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A "Mad Men" star is the first actress on board for the upcoming Joss Whedon-written film "In Your Eyes." Meanwhile, a trio of big-name actors are lending their voices to "Madagascar 3," Chris Evans is considering joining Bong Joon-Ho's domestic debut and Idris Elba confirms his return to the "Thor" franchise in "Thor 2."

It's January 17, and you're tuning into today's casting call.

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Tim BurtonI'll admit that I'm not Tim Burton's biggest fan these days. Sure, I love his old school efforts like "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," "Beetlejuice," "Edward Scissorhands," and pretty much anything before "Planet of the Apes." I even enjoy some of his later work, like "Big Fish" and "Sweeney Todd," but even the latter film highlights one of Burton's biggest problems at the moment: he can't seem to stop working with his wife Helena Bonham Carter and his pal Johnny Depp. Both actors are tremendously talented, but their frequent collaborations with Burton are way past bordering on overexposure.

I know I'm not alone in that sentiment — entire NSFW parody videos have been devoted to the topic — and it appears that Burton is listening to his detractors, for at least one film: the voice cast for "Frankenweenie" has been announced, and there's nary a Depp nor a Bonham Carter to be found.

That's not to say that there aren't some recurring Burton actors in the mix, of course. Read More...

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CliffordMartin Short, one of the great comedians of our generation, turns 60 years old today. Today, I'll pay tribute to the actor by honoring a movie of his that's not just my favorite Short performance, but one of my personal favorite comedies of all time. No, it's not "Father of the Bride." Sorry, not "The Three Amigos," either. No can do on "Mars Attacks," though you're getting a little bit warmer.

"Clifford." My favorite Short movie is "Clifford," and it's also one of my favorite comedies of all time. Deal with it. Read More...

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Sean PennAs we've already reported, Sean Penn and Hollywood are breaking up. Or at least going through a trial separation. One of the consequences of this newly announced hiatus is Penn's departure from the Farrelly Brothers' "The Three Stooges," a film that's now in jeopardy thanks to the actor's sudden exit.

With the role of Larry now open, it'll be up to a last-minute replacement to save the film. So who in the movie business could possibly jump in at the eleventh hour to knock noses and poke eyeballs with Jim Carrey and Benicio Del Toro? It remains to be seen -- but I've certainly got my picks. Read More...

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