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Johnny Depp's Dr. Seuss biopic will co-star the storyteller's best-loved characters

Picture a combination of Finding Neverland and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

That’s sort of what Johnny Depp has in mind for a new biopic of Dr. Seuss, a.k.a. Theodor Geisel, with the movie plunging into the imagination of the author to see his creative process unfold through interaction with his most famous characters.

“A lot of writers I know have a tendency to talk to themselves or talk as the character — and then talk as the other character. You know what I mean? They can have a whole dialogue with themselves,” Depp tells EW. “There’s something interesting about bringing these characters to life and maybe even witnessing him have a relationship with them.”

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Adam Sandler's production company adapting Brad Meltzer's 'Heroes for My Son' -- EXCLUSIVE

What do Adam Sandler, a Price is Right controversy, and cartoon versions of Amelia Earhart and Abraham Lincoln have in common?

Answer: novelist, comic book scribe, mystery-hunter, and jack-of-all-trades Brad Meltzer.

Meltzer’s bestselling non-fiction book Heroes for My Son has been optioned by Sandler’s Happy Madison production company, while the author also has two other surprising projects in the works — one involving a movie about a shocking moment on the iconic CBS game show, and the other turning various historical figures into cute illustrations as a way to inspire kids. READ FULL STORY

CinemaCon 2012: Tom Cruise brawls as Jack Reacher in 'One Shot' footage

If Tom Cruise gives you the option of backing off before he kicks you squarely in the crotch — take it.

Monday night’s (ahem) kickoff to CinemaCon, the annual theater-owners convention in Las Vegas, revealed the first footage of Cruise as a street-fighting man, playing the rugged drifter Jack Reacher in next December’s crime drama One Shot. Let’s just say he’s not interested in a fair game of fisticuffs.

The scenes aren’t being released yet, but EW has all the details after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Shawn Levy to produce 'Man Made' book about toughened-up dad -- EXCLUSIVE

Many fatherhood comedies feature a hard-edged old man who’s tougher than he needs to be, but producer Shawn Levy has picked up a story about a new dad who needs to grow a pair.

Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment production company and Fox 2000 have acquired the upcoming book Man Made by Joel Stein (out May 15), about a guy trying to learn how to be a man so he can be a better role model for his infant son. READ FULL STORY

'The ABC's of Death': Check out the forthcoming horror anthology's new gloriously gruesome poster -- EXCLUSIVE

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As scary concepts go, learning the alphabet has never really ranked up there with, say, being pursued by a chainsaw-wielding maniac, being attacked by a horde of hungry zombies, or being stitched together into a human centipede by a deranged surgeon. To put it another way, the ABCs are generally thought of as being more Sesame Street than Elm Street. But all that is about to change!

This September will see the release of the ABCs of Death, a new horror anthology with 26 demise-oriented chapters, each one overseen by a different director. The featured filmmakers include Ti West (The Innkeepers), Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun), Ben Wheatley (Kill List), and Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes).

If that isn’t enough to whet fright fans’ appetites, we are pleased to exclusively unveil the movie’s poster, which you can see to the left and in larger form below. This macabre vision was designed by Kaare Andrews, a comic book artist-writer (The Incredible Hulk, Ultimate X-Men) and filmmaker who is himself currently prepping the Cabin Fever prequel Patient X.

You can find a full list of ABCs of Death directors on the film’s facebook page. READ FULL STORY

'The Hunger Games': The sequels won't be rated R, but 'Mockingjay' still might be split in two

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Where the Harry Potter series started off in a brightly lit world of wonder and whimsy before descending into a world of warfare and washed-out color, The Hunger Games starts off gritty and violent and goes from there. As written, Suzanne Collins’ two sequels — Mockingjay in particular, with its many scenes of all-out combat — don’t shy away from building upon the brutality established in the first book.

