-credits scene. During the filming of "Iron Man," Favreau threw in a few Easter eggs to the larger Marvel universe including a short scene after the end credits rolled featuring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, who shows up to tell Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark that he's putting a team together. This was an exciting tease to fanboys which should have led right into "The Avengers," Marvel's long-planned superhero team-up. Unfortunately this made "Iron Man 2" almost completely redundant, but that film's post-credits stinger introduced an Asgardian hammer touching down in New Mexico which set the stage for "Thor." The post-credits bit on that film showed the villain Loki going after the cosmic cube, again setting the stage for "The Avengers." With one more hero to introduce, next week's "Captain America: The First Avenger," many wondered just what we'll be getting as a treat before we leave the theater and now we know. (And obviously, if you don't want to know any more, stop reading here.)

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    Kurt Johnstad Reportedly Doing Rewrites On Zack Snyder's 'Man Of Steel'

    Jonah Nolan Also Said To Have Taken A Pass At David Goyer's ScriptWarner Bros. -- for legal reasons that are both too byzantine and boring to recount here -- are on a ticking clock regarding "Man Of Steel," as the rights on Superman will expire after next year and revert back to the heirs of the comic creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster making it far more complicated (and expensive) down the road to get a Superman movie made. Among the potential scenarios is that the rights to the iconic costume and the rights to Superman's ability to fly will possibly be split between creators and DC Comics creating a ridiculous scenario in which several parties will have to sign off in order to get the Clark Kent we know and love into a movie at all. So even as development began in 2008 on a new Superman, the studio likely knew it was their last big shot at the franchise before the property became entangled in a mesh of rights issues, so perhaps we can't be too surprised that as sets are being built, and filming is set to get underway very soon, the script is still being honed.

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    Principal Photography Complete For Ava DuVernay's "Middle Of Nowhere" + Pic Of Starring Cast On Set

    Principal photography on Ava DuVernay's second narrative feature film, Middle Of Nowhere wrapped last week Friday! Congrats to Ms DuVernay, her crew and cast.

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    Open Road Takes A Drive With Joe Carnahan's 'The Grey'

    Cannes Favorite 'Bonsai' & Poland's Oscar Entry 'In Darkness' Get Picked Up"Haters prepare," warned director Joe Carnahan last week and given the growing buzz surrounding his wilderness survival pic "The Grey" it seems to be some sage advice for those wondering if the director of "Narc" was a one-hit wonder. Starring Liam Neeson, Dallas Roberts, James Badge Dale, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Nonso Anozie and Joe Anderson, the gritty thriller focuses on a group of pipeline workers in Alaska who are flying back to civilization after being remote for a number of months. The 737 they’re on goes down, and they are hunted by a pack of rogue wolves.

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