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After four years of domination on the part of "The Twilight Saga," the name "Stephenie Meyer" will probably stir images of lovelorn teenagers, weeping in the Pacific Northwest. So when the first trailer for "The Host" boasts the same author, we know where your head will likely go.

But, but, with no disrespect to Ms. Meyer, of course, the name that should be catching your eye is that of Andrew Niccol, the writer and director of thew new film starring Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons. Niccol is responsible for heady sci-fi like "Gattaca" and "In Time," along with "Lord of War," a movie that had Nicolas Cage acting suspiciously normal.

With the fandom attached to Meyer's name and the group that is likely to seek out a new Niccol film, "The Host" might just have the most eclectic audience of the year when "The Host" opens on March 29, 2013.

What did you think of the trailer? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter!

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Some days, all you really need is a picture of Gandalf the Grey chillaxing with sunglasses on.

Today is one such day. Coming Soon scored this awesome photo of Ian McKellen reprising his iconic role on the set of "The Hobbit," though the wizardry on display here is of a different variety than most of us are used to.

Check out the rest of today's movie news past the jump, including a director signing on for Saoirse Ronan's "The Host" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" getting up to some monkey business!


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Olivia WildeOlivia Wilde, beautiful though she may be, doesn't quite qualify for MILF status — not in reality, that is. But in director Andrew Niccol's upcoming futuristic thriller, previously titled "I'm.mortal," she's going to be the hottest mom on the block.

The Wrap reports that Wilde is taking a role in Niccol's movie about a society where aging ceases at 25 and time has become a currency, leaving the rich immortal and the lower classes without much hope for survival. But the real kicker about Wilde's involvement is her function in the story — she's the mother of "The Social Network" star and world renown bringer-back of sexy, Justin Timberlake.

That's right: not a girlfriend, not a wife, not a sibling, not a distant cousin. Wilde is the mommy to Timberlake's runaway rebel, despite the fact that she's three years younger than the actor and pop sensation. Read More...

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"I'm.mortal" just keeps getting better. First it was revealed that the movie would mark director Andrew Niccol's return to sci-fi. Then Amanda Seyfried joined the cast, followed by Justin Timberlake (who is still in negotiations). Now, "Inception" actor Cillian Murphy is in "final negotiations" to join the cast as well, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The story is set in a future where the aging gene has been discovered and switched off. To prevent overpopulation, people now spend time the way we do money, on luxuries and necessities. Timberlake (if cast) will play a poor man who suddenly ends up with a fortune in time to spend. This leads to him becoming the target of a murder investigation; while on the run, he kidnaps a wealthy, young heiress (Seyfried). Murphy is up for a role playing an officer of the Timekeepers, which sounds like some sort of law enforcement body. Between Niccol and the cast that's firming up, "I'm.mortal" is sounding like it's going to be a good time.

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Quality science fiction is a difficult thing to find. In this age of computer-generated imagery, fancy 3-D technologies and IMAX theaters, the temptation among filmmakers runs high to deliver blockbuster spectacle. While films like "Avatar" and "Transformers" fall squarely within the genre fiction realm in terms of their stories, they tend to trade thought-provoking subtext for big effects and high-concept ideas. To be fair, "Avatar" did feature some noteworthy commentary on the environment and modern-day imperialism, but much of that was lost beneath the spectacle.

We've seen some strong examples of sci-fi over the past several years: "Moon" and "District 9" in 2009; "Sleep Dealer," "WALL-E," "Sunshine," "Children of Men," "Timecrimes" and others in the years before. One name has been noticeably absent from the genre roll-call however: Andrew Niccol. His resume isn't terribly extensive, but Niccol is responsible for two of the strongest sci-fi entries of the '90s: "The Truman Show" (writer) and "Gattaca" (writer/director), also his debut. And now he's back with "I'm.mortal," in which shades of that first movie are clearly visible.

Kickass.

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Moneyball-- Columbia Pictures is targeting a July production start on Bennett Miller's "Moneyball," the Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill-starring baseball drama. The studio is awaiting approval from Major League Baseball, but the organization is expected to green light the project. [Deadline]

-- Steve Carell has a new rival in the form of Kevin Bacon. The "Tremors" actor is set to co-star with Carell in an untitled film about a man facing divorce (Carell) from his wife (Julianne Moore). Bacon plays Moore's co-worker and secret lover. [The Hollywood Reporter]

-- "Gattaca" director Andrew Niccol is heading back to science fiction with "I'm.mortal," a new film from New Regency and Strike Entertainment. "I'm.mortal" takes place in a future where "the aging gene has been switched off" and "time has become the currency" of society. [Heat Vision] Read More...

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In other news, water is still wet. I think the most surprising thing about the news that "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer's novel "The Host" got picked up for a big screen adaptation is that it took so long to actually happen. Summit Entertainment has been doing so well with the "Twilight" series, you'd think they would have optioned the other Meyer book ages ago.

Instead, Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz ponied up to grab the rights for themselves, tapping "The Truman Show" writer Andrew Niccol to develop a script, according to a report in Variety. Wechsler and the Schwartzes are also the producers behind director John Hillcoat's upcoming adaptation of Cormac McCarthy novel "The Road." Read More...

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