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'Star Wars: Episode VII': J.J. Abrams reacts to leaked set photos

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J.J. Abrams has taken to Twitter to comment on photos recently leaked from the set of his upcoming space epic, which otherwise has had its deflector shields up. (Details on the film’s plot, characters, and setting are still scarce.)

The director addressed the situation with a sense of humor, speaking to true Star Wars geeks with a joke that only they would get. READ FULL STORY

'Gone Girl': First photo of Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne

If you’re way behind and haven’t even read the book yet, now you have to/get to imagine Ben Affleck instead of whatever your brain would’ve conjured up for Nick Dunne.

Twentieth Century Fox has released a still image from the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl — see it below. READ FULL STORY

Joss Whedon tweets support for Ben Affleck as Batman

Ever since we learned about #batfleck, one of the most popular tweets making the rounds has fancifully imagined The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon orchestrating the Warner Bros. hire as part of some sabotage scheme. But on Friday afternoon, Whedon tweeted his support for Ben Affleck taking over the iconic role in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel:

And so, the Marvel vs. DC cold war thawed slightly … for now. The tweet garnered about 1,000 RTs within 10 minutes of posting.

Previously this bit of snark was making the rounds, from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer Mike Drucker: READ FULL STORY

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson tweets first look at 'Hercules' helmet

This is Sparta Hercules! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tweeted this morning from the set of his upcoming film Hercules: The Thracian Wars, posting a photo of Hercules’ helmet. This follows a set photo Johnson tweeted on Sunday, praising production designer Jean-Vincent Puzos, whose previous work includes Amour, 10,000 B.C., and Lord of War.

The Brett Ratner-directed film is an adaptation of Radical Comics’ eponymous limited series by Steve Moore and Admira Wijaya. The film follows the Greek demigod, who, after enduring through his legendary twelve labors, has become a mercenary. His life as a sword-for-hire is tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. Also starring Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Rufus Sewell, and John Hurt, as the King of Thrace, the film is set in a grittier reality without the influence of the supernatural.

Check out the sneak tweet of the Greek demigod’s headgear below:
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Morgan Spurlock on One Direction doc: 'More shirtless moments than you can imagine'

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Have you seen the trailer for the One Direction documentary, This is Us? Did you want there to be more shirtlessness? Did you want there to be more robots? Then we’re here to bring you a double-shot of good news. In a Twitter Q&A earlier today, director Morgan Spurlock — who once ate so much McDonald’s he became famous — gave more details about the film, which is being released in 3-D on Aug. 30.

To recap: The fivesome all care deeply about one another, all have great hair, and all treat Spurlock as if he were furniture. Will they be wearing shirts in the movie? They’re wild! Shirts are expensive. Music makes family. Who is Spurlock’s favorite guy? That’s one mystery he’ll never tell.

But really, the Q&A speaks for itself:

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Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Meryl Streep, others share thoughts on Nora Ephron

Filmmaker and author Nora Ephron died Tuesday, leaving behind a huge legacy of films, as well as many friends and colleagues in Hollywood. Here are their thoughts and memories of Ephron:

“Nora was a person whose gifts of mind, amply displayed as a young person in her sharply observed journalistic pieces and in her personal wit, were, when I first met her, kind of scary: aimed and airy at the same time, an insouciant sharpness that could be intimidating, because you could never catch her ‘trying’, everything seemed effortless. But as I got to know her, I understood what drove her was her acute curiosity, and her desire to observe and find out stuff. It’s what made her great as a journalist, and as a director, too. She thought fast, loved new ideas, processed swiftly, decided what was valuable and what was not with clarity. It’s hard to credit how very smart she was, cause she was always deflectively feminine and funny, the sharpness of mind softened and smoothed by genuine charm.” — Meryl Streep, star of Silkwood (co-written by Ephron) and Julie & Julia (written and directed by Ephron)

“Nora Ephron was a journalist/artist who knew what was important to know; how things really worked, what was worthwhile, who was fascinating and why. At a dinner table and on a film set she lifted us all with wisdom and wit mixed with love for us and love for life. Rita and I are so very sad to lose our friend who brought so much joy to all who were lucky enough to know her…” — Tom Hanks, star of You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle, both co-written and directed by Ephron READ FULL STORY

Twitter star Kelly Oxford opens up about her first feature, 'Son of a Bitch'

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In real life, Kelly Oxford is a young housewife who spends her days caring for her three kids in Calgary, Canada. But online, she’s @kellyoxford, a prolific tweeter whose biting, edgy humor (sample tweet: “Hey @Drake thanks for teaching my kids how to sing the n-word so beautifully”) has won her celebrity fans like Mindy Kaling and Roger Ebert… as well as 339,534 other followers at last count.

