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MSN has debuted a new image of two new characters from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. “Two of the youngest Dwarves, Fili (Dean O’Gorman) and Kili (Aidan Turner) have been born into the royal line of Durin and raised under the stern guardianship of their uncle, Thorin Oakensheild. Neither has ever travelled far, nor ever seen the fabled Dwarf City of Erebor. For both, the journey to the Lonely Mountain represents adventure and excitement. Skilled fighters, both brothers set off on their adventure armed with the invincible courage of youth, neither being able to imagine the fate which lies before them.” Quick, get me a Tolkein nerd to translate that. Are these guys cool, or not? Because they look cool.

Despite Darren Aronofsky dropping out of the project, MGM is still moving forward with a new era edition (my new phrase for “remake”) of Robocop. With new director Jose Padilha signed on, they’ve set their sights on Chris Pine to take the lead as Robocop. Pine, ever the solid actor, could be an interesting choice. He’s far younger than Peter Weller was, giving us an indication of where they may go with the film. Skewing to a younger, hipper crowd is something Hollywood just does. They also make things in PG-13 variety. Alright, this probably isn’t very good news.

In Jeremy Renner, writer/director Tony Gilroy has his new Jason Bourne. In Edward Norton, he could very well have one wicked villain. The current rumor is that Norton is lining up to take on our hero in The Bourne Legacy. This non-sequel (parallel storylines) will follow a Bourne-like agent who has been wronged by the agency that would eventually birth the Treadstone project. It will be interesting to see if Norton’s character is a big bad in his own right, or simply part of the machine.

New details are beginning to spew from the rapidly growing production of the American Oldboy remake. Days after they broke the story on Spike Lee directing, Twitch has news that Josh Brolin is at the top of Mandate Pictures’ wishlist to play the revenge-driven protagonist. He’d be a solid choice, if this project were a good idea.

This new interenational Rise of the Planet of the Apes poster is eerie. Love that make-up work. I mean, CGI work.

In all the rush to cover the ever-loving crap out of Harry Potter, few brief interview pieces I’ve seen are as interesting as this quick spot HitFix did with Emma Watson, in which the Potter starlet talks feminism, the future and her future projects.

Lucky for us, Kristen Wiig isn’t done doing comedy. She has signed on to work with Shari Springer Bergman and Robert Pulcini, the folks behind American Splendor, on Imogene, the darkly comedic tale of a girl who pretends to kill herself. Hat tip to The Playlist, who had the news a while ago, only to have Variety confirm it this week.

The Adam Shankman-directed 80s rock opus Rock of Ages doesn’t need any more big names, but its getting one anyway. In addition to the likes of Tom Cruise, Russell Brand and Adam Baldwin, the film will feature the endlessly talented Will Forte. He will play the anchor of a network news show, who will undoubtedly be reporting on the shenanigans of a rock star played by Tom Cruise.

Over at Movies.com, nerd-man John Gholson is counting his way down to The Avengers. With a week and change to go before another puzzle piece is in place, he’s focused his efforts on chronicling the appearances of Captain America on film. With him as your guide, you can’t go wrong.

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the Oscar-nominated team behind Little Miss Sunshine (a film for which I have a deep, personal affection) are working on a new film called He Loves Me, about a young novelist (Paul Dano) who ends up willing a character to life, Weird Science-style, in the form of Zoey Kazan. In addition to the two young leads, the project has also gained Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan, True Blood ginger hottie Deborah Ann Woll, Elliot Gould and Chris Messina.

Apparently Kenny Powers has taken over K-Swiss. The following video is for “Smart as Shit” people only. Also, adults. There’s a lot of cursing happening here. And Michael Bay. And the power to bottle the scent of boner. None of this makes sense, but it all makes sense.


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