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Superman

By Tara Fowler

Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" hits theaters this weekend with jacked-up Brit Henry Cavill stepping into the role of the last son of Krypton. As excited as we are for Cavill (any Tudors fans out there?), we thought we'd pay tribute to another great Superman: Christopher Reeve. Here are five things you may not have known about 1978's "Superman: The Movie."

1) Superman could have been played by Arnold Schwarzenegger: Though Reeve seemed tailor-made for the role (and certainly owned it, at least for the first two Superman movies — let's not think about the rest), he by no means had the role in the bag. In fact, Schwarzenegger was considered a frontrunner along with Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, and Nick Nolte before the filmmakers decided to cast the relatively unknown Reeve. Rumor has it that Nolte was offered the part, but the actor refused to take it unless Clark Kent was made a schizophrenic.

2) Marlon Brando refused to memorize his lines: And instead read them off whatever prop was handy, such as baby Kal-El's diaper. He was paid $3.7 million for his trouble (plus a percentage of the profits, for a grand total of $14 million). Bonus Fun Fact: Brando reportedly suggested his image not be used on screen at all and that it instead be replaced with a glowing, levitating green bagel. The producers could never figure out whether this suggestion was in jest or not, and so they formally rejected it.

3) The "S" didn't stand for "Superman" then either: We all know that the stylized "S" on the "Man of Steel" suit means hope in Snyder's revised version of the comic book hero; however, in the 1978 movie the "S" was described as the family seal for the House of El. It was actually Brando's idea that he wear the "S" on his Kryptonian costume as well, thus denoting the glyph's origin.

4) The credits sequence cost more than most movies did: For the time anyways. Watch the opening below:

5) Gene Hackman was tricked into shaving off his mustache: At first, the actor refused to part with his facial hair. But then director Richard Donner made a deal with him: If Hackman cut off his mustache, Donner would get rid of his. Little beknownst to Hackman, Donner had no mustache. Moral of the story: Meet your director face-to-face before making any sort of bargain with him.

Will you be seeing Man of Steel this weekend?

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Not sure if you saw it, but a massive, exciting, fantastic trailer for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" debuted online today. (If you haven't seen it, you can check it out in our player below!) While there's a lot to talk about, some things in particular have our nerdy hearts pumping.

Click past the jump to read all about the five reveals that have us dying for December 13, which is only six months and two days away!

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Greedo

By Ryan Rigley

Seems like J. J. Abrams may not be the only one making the transition over from "Star Trek" to "Star Wars." "Ooooh, wouldn’t that be fun," commented Leonard Nimoy on whether he'd consider playing a role in the new "Star Wars" trilogy. "I would love to. I think it would work wonderfully. I think it would work just great. I think it would be a great idea, and somebody ought to tell him that."

If Nimoy, who's most famous for his portrayal of Spock on the original "Star Trek" series, made the leap over to a galaxy far, far away, it's fairly safe to say that both "Star Wars" fans and Trekkies would be absolutely ecstatic. But not as ecstatic, perhaps, as if J. J. Abrams were to include memorable minor characters from the original "Star Wars" trilogy into "Star Wars VII." Take Greedo for instance, the Rodian bounty hunter that Han Solo shoots dead in "A New Hope."

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Hobbit

Update: The trailer has been confirmed to debut on Tuesday, June 11 at 1 p.m. ET.

An anonymous source shared an interesting piece of information about the first trailer for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" with TheOneRing.net. According to the fan site, the first trailer for the second film of the prequel trilogy is set to debut on YouTube this coming Wednesday, June 12 at 1 p.m. ET.

Not only that, the preview is supposedly more than a teaser trailer. The source claims that the trailer will clock in at two and a half minutes, which gives it an ample opportunity to really show off some new footage.

If the rumors are true — and we're inclined to believe they are — there are a few things we're hoping to see when Bilbo, Gandalf, and the dwarves takes to the big screen again.

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ET

By Amelia Mularz

Do you still covet your 1982 copy of the "E.T." video game for Atari? Yeah, we didn't think so. Even still, news broke earlier this week that a Canadian film company has secured the rights to excavate a landfill in New Mexico in search of old copies of the awful game, which has notoriously been named the worst video game in history (yep, even worse than "Grey's Anatomy: The Video Game"). Fuel Industries, the studio behind the big dig, hopes to make a documentary film out of the project.

