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MTV's After Hours has made a name for itself creating the highest quality late night entertainment around. But now, with the help of Ice T, the series could be making its big break into prime time programming.


Enter "Snowy River," which absolutely was definitely not shot on location at the Sundance Film Festival or anything like that (hint: okay maybe it was). Snowy River is a mysterious town with many terrifying murderers on the loose (you could get killed for playing peek-a-boo) and even more interesting inhabitants (just wait until you see the Inarticulate Twins). As the trailer teases, it will be a lot better than "NCIS"... we hope.

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Demi Moore's exit from "Lovelace" has given a lot of attention to the currently filming biopic of the "Deep Throat" star. But there are more than one Linda Lovelace films in development at the moment. There's also the Malin Akerman starring "Inferno" to consider -- though much like the fiery title, Akerman believes it's time to light a "fire under" the project, or walk away entirely.

"Either we have to do it now, or we have to let it go," she told MTV News at the Sundance Film Festival. "That's one of the potentials that might be happening within the next month or two. We'll see."

Akerman thinks that both "Inferno" and "Lovelace" can coexist, however, due to tremendous differences between the movies.

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Johnny DeppApparently Dr. Seuss won't be the only colorful character in Johnny Depp's upcoming biopic about the children's book author. Some of his beloved characters might be making an appearance in the film as well.

In an interview with Larry King, Depp said that the biographical movie will likely feature a combination of live action and animation.

"It's something we're developing with Seuss' widow, [Theodor] Geisel's widow," he said. "It's a very exciting possibility, because it's a combination of live-action and ... the characters will certainly have a role."

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

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Johnny DeppWithout Johnny Depp would -- or should or could -- the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies even continue? That's the big question on deck after a recent article from The Hollywood Reporter.

With "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" just a few weeks away from release, the publication spoke with Depp, who has played the now-iconic Captain Jack Sparrow in the wildly successful films since 2003, about the future of the franchise and his place in it. They report that not only has Terry Rossio already turned in a script for a fifth "Pirates" movie which Disney wants to make in 3D, but producer Jerry Bruckheimer is a go again.

But what about Depp? He told THR the decision for him to take part in the fifth, yet-to-be-titled "Pirates," "Boils down to story, script and filmmaker." In fact, it sounded like there was some reluctance on the actor's part to sign on immediately. "It's not something where I would say, 'Let's shoot it next month to get it out by Christmas 2012," he said, adding, "We should hold off for a bit. They should be special, just like they are special to me."

This raises some big question marks. What would Disney do if Depp said no? Would they dare continue "Pirates" without him in Captain Jack's boots? Would fans jump ship if he did, too? Shiver me timbers, it's too much to think about.

Until the Johnny/"Pirates" mystery is solved, check out the rest of today's big casting news from Hollywood, including Brendan Fraser's slew of new projects and Malin Akerman's attachment to "Rock of Ages."

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Happythankyoumoreplease posterIt's always been a bit surprising to me that the actor who's made the smallest splash thanks to his role on "How I Met Your Mother" is leading man Josh Radnor.

Sure, we all know it's Neil Patrick Harris who makes the show great, the adorable relationship between Lily and Marshall that provides its emotional center, and Robin Sparkles' sporadic appearances that crack us up, but the show is about Radnor's character Ted Mosby's quest for true love. And yet Radnor hasn't broken out in Hollywood since the show premiered in 2005.

Well that might be changing this year. The first theatrical trailer for his film "Happythankyoumoreplease" -- which he directed, wrote and stars in -- hit the Web today, and it actually looks pretty great. When the film premiered at Sundance last January, it won raves and the festival's prestigious Audience Award. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Read More...

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Malin Akerman and Lindsay LohanPoor Lindsay Lohan. The girl can't even get a gig as a porn star these days. After a tumultuous past year, Lohan finally looked like she was getting her career back on track by landing the lead role in "Inferno," a biopic about porn star Linda Lovelace.

Director Matthew Wilder even moved production of the film from Louisiana to more expensive Los Angeles back in September to accommodate Lohan. But Deadline reports that Wilder and the "Inferno" gang have finally given up on the troubled actress, tapping "Watchmen" star Malin Akerman as her replacement.

"My understanding is that Lindsay was dropped as she's impossible to insure and the producers loved Malin," an insider told Deadline. Akerman's rep has since confirmed the casting. Read More...

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MTV's Josh Horowitz has risked life, limb and even his dignity for the sake of our envelope-pushing "After Hours" video series -- he's let Steve Carell sit on his lap for an interview (um, awkward), engaged in knife-play with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, and even gotten trapped on an escalator with M. Night Shyamalan and Penthouse Pet Ryan Keely (the horror!).

For his latest foray into "After Hours" journalism, Josh spent an afternoon being chauffeured around Central Park in a pedicab with "Watchmen" beauty Malin Akerman, presumably to discuss her new film "The Romantics" (in theaters now). Sounds pleasant enough, but turns out things can head south pretty quickly when foul body odor, inappropriate talk of nudity, a hulking WWE wrestler and a sprinting Hobbit are involved.

Check out the vid below for a lesson in how to prevent a belligerent pedicab driver from turning your face into your butt (his words, not ours).

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"Elektra Luxx" is the second entry in a planned trilogy from filmmaker Sebastian Gutierrez. "Women in Trouble," the first in the trilogy, premiered at South By Southwest last year and "Elektra" followed suit this year. The first movie followed a large group of women in Los Angeles who were either hiding or discovering secrets in their lives. The follow-up narrows the focus somewhat, to the titular porn actress (played by Carla Gugino) and how an unexpected pregnancy brings complications into her life.

MTV's Josh Horowitz sat down with stars Malin Akerman and Emmanuelle Chriqui in Austin during SXSW and he asked them about the experience of shooting a movie with such a strong cast of female performers.

"[It's] exciting on so many levels," Chriqui said. "Exciting because, yes it's empowering, it's all us women. But we're also really close friends that have sort of met along the years in the business. So with all our crazy schedules, to come together and to be able to do something that you can really sink your teeth into and celebrate each other is, to me, one of the best parts of doing what we do." Read More...

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by Lindsay Soll

They're wrapped up in cozy jackets, knit scarves and most likely covered in remnants of snow, but that hasn't stopped the celebrities at the Sundance Film Festival from taking a seat in MTV's Sundance Photo Booth. Remember when stars used to take self portraits when they stopped by "TRL"? Well we're keeping that tradition alive with a booth set up in Park City.

So many big names have already come through (including Ben Affleck, Malin Akerman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt), but below are two of MTV's personal favorites: "Welcome to the Rileys" and "The Runaways" star Kristen Stewart and "Howl" star James Franco. The booth allowed these two to show off their personality, so check out their full contribution to our virtual scrapbook by clicking on the image to browse through our ever-growing Sundance Photo Booth flipbook.

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Bora Bora isn't all sunshine and sandy beaches you know. In the video below, things take a decidedly dark turn after MTV's Josh Horowitz questions "Couples Retreat" star Malin Akerman's claim of perfection. Vince Vaughn, her on-screen hubby, immediately comes to her defense. Sparks fly again between the two shortly afterwards when Josh makes an off-handed remark about feeding manta rays. Or something like that.

Moral of the story? Don't drink with Vince Vaughn and Malin Akerman in paradise. At least not during an on-camera interview.

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