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Back in early March, producers Graham King and Tim Headington of GK Films announced their plans to reboot the Tomb Raider franchise, with the hope of getting improbably buxom archaeologist once again spelunking in theaters by 2013.  Since then, we haven't heard anything about the pistol-packing Playstation heroine's cinematic return, which will not include Angelina Jolie.  Today, though, Deadline reports that King and Headington have hired  screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hank Ostby, whose credits include a blockbuster or two.

By now, you're probably well aware that Fast Five director Justin Lin is attached to direct a fifth Terminator film that will see 63 year-old monosyllabic actor and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to the indestructible franchise.  Though the potential film does not yet have a studio or a screenwriter, there are naturally plenty of unsubstantiated rumors.  Not only that, but Lin's desire to make a sixth Fast/Furious picture adds some uncertainty, too.  Well, Lin himself has commented on his plans on the film, elaborating on where it will fit into both the Terminator mythology and his own busy schedule.

One of the things that sets the MTV Movie Awards apart from other, more staid and self-congratulatory awards shows is that the frequently unconventional categories are actually fun and unique.  Best Scared As Sh*t Performance, for example, is not a category you'll find at the Golden Globes.  The Best Fight competition this year is of particular interest, and has inspired me to advocate for one specific entry: Amy Adams versus the seven unstoppable Ward/Ecklund sisters in David O. Russell's The Fighter.  Allow me to break down exactly why The Fighter deserves your vote.

'Conan The Barbarian' Gets a Trailer

Wednesday, 04 May 2011 16:04

The teaser trailer for Conan The Barbarian, the lastest cinematic incarnation of Robert E. Howard's enduring creation, featured only half-glimpsed smoky looks at the actual film.  The new theatrical trailer makes up for it with plenty of slow-motion sword swinging, supernatural effects, and testosterone overload.  It gives no idea of a story, but it does provide our fullest idea yet of the new Conan, played by Jason Momoa, as well as looks at Stephen Lang's outrageously-coiffed and scarred villain, love-interest Rachel Nichols, and Rose McGowan in some memorable make-up.

You've probably seen films in which a hard-drinking private detective explores the seedy underbelly of his city in an attempt to find a beautiful missing woman.  In The Big Bang, Antonio Banderas is the gumshoe, but his investigation leads him to a potentially apocalyptic experiment  in particle physics undertaken by an eccentric, possibly insane billionaire.  Sam Elliott portrays the billionaire, and he's just one of the characters introduced in three new clips from The Big Bang.  The other two clips feature Snoop Dogg as a pretentious porn director and James Van Der Beek as a drug-addled action star who is secretly in love with an albino dwarf.  Any one of those characters should inspire you to continue on to the clippage.

For Dark Shadows, his feature revival of the gothic 1960's soap opera, Tim Burton has culled quite an ensemble cast to portray the Collins family and their associates, with his usual leading man Johnny Depp as the mysterious vampire Barnabas.  Joining Depp are Jackie Earle Haley, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Thomas McDonnell.  Conspicuously absent from that list, you'll notice, is Michael Sheen, who says unequivocally that he will not appear in Dark Shadows, despite recent reports linking him to the role of Robert Collins.

While recent trailers have met with unabashed enthusiasm, the domestic poster for X-Men: First Class resulted in many a vocal complaint about mutant head-to-body proportions, teammates in the back of the class, and general photoshoppery.  A new international poster from the land of baguettes and croissants debuted at, and it addresses these complaints, with leads James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender looking stoic and no less than two blue mutants backing them up.

Photos from the set of The Amazing Spider-Man come in several different flavors.  Most frequently, these pictures consist of stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in costume as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, or a stuntman dangling around, either in or out of the web-slinging costume.  Yesterday introduced the all new breed of set photo: Rhys Ifans with a bag on his head.  Today, though, we have a batch of images of Spidey doing whatever a spider can over the streets of Harlem, as well as a very familiar bit of graffiti. 

After months spent laying low, the last month has seen Warner Bros hurling a slew of new Green Lantern content at audiences, principally via TV spots and that WonderCon presentation, but we haven't seen an actual trailer since the teaser that so thoroughly underwhelmed back in November of last year.  Today sees the release of the first full theatrical trailer for Green Lantern, and it provides not only more of Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, and Peter Sarsgaard, but all kinds of cosmic craziness, and more aliens than you can shake a stick at.  Take a look, as this is the best indicator so far at the film's surprising scale.

What we've got here is a classic good news/bad news scenario.  Good news: the Star Wars films are getting the high definition treatment, with Blu-Rays of all six films set for North American release on September 16th.  More good news: nine discs means a whole mess of all new special features with never-before seen content.  Bad news: those special features are only included with the complete, six film box set, including the prequel trilogy.  More bad news: the Original Trilogy does not include theatrical versions, only the Special Editions.  Today, LucasFilm issued the full specs for the Blu-Ray Complete Saga, including a breakdown of the 40+ hours of special features.  Check it out.

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