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FROM SPLASH PAGE: Ever since Michael Caine infamously name-checked Johnny Depp and Philip Seymour Hoffman as potential cast members for the next "Batman" movie, he's been on notice. According to Caine, who's currently making the rounds promoting his upcoming film "Harry Brown," he hasn't been on the receiving end of any details regarding Christopher Nolan's next foray in the Bat-universe... but that doesn't mean he isn't interested in where the franchise goes next.

MTV Movies Editor Joshua Horowitz caught up with Caine during the Toronto International Film Festival (where the "news" first got started last year) to pick his brain about the next "Batman" movie and joke about the scoop that rocked the 'Net.

Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: Michael Caine On 'Batman 3': 'There Is No Johnny Depp In This Batman'

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SabretoothFROM SPLASH PAGE: With so much attention being paid to the debuts of Deadpool and Gambit in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," it's easy to overlook the impressive performance of Liev Schreiber as one of the franchise's returning characters, Sabretooth. Along with bringing one of Logan's most popular nemesis to life, Schreiber added significant depth to a character whose appearances had previously been limited to grunts and the occasional growl.

While the ending of "Wolverine" certainly leaves the door open for Schreiber to return to the character, Logan's impending journey to Japan might complicate a cameo from Sabretooth. When we had a chance to chat with the actor during a press event for his upcoming film "Taking Woodstock," we had to ask him whether we'd see his take on Victor Creed in the next X-Men movie.

Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: Liev Schreiber Explains If—And How—Sabretooth Should Return For 'Wolverine' Sequel

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Stephenie MeyerFROM SPLASH PAGE: Last month we told you about the upcoming "Twilight" manga, and now it looks like the massively popular series is making another splash in the comics world with an upcoming single-issue comic about "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer.

The next woman to be featured in Bluewater Productions' popular line of "Female Force" biography comics, Meyer will join an impressive group that's included First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin and Princess Diana.

Written by Ryan Burton with art by Dave Macneil and Vinnie Tartamella, the comic promises to examine Meyer's rise to fame as an author, the "Twilight" phenomenon in print and film, and where Meyer plans to take the franchise. And "Twilight" fans take note: Burton has promised that "a very recognizable and iconic vampire" will narrate the issue.

Continue reading 'Twilight' Author Stephenie Meyer Featured In New 'Female Force' Comic Book

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: Last month, Michael Jackson's death prompted a recollection of how close he and Stan Lee came to buying Marvel Comics. The piece received quite a bit of attention, so when I had the chance to talk with Lee during this year's Comic-Con in San Diego, I had to ask the legendary co-creator of the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Hulk and countless other comic book superheroes about his professional and personal relationship with the King of Pop.

While Lee had kind words for the recently deceased pop culture icon, his mention of Jackson's interest in another of Lee's famous co-creations perked up my ears. In the grand tradition of Marvel Comics' famous series, Lee's response offered up a "What If?" tale involving Jackson and Spider-Man tailor-made for an alternate Marvel universe.

Continue reading What If Michael Jackson Made 'Spider-Man'? Stan Lee Explains How It Almost Happened!

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: With yesterday's announcement that War Machine will make his debut in "Iron Man 2," the question now becomes: how much of a role will the character play in the much-anticipated sequel?

We cornered actor Don Cheadle during an "Iron Man 2" press event to get his take on the character and how much of him we'll see in the Marvel Studios blockbuster.




"War Machine makes a very impactful appearance in the movie," Cheadle told MTV News. "It's significant."

Continue reading Don Cheadle's comments on War Machine in "Iron Man 2" over at SplashPage.MTV.com.

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Sadness over the impending end to David Tennant's "Doctor Who" run was softened recently by a rumor that the fan-favorite actor could be moving on to play the lead role in Guillermo del Toro's upcoming adaptation of "The Hobbit" -- a big step for the star of the long-running science-fiction series. However, now it looks like the casting buzz is exactly that: a rumor.

While early predictions of a "Hobbit" casting announcement during Comic-Con fell through, Tennant told MTV News that there was never much chance of it happening -- at least, not with him involved.




"The Internet is a curious place, isn't it?" Tennant told MTV News. Read More...

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: With all of the attention heaped on "Iron Man 2," "Thor," "The First Avenger: Captain America" and Marvel's superhero team-up film "The Avengers," it's easy to forget about some of the other characters in the Marvel Universe rumored to have big-screen projects in the works. When we spoke to "Lost" actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje during a press event at Comic-Con he told MTV News that he's been talking to Marvel about bringing one of those lesser-known characters to the screen -- specifically, the African warrior-king known as The Black Panther.



Continue reading at EXCLUSIVE: 'Lost' Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje In Talks For 'Black Panther' Lead

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By now you've already heard about Johnny Depp's surprise appearance during Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" panel, so now the question is: was it planned?

Burton weighed in on his star's brief but roof-raising appearance at Comic-Con in an exclusive chat with MTV News.




"He saved me there," Burton told MTV News. "I'm struggling away and then he walks out... and it was good."

As for where Depp disappeared to after the panel, Burton said it wasn't entirely unlikely that the mega-star took a tour of the floor -- possibly as one of his most iconic characters.

"He's never been [to Comic-Con] ... and i don't know, he could've dressed up as Captain Jack Sparrow and just been one of many," laughed the director.

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TitanicDuring Friday night's conversational panel featuring celebrated filmmakers Peter Jackson and James Cameron, the pair revealed that they might revisit some older projects now that 3D technology is becoming more viable in theaters.

According to Cameron, his experience with the much-anticipated 3D film "Avatar" prompted him to look back on another big-budget, special-effects project in his rearview mirror. The director said he plans to "dimensionalize" (convert to 3D) his 1997 film "Titanic."

Over the course of the panel, the directing duo revealed that they'd bonded over their mutual love for 3D filmmaking. In fact, Jackson said he'd like to go 3D with his "Lord of the Ring" trilogy, too.

Saying he'd "love to convert the 'Lord of the Rings,'" Jackson said the current economic climate has studios viewing the cost of adapting theaters to 3D technology very skeptically. For his part, Cameron said that's all going to change once "Avatar" arrives.

Would you like to see "Titanic" and "Lord of the Rings" in 3D?

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"Machete," the first film spawned from the too-cool trailers peppering Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez' "Grindhouse" double feature will begin shooting next week, according to Rodriguez -- and Lindsay Lohan has a role waiting for her.

The "Sin City" director dropped by Movies Blog HQ to promote his upcoming family-friendly feature "Shorts," and while he was there, we had to get an update on the Danny Trejo-starring trailer that's soon to become a full-length film.

"I can't say too much about it except we start shooting in a couple weeks," Rodriguez told MTV News. "These things come together very quickly and we're casting right now. The script just came out great."

Along with addressing the uncommon need for the film to live up to its trailer, the director said the only official casting thus far has been Trejo and Michelle Rodriguez. While he wouldn't confirm rumors that Robert DeNiro might have a role in the film, he did say that Lindsay Lohan has a part waiting for... if she wants it.

"Lindsay's cool," said Rodriguez. "There's actually cool part in the movie for her if she takes it."

Looking forward to "Machete"? What do you think about Robert DeNiro or Lindsay Lohan joining the cast?

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