Four years back, the nerd gods of film decreed that 3-D was going to be the next big movie craze. George Lucas, Jim Cameron, Peter Jackson, hell, even Randall Kleiser (the dude who directed “Grease”, who may or may not be a nerd) showed off digital 3D footage at ShoWest 2005 and declared that having movies look like they’re throwing stuff at you was The Future. Everyone else said whatever, assuring themselves that “Spy Kids 3-D” was the first and last time they’d put on a set of ridiculous glasses at the theater for the duration of the 21st century.

How wrong we were. Damn near every major motion picture is presented in the third-dimension these days. Everything from family friendly fare like “Up” to grisly thrills like “My Bloody Valentine,” the nerds were right; having movies appear to throw things at you is very heart of the entertainment zeitgeist. Movie makers seem to be inspired by the tech too, both literally (in that they’re making new stuff) and metaphorically (in that they seem to be making a fair number of part threes in old franchises). Pixar’s dusting off Tim Allen to make “Toy Story 3” and the Weinstein Co. is already working on “Halloween 3D” for next summer. It’s easy branding and titling, cooking up a part three that requires funky glasses.

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Peter Jackson-- "A Perfect Getaway" star Steve Zahn will star in the Fox adaptation of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," by Jeff Kinney. Thor Freudenthal will direct. I don't know which half of that name I like more. (Variety)

-- A few brief clips from Peter Jackson's adaptation of Alice Sebold's novel "The Lovely Bones" have hit the Internets. (Entertainment Tonight)

-- Writer/director John August has picked up the rights to Steve Hely's novel, "How I Became a Famous Novelist." The story follows a guy who sets himself on a path to write a commercial novel simply so he can make a lot of money and get back at his ex-girlfriend. (Variety) Read More...

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Kevin SmithConsidering the amount of hockey tweeting Kevin Smith has been doing lately, it should come as little surprise that he's setting up a match for his 39th birthday on Sunday. It sounds like he'll need to get some extra rest hours in on Saturday, though, because his new film "A Couple of Dicks" is pulling some a late shoot tonight, according to Kevin Pollak.

Other gems in today's rundown include Tom Felton's warm welcome to one of his Hogwarts professors, as well as a blast from the past for "Full House" fans via John Stamos, who uploaded a photo taken during a BBQ at Bob Saget's place. You can check out all of these and find out which "Twilight" actress recently got a tattoo in the Twitter-Wood report for July 31, 2009. Read More...

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Arnold SchwarzeneggerBefore Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger presided over the state of California, he was an actor. If you're old enough to read this, then you probably know that. After all, Schwarzenegger wasn't just an actor... he was THE actor. The one-time Mr. Universe spent much of the '80s and '90s as Hollywood's go-to action hero. He never quite managed to shake the thick Austrian accent, but that was in many ways part of the charm.

Today is Governor Schwarzenegger's birthday. He turns 62 and looks pretty much like you would expect a 62-year-old former Mr. Universe and former action star to look: fit as a fiddle. In honor of the Governator's special day, I'd like to take a moment to look back at some of the significant things he left us with before turning his attention from acting to politics. Read More...


McGThe script for Disney’s adaptation of the classic Jules Verne character Captain Nemo is getting a revision, as Randall Wallace (“Braveheart”) steps in to rework the script previously penned by Bill Marsilii ("Deja Vu") and Justin Marks ("Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li"). As MTV recently learned, the film’s origin story focus will remain and producers have been traveling the globe to scout possible shoot locations.

“We’re just back from Australia on Friday,” producer Sean Bailey told MTV News. “We were looking around Australia and New Zealand. It’ll be a big, big globe-trotting movie. We feel like if you’re going to go 20,000 leagues under the sea, [the audience] needs to feel like you’ve done it with [Nemo].” Read More...

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Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert PattinsonFROM HOLLYWOOD CRUSH: If you live in the San Diego area, we suggest you buy some ear plugs, stat. Variety is reporting that "New Moon" stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner will appear at Comic-Con 2009 this week to promote the "Twilight" sequel. Cue the squealing teens!

Fans have been speculating for months whether the Saga's stars would turn up for the event, with keen interest focused on RPattz who is in the middle of filming "Remember Me" in New York City. According to the report, Robert, Kristen and Taylor will participate in an off-site press conference Thursday morning and will attend a Hall H panel later in the afternoon at the San Diego Convention Center. (View an entire Comic-Con schedule of events here.)

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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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