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Ben Affleck- Ben Affleck in negotiations to write, direct, and star in “The Town,” a dark heist movie based on the novel “Prince of Thieves.” (THR)

- Details of Tobey Maguire’s “Spider-Man” deal revealed. Perks include half days and no early mornings in order to spend more time with his family. (Times Online)

- Harry Potter love interest Bonnie Wright joins "A Great and Terrible Beauty," a film which Mel Gibson's production company is adapting from bestselling novel. (PR-Inside)

- Universal Studios Hollywood to offer park guests a first look at the trailer for “The Wolfman.” (ComingSoon)

- Just for fun: Eight classic movies ruined by gaping plot holes. (Cracked)

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Daniel Radcliffe in 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'As Cornelius Fudge could tell you, there’s nothing like a good witness in the “Harry Potter” world. Steve Vander Ark, the mousy haired librarian who found himself this year in the middle of a copywrite battle between a small Michigan publishing firm and the most famous author in the world, turned out in the end to be nothing like a good witness.

But last week’s court ruling in favor of J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers, which blocked Vander Ark and RDR books from publishing their “The Harry Potter Lexicon,” a comprehensive reference tome of all things wizarding and magical, will not be the famous fan’s last stand according to the “Detroit Free Press,” who reported yesterday (September 15) that lawyers for the defense are expected this week to file a legal appeal.

The issue, theoretically, could go all the way to the Supreme Court, and serve as a case study for fair use, a somewhat complicated law meant to protect creative artists from having their work unfairly purloined. Read More...

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Michael CaineMichael Caine is one heck of an Alfred Pennyworth, the trusted, knowledgeable, ever wise servant in the two recent films about the dark knight. Who knew all that time helping Batman would rub off?

Caine is set to become something of a crusader (if not a caped one) himself in the recently announced "Harry Brown," the story of an elderly man driven to vigilante justice in a London neighborhood taken over by criminals.

"He's an ex-Marine who lives on a real crap estate in London full of junkies and pimps and hookers. And he becomes a vigilante because he has to or else they’re going to kill him," Caine said of his character, comparing him slightly to Charles Bronson in "Death Wish."

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It’s probably fair to say that more people know David O. Russell as the hothead narcissist George Clooney punched, than as the gifted filmmaker who directed George Clooney in “Three Kings.” But, then, that’s what happens I suppose, when you also a) verbally abuse a beloved actress in your movie to the point of inciting a mental breakdown and b) make a movie without the money to finish it.

But while the fate of that movie, “Nailed,” may be called into question, the behavior of Russell can’t be, stars of the flick told MTV News, painting a very different picture of the director than what’s appeared in most recent stories.

“He’s wonderful,” Catherine Keener said.

“I love him,” co-star Jessica Biel echoed. “He pulled such a bizarre cool interesting performance out of everyone. It was quite an interesting experience. David was amazing.” Read More...

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- Vin Diesel and Rob Cohen to go “XXX” again, as Columbia Pictures puts second sequel, “The Return of Xander Cage,” on the fast-track. (Variety)

- An extended, catch it before it gets taken down, preview for “The Day the Earth Stood Still” pops up online. (Fan Blog)

- Things we lost in the fire: Universal Studios reportedly set to re-open King Kong ride – only this time basing the experience on Peter Jackson’s re-make. (Jim Hill Media)

- Jack White turns red (with anger) over use of his Bond theme in Coke commercial. (BBC)

- The literary world lost a true genius over the weekend, but could David Foster Wallace’s death propel an “Infinite Jest” movie to the big-screen? (CHUD)

- Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn meet under the mistletoe in trailer for “Four Christmases.” Bonus Jon Favreau action included. (Yahoo)

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Photo by Matt Carr/ Getty ImagesReading the IMDB message boards for the Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Gambit,” a heist movie remake about two criminals out to steal a priceless antiquity, is just about the funniest thing imaginable, since every other poster is convinced the movie is about the “X-Men” character Remy LeBeau. It’s actually so egregiously wrong that it almost has to be parody right?

But how’s this for a laugh: An honest to goodness Marvel spin-off might actually one day make it to the big-screen before the Coen Brother’s film, given that, well, nobody’s actually MAKING “Gambit,” supposedly attached star Colin Firth revealed.

“No! It’s a complete lie. It’s been on IMDB and just sitting there,” Firth said of his rumored involvement. “The Coen brothers have written an absolutely brilliant script.”
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Alicia KeysAlicia Keys just got done recording "Another Way to Die," the new theme song for the latest Bond film, "Quantum of Solace." But her real ambition?

"I think I can be the next Bond girl," the singer and actress laughed when we caught up with her recently at the Toronto Film Festival.

For now, of course, Keys will have to settle for co-creating with White Stripes frontman Jack White the kick-ass opening number in "Solace," which I cannot mention without also mentioning that it's the worst movie title in history.

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'Iron Man'- Jon Favreau talks “Iron Man 2,” and more: says he wants to film parts in IMAX and 3D. (Splash Page)

- Raider of the Lost Ark. Darren Aronofsky wants to make it rain with story about the Biblical Noah. (Slashfilm)

- Get your first taste of the “Quantum of Solace” themesong by Alicia Keyes and Jack White, featured in a Coke commercial. (JoBlo)

- Zack and Miro make an awesome poster. (CHUD)

- Clint Eastwood’s “Changeling” with Angelina Jolie gets trailerized. (Yahoo)

Kevin SmithKevin Smith isn’t just a director, but to a certain extent, a name brand as well -- a very visible and vocal filmmaker sought out as much for his thoughts on film (like his opinion of the new “Star Trek” or Superman) as he is for his films themselves.

He’s well-known and out there. But his greatest hope for his new horror movie “Red State”? Would you believe to disappear?

“The dream would be to have people watch the movie and flat out not believe that I made it,” Smith told MTV News. “To pull that off would be cool.”

A story partly about a religious fundamentalist in the vein of Fred Phelps, “Red State” will be a huge departure for the “Zack and Miri” director, a chance to dabble in a different genre than the one he’s known for. As previously reported, it will not include any of the director’s favorite faces from his View Askewniverse. Read More...

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There are bold proclamations and then there are BOLD proclamations, and Eva Mendes claim about her new movie “The Women” is the latter.

Don’t believe us? Are you a guy dreading having to go to this film? Listen to Mendes guarantee to put your mind at ease, then read the star’s brief chat with MTV News about the new movie also starring Annette Bening, Meg Ryan, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Candice Bergen.

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