Beorn

Of the sights Tolkien fans have been eagerly waiting to see in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," Beorn might be chief among them. The enormous shapeshifter has always been a fan favorite, mostly because he's a huge guy that can turn into a bear if he wants, and he's been noticeably absent from the marketing campaigns, which has been surprisingly liberal with looks at Smaug.

Then there were the leaked photos from an officially licensed calendar that depicted Beorn as sort of a wild man meets 80s hair metal guitarist, and fans weren't exactly pleased, with most hoping that the early look didn't accurately reflect Beorn.

Now a new image of the Beorn has gone online (via TheOneRing.net), confirming the hairsprayed look for the character.

Take a look after the jump!

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Scream

This week brought talk of new life for two dormant horror franchises. First, Ryan Turek of ShockTillYouDrop tweeted that producers of the new "Friday the 13th" are taking pitches from writers for a found footage version of Jason Voorhees. Concurrently, Harvey Weinstein is talking about a potential fifth entry in the "Scream" series to finally end the story.

The problem is — while we can't fully support any classic horror series making the leap to overplayed style — "Scream" would make a much more compelling found footage movie.

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The previews for Kimberly Peirce's "Carrie" remake have pretty much just told us that it's a "Carrie" remake starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. We've seen the crazed religious mother, the shower scene, and Carrie going to the prom with glimpse of the telekinetic aftermath to come.

What we haven't seen until now is an extended clip of the movie, which might show off the style that Peirce is bringing to the movie, instead of highlighting the best-known moments from Stephen King's first book, and in turn, the Brian De Palma adaptation.

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Bad Grandpa

Johnny Knoxville is taking on only one character in his latest film, "Bad Grandpa," but he's making it count with gags like the one we see in this new clip.

Also, visit the set of "Breaking Bad" during the final scene in today's Dailies!

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The only thing more surprising than filming a movie over the course of 12 days without telling the press or anyone outside of the crew is doing so immediately filming "The Avengers."

That's what Joss Whedon did with his adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." The ultra-low-budget indie went onto become one of this year's most entertaining and well-reviewed films, but the story of how it got to the screen at all is still fascinating.

In this exclusive from the Blu-ray, which hits store shelves on October 8, Joss Whedon and his wife, Kai Cole, explain how the project came to be after principal photography ended on "The Avengers."

Check out the exclusive in the video above.

"Much Ado About Nothing" hits Blu-ray and DVD on October 8.

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Ted

"Ted," last summer's comedy hit, made over half a billion dollars at the world box office, a bona fide hit for writer, director, star, and "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, but even with all of that success, the sequel wasn't a guarantee.

It seemed that MacFarlane may have been the big hold-out on any sequel to "Ted."

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But apparently, all that has been smoothed over because a new "Ted" movie is on the way.

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So maybe "Machete Kills" isn't getting the best reviews. The sequel to the movie based on a fake trailer in "Grindhouse" never promised to be high-class cinema, so we weren't exactly expecting anything different.

That being said, even if the movie isn't worth running out to theaters to see right away when it opens on October 11, the new 3-D trailer for "Machete Kills" is actually pretty cool.

We won't spoil the surprise for you, but the trailer has better 3-D effects than you might be expecting.

"Machete Kills" opens in theaters on October 11.

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Star Wars

In many cases, science fiction has paved the way for real-life invention, but the genre has provided even more gadgets that make wonder what the hell all of those sciences are spending their time on. Where is my jet pack? Why haven't any time travelers come back yet? (Or have they already...) But a team of MIT and Harvard physicists may have finally made progress in inventing one science fiction gadget we've been waiting for for a very long time.

In the latest edition of Nature (via Yahoo!), a scientific journal, sciences claim to have made photons bond together in a way that's reminiscent of a lightsaber.

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Last we heard from the "Mad Max" reboot starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, director George Miller was heading back for reshoots, which is usually not a good sign. But Devin Faraci over at Badass Digest spoke with someone who claims to have seen a cut, and that person says that the movie is awesome. Not only that, the reshoots are to expand an action sequence that Miller wanted to shoot originally. Apparently, Warner Bros. was so impressed with what they saw, they gave him the go-ahead.

Also, read all about the Boba Fett video game you'll never see in today's Dailies!

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Ronan

This is getting a little ridiculous, right "Star Wars" fans? It's been almost a year since Lucasfilm and Disney announced plans for a new trilogy, and what do we have to show for it? A bunch of small news items about who has read for roles. The original cast members haven't been publicly announced as returning. There isn't even a title yet. Hell, when Marvel cast their main villain a year and a half out from the release date, it was just a press release on their website. No leaks, no rumors. They just announced it.

And now in an interview with Sky News, Saoirse Ronan, one of those rumored to have read for an unspecified role, confirmed that she auditioned, but she was far from the only actress to do so. She downplayed the meeting saying that "so has everyone."

Well, we have heard a ton names dropped in connection to "Episode VII," from Ryan Gosling to complete unknowns. It would seem like Ronan is telling the truth, especially considering that two more names have cropped up.

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