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In just three movies, director Jeff Nichols has established himself as one of the most interesting American voices working in film today. His first two films, "Shotgun Stories" and "Take Shelter," won over art house crowds with their quiet ferociousness, and his newest movie "Mud" (which hit Blu-ray this week) just became the biggest indie movie of the year.

For this next project, Nichols is once again working with his frequent collaborator, actor Michael Shannon, but the project is something all-together new for the writer-director. "Midnight Special," a sci-fi chase film inspired by John Carpenter's movies, is Nichols' first studio film, but as we learned during an interview with him, it will still pack the same emotional punch that made his first three movies so memorable.

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Despite what you may have learned from the "Hangover" films, endless nights of drunken debauchery don't always result in hilarious misadventures. In fact, the results can quite often be very tragic and very dangerous, as is the case in the Sundance Film Festival drama "Wish You Were Here," starring Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer.

"It's [about] four people going to Cambodia on a holiday. Three of them come home," Edgerton told MTV News about the film's premise. "The film is told in Sydney in forward time, then you're going backwards to pick up traces and flashes of evidence of what really went down."

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Beautifully shot and with a memorable, tough-guy-meets-vulnerable-dad performance from Joel Edgerton, "Wish You Were Here" keeps threatening to become a first-rate mystery tale about secrets, lies and sex.

Its story flits back and forth through time, unspooling a tale about a Cambodian holiday gone bad and the ramifications of an ecstasy-fueled party that leaves one man missing and the lives of his vacation mates in shambles. But there are a few weakly drawn characters and a rushed ending that leaves the timeline-hopping plot strands in an unsatisfying cinematic heap. It all made for an entertaining opening to the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday (January 19), but one that left us itching for some truly great festival films in the days to come.

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It seems as though nothing can touch Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures' faith in Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming untitled Osama Bin Laden movie, and that confidence is being passed on to the talent circling the project. Some big names are moving in to join up with Bigelow in her follow-up to Oscar-winner "The Hurt Locker," and the previously rumored Joel Edgerton and Chris Pratt have finally officially signed on board. Sounds like a vote of confidence to all the skeptics if we've ever heard one.

Variety has the news about Edgerton, who joins previously-announced Jason Clarke in the flick. But Deadline has learned that three other actors are circling the Bin Laden movie as well. Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong and Edgar Ramirez are all "ready to get the mission underway" according to Deadline. The news site also lists Pratt as an official cast member.

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This writer's love for "Warrior" knows no bounds. (See exhibits A and B.) I firmly believe that if more people see it, they will jump on the bandwagon and agree that Nick Nolte deserves a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.

Starting today (Dec. 20), "Warrior" is available on DVD/Blu-Ray combo and on Video on Demand and Digital Download. To celebrate the excellent release we bring you this exclusive commentary clip from the Blu-Ray featuring Maxmiliano Hernandez, who played trainer Colt Boyd in the film, and director/co-writer/producer Gavin O'Connor. Do yourselves a favor and see this film!

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TLautTaylor Lautner wasn't able to work with Gus Van Sant on "Breaking Dawn," so now he's created his own project for the director to helm.

MTV News reports that Lautner optioned a nonfiction article from The New Yorker, and has convinced Van Sant to direct it for him. "Milk" scribe Dustin Lance Black will pen the project, with Lautner in the lead role. Little more is known about the film, but it will be Lautner's first dramatic role to date.

Check out the rest of today's casting news after the jump!

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With the summer movie season officially wrapped, it's time to turn our filmgoing focus toward the generally more appealing fall fare. The first of this season's must-see movies is "Warrior" starring Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte, directed by Gavin O'Connor ("Miracle").

This film is about many things: honor, duty, love, family, but mainly it is the story of two brothers beaten down by bad luck and personal demons, who when left with no other options, enter a mixed martial arts tournament with the hope of being able to fulfill promises made to their loved ones. And O'Connor, who also co-wrote the film, pulled no punches (pun intended) in exposing audiences to the intense, gritty world of MMA.

Check out five reasons why this film is a must-see after the jump.

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Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell started off as unlikely allies in "The Other Guys." But that shaky partnership has blossomed into something beautiful. Hilariously beautiful, but beautiful all the same.

Deadline reports that the two actors are joining forces for "Turkey Bowl," a new comedy about two guys from rival football-obsessed towns who lead their teams in an annual tackle football game for bragging rights. Lots of star-studded cameos are expected. Sounds perfect, if for no other reason than the news gives us an excuse to repost our Ferrell/Wahlberg "Knife Show" video.

Check out the rest of today's big casting news after the jump, including Michelle Williams' potential trip to "Oz" and the latest developments on "Akira."

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Chris HemsworthIt's official — that Chris Hemsworth fella is a bona fide movie star.

The "Thor" actor has enjoyed two back-to-back weeks in first place at the box office, and he's certainly seeing some rewards: Deadline reports that Hemsworth's deal for "Snow White and the Huntsman" has officially closed, locking him into the starring role opposite "Twilight" favorite Kristen Stewart. Definitely an exciting next step for both the rising star as well as the project itself, which has struggled to find its Huntsman for some time now.

Check out the rest of today's biggest casting scoops after the jump, including "Bridesmaids" breakout star Melissa McCarthy's new project and a new pair of vampires coming to Hollywood!

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Joel EdgertonThe question surrounding Kathryn Bigelow's next film, titled "Kill Bin Laden," is no longer "Will they still make it?" Rather, it's a question of who will star in it, and Joel Edgerton has helped to answer that.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Edgerton has signed on for the film, which chronicles a failed mission to kill the terrorist leader in 2001. In it, he'll reportedly play a special operative that's part of an ensemble of male commandos. But, it's not the only high-profile project the actor's name is attached to.

The LA Times also writes that Edgerton is on the short-list of actors considered for "The Hunger Games." (Could he be Haymitch? President Snow?) And while Edgerton is widely in demand, the star isn't saying yes to everything that comes his way. The article also notes that he allegedly turned down the chance to play opposite Kristen Stewart in "Snow White and the Huntsman."

Check out the rest of Friday's biggest casting news in Hollywood, including the all-star cast to bring "Lincoln" to the masses.

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