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Fast and Furious

Justin Lin might not be returning for "Fast and Furious 7," but he's signed off on the director he's happy to see at the movie's helm. It's being reported that "Insidious" director James Wan will sign a deal to helm the movie by the end of this week, and Lin has giving him a big endorsement.

"I’m extremely proud to be part of the 'Fast' franchise, it is an experience I will always treasure," Lin said in a statement to Deadline. "It’s time for me to move on to other things and I’m thrilled that Universal and Neal have selected James Wan to lead the franchise into its new chapter."

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Whedon

Don't think you can do what Joss Whedon does? The filmmaker disagrees. According to Whedon, making a movie isn't so hard. Just follow what he did with his latest effort, an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing."

"Get a home that's big enough to fit your camera in, and be best friends with Nathan Fillion," Whedon offered as advice when MTV spoke with him at WonderCon. "Things that any kid can do!"

Okay, sure. Becoming a feature film sensation probably isn't that easy for the average bear. But Whedon does believe that now is as good a time as any — better, even — for aspiring filmmakers to pursue their passion.

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Last we heard from Keanu Reeves and his martial arts epic of a directorial debut "Man of Tai Chi," he had wrapped principal photography, which was exciting news to anyone who saw a proof of concept video that surfaced online last summer.

For his fight sequences, Reeves intended to use a highly articulate and precise mechanical arm to take the camera above, around, and into the faces of his on-screen combatants. The results of the technique, which we saw briefly in the proof of concept, were impressive enough to make "Man of Tai Chi" something to eagerly anticipate.

But MTV News got some bad news from Reeves when speaking with him about his latest film "generation Um...." It turns out that he wasn't able to use the rig to film the fight sequences in "Man of Tai Chi." Find out why after the jump!

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The people of Pandora are taking a plunge, and the cameras are going along for the dive.

"Avatar" producer Jon Landau confirmed during a recent conversation at the NAB Technology Summit on Cinema in Las Vegas that James Cameron's upcoming sequels will indeed utilize underwater performance capture.

"We could simulate water [in computer graphics], but we can't simulate the actor's experience, so we are going to capture performance in a tank," the producer said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Elysium

We've known director Neil Blomkamp has been working on "Elysium," his follow-up to "District 9," for years now, but still know relatively little about the movie. It's due in theaters on August 9, and two new photos have been released that show us more than just Matt Damon running around in a funny suit — finally.

The images were published by San Paulo newspaper Illustrada and introduce fans to Wagner Moura and Alice Braga's characters for the first time. The paper also elaborates on who the characters they're playing are, which you can find out after the jump.

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Bradley Cooper

By Amelia Mularz

As movie fans, we've gotten used to seeing stars step out in varying states of transformation for roles. Recently we've seen Christian Bale with a comb-over and Reese Witherspoon as a brunette. But nothing could've prepared us for Bradley Cooper's new look, which he debuted this week.

A perm.

Yes, a real honest-to-goodness perm. The highly processed, gel-smothered, crunchy-to-the-touch hairstyle that ranked supreme in the 1980s is back and living on the head of the Sexiest Man Alive. Spotted on the set of a new David O. Russell film, Bradley Cooper borrowed a page from adolescent girls of yesteryear and went full-fledged fake curly.

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Benedict Cumberbatch

Guillermo del Toro already had us on board with his planned haunted house movie "Crimson Peak" when we learned Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam joined the cast, but now he's upped the ante even higher. According to new reports, Benedict Cumberbatch has taken an undisclosed role in the upcoming movie.

Variety broke the news, and also reported that del Toro and Lucinda Coxen are still rewriting Matthew Robins and del Toro's original script. Little is known about the story of "Crimson Peak," but del Toro did describe it as a "very set-oriented classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story" that would allow him to "play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules."

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Oblivion

If you can't wait until April 19 to see "Oblivion," then the four new clips that have been released by Universal should be a good tease for you. They feature everything we've been dying to see in the movie: the Bubbleship, the Scavs and, of course, Tom Cruise.

The most interesting of the four clips is the second, which is when Cruise's Jack Harper sees Olga Kurylenko's character for the first time. As the third clip informs us, Jack has no memories from before his "mission" began, but he also for some reason recognizes the girl in the pod. Clearly there's a lot going on that he isn't clued in on.

Check out the four clips after the jump!

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Arrested

FROM MTV NEWS

Clear your calendar. Memorable day just got very busy.

That's because you will have seven and a half hours of new "Arrested Development" to watch on Netflix. And your math is rght; seven and a half hours means 15 episodes, one more than we previously expected.

That also means we'll have extra time to catch up with Michael, George-Michael, Buster, Lindsey, Gob, Lucille, George Sr., Buster, Maeby, and Tobias.

So now that we know when the show will be back, what are your plans for the return of "Arrested Development"? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter!

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Liam Hemsworth

Liam Hemsworth is reportedly close to taking the lead role in Ricardo de Montreuil's new film, "The Raven." The movie is based on de Montreuil's short of the same name, and is being set up at Universal Pictures.

Deadline has the news and said Universal won't confirm their report. Still, Hemsworth is allegedly considering playing the main character in the science fiction film. It's unclear if his character would be the same as the one that is featured in de Montreuil's award-winning 2010 short of it he would play someone different.

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