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Christian Bale is set to continue his Academy Awards takeover. Last year, the "Dark Knight Rises" star won his first Oscar for his supporting role in "The Fighter," and this year one of his movies will be eligible for a golden statue as well.

China has chosen Bale's film "The Flowers of War" as its official selection in the foreign-language category at the Oscars this year. It comes from director Zhang Yimou, best known in the US for directing the 2002 movie "Hero." The film will receive a limited US release starting in late December, after its world premiere in China on December 16. "The Flowers of War" is set against the backdrop of the Nanking Massacre during the second Sino-Japanese War in 1937.

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Olivia Wilde"Super 8" is finally in theaters, and if you've been following along with the MTV Movies Blog gang, you know we loved it. We're not the only ones; several celebs in the Twitter-Wood sphere have already expressed their enthusiasm, and more positive reviews came storming in today.

There's also an outpouring of support for "Lost" creator Damon Lindelof's new multimedia science fiction project for Disney, "1952," though Lindelof himself wants to clarify exactly what that "seven figure deal" entails. Plus, Weiner-gate ridicule continues, Olivia Wilde strips down (sort of) and Jonah Hill squares off against Kanye West in an epic battle of Connect Four.

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'Pushing Daisies'“Pushing Daisies” is stepping it up this season – more movie homages, more guest stars, more musical numbers, and of course, more pie.

For the season premiere tonight (October 1), featuring French Stewart and Autumn Reeser, Kristen Chenoweth cracks after keeping the secret about Chuck’s mother, and joins a nunnery, “which of course lends itself to a ‘Sound of Music’ homage,’” creator Bryan Fuller chuckled.

“Once you have someone in a nunnery, you do have those moments,” producer Barry Sonnenfeld said, “standing on a hillside, singing out loud.”

Last season, which, if you missed it, is now available on DVD, featured three musical numbers, including They Might Be Giants’ “Birdhouse In Your Soul.” This season, they hope to have even more breaking-out-into-song moments. By episode eight, Fuller said, “Pushing Daisies” will “get our Bangles on,” when Chenoweth sings “Eternal Flame.” Read More...

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'Star Trek: The Next Generation'Usually, the "Star Trek" movies are borne out of the television shows -- not the other way around. "Star Trek"'s I through VI were with the original cast, then there was a spate of "Next Gen" films, (though never anything with "DS9," "Voyager," or "Enterprise").

But now that J.J. Abrams is rebooting "Star Trek" to back when the original crew of the Enterprise were young, it’s the first time in eleven films that there wasn’t a corresponding TV series. Former "Star Trek" scribe and “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller says that means it’s ripe time for "Star Trek" to hit the small screen once again.

“I would love to do another 'Star Trek' series,” Fuller said. “One where you could go back to the spirit and color of the original 'Star Trek,' because somehow, it got cold over the years. I love ‘Next Generation,’ but it’s a little cooler and calmer than the ones from the ‘60s, which were so dynamic and passionate.” Read More...

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