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Buffy

Remember that "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" reboot that's been kicking around Hollywood? Consider it staked — for now, at least.

The Los Angeles Times reported late last week that screenwriter Whit Anderson — the newcomer who'd been hired to reinvent Joss Whedon's widely adored film, TV and comic book series about a teenage vampire slayer and her equally capable friends — has been booted from the project after delivering a script that "fell far short of expectations and, in the end, was rejected completely."

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Great Gatsby

It's not easy being Jay Gatsby — nor is it easy being the man who oversees him, apparently.

Though it's not an action movie by any stretch of the imagination (though it does veer off towards the thriller genre at points), production on "Great Gatsby" reportedly got a bit hairy over the holiday weekend when director Baz Luhrmann was injured on the film's Australian set following a collision with a camera crane, according to the Sydney Morning Herald (via The Hollywood Reporter).

"We were on quite a cramped set and he was ducking under the crane," "Gatsby" co-producer Anton Monstead told the Herald of the incident. "He struck his head on the weights on the end of the camera crane. He split open his head, and we had to get the doctor."

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"Prometheus" isn't an "Alien" prequel, you say? Sure fooled me — because the just released trailer for director Ridley Scott's long awaited return to the science fiction arena looks exactly like a continuation of his 1979 horror masterpiece, in the very best of ways.

The trailer, which hit the web today, is a teaser in the truest sense… which, admittedly, is a little bit frustrating considering the three back-to-back trailer teasers that were previously released this week; their combined runtime extends longer than the full "Prometheus" teaser itself!

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"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is awesome. It's the top-ranked flick on our list of the Best Movies of 2011. What more do you need to know? David Fincher's adaptation of the first book in the Millennium Trilogy is as faithful as it gets (with an important deviation here and there), complete with gruesome twists and stellar performances—indeed, it hosts what could very well be the greatest performance of the year.


Rooney Mara talks Salander!

If all that isn't enough incentive to check out "Dragon Tattoo" this week, here are five other reasons you need to see this movie.

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"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "Prometheus" are dropping their very first trailers this week, sending the pre-holiday news cycle out on a high note. Helping the cause is the already released "Dark Knight Rises" theatrical trailer, which blazed online yesterday in a fury of earthquake devices, Catwoman threats, unintelligible Bane quotes and more.


Instant reactions to the "Dark Knight Rises" trailer!

Head over to Splash Page for everything we've got on the "Dark Knight Rises" trailer, and see the following links for even more.

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Josh Holloway

Producer J.J. Abrams has established a great tradition within the "Mission: Impossible" franchise: in the last two "M:I" installments, Abrams has called in fan-favorite actors from his television past for brief but awesome roles. First Keri Russell popped into "Mission: Impossible III" in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it death scene, and today's newest movie — "Ghost Protocol" — introduces "Lost" veteran Josh Holloway to the franchise. Exactly what purpose the former James "Sawyer" Ford plays in the new "Mission" remains to be seen, but no matter how big or small his role, we're psyched to have him on board.

With Holloway following Russell's lead, we started wondering which other Abrams vets we'd like to see in future "Mission: Impossible" movies. Our wish list is past the jump!

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Expendables 2

Continuing the trend of this week being the most amazing week in the history of weeks for trailers (an exaggeration, sure, but let's go with it), the very first "Expendables 2" teaser trailer hit last night, and it's bound to make action junkies weak at the knees.

Yes, the "Ex2" trailer is light on Schwarzenegger. But whoa, when Arnie makes his appearance firing a machine gun off at who-knows-what, it's enough to guarantee that the Trench we're meeting here is much happier to flex his badass muscles than the guy we saw in the first "Expendables." Plus, what the trailer lacks in Schwarz it more than makes up for in Bruce Willis. The erstwhile John McClane is increasingly looking like the villain of the piece against a Sly and Arnie team-up, and that's just too fantastic for a die-hard action fan (see what I did there?) to ignore.

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Hobbit

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" sets forth on its quest in December of next year, bringing moviegoers their first dose of Middle-Earth big-screen goodness in almost a decade. It's just the first silo of a two-part "Lord of the Rings" prequel, too, so we'll have even more to look forward to when "There and Back Again" hits in December 2013.

We've long known that "The Hobbit" would be split into two movies, but the breaking point between the two films has remained unclear. How much of J.R.R. Tolkien's story would make it into the first "Hobbit" movie? What are we in store for?

Thanks to a plot synopsis unearthed by Bleeding Cool, we've got our answer. Keep reading for the official "Unexpected" plot details.

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Plenty of great movies came our way in 2011, and even more awesome ones are on the horizon for 2012. But even though some of these films feel far away, we've gotten plenty of advanced looks at some of the upcoming year's hottest projects through trailers, posters and even the considerably more shady set-stalking.

From leaked set photos to leaked set videos, here are five of the movies most worthy of set-stalking in 2011. Vote for which one was your favorite beyond the break!

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Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie
is about to get her "Fifth Element" on, it seems, as reports of her upcoming sci-fi action collaboration with director Luc Besson are heating up ever more today. Meanwhile, Harrison Ford may have finally found his Jackie Robinson, Michael Shannon's "Iceman" serial killer has found his bride, and "Burt Wonderstone" is crunching the numbers.

It's December 13, and you're tuning into today's Casting Call!

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