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The Internet is buzzing this morning with the news that Natalie Portman was offered the starring role in "Gravity," the upcoming sci-fi drama from Alfonso Cuaron which was originally set to star Angelina Jolie alongside Robert Downey Jr. But there's another bit of tantalizing information buried deep in the original story from The Hollywood Reporter.

Portman is also being courted by "Robin Hood" director Terrence Malick, who is developing some sort of project focused on "Great Balls of Fire" singer Jerry Lee Lewis. He is putting that one together with Brad Pitt, who I guess would also be top choice for the starring role? I haven't heard anything about that one before, but Malick wouldn't be the first to chart Lewis' life. The 1989 biopic "Great Balls of Fire" starred Dennis Quaid as the popular singer. Portman would presumably one of Lewis' six wives, depending on which part of his life the focus is on. The previous biopic was based on a book by his third wife, Myra Gale Brown, also his first cousin.

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I was out in New York City seeing "The Tingler" (which was amazing), but Labor Day's TV lineup was marked by a most excellent "Star Wars" marathon on Spike. This inspired the Internet, in its infinite wisdom, to dig up a pretty amazing vintage interview with Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford.

The clip comes from a 1977 chat with Bobbie Wygant for a Dallas-Fort Worth news program. This is before Ford and the rest of the "Star Wars" folk found major fame from the sci-fi series. The actor even admits that he's not a fan of the genre, having had no experience with "Buck Rogers" or "Flash Gordon." It in many ways resembles more recent interviews with Ford about "Star Wars"; he just doesn't want to talk about it anymore. I don't blame him-- between Han Solo and Indiana Jones, it can be said without hyperbole that this guy is responsible for two of the most iconic roguish characters in film history. Thanks to the The New York Times for pointing this one out.

Bobbie Wygant Interviews Harrison Ford for Star Wars 1977 from Atombomb.tv on Vimeo.

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One of the bits of news buzzing this week concerns "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" star Gemma Arterton. UK outlet The Sunday Times reported yesterday (via Blastr) that she is scheduled to meet with "Alien" prequel director Ridley Scott about possibly taking a starring role in the two films.

I hate to be that guy who ruins the party, but it turns out that this isn't the case. MTV put in a call to Arterton's publicist, who quickly confirmed: "There's no truth to that." It would have actually been an inspired bit of casting; Arterton proved in "Creed" and "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" that she's a tough cookie. I would definitely buy her taking on -- and kicking the asses of -- Xenomorphs.

In related, but unconnected, news, Scott spoke with The Independent last Friday about his prequel plans. "The film will be really tough, really nasty," he said. "It's the dark side of the moon. We are talking about gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare? Or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?"

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Would you be able to maintain your civility if you were trapped in an elevator with a group of strangers? How about if weird, possibly supernatural, things started happening? Maybe someone gets bitten in the dark by an unseen being?

That's the dilemma the stars of "Devil" face in the clip below, as it becomes increasingly clear that there's something not entirely human with them in the cramped space. The movie is the first chapter in producer M. Night Shyamalan's so-called "Night Chronicles" trilogy, written by Brian Nelson and directed by brothers Drew and John Erick Dowdle.

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MTV's Fall Preview week of exclusives continues today with a look at the hottest upcoming movies of the next four months. We know what you should see and why you should see it, and we've got it all right here. Keep it locked to MTV News and MTV Movies Blog for continued updates throughout the week!

What's It Called: "The Next Three Days"

What It's About: A woman is accused of murder and sent to prison. Her husband, a professor, is not pleased. So he hatches a brilliant plan to extract her from prison and clear her name.

Who's In It: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Brian Dennehy, Olivia Wilde, Jason Beghe. Directed by Paul Haggis.

Why You Should Care: Russell Crowe and ex-con Liam Neeson team up to plan a prison break. Seriously, do you need more prodding? Haggis hasn't directed a movie since 2007's "In the Valley of Elah." Lastly, Brian Dennehy is in it. WIN.

When You Can See It: November 19

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Just on the cusp of Labor Day weekend we've got some new "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" photos to share with you. And let's be honest... you don't want to read words. You want to see pictures. So click the one below to see more!

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MTV's Fall Preview week of exclusives continues today with a look at the hottest upcoming movies of the next four months. We know what you should see and why you should see it, and we've got it all right here. Keep it locked to MTV News and MTV Movies Blog for continued updates throughout the week!

What's It Called: "Unstoppable"

What It's About: There's a train loaded with dangerous, highly combustible chemicals AND IT'S OUT OF CONTROL! Only two dudes can save it, and they bust ass to do just that.

Who's In It: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee. Directed by Tony Scott.

Why You Should Care: If the Washington-Pine-Scott trifecta isn't enough to draw you in, how about the fact that we have a movie here that's pegged to a manmade disaster and yet apparently has nothing to do with terrorism? A refreshing change, to say the least.

When You Can See It: November 12

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Let's get one thing straight: machetes are awesome. So awesome, in fact, that the oversized jungle-cutting blade is getting the spotlight in its very own Danny Trejo-starring movie, "Machete," out in theaters nationwide today.

But "Machete" isn't the first time that machetes have had a prominent role in the world of film — far from it, in fact. After the jump, check out a list of some of our favorite machetes in modern cinema! Read More...

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MTV's Fall Preview week of exclusives continues today with a look at the hottest upcoming movies of the next four months. We know what you should see and why you should see it, and we've got it all right here. Keep it locked to MTV News and MTV Movies Blog for continued updates throughout the week!

What's It Called: "Megamind"

What It's About: An alien super-villain manages to finally kill off his superhero arch-nemesis... only to discover that his life no longer has any purpose. In his depression he creates a new hero for him to match wits against... only the newcomer decides to use his powers for evil, thus forcing our downtrodden super-villain to protect the people he once sought to dominate.

Who's In It: Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Tina Fey, David Cross, Justin Long. Directed by Tom McGrath.

Why You Should Care: Honestly, the year has been pretty crowded with first-class animated films, to the point that this is the second one in 2010 to feature a super-villain who is forced to turn over a new leaf. That being said, "Megamind" features a dynamite cast and a cool story of its own. Day one ticket purchase right here.

When Can You See It: November 5

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MTV's Fall Preview week of exclusives continues today with a look at the hottest upcoming movies of the next four months. We know what you should see and why you should see it, and we've got it all right here. Keep it locked to MTV News and MTV Movies Blog for continued updates throughout the week!

What's It Called: "Gulliver's Travels"

What It's About: A travel writer gets an assignment in the Bermuda Triangle. As you might expect, things go awry and the poor guy ends up washed ashore on an island populated by little people. Very little, like a couple of inches tall little.

Who's In It: Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Catherine Tate, Billy Connolly. Directed by Rob Letterman.

Why You Should Care: It's a classic children's tale upgraded with modern-day ideas and starring Jack Black. Also, the always excellent Nick Stoller co-wrote it.

When You Can See It: December 22

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