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Although we're just getting into talks and screenings for this year's Oscar bait movies, it's never too early to start talking about next year's likely contenders, is it? Because Robert Zemeckis and Denzel Washington's "Flight" is sounding more and more like it will be one to watch out for next year.

When MTV News caught up with screenwriter John Gatins recently, he revealed that production begins next week and that it has taken him more than a decade to get the project off the ground.

"Oh man, we start filming next week. This movie for me has been 12 years getting to the screen. It took me forever and it really took Robert Zemeckis coming on, getting Denzel to do the movie, it’s like a fever dream for me because I’ve waited so long," he told us at the premiere of his latest movie, "Real Steel."

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Although the first photo we saw of Johnny Depp in his "Dark Shadows" garb had us feeling a little skeptical, the second batch of pics that hit the Interwebs last week have us back to being over the moon excited for director Tim Burton's take on the 1970s vampire soap.

Even better, MTV News managed to get a few more "Shadows" details from Burton's other frequent movie-related collaborator, composer Danny Elfman, who revealed we can expect something "a little wild."

"It’s still very early, they’re not even done shooting. I just sent them some stuff so they can play with it while they’re editing," Elfman told us about his progress on "Shadows" at the premiere of "Real Steel," the score for which he also composed. "I think it’s just going to be fun. You can tell from Johnny Depp’s hairstyle right off the bat, it’s like, ‘Oh wow, that’s different.’ It’s [set in] the ‘70s, it’s going to be fun."

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50/50 In a nutshell, "50/50" is movie about an otherwise average 27-year-old guy named Adam who gets diagnosed with cancer, and what happens to his life and the people in it when faced with 50/50 odds of survival.

Unlike most of the generic, forgettable fare that Hollywood churns out each year, this film is something special. With an all-star cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick and Anjelica Huston, you will actually care about the characters, get swept up in the story and actually feel something when you walk out. "50/50" is one of the best movies I've seen this year, and here are a few reasons why it will be one of your favorites as well.

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In addition to obsessing over casting announcements, set photos and plot details, we cinephiles love nothing more than a good old fashioned debate over the best performances in film history and the actors who delivered them. This "Who Played It Best?" game has endless possibilities for inciting fun-filled arguments with friends, and it's even more fun when you can get the actors in question involved.

When MTV News caught up with Jonah Hill recently to address the award buzz surrounding his role in "Moneyball," we decided to throw in a question about the best onscreen stoners since, you know, he and his "Moneyball" co-star Brad Pitt have both played them. Not to mention the fact that a few of the movies Hill has made involve and/or revolve around pot smokers.

So who does Hill think played the better stoner, Pitt in "True Romance" or himself in "Knocked Up"?

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Much ado has been made over the first photos of "Dark Shadows," Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's next highly-anticipated film together. First we got a look at Depp in crazy heavy white makeup, which had a lot of dedicated fans more than miffed, and then came the first official photo, complete with proper lighting and coloring, which helped alleviate those aforementioned fan fears.

And today we have even more Burton/Depp/Dark Shadowy goodness to pore over, courtesy a newsy feature in Empire, and two brand new photos, which are once again likely to raise a stir.

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Patrick Wilson is one of those actors who could be easy to hate: He's almost too handsome, totally charming and crazy talented. But he's also so darn nice that you can't help but root for him and seek out his work, the latest of which is his new CBS drama, "A Gifted Man."

In the show Wilson plays world-renowned neurosurgeon Michael Holt, whose meticulously organized, privileged life is thrown upside down when he starts seeing and interacting with his recently deceased ex-wife, who for some reason can't move into the afterlife and spends her time trying to teach Michael that life is about more than neurosurgery.

MTV News recently caught up with Wilson to get some insight into what to expect from the show, how he's handling all that medical jargon, and if he's ready for people to treat him like a real-life doctor.
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Pretty much any time we see Jason Statham in anything, we know he'll be some sort of likable bad-ass and will kick the crap out of some people in doing so. This week's "Killer Elite" is no exception, and even better than Statham lighting up the screen solo, he's joined by serious A-listers Robert De Niro and Clive Owen.

MTV News caught up with the man of action recently to discuss how his Oscar winning and Oscar nominated co-stars raised the bar on set.

"It’s like boxing with Muhammad Ali, it’s like winning a Formula One race," Statham said of working with De Niro. "It’s the top of the mountain, it doesn’t get any better."

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As we could tell from the trailer, Marc Forster's "Machine Gun Preacher" isn't one of those overwrought, melodramatic, "based on a true story," feel good films. According to stars Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan, what sets it apart from the pack is the fact that it is about a flawed hero who finds his true calling through a violent, intense, and inspiring journey.

"This isn’t a story you hear every single day," Monaghan told MTV news. "He’s sort of a hero but a flawed hero, and that’s exactly what the title entails. As you read the story you realize the journey this man has been on."

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Patrick WilsonWe still don't know much about Ridley Scott's new "Alien"-themed film, "Prometheus." Only that it's not a prequel, has an A-list cast, that the production has people feeling "nervous," and that a nondescript photo was released.

Thanks to a recent chat with cast member Patrick Wilson, on a break from filming his new TV drama "A Gifted Man," however, MTV News has learned that the Damon Lindelof and John Spaihts-penned screenplay really IS that bloody good, and that we're going to be plenty satisfied with what we see on the big screen come June 2012.

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Any time we get a chance to catch up with Seth Rogen it is a good time, if only to hear his adorable giggle. Even better when the discussion at hand involves his excellent upcoming film "50/50" as well as his long-in-development survival horror comedy "Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse."

Regarding the latter, which, last we heard, will start shooting this February, we asked Rogen to clear up exactly which esteemed actors have officially signed onto the project, since it seems that the cast has been changing since the project was announced.

"We've decided to add more people, so ideally 'Jay and Seth' looks like it has become Jay, Seth, Jonah, Danny, Craig and James," Rogen revealed. (That's Baruchel, Rogen, Hill, McBride, Robinson and Franco, by the way.)

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