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Halle BerryHalle Berry wants to be good and scared again. Not satisfied with being chased around an insane asylum in "Gothika," Berry is interested in tangling with a crazed baby mama in "The Surrogate," the latest from director Paul Verhoeven ("Basic Instinct").

As we reported last week, "The Surrogate" has nothing in common with the similarly titled upcoming sci-fi movie starring Bruce Willis. This "Surrogate" is based on Kathryn Mackel's 2004 novel. Forced by medical circumstances into hiring a surrogate mother, a childless couple settles on an apparently perfect candidate. Unfortunately, the woman turns out to be insane. Should've checked those references better, eh? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Berry would play the would-be mother, not the insane surrogate. While official negotiations haven't begun with Berry, Fox is eager for their "X-Men" star to sign on. Seeing as she is fresh off a long maternity leave, she could certainly bring a lot of energy to the part of a wannabe mother. Read More...

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Pixar studios releases 'Up' this weekForgive me for being rather corny, but is there anything as sweet and simple as a balloon? No matter how old you are, if someone hands you a balloon your day gets just a little bit brighter. Who out there hasn't taken hold of one and hoped, just this once, that it would take off with you attached? Who hasn't wondered how many it would take to send you flying into the air? Few of us have ever dreamed as ambitiously as Carl (Ed Asner), the elderly hero of Disney/Pixar's "Up," which floats into theaters this Friday. Carl painstakingly figures out just how many balloons it would take to carry his whole house into the sky, and he flies away on the adventure of a lifetime.

In the spirit of Carl, I've decided to list five of Hollywood's greatest balloons. It was tough work, debating whether "James and the Giant Peach's" floating peach counted and how high Lex Luthor's (Gene Hackman) jailbreak in "Superman II" should rank against the rest. In the end, these are the five I decided on. Please feel free to share your favorites in the comments below. Read More...

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Tom CruiseAt last, the wait is over. After acquiring several intriguing projects, and spending millions of dollars to rewrite them into perfection, Tom Cruise has decided on his next movie -- and it's "Wichita."

According to Variety, Cruise has decided to pair up with Cameron Diaz for James Mangold's action comedy. Not only does this end Cruise's quest for his next project (and apparently it was a close call between this and Len Wiseman's "Motorcade"), but it's also a happy ending for the troubled "Wichita," a film that has seen directors and stars come and go. Read More...

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Seth RogenA new movie from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost is always something to be excited about -- but if they recruit every pants-wettingly funny actor in existence to join them, then it may just be akin to a religious experience. We'll find out soon, because Variety reports that Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Jane Lynch have joined the cast of "Paul."

Directed by Greg Mottola ("Superbad," "Adventureland") and written by Pegg and Frost, "Paul" centers on two British comic book geeks who are enjoying a road trip to Comic-Con. Whether they accidentally happen upon Area 51 or go out of their way to visit it is unclear at this point, but they wind up befriending a small, escaped alien named Paul. Cue comic and extraterrestrial mayhem (but the good kind, not the "Howard the Duck" ugliness) as the two geeks help the little alien find his way home. Read More...

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Jackson RathboneAs you "Twilight"-ers know, Jackson Rathbone has already played around in the world of the undead. According to Blabbermouth.net, his newest role may have him exploring real life horror as Norwegian death metal singer Varg Vikernes in "Lords of Chaos."

Vikernes, a.k.a. Count Grishnackh, was a prominent member of the Norwegian death metal scene of the 1990s. He was the head of the one man musical project Burzum, until he was arrested and convicted for the murder of Øystein "Euronymous" Aarseth, guitarist and co-founder of the band Mayhem, for reasons that remain unclear. Vikernes was also found guilty of committing arson against several Norwegian churches, which he claimed he had destroyed because they had desecrated pagan burial grounds. He was sentenced to to 21 years in prison, of which he served 16 before being released in March of this year. Read More...

