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'Game of Thrones' star Peter Dinklage joins 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

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A superhero always pays his debts.

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is joining the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Director Bryan Singer tweeted the news tonight, although he did not specify which character the actor would play.

While we’re of the mind that the charismatic 43-year-old could play any badass he put his mind to, there are a few Marvel mutant characters that would match his diminutive height.

One would be Puck, a strapping adventurer who found his physical stature shrunk by mystical forces — making him smaller, but no less of a forceful fighter. READ FULL STORY

Sarah Jessica Parker replaces Demi Moore in 'Lovelace' -- EXCLUSIVE

Filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman tell EW that Sarah Jessica Parker has stepped into the role of feminist icon Gloria Steinem in the pornstar biopic Lovelace, replacing Demi Moore, who dropped out of the film this week.

It has been a unsettling couple of days for the film, which stars Amanda Seyfried as X-rated actress Linda Lovelace, who became a household name after her 1972 sex film Deep Throat went mainstream. Epstein and Friedman (Howl) announced Moore was joining the project on Jan. 2, but she had not yet shot any scenes for the movie. READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter,' 'Tree of Life,' 'Transformers' make Oscar VFX short list

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The final 10 contenders for the Oscar for Visual Effects were announced by the Academy today, winnowing the total films from the 15 semi-finalists announced last month.

Left off the short list: Cowboys & Aliens, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows; Sucker Punch; Super 8; and Thor.

Check out the ten films that made the cut below:  READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011: Top movie box office and DVD sales

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This year was all about a boy wizard, a Bumblebee, and a sparklevamp. Joining Harry, Sam, and Edward in 2011’s box office toppers were two groups of wedding-oriented train wrecks, several superheroes, and a bunch of upstart Southern domestics. Over in DVDs, a couple instances of horse power and some evil geniuses joined the fray. So which films topped the box-0ffice? Click through to see 2011’s most popular movies. READ FULL STORY

Academy announces visual effects semifinalists

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 15 films that will compete for the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Check out the list below:

Captain America: The First Avenger
Cowboys & Aliens
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hugo
Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Sucker Punch
Super 8
Thor
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Tree of Life
X-Men: First Class

This list will get narrowed down to 10 next month, and five will eventually be nominated for the Academy Award on Jan. 24. I don’t envy the people who have to choose the top five — as far as the effects are concerned, there’s not a clunker in the bunch. Will the visual effects branch just go for blockbusters like Harry Potter and X-Men, or will they make room for art-house entries like Hugo and Tree of Life? We’ll find out in the coming weeks.

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'X-Men: First Class' deleted scene: Is THIS the reason Magneto hates Prof. X? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Sometimes being an arch-nemesis is a real drag.

Exhibit A: Consider this deleted scene from X-Men: First Class, included in the Blu-ray edition out Sept. 9. It all starts innocently enough: Eric Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) are on a recruiting mission for their new, government-sanctioned mutant strike force.

Angel (Zoe Kravitz) is working as a stripper, and they want to get her to reveal how her dragonfly tattoos actually emerge from her body to form real wings. Magneto levitated a champagne bucket to show her his power, but Angel never quite got a demonstration of Professor X’s mindbending abilities. Now we see why that was left on the cutting room floor. Check out the clip below:  READ FULL STORY

Hugh Jackman teases 'The Wolverine' start date

After numerous delays and the loss of director Darren Aronofsky, The Wolverine appears to be moving forward. Hugh Jackman told a Toronto radio station, 98.1 CHFI, that the production will begin this fall. “We’re about to shoot another … movie,” Jackman said. “We shoot in October so it will probably come out a year after that.”

According to Fox, however, nothing is etched in stone just yet, as they are still in negotiations with director James Mangold (Knight & Day).

Read more:
James Mangold is Fox’s first choice to direct ‘The Wolverine’
Hugh Jackman: ‘The Wolverine’ knocked back, but not dead
‘The Wolverine’: no short list of directors yet to replace Darren Aronofsky, says source

Box Office Preview: 'Super 8' will win, but by how much?

This week, one of summer’s most hotly anticipated titles will be put to the box office test, pitting the allure of childhood nostalgia against the challenge of marketing a movie without a major star. I’m referring, of course, to Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer. Kidding, hush, take your finger off the mouse.  J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 should easily take the weekend’s top spot, kicking X-Men: First Class down a grade. But just how super will Super 8‘s gross be? Here’s a look at our predictions for the top five: READ FULL STORY

January Jones in 'X-Men: First Class': If gentlemen prefer blondes, why does she look so sullen?

Like the fiery redhead or the sultry brunet, the cool blonde is one of those old-fashioned, L’Oréal-sanctioned visual codes for female sexual temperament that white western audiences still eat up like yellow popcorn. Alfred Hitchcock knew that — that’s why he made a fetish of his blond heroines, none cooler on the outside (and, if fantasies came true, hotter on the inside) than Grace Kelly.

I’m dreaming in hair color lately as I’ve been considering the recent dye-cast career of January Jones — first and most effectively as a porcelain-doll housewife blonde in Mad Men; later and more problematically as a “funny” blonde-joke blonde hosting SNL; and now, with only intermittent success, as a very, very icy blonde in X-Men: First Class. This time around, as the descriptively named Emma Frost, Jones’ ambitious blonde works on the side of evil, clad in sexy James Bond-worthy underwear that accentuates her sides of good. The actress’s READ FULL STORY

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