Batman Avengers

The Golden Globes nominations are in, and conspicuously absent from the list of nominees is the Caped Crusader. But just because Batman isn't getting awards-season love, doesn't make the following statement any less true: 2012 was the year of the comic book movie.

Sure, sure — for years now, it feels like every year is the year of the comic book movie. But 2012 brought forth two of the most show-stopping entries in the genre's entire existence — "Marvel's The Avengers" and "The Dark Knight Rises," two films that dominated commercially (they're the top two box-office performers of the year; "Avengers" is the third highest-grossing movie of all time), and creatively assembled oh-so mightily for critics and casual moviegoers alike.

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George Clooney

Tempting as it is, try to resist the urge to tell the following news to "Argo" eff itself: "Bourne Supremacy" and "Ultimatum" director Paul Greengrass is teaming up with the writer of Ben Affleck's hostage drama and none other than George Clooney for a crime drama all their own.

Variety has the news that Greengrass, Clooney and "Argo" writer Chris Terrio are joining forces for an untitled crime drama. Details on the title and plot are completely under wraps; for now, all that's known is the film is "set in the world of New York criminal syndicates."

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Game of Thrones

There's a storm of swords brewing in the Seven Kingdoms. It's just a shame that no one seems to realize that the real war lies north of Westeros.

"Game of Thrones" returns for its third season on March 31, 2013, bringing the frosty fury of winter along with it. Based on a portion of the third novel in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, "A Storm of Swords," the teaser identifies what the real war humanity faces is truly all about — and it's nothing that any of our heroes, save for the men of the Night's Watch, seems to give a hoot about.

Watch the teaser below!

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There's a lot of talk about who will and who won't direct the next "Star Wars" movie, but one name we haven't seen thrown around enough is Ben Affleck. Sure, he passed on a big budget blockbuster like "Justice League" already, but "Star Wars" is a horse of a completely different color — surely the "Argo" director would at least be interested in the job, right?

MTV News caught up with Affleck this week and put the question to him: does he want to direct the next "Star Wars" movie? See his answer and a whole bunch of other thoughts on the reinvigorated sci-fi franchise in the video below!

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Star Wars

"Star Wars" fans have a friend in Michael Ardnt, the screenwriter who has reportedly penned a treatment for Disney and Lucasfilm's new trilogy. Even if Arndt isn't a household name, surely you know the man's work.

Read on for a closer look at what Arndt's résumé tells us about the future of "Star Wars."

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Red Dawn

With Marvel firmly at Disney and DC firmly at Warner Bros., the odds of ever seeing Thor and Wonder Woman in a movie together are slim to none. So here's a compromise: "Red Dawn," the upcoming action movie remake starring the God of Thunder himself, Chris Hemsworth, and the woman who was nearly the small screen's new Wonder Woman, Adrianne Palicki.

MTV News has an exclusive clip from the "Red Dawn" remake featuring Hemsworth and Palicki's characters meeting for the first time. As is befitting two of Hollywood's finest specimens, the chemistry between Hemsworth and Palicki is practically palpable, making it all the more believable when a young Josh Hutcherson more or less swoons when the "Friday Night Lights" actress comes calling for a pair of French fries.

See the clip below!

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Even if Han didn't shoot first (he did), it's looking like he might shoot again: a new report suggests that against all odds, Harrison Ford is interested in making a return to the "Star Wars" universe with Disney's upcoming "Episode 7."

Han Solo

If Ford really is interested in piloting the Millennium Falcon one more time, what does that tell us? For me, it only further crystalizes a theory I've had since the "Star Wars" news first broke — that the director is going to be this guy:

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Taken 2

Liam Neeson doesn't want to get "Taken" again, but that's not going to stop some writers with a very particular set of skills from doing their best to abduct him one more time.

In an interview with Hollywood.com, writer Robert Mark Kamen admitted that Fox is very keen on pursuing a third "Taken" film. Kamen feels the threequel would need to deviate from the formula of the first two movies, saying, "We've taken everyone we can take — it's going to go in another direction. Should be interesting."

That might not be interesting enough to lure Neeson back for a third round as retired black ops badass Bryan Mills. But in case he's feeling open-minded, we have some suggestions for how "Taken 3" could work out. Read them below!

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Game of Thrones

You thought what happened to Ned was bad? Trust me, "Game of Thrones" fans, you haven't seen anything yet — but you're about to.

Westeros.org reports that the "Thrones" casting department has put out a call for extras for a night shoot on October 12 and full availability on October 15 through 19. The extras they're seeking are male-only cellists and male and leg-only amputees. The latter group needs to be comfortable with prosthetics that will make their legs look newly severed.

Those details might sound like the par-for-the-course ugliness fans of "Thrones" have come to love and expect over the years. But "A Song of Ice and Fire" readers know better. Those readers know all too well that we're finally here; the moment we've been dreading since "Thrones" went into production.

Vague discussion of major spoilers are ahead.

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Grimlock

There will be even more than meets the eye than usual when the next "Transformers" film rolls out, according to the latest rumor that a new cast of Autobots and Decepticons will dominate the playing field for the Hasbro and Paramount franchise's fourth outing.

New robots are always a given from "Transformers" film to "Transformers" film, and lord knows there's an almost uncountable number of old robots that director Michael Bay could choose from. Should the report hold weight and a fresh assortment of 'bots take center stage two summers from now, here's our wish list of classic "Transformers" characters to make the cut.

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