Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer is trading one big costar for another. After teaming with Johnny Depp in "The Lone Ranger," he will reportedly be starring opposite Tom Cruise in the upcoming "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."

Deadline has learned that Hammer is slated to play United Network Command for Law Enforcement agent Illya Kuryakin in the new movie. He will team up with Cruise, who will play fellow agent Napoleon Solo. Together they'll have to fend off the villainous forces of Thrush.

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The big movie musicals today are always looking for leading men and women who can be the triple threat that made Hollywood stars and starlets decades ago, but that kind of talent is a rare breed these days, expect for a few notable exceptions. Deadline is now reporting that 20th Century Fox has won the rights to the Broadway musical "Guys and Dolls," and they have two specific leading men in mind who fit that bill.

According to the report, the studio will pursue Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for the lead roles of Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit, the roles Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra famously played in the 1955 adaptation of the musical.

Please stop screaming and read more about the project after the jump!

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JJ Abrams

Director of all geek movies that have nothing to do with superheroes, J.J. Abram, gave an extensive interview to Playboy (site is NSFW) in the weeks before "Star Trek Into Darkness" hits theaters and we finally, finally find out if the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch's character was worth obsessing over.

The interview itself is full of some interesting tidbits and non-answers about both "Trek" and "Star Wars," a plus of Abrams saying "Here's the thing" a lot.

Check out our highlights from the interview after the jump!

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Woody Allen is busy gathering together the cast for his next directorial effort, and it seems like Emma Stone could be his leading actor.

Deadline is reporting that Stone is in talks to play the main role in Allen's latest. Little details are known about the movie beyond that it will shoot in the south of France. Allen last shot in that country for "Midnight in Paris," and then traveled to Italy for his follow-up, "To Rome With Love."

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Vacation

A reboot of the "Vacation" series was always a touchy proposition, but if they had to do it, putting Ed Helms behind the wheel didn't sound like that bad of an idea, right? Well, regardless of how you felt, you're going to have to wait a little longer to see the results.

Originally set for a July start date, the "Vacation" reboot with Helms is temporarily on hold, The Hollywood Reporter revealed. According to their inside sources, the people behind the scenes couldn't agree on what rating the film, directed by "Horrible Bosses" writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, should aim for.

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Can you believe that "Garden State," Zach Braff's directorial debut is nearly ten years old? That's also nearly the amount of time that people have been asking for the next movie directed by the former "Scrubs" star. Today, Braff finally came to them with an answer, but in a way that's worth discussing.

We are now living in a post-"Veronica Mars: The Movie" world, and that means we're seeing the first wave of reactionary Kickstarters for independent films, Braff's sophomore effort, "Wish I Was Here," being among them.

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Ender's Game

By Eddie Wright

There was some possibly disappointing news for fans of Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" movie adaptations coming from the author himself at the Los Angeles Festival of Books on April 20 (via Ender's Ansible). First, Card says hardcore Ender-heads should not go into the movie expecting a super-faithful interpretation of the best-selling book, saying he actually didn't want it to be. He said:

It won’t be identical to the book. So if you go there expecting that please don’t be angry that it’s not just like the book. It can’t be. I don’t want it to be. You don’t want it to be, ok? You want it to be a good movie which the book would not have been. So we’ll all find out whether they’re successful or not, but I know everyone involved in this movie is doing their very best they can to do this.

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Ratchet and Clank

You can add another title to the growing list of video game adaptations in the works. Variety is reporting that the producer of the animated movie "Escape from Planet Earth" is developing an animated "Ratchet & Clank" film based on the platformer from Insomniac Games for release in early 2015.

While news of yet another video game movie is not earth-shattering, the "Ratchet & Clank" film is falling more in-line with what we've seen from the recent wave of film adaptations. As Variety reported, TJ Fixman is writing the script for "Ratchet & Clank," a fan-pleasing choice considering that he's a senior writer at Insomniac. What made the series so popular in the first place was, obviously, the gameplay, but also the sense of humor that both characters had.

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Fast

For the four of you who are worried about the potential fate of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's "Fast and Furious" character Luke Hobbs, you can now breathe easy. We have some good news for you. The Rock ain't going anywhere.

Collider caught up with "Fast and Furious" producer Neal Moritz to talk about all the things that are both furious and fast, including the already-planned seventh installment in the series to be directed by James Wan. That movie is due out next summer, and the Rock has a busy schedule ahead of him, especially with Brett Ratner's "Hercules," so it stands to reason that even if Hobbs survived "Fast and Furious 6," he might not show for "7."

But Moretz told Collider that Johnson will return as the federal agent turned ally. "[Fast & Furious 7] is a new chapter, but The Rock will be involved as well," he said.

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Transformers 4

If one of your complaints about "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is that it ran way, way too long, then you're in luck with "Transformers 4." Michael Bay has confirmed that his new movie—and his last "Transformers" film for real this time—will run about half an hour shorter than the previous installment in the franchise.

"I designed two hours seven minutes, which I think is a good formula, which gives enough room to maneuver," he told Canadian website Canoë (via Comic Book Movie). As for why the other movies were so long, Bay explained, "In 'Transformers,' you tell three stories in one, that of humans, the aliens and the robots. Also, the films were released in the summer and for this reason have become events. You want to make sure to give the public value for money."

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