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‘X-Men: First Class’ Casts Beast, Banshee, and Maybe Cyclops

Thursday, July 8 by

Uncanny.Nicholas Hoult is about to become a favorite amongst furries everywhere. The young actor (About A Boy, A Single Man, "Skins") has accepted the role of young Kelsey Grammer Beast in X-Men: First Class. The role originally went to Benjamin Walker until the studio fired him. And then rehired him. And then he quit. And then he had a light dinner. Followed that with some X-Box before bed.Also aboard the project is Caleb Landry Jones aka Kid On Bike in No Country For Old Men as Banshee. Speculation is rampant today that Kick-Ass's Aaron Johnson will play Cyclops. The news comes from some anonymous guy on the Internet so you know it's true. Take it from me, another anonymous guy on the Internet. (Deadline)

Comic-Con 2010 Thursday Schedule

Thursday, July 8 by

Comic-Con descends upon San Diego in two weeks, and Screen Junkies will be there every step of the way getting stepped on by costumed freaks in pursuit of footage. Luckily, Summit isn't showcasing a Twilight panel this year, so we won't have to worry about Twihards ripping off our genitals in an effort to bum rush Hall H. Make sure you continually reload SJ's homepage July 21-25 for the latest Comic-Con updates. My fingers are crossed I can pick up a wireless signal in the Convention Center, or else I'll have to start eliminating bloggers, thus boosting bandwith.Check out some of the Thursday highlights after the jump.

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Thursday, July 8 by

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Rapper-Actor Battle

Thursday, July 8 by

Rappers have wanted to be jumped into the acting game ever since they rocked a mic. Some bring the pain and depth, others not so much. We decided to take a look at a few rappers-turned-actors and put them head-to-head to see who’s got mad skills, and who gets schooled.Eminem vs. 50 CentEminemMovies of Note: 8 Mile, uncredited role in The Wash

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Actress Ashley Benson

Thursday, July 8 by

Ashley Benson may be currently limited to the small screen, but her growing hotness knows no bounds. Coming from the Long Beach area of California, the former daytime soap actress has recently found success with "Pretty Little Liars," being coined the prepubescent "Desperate Housewives."A word from Ashley: "I like to keep my beauty very simple because you don't need to go out and buy that $6,000 dress."That's right. You steal it.More pics of Ashley the liar after the jump.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Ridley Scott Might Buy Stock in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

Thursday, July 8 by

Buy! Sell! Sandwich!!There's been a bit of a staff change-up on the floors of The Wolf of Wall Street. Leonardo DiCaprio remains on-board as Jordan Belfort, the real life sex, drugs, and rock and roll huckster who took the public for all their worth with his pumped up prices. However, it looks like Martin Scorsese is stepping down from the director's chair via a set of Doggy Steps to allow Ridley Scott the helm.Will this project actually happen and do we actually need it? Scott should be busy with those Alien prequels and DiCaprio is still slated to play J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood's upcoming Oscar bait. Besides, shouldn't Wall Street 2 and the bazillion documentaries about the financial crisis cover this bleak material pretty well? I really don't need a multitude of movies to remind me how I invested my life savings into stocks while they were at the bottom, only to see my investments issue a 210% return. Of course, I blew it all on nose candy. By which I mean, I spent a fortune on medical bills to get those damn Sweetarts out of my sinuses. (Deadline)

2nd ‘The Social Network’ Teaser Updates Its Status

Thursday, July 8 by

Aaron Sorkin burn. The second teaser for David Fincher's The Social Network has dropped, and it doesn't give us much more than the first one. It swaps bold, dramatic text with scrolling Facebook status updates written by the film's characters. The whole thing seems like a bad idea from a legal standpoint. Why would Mark Zuckerberg want all of his backstabbing documented on the very site that made him millions? And why do none of the updates inform me who's drinking alone tonight, who just heard their favorite song on the radio, and who just made a killer grilled cheese sandwich? It's those mundane details that will cement the realism of the narrative. Check out the second teaser after the jump…

Your 62nd Primetime Emmy Nominees

Thursday, July 8 by

 The 62nd Primetime Emmy Award Nominations were announced this morning with "Glee" leading the pack with 19 noms, and Sofia Vergara presenting the nominees with heaving bosoms. Emmy is obviously with Coco, as O'Brien's "Tonight Show" was nominated while Leno's was not. Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton were justly recognized for their work on "Friday Night Lights" but will have stiff competition going up against "Breaking Bad's" Bryan Cranston and "The Good Wife's" Julianna Margulies.Notable snubs are Ed O'Neill, "Community," and Charlie Sheen for his work on "Two And A Half Men." That man has done so much for comedy and sports car driven into ravine removal, and deserves so much more. Oh, so much more.LIST OF NON-BORING NOMINEES AFTER THE JUMP…

