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With Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides just weeks from theaters, any discussion of star Johnny Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer centers on the latest round of swashbuckling adventure hitting theaters later this month.  After that, though, the two are reuniting with original Pirates director Gore Verbinski on The Lone Ranger, a cinematic update of the serialized Western hero.  Depp will play Tonto, the masked ranger's Native American sidekick, with various actors having been linked to the title character.  At a press conference for their latest pirating adventure, the actor and producer gave an update on the casting, tone, and content of The Lone Ranger.

While Lionsgate was busy this morning announcing that actor Wes Bentley had been cast as the role of Seneca Crane in their upcoming adaption of author Suzanne Collins' popular novel The Hunger Games ...  I just happened to be on the phone with the accomplished actor.

We were discussing his latest film, director Roland Joffe's There Be Dragons, which will be released in theaters on May 6th. But I took the rare opportunity to ask Wes Bentley about being cast in The Hunger Games and while he confirmed the news, he was much more tight-lipped about which role he was playing than Lionsgate was. "All I can say is that I have a role in Hunger Games," Bentley confirmed. "That's all that I can say though, I can't say too much about the role," the actor continued cryptically. "I am going to be in the film and I am very excited to say that. I'm really excited to be a part of it," he added.

Director Tarsem Singh is a proven creator of powerful, meticulously detailed images and worlds, so it's a given that his as-yet untitled take on Snow White will be a fresh, singular take on a beloved fairy tale.  The film won't have to rely exclusively on its visuals, however, as Singh has gathered a dynamic cast, fronted by Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, Lily Collins as Snow White herself, and Armie Hammer as Prince Alcott.  Now, Relativity Media has announced that Nathan Lane and Robert Emms will play supporting roles in the Snow White reimagining.

Though they tended to focus principally on Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, the first three X-Men films were all ensembles, with a coterie of mutants bringing unique powers and characteristics into the mix.  Similarly, the upcoming prequel X-Men: First Class revolves around young Xavier and Magneto, played by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, but the eponymous first class is comprised of younger characters.  Three new 'character trailers' introduce Nicholas Hoult's Beast, Lucas Till's Havoc, and Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee, showing off new footage aplenty in the process.

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.

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