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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceBefore Bill Nighy confirmed he was going to be joining the cast of “Harry Potter,” he wasn’t being facetious when he complained that he was the last big British actor to not be involved in the series. With heavy hitters like the late Richard Harris, Kenneth Branagh and Ralph Fiennes weaving in and out of the series, who can blame him for feeling left out?

The professors at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in particular possess acting talent which comes from the upper echelons of British celeb royalty. Young Americans might not recognize all of their faces outside of "Potter," especially those who are masked behind beards and more extensive makeup. So we've decided to profile the top Hogwarts talents for you here; not their fictional professorships, but rather the reasons you should look for them in roles outside the "Harry Potter" universe. Read More...

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Danny HustonAs I told you all last week, The Dailies are back. So let's hop right in, shall we? Today on Hollywood's Internets, the following news didn't quite make it into MTV Movies Blog's coverage space:

-- Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood" has found its King Richard. And look out! He's an evil general bent on twisting soldiers into superhuman monstrosities! Danny Huston, who was last seen playing William Stryker in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," will presumably grant the outlaw Robin (Russell Crowe) a pardon when he returns from the Third Crusade as Richard the Lionheart. (THR) Read More...

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Jackie ChanI wonder what the modern-day, Jackie Chan equivalent of "wax on, wax off" will be. I'm sure it will in some way involve comic tumbling on the level of slapstick.

Variety reports that Jackie Chan has joined the cast of the upcoming "Karate Kid" remake/reboot/return/recall/re-whatever. The project, titled "Kung Fu Kid," is an update of the Ralph Macchio/Pat Morita-led 80s classic set in modern-day Beijing. Already confirmed to be stepping into the youthful starring role once occupied by Macchio is Jaden Smith, son of Hollywood stars Will and Jada Pinkett. Chan will play Morita's wizened sensei, who teaches his pupil the ancient art of self-defense through everyday activities. Read More...

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Gil BirminghamFROM HOLLYWOOD CRUSH: Turn on the Mariners game and get out the fish fry, ’cause we’re celebrating “Twilight” actor Gil Birmingham’s 43rd birthday. Gil plays Jacob Black’s Quileute chief father Billy in the vampire saga — a role the actor is quite fond of. “Billy Black is an awesome character to play,” Gil told blog Twilighter’s Hub. “We are both down with the kids and we both try to keep it real. An actor always digs deep inside himself to draw out the personal experiences that bring life to the character he plays. I am not Billy, but there is a part of him in me and vice versa.”

To honor Gil on his special day, and to get to know the actor behind the role, here are a few fun facts about the Native American Comanche from his newly launched website (Us Billy fans have to have place to go to learn more about him, right?):

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Ryan ReynoldsHistory was made on Friday when Ryan Reynolds officially became the first actor to star as both a Marvel and DC Comics character. Fresh off of his spin-off spinning turn as Deadpool in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," Reynolds is now getting to headline a “Green Lantern” film.

The "Van Wilder" star is just one of many actors who have made the smart –- and profitable –- choice to double-dip in the biggest and the best film franchises. Here is a look at a few of Hollywood's other famous double-dippers. Read More...

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The CrowFROM SPLASH PAGE: The announcement that “Blade” director Stephen Norrington was planning to helm a remake of 1994’s “The Crow” met with a cold response from both fans and the director of the 1994 film. But how will those same detractors feel when they hear that the remake isn’t a remake at all?

An undisclosed source tells Comics2Film that Norrington’s upcoming installment in the “Crow” franchise will not be a remake, but an entirely new concept altogether. In other words, the iconic role of Eric Draven will not be revisited in the new movie.

“[It's] very different from the original,” the source claims. “A whole new story about a whole new character.”

Continue reading Stephen Norrington’s ‘The Crow’ Remake Is… Not A Remake?

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Christian Bale & BatmanFROM SPLASH PAGE: Ever since the first moment “The Dark Knight” showed signs of being one of last year’s hit films, rumors have surrounded the next potential project in the reinvented Batman franchise. From casting and characters to the return of the director responsible for the first two films, Christopher Nolan, there’s been no shortage of predictions regarding the project informally known as “Batman 3” — even without official notice that there will be another film.

While some of the rumors been flat-out crazy, others seem to have at least some small amount of support. And some rumors, well… let’s just say there are a few out there that Batman fans certainly wish were true, no matter how unlikely they seem.

Those are the rumors we’re interested in for this week’s poll, folks.

Continue reading Which ‘Batman 3’ Rumor Do You Wish Was True?

Tom FeltonIt's a chatty week in Hollywood with "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" premiering and Independence Day party-goers relating their experiences at P. Diddy's White Party over the weekend. Still, with Michael Jackson's funeral on Tuesday, the late King of Pop's name is still fresh on the fingertips of many Tweeters, including Elizabeth Taylor and Tyrese Gibson. Yet another high-profile death sparked reactions in the Twitter-Wood feed as well today, however, with the passing of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Errol Morris, who directed the Oscar-winning 2003 film "The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara" offered his thoughts.

Elsewhere, Tom Felton continued his own dedicated Twitter coverage leading up the "Half-Blood Prince" premiere tomorrow night, and actor Gil Birmingham tweeted a public RSVP saying that he won't be able to make Comic-Con in San Diego this year. Check out all of this and much more below in the Twitter-Wood report for July 6, 2009. Read More...

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Transformers1. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" ($11.5 million)
2. "Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" ($11.1 million)
3. "Public Enemies" ($6.6 million)
4. "The Proposal" ($5.2 million)
5. "The Hangover" ($4.4 million)

Box office watchers have been predicting an easy weekend win for "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," but never underestimate the cute critters of the "Ice Age" saga. Their latest adventure, "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," nearly put a freeze on the ongoing rampage of "Transformers" but fell short for Friday audiences by a few million. Read More...

Roberto Orci and Alex KurtzmanThe rascally writing/producing duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are at it again. Those dudes must be vampires or something; they certainly don't sleep, not with the rate at which they drop joy bombs in TV and film. Before diving in with their new hotness, let's rattle off a list: "ransformers: Revenge of the Fallen"; "The Proposal"; "Star Trek"; "Mission: Impossible III"; "The Island"; TV's "Fringe" and "Alias."

Yeah, they're busy. That's not even counting the dozen or so projects they have currently in various stages of development/production. And they've just added one more to the mix: "License to Steal," an action-comedy loosely based on a Salon.com article. Kurtzman and Orci will produce for Paramount. Read More...

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