And as of yesterday, Oxford can officially call herself a screenwriter as well. As Deadline originally reported, the stay-at-home mom just sold a script called Son of a Bitch to Warner Bros. It’s the first feature Oxford has written, though she previously sold pilot scripts to both CBS and NBC. (She’s been with agency WME since 2009.) Her first book, a collection of essays called Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar, will also be released this fall.

Clearly, Oxford is a busy lady. But in between fielding phone calls and shepherding the munchkins, the Twitter queen took a moment to answer a few questions via email.

In your own words, what’s your movie about?
The log line was in my own words! It took me an hour to come up with “young stoner who tries to maintain her popular party image even after discovering she’s pregnant.” I think the heart of the movie is just about how major change in your life pulls the rug out from under who you think you are. READ FULL STORY

'Think Like a Man' star Kevin Hart: How Twitter, Facebook, and my NBA outburst helped my movie open at No. 1

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Last weekend, the ensemble relationship comedy Think Like a Man 
opened to an astonishing $33.6 million, exceeding practically everyone's expectations, including those of one of the film's standout stars, actor-comedian Kevin Hart. "I knew the movie was going to do well because it was tracking well," he tells EW, "but we were thinking in the range of $20-25 [million]

. When in came in the 30s, that was a little mind-blowing. For me that just shows the power of social media.”

No kidding. Hart has practically built his entire career harnessing the power of his Twitter feed and Facebook page to drive audiences to his films. Last September, his stand-up comedy feature Laugh at My Pain opened to $2 million on just 97 screens, a feat he largely credited to his social media fan base spreading word and supporting the film. For Think Like a Man, Hart notes that, combined, the entire cast boasts well over 20 million Twitter followers. “So we got together and just did a blitz ourselves….When you’re doing movie promos and there’s billboards and stuff, yeah it’s out there, and you know people see it. But we were getting direct responses because of Twitter and Facebook. It was unbelievable.”

Of course, a movie’s number one debut is not built on tweets alone. Hart credits three other DIY efforts for helping catapult his film to the top of the box office:  READ FULL STORY

'The Hunger Games': The poster puzzle hunt is on! Find piece No. 88 here!

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When the first eight teaser posters for The Hunger Games hit the Web two months ago, those savvy folks in Lionsgate’s marketing department split them up among eight different websites (including EW.com), making finding them something a game itself for fans. Well, welcome to level 2.

For the first full poster for the rabidly anticipated film, Lionsgate has fractured the final image into 100 separate puzzle pieces, and scattered them across the Internet. (The official reason is to celebrate 100 days until the film’s release, but I think the folks at Lionsgate may just really love making their PR and marketing teams earn those Christmas bonuses.) To find all 100, you’ve gotta search the hashtag “#HUNGERGAMES100″ on Twitter, and collect the pieces from there. Once you’ve got ‘em all and have pieced the puzzle together, post the final image to Facebook and tag it with The Hunger Games‘ official Facebook profile. (You’ll likely want to print the pieces out and snap a photo of the finished result.) After the first person successfully does so, Lionsgate will release the full poster for all to see — which we will then post here on EW.com. (You can also click here for more info on the hunt.)

By this point, you’ve noticed by now that EW.com is playing host to piece No. 88 out of 100 — and anyone familiar with Suzanne Collins’ best-seller will recognize the image on the piece immediately. You can also click here for the proper PDF download of the image.

Good luck, and (you knew I was going to say this) may the odds be ever in your favor.

Read more:
‘The Hunger Games’: 8 New Posters!
Feast your eyes on the first ‘Hunger Games’ trailer
‘The Hunger Games’: Three new movie tie-in covers revealed — FIRST LOOK

New shot from Bond movie 'Skyfall': Those office supplies look mighty sinister -- PHOTO

Who knew that James Bond was such a tease? Well, okay, everyone knew that, and now it appears the roguish British secret agent has staked out Twitter as his new arena for playful innuendo. First, @007 tweeted out a shot from the first day of principal photography on Skyfall, hinting at a bathroom locale redolent of mildew and ill deeds. And today, ten days into the shoot, he’s tweeted a shot from the 53rd scene of the film (section G, indicating a complex sequence is afoot), this time in what appears to be a makeshift office set either in a basement or warehouse. You can see a larger version below. READ FULL STORY

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