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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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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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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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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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Jump Street

Schmidt and Jenko just had their first day of higher education. The undercover duo is heading to college in the sequel to last years' hit comedy, cleverly titled "22 Jump Street," and production just started over the weekend, with a June 2014 release date on the books.

We spoke with the directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and they were able to escape the minor move up jump street. "[The undercover program] moves across the street," Lord said. "They got more money for the Jump Street program, and they could have an even cooler office with flat screens. It's a different abandoned church, across the street from the first abandoned church, but way nicer."

Click past the jump to check out photos from the set of "22 Jump Street."

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Abrams

It was the joke that everyone was making once J.J. Abrams signed onto "Star Wars: Episode VII." "There are going to be so many lens flares on the Millennium Falcon." It was all very clever on everyone's part,* but there are two things you should know about J.J. Abrams.

1) The man obviously loves lens flares.
2) He's pretty self-aware.

In a recent interview with Crave Online (via io9), Abrams revealed that he also noticed the over-use of the aesthetic in "Star Trek Into Darkness."

Read what he had to say after the jump!

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Fargo

The concept of a "Fargo" TV show is still one that has a left with mixed emotions. They tried it once before as a pilot starring Edie Falco as Marge Gunderson, the role originally played by Frances McDormand in the Coen Brothers movie. That version was filmed, but it never went anywhere.

Still unable to shake the notion that a cop show colored with the cherry accents of Minnesota, TV execs are making another go, but this time they're bringing some serious talent into the fold and telling a more original story. Plus, the Coen Brothers will actually be on-board to executive producer.

The star of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and the BBC's "Sherlock," Martin Freeman, just signed as the lead actor for the project, which is likely to air on FX next spring.

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Jurassic World

A "Jurassic Park" movie is never really about the people running from the dinosaurs as it is about those resurrected prehistoric beasties, but for "Jurassic World," the upcoming continuation of the series from director Colin Trevorrow, the first potential cast member has us caring a little more than usual.

According to TheWrap, perpetually underrated actress Bryce Dallas Howard is in early talks to star in "Jurassic World."

Though the trade site doesn't specify which role Howard is in talks to take, this is the first solid information we've received about the cast to the highly anticipated sequel.

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Paranormal Activity

The month of October is almost upon us, and you know what that means. Another low-budget thrill ride from the "Paranormal Activity" series must be around the corner. For the past four years, we've barely survived found footage encounters with a demon named Toby, but this October will be more trick than treat.

That's because "Paranormal Activity 5" won't be hitting theaters until next October. So what the hell is going on?

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In the history of film, the "Star Wars" series has been partially defined by its cutting-edge use of technology. The original trilogy used modeling and creature effects in a way that hadn't been seen before, and the prequel trilogy featured some of the earliest full-CGI characters.

So what can we expect from the new trilogy? So many of the elements that made "Star Wars" seem like an enormous spectacle have become old hat at this point, and J.J. Abrams must be aware that part of his job is to restore the franchises sense of scale, the one that places it above competing series.

Well, a new quote, dug up by Ain't It Cool, may be a key to where "Star Wars" is going next.

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