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After production began a week ago in Los Angeles, we have our first look at unofficial images from the set of Argo, the third directorial endeavor from professionally charming dude Ben Affleck.  Last Thursday, Warner Bros and GK Films officially announced that production had commenced on the darkly comedic drama, which tells the true story of a surreal CIA plan to pose as Hollywood movie-makers in order to save six Americans during the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979 to 1981.  These first set photos reflect Argo's period setting, with star/director Affleck sporting a very 70's style from his hair to his jeans.  Alan Arkin is also present and accounted for, though his appearance doesn't so immediately establish the setting.

The last week or two brought news of some specific alterations to the original Star Wars trilogy in the impending The Complete Saga Blu-ray release.  While a new digital Yoda in the prequel The Phantom Menace was met with a collective shrug, Darth Vader screaming "NOOOOOO" in saga-capper Return of the Jedi caused the requisite outrage that always accompanies another graceless addition from the mind of George Lucas.

Today, we're hoping for a more positive response, as a full list of a whopping 45 deleted scenes from all six movies in the series has made its way online, along with running times for each individual snippet.  A whole lot of these, including The Empire Strikes Back's  HAN AND LEIA: EXTENDED ECHO BASE ARGUMENT which made its way online this week, have never been seen before now.  The titles should light the fires of imagination or get fans who've long waited for CHANGES TO CONSTITUTION.

With 2009's Sherlock Holmes, Warner Bros and director Guy Ritchie injected a dose of speed-ramping, villain-pummeling testosterone to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary investigator.  Like all buddy cop-style movies, however, it was fundamentally a love story between two men.  In this case, Robert Downey Jr.'s Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. Watson, who both had love interests played by Rachel McAdams and Kelly Reilly, but whose contentious, subtextually homoerotic friendship was the engine driving the whole film.  A new image from the upcoming sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows promises that though the two may bicker like an old married couple, this is one relationship that has retained its primal heat.

An adaptation of one of author John le Carre's many spy novels, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy promises to be the sort of espionage film in which intelligent, paranoid operatives attempt, by means of deduction and subterfuge, to root out a mole in MI6.  Basically, it's not the sort of spy movie in which a megalomaniac commandeers a nuclear weapon and lots of henchmen with terrible aim are easily dispatched by a suave secret agent.  As such, the poster campaign has not involved heroic poses and guys holding guns.  Instead, we've been consistently treated to the faces of awesome British actors rendered in Cold War era code.  The latest poster is the second to feature the impeccable Gary Oldman as George Smiley, and this time he's looking right out at you. 

Lauren Shuler Donner has produced some of the most beloved films of the last thirty years including Mr. Mom, St. Elmo’s Fire, Dave, Free Willy, and You’ve Got Mail. But to comic book fans around the world she will always be remembered as the woman that successfully ushered the X-Men on to the silver screen.

Beginning with X-Men in 2000, Donner has produced every one of Fox’s mutant themed films including X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In addition, she recently reunited with Bryan Singer (director of the first two movies), and Matthew Vaughn (who almost directed the third) to make X-Men: First Class, a prequel to the long running franchise. X-Men: First Class tells the story of how Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) first met, and includes surprise cameos from Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) and Rebecca Romijn (Mystique), which helped to solidify the film’s place in the overall franchise. The film opened this summer to glowing revues and so far has earned over $350 million worldwide at the box office.

Writer-director-producer Judd Apatow essentially brought Seth Rogan to the world.  When he was just an underage smartass, Rogen played a caustic supporting character on the Apatow-executive produced series Freaks and Geeks, which was canceled after one season.  He next appeared on Apatow's similarly short-lived collegiate comedy Undeclared.  Following his scene-stealing turn in The 40 Year Old Virgin, Apatow cast him as the lead in Knocked Up, and Rogen's been a ubiquitous comedic presence ever since.  If you've been wondering whether Rogen will appear in Apatow's new film or whether his directorial debut Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse will ever happen, the answers are apparently "No" and "Yes."

Out of roughly seven billion people currently inhabiting the planet earth, Johnny Depp is, at the moment, probably one of the most famous.  Thusly, when marketing a movie starring Depp, the obvious move is to plaster his face on every available surface, so as to inform the audience in no uncertain terms that Johnny Depp is, in fact, starring the movie.  Though Depp plays the lead in The Rum Diary, the very first poster for the film does not simply sell itself on the actor's famous mug.  Instead, newly-unveiled poster presents and striking, clever image that ties directly the predilections of Depp's character.  It's good.  It's very good.

Over the last week, there's been shortage of talk about the reinvented Superman costume sported by Henry Cavill in Man of Steel, the franchise reboot currently filming under the direction of 300 and Watchmen helmer Zack SnyderUnofficial images from the Illinois set recently provided the most extensive look at the exceedingly tight outfit, with its addition of stylized lines and elimination of Superman's traditional red underoos.  But what of General Zod, the Kryptonian villain played by Michael Shannon?  Early set photos from a few weeks back showed a guy with a very Shannon-looking jawline wearing a motion-capture suit, naturally leading to speculation that Zod's costume would be computer generated.  Now, Shannon himself has confirmed that his character's Kryptonian regalia will indeed be CGI.

To the majority of audiences, Steven Spielberg isn't a director, but is the director.  As Superman is to superheroes, so is Spielberg to contemporary directors; his bearded face is the first that springs to mind at the mere mention of the word.  For the first time since 1993, we'll see two Spielberg-directed films hitting theaters this year, a mere eight days apart, and he's currently prepping his take on one of the most venerated figures in American history, but what comes after that?  In all likelihood it will be the large-scale science fiction tale Robopocalypse, as 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Pictures will be teaming up to co-finance the sure-to-be pricey production.

The first clip from Hick has debuted online, and while the title no doubt makes you picture a pot-bellied, toothless fellow plucking at a banjo like something out of Deliverance, said clip contains no such figure.  Instead, it features Chloe Grace-Moretz as a Luli, a 13 year-old who runs away from home and gains the assistance of Glenda, played by Blake Lively.  Seeing a potentially very unsavory drifter (Eddie Redmayne) she once encountered, Luli naturally assumes she's being followed, but all is not as it seems to the youngster.  The clip also includes an abundance of Southern drawling, with Lively taking her first crack at an accent since going Bostonian in The Town.

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