Understandably, many fans are wondering whether this could mean that the inevitable movie adaptations might garner an R rating from the MPAA. But according to producer Nina Jacobson, it’s pretty much out of the question that any subsequent films would receive anything harsher than the PG-13 given to The Hunger Games. READ FULL STORY

'Fifty Shades of Grey': E L James explains Anastasia's traces of Bella Swan

Anastasia Steele, half of the hot couple in E L James’s runaway erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey, bites her lip a lot. The habit may remind a lot of readers of what some call the Kristen Stewart Lip Bite, so much a part of the character of Bella Swan in the movie adaptations of the Twilight saga. Coincidence? James, who gave her first American interview exclusively to Entertainment Weekly, describes herself as a Twihard who began her mid-life literary career after devouring Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight trilogy. The married mother of two teenage sons posted an early version of the current novel on a Twilight fan fiction website under the title Master of the Universe; at the time, she says, she still called her characters Bella and Edward. “You’ll find a lot of erotic stories about Edward on [those sites],” she says.

So is Ana’s mannerism left over from Fifty’s first online incarnation? READ FULL STORY

A Visit From the 'Goon' Squad: How a hockey player who 'couldn't skate worth s--' became the subject of a sports biopic

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When 23-year-old Doug Smith first tried out for a professional ice hockey team, the East Coast Hockey League’s Carolina Thunderbirds, in October 1988, he knew his chances were slim. For one thing, Smith had never put on a pair of skates until he was 19. For another, well, there’s really no need for another reason. If you want to play hockey, it’s a good idea to learn to skate around the same time you learn to walk. When Wayne Gretzky was 19, for example, the so-called “Great One” won the first of eight consecutive Most Valuable Player awards in the National Hockey League. Though Smith had practiced hard in the four years since he first laced up his skates, he was no Wayne Gretzky. Far from it. This fact was bluntly confirmed by the Thunderbirds coaches. “They said, ‘The goddamn goalies are beating you, in full equipment, in drills’,” recalls Smith, who was cut after a few days of training camp. “ ‘You can’t skate worth s—’,” he was told.

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'Rise of the Guardians' reveals warrior versions of Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, and Boogeyman

DreamWorks Animation previewed the first footage from its upcoming adventure saga Rise of the Guardians on Wednesday with the most detailed look so far at the movie’s take on some beloved childhood myths.

Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman …

Anyone who grew up hearing stories of these figures can conjure an image of them, but the animated feature debuting Nov. 21 this year fuses those kindly characters with a warrior mythology. They don’t just bring candy, presents, and dreams; they are relentless protectors of innocence and imagination locked in an ongoing war against fear itself.

The movie is based on the new series of books from writer and artist William Joyce (a recent Oscar-winner for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.)

“If you haven’t met Bill, he’s somebody who really, really loves and celebrates the holidays full out, all the time, not just the biggies,” says Bill Damaschke, DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Creative Officer “He’s someone who has an Arbor Day party at his house.” READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games' premiere: Stars share love for Suzanne Collins' books

Other than the atypical black carpet, last night’s Hunger Games film premiere at L.A.’s Nokia Theatre was a very by-the-book affair. No, it wasn’t boring. With Oscar nominees Jennifer Lawrence, Stanley Tucci, and Woody Harrelson, rising stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, plus the sparkling Elizabeth Banks and Wes Bentley walking the sleek carpet — not to mention hordes of screaming, sign-wielding fans — the premiere was an extraordinary, this-is-really-real moment. It was also a chance to pay homage to author Suzanne Collins, whose thrilling mix of action and emotion elevated a young adult novel to a global phenomenon.

Banks, who plays ultra-perky escort Effie Trinket, summed it up best: “For me, the biggest star here is Suzanne Collins who wrote the books. She is the creator of this entire universe and the reason for all this pandemonium. I’m totally going to geek out around her and I’m excited for her to be feeling all of this.” What else did the stars have to say about Panem, and which character is Hemworth’s surprise favorite? Find out below. READ FULL STORY

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