Cinema’s Last Hope: “Weird Al” Yankovic Developing Another Feature Film

Thursday, July 8 by

Move over Frank Darabont. Looks like there may be another Hawaiian-shirted director in town. We reported previously about "Weird Al" Yankovic's deal with Cartoon Network to air whatever lunacy he conjured up. Part of that deal was to create a live-action feature length film, but now Cartoon Network has decided against creating long-form live-action content for television. "Weird" is taking it all in stride though, and doing his best to get this project up on the big screen.As I had previously reported, after years of negotiation, I was able to sign a major production deal with Cartoon Network to provide content for them.  They were primarily interested in live action features, so I pitched them on a movie idea.  They loved it, and gave me the go-ahead to start working on the screenplay.  I worked closely with them for several months, and after submitting my 4th draft, just when I was just about to get the official green light… Cartoon Network let me know that they were no longer in the feature film business.…it’s not entirely bad news – the script went into turnaround, which means I’m free to sell it somewhere else.  (Come to think of it, that was pretty much the exact thing that happened when I was trying to get UHF made.)  So maybe it’ll get produced at some point, maybe it won’t… all I know is, I’ll have a lot more free time this fall.Maybe it will, maybe it won't?! No way, "Weird." This is Hollywood. That apathetic approach won't get you anywhere in this town. If you want to see your dreams on the silverscreen, you need to strap on your accordian, bust into those boardrooms, and show those overpaid dick krinkles just who the eff they're dealing with. Don't leave there until you hear the words "go picture." You're "Weird Al" Yankovic, and you don't take no sh*t from nobody. And make sure they validate your parking. (Al's Blog)

‘Avatar’ Returning to Theaters, For Some Reason

Thursday, July 8 by

Awwwwe, not again! I got greedy!In what might as well be billed as the Please Give Us $12 More Dollars Tour, James Cameron's Avatar is returning to 3D and IMAX 3D theaters on August 27th. For those of you who are skeptical about paying for the "re-release" of a film that was still in theaters six months ago, 20th Century Fox has upped the ante by adding more than eight minutes of never before seen footage! If you're paying $12 or more for a 3D ticket, that comes out to well over a dollar-per-minute of new footage.The only way I'll pay to see Avatar again is if the new material consists of Jake Sully injuring himself to the point where his Avatar is confined to a wheelchair, just like his human body. Now that's irony! (Coming Soon)

Angelina Goes ‘MacGyver’ in Latest ‘Salt’ Clip

Thursday, July 8 by

MacGyver's rocket assembly was much sexier.I was going to title this piece "Angelina Rubs 'Salt' in the Wound," but knowing our readers (hi Dad), I figured it would come across as dirty. Besides, considering the content, the "MacGyver" reference is much more appropriate.In the latest clip from Salt, Angelina's character reacts to being cornered like any good super spy would by constructing a rocket launcher out of a fire extinguisher, an office chair and some common "interrogation room" chemicals. Granted, the CIA may keep rocket fuel in their interrogation rooms, which is why I'm willing to suspend disbelief.Watch Angelina Jolie go "MacGyver" after the jump.

Danny Trejo, Tom Lennon Join Cast of ‘Harold & Kumar 3′

Wednesday, July 7 by

Good news for pot heads everywhere! The cast for the next installment of the Harold and Kumar series has been announced. Aside from returning cast members Kal Penn, John Cho and Neil Patrick Harris, some impressive names are joining the film's roster. Joining the "Harold & Kumar" ensemble are Tom Lennon ("17 Again," TV's "Reno 911") and Danny Trejo ("Grindhouse"). Rounding out the new film cast are Amir Blumenfeld (TV's "Pranked," CollegeHumor.com), David Burtka (TV's "How I Met Your Mother"), Fred Melamed ("A Serious Man"), Patton Oswalt ("The Informant!") and Richard Riehle ("Halloween II"). Part 3 takes place six years after the last film, and centers around the duo's attempts to replace Harold's father's beloved Christmas tree, which was accidentally set ablaze by Kumar. For those of you who are too stoned to keep up with such a complex plot, not to worry. The film is being shot in 3D, which means all you'll have to do is sit back and look at the cool shapes and colors racing toward your face. What an age we live in! (Coming Soon)

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Wednesday, July 7 by

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Denzel Washington Running to ‘Safe House’

Wednesday, July 7 by

Birdie.Denzel Washington is in talks to star in Safe House, an original spy thriller set in South Africa, but let's not make this a racial thing. The script, written by David Guggenheim, "follows a young U.S. intelligence agent who must go on the run with a newly arrived prisoner (Denzel’s potential role) after his titular safe house comes under attack — think of a mix between Collateral and Three Days of the Condor." Sounds more like a mix between Bulletproof and Spy Hard. Guggenheim sparked a bidding war with the script this past winter.A spy thriller wouldn't be my next project choice for Denzel, but I don't commission 10% of his salary to tell him what sets to show up on. The overall concept for Safe House seems stale though, and I can't understand why studios would clamor over one another to secure it. Maybe Denzel knows something I don't. Like where I put my car keys. I gotta get out of this trunk before the sun sets. The desert gets chilly at night. (Vulture)

Mike Judge Plans ‘Beavis and Butthead’ Revival

Wednesday, July 7 by

Good news. It looks like the monkeyslaps at MTV will show music videos again. Of course, they will be packaged with commentary from Beavis and Butthead. The deals aren't in place yet, but Mike Judge is planning on bringing the buttmunches out of retirement for a new set of 30 adventures. If picked up, the show will stick to its former format of sketch-videos-sketch with the focus being on more contemporary artists. In other words, there will be heated debate on who has the bigger schlong, Beavis or Lady Gaga. Smart money's on Gaga. (JoBlo)

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