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Frankenstein

The latest big-screen adaptation of "Frankenstein" is turning into a bit of a "Harry Potter" and "Downton Abbey" mash-up. Former "Abbey" star Jessica Brown Findlay has just been confirmed to star in the flick alongside Daniel Radcliffe. Variety broke the news on Wednesday.

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Pirates

The summer of 2015 gets more crowded with blockbusters every day. This past week, we added Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man" and confirmed "Jurassic World" for the tentpole season less than two years from now, but one movie expected to bow then is now out of the race.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" was expected to set sail in July 2015, but now Disney is pumping the brakes.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the problem lies in the script by Jeff Nathanson, but there reportedly is an outline for the story that everyone, including producer Jerry Bruckheimer and "Kon-Tiki" directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, really love.

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Slave

If you weren't paying attention to the Toronto International Film Festival for the past few days, you also missed out on the latest updates from the 2014 Academy Award race, as crazy as that might sound.

Some early frontrunners emerged after Telluride and Venice, but TIFF is making their chances all the more solid.

For a quick recap on how the Oscar race is looking after the first few days of TIFF, click past the jump for our round up.

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Yesterday, news came down from the Toronto International Film Festival that director Anton Corbijn had found his two lead actors for "Life," a retelling of the friendship between James Dean and the photographer that snapped some of the actor's most famous portraits in Times Square, Dennis Stock.

Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson will play Dean and Stock, respectively, and while the pairing should have anyone who is interested in the young actors' blossoming careers excited, the idea of a big screen retelling of the story behind the famous photos is reason enough to look forward to "Life."

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Star Wars

Are you a young actor look for your big break? Do you live in New York? Are you handy with a lightsaber?

If you answered "yes" to all three of these questions, you should know that there's a casting call out for a movie that's almost definitely "Star Wars: Episode VII" in New York City.

ShowBiz411 has the casting notice that is looking for three young actors (two male, one female) for an upcoming Disney movie directed by J.J. Abrams. Sounds like "Star Wars," right?

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Terminator

For months, we've known that arthouse shelters Skydance Pictures and Annapurna Pictures and big studio Paramount have had an eye to reboot the "Terminator" franchise with a new standalone trilogy before the rights reverted back to James Cameron. Arnold has talked openly about returning in some capacity, and there was even a date, June 26 in the very busy summer of 2015.

Now the studios have announced that they know who will lead battle of humans versus machines.

Alan Taylor, the director who made a name for himself bringing Westeros to life for HBO's "Game of Thrones" and who is making the jump to tentpole films with "Thor: The Dark World," will helmed the first installment of the new "Terminator" trilogy.

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Jack Nicholson

Update: E! Online has word from NBC's Maria Shiver that Nicholson has "no current plans to retire."

Jack Nicholson, a star whose presence has felt like one of the few constants in Hollywood for the past five decades, has reportedly retired from acting.

RadarOnline.com is citing "film insiders" in its story that the 76-year-old actor has quietly stepped away from acting for good. The three-time Academy Award winner last appeared in James L. Brooks' "How Do You Know" with Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson.

The gossip site claims that the actor's memory loss has led him to decide to put acting behind him.

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In October, "School of Rock," the kick-ass rock comedy from Jack Black, director Richard Linklater, and a bunch of talented kids, including a pint-sized Miranda Cosgrove, will celebrate it's 10th anniversary. Crazy, we know.

Ahead of the joyous occasion, the cast and crew got together for an early celebration and reunion concert. Thankfully, a lot of it was captured in Instagram form, thanks mostly to Cosgrove.

Check out some photos from the reunion and a video from their rehearsal after the jump!

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Transformers 4

Didn't the Windy City go through enough the last time that Michael Bay and his crew of transforming robots visited? Apparently not, because the currently untitled fourth "Transformers" movie has once again set up shot in Chicago, and they seem dead-set on blowing the place to hell again.

As we can see in a new on-set video (via ComingSoon), Bay wasted no time blowing up even more of Chicago, but he has once again brought a mean grew of Autobots — and possibly Dinobots — to help defend the city from whatever forces are attacking.

They're not featured here, but paparazzi photos from the set earlier this week snapped a shot of hat worn by one of the crew member that appears to confirm the long-rumored Dinobot appearance. A new "Transformers" logo is shown on the hat and is ripped up by what looks like claw marks. Interesting!

Check out the set videos after the jump!

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Star Wars

Here's another "Star Wars" rumor to throw onto the heap.

Latino Review, who reported most recently that both Emperor Palpatine and young Obi-Wan Kenobi would return as Force ghosts — a big eff-you to Alec Guinness, right? — has posted the names of two actors who have met or will meet producers for roles.

Now, before we even get into any of this, a warning. Lots of actors meet with producers for roles in potential blockbusters, and "Star Wars: Episode VII" is sure to not be any different. In fact, it would be a smart bet that J.J. Abrams and company are being even more cautious with the sequel because they know that a lot is riding on this movie not sucking. Once you compound that with the rumors' source, you get the idea. Grain of salt.

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