Tomb Raider

Back in March, MGM announced that they had acquired the rights for the "Tomb Raider" video game franchise from Paramount, who let their hold on them expire after "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" failed to find audiences. (That title certainly didn't help.)

Now we have word from Variety that Marti Noxon, best known from her work on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," has been hired to write the script for the new adventure of Lara Croft.

Why is this such a big deal, you ask? Hiring Noxon seems like a deliberate move to indicate what direction the new "Tomb Raider" movies will go in, something that should please the game series' fans, especially those who liked the latest game.

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Star Wars

Things have gone fairly smoothly thus far in the brave new world of Disney-owned "Star Wars." "Star Trek Into Darkness" finally came out, freeing up J.J. Abrams, who looks on-target to start filming early next year and possibly meet the 2015 release date that was announced last fall.

All of this has happened without so much of a peep about what the heck the thing will be about, other than knowing that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford are all likely to return, but now a small rumor making the rounds suggests what the main story line for the new trilogy will be.

According to an anonymous tipster via YouTube critic Schmoes Know, a casting notice has gone out from the Abrams camp complete with a story breakdown, which you can check out after the jump!

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Peter Jackson crawled out of his hobbit hole to post this gem to Facebook over the weekend. That's right. You're looking at the first poster from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," which will open in theaters on December 13.

Hopefully you're prepared for a lot of Tolkien-themed geeking out this week, because the poster is only the beginning of a few big days for fans of "The Hobbit." Tomorrow, June 11, the first trailer for the second installment in the prequel trilogy will debut at 1 p.m. ET.

Last week when rumors of a trailer first began to circulate, we rounded up the five things we're hoping to see from the preview, and you can check that out here.

Click past the jump to see the full poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" after the jump!

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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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Everything about "Pacific Rim" indicates that Guillermo del Toro and writer Travis Beacham have their fingers firmly on the pulse of geek culture. Everything about their film, which comes out July 12, seems coated in the stuff that makes us go crazy for a new movie, book, or game.

A large part of that is certainly the mythology that the two have built for the world of Jaegers and kaiju. As Beacham explained in a Wired preview of the official graphic novel prequel, the duo mapped out years and years of unused stories just to make the universe more believable.

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"We've listed every single battle that happens, where it takes place, when it takes place, what the kaiju's name was, what the Jaeger's name was, who the pilots were, and the circumstances of the battle," Beacham told the magazine.

"Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero" hits shelves tomorrow, June 5, and it's definitely worth checking out. Click the page above to see another full page and read more of the interview with Beacham over at Wired.

"Pacific Rim" opens in theaters on July 12.

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FROM MTV NEWS

Before Adam Sandler reunites with the "Grown Ups" gang once again, in the sequel due out this July, he will head to MTV this Wednesday, June 5, to debut a never-before-seen clip from the movie at 7:56 p.m. ET.

Immediately afterward, Sandler move to MTV.com for an exclusive 30-minute sit down with MTV News' Josh Horowitz, where he'll answer all of our questions and the ones you tweet @MTVNews using the hashtag #AskAdam. All you'll have to do is tweet your questions and tune in on Wednesday to see if yours made the cut.

"Grown Ups 2" opens in theaters on July 12.

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Penelope Cruz

Last week, all of the talk about the 24th James Bond adventure focused squarely on the director's chair. Earlier talk had Sam Mendes saying that he would not return to follow up "Skyfall" with another 007 film, but now the discussion seems to be about how many Bond movies he'll direct as his next efforts. Whether Mendes ends up directing "Bond 25," the next film in the series looks like it belongs to the Academy Award winner, and now rumors are swirling about the next step in making any 007 movie: finding a Bond girl.

If Yahoo! Movies UK is to be believed, that role belongs to Penelope Cruz, the wife of the "Skyfall" villain, Javier Bardem. Yahoo! cites a "source close to the production" that claims producers have been chasing after Cruz for some time.

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Do you feel kind of icky about how Zach Braff managed his Kickstarter campaign? Are you looking for a truly independent film that's looking for your hard-earned cash dollars to fund it? Well, a Kickstarter just went live that's perfect for you. It's called "Dude Bro Party Massacre 3."

"Dude Bro Party Massacre 3" comes from the people that bring you "5secondfilms" every single day of the week. (If you haven't seen experienced the joy of their extremely short comedy sketches, brush up now.)

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UPDATE: Deadline is reporting that Sam Mendes is likely to return, so there's that.

For our money, if you're a warm-blooded movie lover, things don't get much cooler than "Drive," the 2011 Ryan Gosling movie from director Nicolas Winding Refn. The duo premiered a new movie, "Only God Forgives," at the Cannes Film Festival last week that is set for release in July, but an interview the Danish director game has people already speculating about what's next for the director.

While speaking with First Showing, Refn fielded a question about "Bond 24" and whether he's in the mix to direct it. He said nothing other than that he "loves Bond," but leaves it at that. (He smirks, which was enough to get nerdy imaginations filling in the blanks.)

Shortly after article went up, sources including Variety, posted updates on where the search for a new Bond director stood, complete with a shortlist of directors EON is considering.

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World War Z

"World War Z" is going to be getting a healthy dose of the Grammy-winning band Muse. Not only will two of the band's songs be featured in the film, but Muse will also perform at the movie's upcoming London premiere.

Paramount Pictures has revealed that two tracks from Muse's album "The 2nd Law," which debuted in 2012, will be featured in the movie. Muse has been featured prominently in a film before, as the band also had a big presence in "Twilight" back in 2008.

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