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Buffy the Vampire SlayerWith vampire boyfriends on everyone's wish list, it's not surprising that Hollywood looks to reviving one of its legendary slayers. Not that we would mind of course, as who doesn'twant Buffy to return and save us from the undead? The real question is: does anyone want Buffy without her creator, Joss Whedon?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, there are plans to bring Buffy back to the big screen without Whedon's participation. Instead, it will be a relaunch handled by the director of the 1992 film, Fran Rubel Kuzui, and her husband Kaz Kuzui, along with
Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment. It would have no connection to Whedon's legendary television series, or to its comic book continuation, but would instead "reboot" the story from the very beginning in order to not upset the series' diehard fans. Read More...

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'Terminator Salvation'"Terminator Salvation" has been one of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer season, and also one of the most heavily discussed and marketed. Every poster, casting bite and image made the Internet rounds, and McG's directorial ability has been hotly debated since he joined the project in 2007. After Comic-Con and endless other roadshows selling the high points of the movie, "Terminator" fans felt confident that they were in for an awesome summer blockbuster .

Opening night told a slightly different story. "Salvation" officially opened to thousands of Wednesday midnight screenings and only brought in $3 million. It isn't a bad number, and it could easily be explained by a lot of moviegoers who didn't know about its Wednesday night screenings, or who couldn't attend due to pre-holiday schedules, but it's not the record breaker Warner Bros was hoping for. It falls a million or so shy of the $4 million "Star Trek" did on its midnight showings two weeks ago. According to Box Office Mojo, "Star Trek" also did roughly $3.1 million on Wednesday, a day prior to the midnight showings of "Salvation." Read More...

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Andy SambergOur 2009 MTV Movie Awards host Andy Samberg was on Jay Leno last night to talk about his days as a temp, loving mothers, his early stand-up career... and of course to plug his Best Kiss contender, "Pommel: The Bobby Brooks Story." I don't think we've got a choice on this one, readers ... we're going to have to give it to him!

If you're wondering about the steps one must take to become an MTV Movie Awards host, Samberg revealed his troubled years in the temp scene. One job involved "tying ribbons" for a greeting card company -- a job he and his fellow Lonely Island members Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone were fired from because they were daring to talk while tying ribbons. The Lonely Island trio decided to leave rather than stay silent, but their tragic story has a silver lining: "[while it lasted, temping] worked out perfectly because we were never up that early, and we were able to have McDonalds' breakfast... it was delightful!" Read More...

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Cameron DiazZack Braff has absolute power in the land of the "Swingles." According to Variety, Braff will direct the romantic comedy, which will be his first feature since 2004's "Garden State." The project already boasts leading lady Cameron Diaz, but Braff isn't content with merely directing her. He will also be co-starring and rewriting the film.

"Swingles" centers on a bachelor who is dumped by his wingman. Having studied his "Top Gun," the bachelor knows that he can't fly solo, and he decides that his next pickup companion will be a wingwoman. Sounds like a plan, right? Not so fast. The new winglady is a "sharp-tongued" sort, and our bachelor can't stand her. Of course we all know where this is probably going: loathing turns into love and things wrap up with a little "happily ever after." Hey, that's how "Top Gun" ends things between Iceman and Maverick, too! Read More...

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Will SmithWill Smith is no stranger to playing heroes. With the exception of "Ali" however, they've all been fictional do-gooders who save the world from CGI hordes. Well Smith is heading back into the real world with his latest project, as Variety reports that Smith is set to tell the story of a Hurricane Katrina hero.

Sony, with Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, have obtained the rights to the life story of John Keller, an ex-Marine who was nicknamed "The Can Man" by New Orleans press. Keller resided in the American Can Company apartments; when the hurricane hit and flooded the building beneath 11 feet of water, he stood guard against looters and troublemakers. Keller also hot-wired cars and boats in order to get to the grocery store so he could provide neighbors with food. Read More...

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