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Taylor Lautner's first post-"Twilight" movie, "Abduction," is likely the film that will prove him as a certifiable action star.

Fortunately, the buzz from the trailer and from MTV's recent interview with the young star bodes well for the flick, and its September 23 release date cannot come soon enough in our opinion. And it only helps that Lautner has some serious back-up in the movie in the form of costars Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina, Maria Bello and Jason Isaacs.

Lautner has worked with some pretty high profile stars in the past, but he said that he was definitely intimidated by finding out that these actors would be backing him up in a film.


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Russell Brand might have a pretty short filmography right now, but it shouldn't take too much digging to realize that he's going to be a force to be reckoned with very soon. He surprised everyone in the States with his scene-stealing performance in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and then went on to make us love Aldous Snow all over again in this year's "Get Him To The Greek." Somehow he managed to make a drunken rock star surprisingly nuanced and relatable.

Full disclosure: I haven't seen "Bedtime Stories" so I can't vouch for Brand in there. Nor have I seen "The Tempest," since it hasn't hit theaters in the Boston area yet. But what I have seen is Vulture's video of Brand improvising a five-minute long back story for his Shakespearean character, the jester Trinculo, during a "Tempset" rehearsal with director Julie Taymor and co-star Alfred Molina. All I can say is that maybe if Vulture had released this a day earlier, the HFPA would have rethought giving Johnny Depp both of those Golden Globe nominations and maybe spared one for Brand. Read More...

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What if you woke up one morning well into your teenage years, picked up a carton of milk to pour yourself a drink and saw your own photo printed there, beneath the words MISSING PERSON. Replace the milk carton -- so 1990s -- with a website and you've got the basic premise of "Abduction," which stars "Twilight" lead Taylor Lautner as the grown-up missing person. Today brings the news that "Spider-Man 2" star Alfred Molina has joined the cast, as a CIA agent working the case. For more details, check out the full report on Deadline.

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'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' (1940)This is one of those movies I keep having to double check on to see if I'm reading it right -- Nicolas Cage in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"? Jay Baruchel taking over a role once played by Mickey Mouse? It seems like a SNL skit, doesn't it?

As odd as it seems to remake Mickey Mouse, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" has rounded out its cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alfred Molina (the man of a million roles, but you probably know him best as Doc Ock in "Spider-Man 2") is set to play the evil magician Horvath.
Yep -- there's two magicians in this, which raises the stakes a little higher than some brooms. Read More...

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