Apparently this desert dumpsite, or the "Atari Graveyard," as it's been called, is the stuff of geek lore. Shortly after the "E.T." game flopped, Atari reportedly dumped 3.5 million copies of the game in the landfill. To the gaming world, unearthing this treasure trove of outcast cartridges would be akin to discoveries like Tutankhamun's tomb or the Rosetta Stone. Certainly the archaeological value of E.T. the video game is as great, if not greater than those other finds. Plus, how amazing would it be to learn more about the ancient civilization of the 1980s? Who were those people? What made them tick?

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Internship

By Tara Fowler

This weekend, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson leave wedding crashing behind and try their hands at finding gainful employment with "The Internship." The movie sees the man-boys competing with the world's best and brightest for the few full-time positions at Google. But what is it about Google that makes it so special? Here's all you need to know about the company before you hit theaters this weekend. Hint: It's so much more than a search engine.

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Star wars

By Ryan Rigley

As if one movie franchise wasn't enough, last week, Daniel Radcliffe threw his proverbial sorting hat into the ring for the new "Star Wars" trilogy. "Franchise mustn’t become a dirty word," the former "Harry Potter" star proclaimed. "If directors like J. J. Abrams and Joss Whedon keep doing what they’re doing, it won’t be. I’d love to be part of one again. Maybe not leading it: a nice supporting role. In Star Wars? Yeah, that’d be awesome."

You know what else would be awesome? J. J. Abrams sticking some of those memorable minor characters from the original "Star Wars" trilogy into "Episode VII." Take Wicket Warrick for instance, who played an instrumental part of the Alliance's efforts during the Battle of Endor at the end of "Return of the Jedi."

Who?
Born and raised in the Bright Tree Village on the forest moon of Endor, Wicket Wystri Warrick is the great grandson of famed Ewok warrior Erpham Warrick. He has two brothers, Weechee and Willy, and has developed very close friendships with Teeboo (apprentice of the Ewok sorcerer Logray) and Princess Kneesaa throughout the course of his life.

Wicket is perhaps best remembered for his keen sense of adventure and bravery, which served him best during the galaxy-changing Battle of Endor. With the help of Wicket and his Ewok brethren, the Rebel Alliance was able to destroy the Empire's secret shield generator and blow up the second Death Star.

Why?
Despite his small stature, Wicket is one of the few Ewoks on Endor capable of wielding the mysterious powers of the Force. Whilst studying, for a brief time, under Logray (the Ewok Shaman and medicine man), Wicket demonstrates his prowess with the Force as a result of being able to utilize Logray's Staff of Power. He is also one of the only Ewoks able to see and communicate with Force ghosts, specifically that of his great grandfather Erpham.

How?
A time after their victory during the Battle of Endor, Wicket is elected the new Chief of Bright Tree Village; alongside his long-time friend and wife Princess Kneesaa. That being said, if Luke Skywalker and company were to travel at all to Endor during the next "Star Wars"
trilogy, it'd make perfect sense if they were greeted by their old friend (and now Chief) Wicket Warrick. Either that, or Wicket could be seen at the new Jedi temple training to become the galaxy's first Ewok Jedi.

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By Amelia Mularz

America's favorite meme (sorry, "McKayla is Not Impressed") just inked a movie deal. Grumpy Cat, the perpetually pissed-off feline, will star in an upcoming family comedy flick. The deal was orchestrated by agent Ben Lashes, who also reps Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat (clearly this guy's got a lot of pull).

Talk of a Grumpy Cat movie comes on the heels of a book deal and a beverage line — reportedly she's primed to release cat-inspired coffee drinks (not even making that up).

With all the of hubbub surrounding this kitty, we thought we'd offer up a little advice to help her keep things real when she heads off to Hollywood. Grumpy Cat, if you can read this through your misery, take note:

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Will Smith

By Tara Fowler

After Memorial Day's record-breaking weekend, how will proven summer star Will Smith (alongside his son Jaden — and, erm, M. Night Shyamalan, but let's forget about that) fare at the box office this coming weekend? Only time will tell, but until then, here are six facts you may not have known about the Fresh Prince.

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Hangover 3

A couple strange things happened at the box office this past weekend. The third installment of a comedy series whose first two films each made over $200 million was left in the dust by the sixth movie a hit-and-miss racing series. Why did "The Hangover Part III" fall flat while "Fast & Furious 6" (or "Furious 6, if you go by the title card) marked a series high?

There were a few factors that led to "The Hangover's" rough morning after that also spelled success for the increasingly popular Vin Diesel led franchise. (Yes, Vin Diesel is still a major box office draw.) Here's what "The Hangover" could have done differently to capture some of that "Fast and Furious" magic."

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