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WatchmenIt's a sacred comic, bobbing and weaving throughout the hallmarks of popular culture as if it were Forrest Gump's evil twin. It explores the very nature of the "blockbuster," deconstructing our popcorn heroes with the tools of philosophy, theology and morality. So it only makes sense that Steven Spielberg, the man who has shaped so much of our modern entertainment, would get an off-kilter shout-out in the new "Watchmen" trailer.

"I take this heart-attack serious, I really do," director Zack Snyder explained to me this week when he sat down with MTV to give his only interview regarding the eye-popping first trailer for his 3.6.09 movie. "If you look, there's one super-crazy Easter egg."


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Matthew MarsdenHe's a fast-rising British actor most recently seen in action-heavy flicks like "Rambo" and "Resident Evil: Extinction." Now, 34-year-old Matthew Marsden may have finally landed the high-profile film that could transform him into a star.

MTV News has learned that Matthew Marsden is the newest addition to Michael Bay's "Transformers 2." He joins a high-powered cast returning for the sequel to last year's blockbuster, including Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese. Marsden joins the super-franchise's sequel with fellow newcomer Rainn Wilson, whose casting was revealed last week by MTV.

Marsden has been cast in the role of "Graham," a character who is part of the British Special Forces. Although the film's plot is being kept under the tightest veils of secrecy, it is known that the flick will depict an even more worldly battle than the first "Transformers" film, and will shoot all over the globe. In the sequel, Graham teams with Duhamel and Tyrese's military characters, joining their efforts as they do battle with the evil Decepticons. Read More...

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Steven Spielberg- Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson to co-direct the third "Tintin" film? (Stuff NZ)

- The end of the world as we know it, and John Cusack feels fine. Thesp signed on to top-line Roland Emmerich's "2012." (Coming Soon)

- Three brief videos pop up online from Charlie Kaufman's latest mind fark, "Synecdoche, New York." (/film)

- Two red band trailers from M. Night Shyamalan's new film. What's the twist? It's "Happening," and it's happening in R. (JoBlo and IGN)

- Best wishes to Harry Knowles on the day of his surgery. (AICN)

- "Eric Kohn should have his texting fingers broken." (CHUD)

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Steven Spielberg- “It’s not the mileage, it’s the years?” Steven Spielberg and George Lucas discuss “Kingdom of the Crustal Skull.” (Entertainment Weekly)

- While their star discusses the possibility of Indy 5…in twenty years. (USA Today)

- This is where the magic happens: Jon Favreau takes us on a tour of Tony Stark’s pad. (Yahoo)

- Ashley Tisdale in negotiations for “Teen Witch,” a fantasy musical. (Hollywood Reporter)

- Ridley Scott taps Casey Affleck for “The Kind One,” the story of an amnesiac who winds up working for a mobster. (Variety)

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After a long script-writing process for "Indiana Jones 4" that he told MTV News last spring was "a waste of a year," celebrated director Frank Darabont wondered in November whether there would be any arbitration over credit, given how many of his own ideas seemed to find a way into David Koepp's "Crystal Skulls."

So we wondered: Now that the movie has been finished, will Darabont at last get to see his name on the big screen for an Indiana Jones adventure?

"Nope. Not on this one," Darabont said when we caught up with him last week. "I know there are some common elements to what I gave Steven [Spielberg] and what was eventually shot, but I guess not enough to warrant credit. It's clearly a disappointment, especially after Steven loved my script." Read More...

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steven.jpg- Steven Spielberg's "Tintin" coming first, says Andy Serkis. Peter Jackson seen stewing. (Indie London)

- Rachel Weisz takes a journey to ancient Egypt in "Agora," about some 4th century history something or other. Really, though, Rachel Weisz in a toga. (Variety)

- George Lucas says "Red Tails" will be flying into theaters in 2009. Story centers on Tuskegee Airmen. (Coming Soon)

- MGM is resurrecting "Robo-Cop." (AICN)

-Producer David Heyman on splitting "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." (Empire)

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Fantasia Barrino in 'The Color Purple'Given that he's the most popular and successful director of all time, not many people would have the chutzpah to re-make a Steven Spielberg classic, let alone one that was nominated for eleven Academy Awards.

But, then, Oprah Winfrey ain't exactly most people, Fantasia Barrino told MTV News, revealing that a movie adaptation of "The Color Purple" musical was in the works.

"That's going to happen and I'm going to do it," the former "Idol" champ said, smiling broadly. Read More...

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Vin DieselArticle By Elena Torres

The pimples, the tacky fashion, the embarrassing haircuts. Imagine if Steven Spielberg saw YOU during that painfully awkward high school phase.

In a way, that's kind of what happened to actor/writer/director Vin Diesel eleven years ago at the Sundance Film Festival. Spielberg saw the star's first film "Strays" and went on to cast the man who would be Riddick in "Saving Private Ryan," jump-starting the actor's career.

"You look back to the beginning and your first work…I think it's like looking at a high school yearbook," Diesel laughed of the new-to-DVD "Strays." Read More...

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page.jpgI've got a fever, and the only prescription is more links of the day – back again with news on Ellen Page, "The A-Team," "The Princess and the Frog," and more.

- All hail the new roller girl! Writer lets slip that Ellen Page is set to star in roller derby coming of age story "Whip It." (Film School Rejects)

- John Singleton to love it when his plan comes together. Director hopes to cast Woody Harrelson as Murdock in "The A-Team." (Collider)

- Princess Tiana dreams of true love in this first look at Disney's traditionally animated 2009 feature "The Princess and the Frog." (Coming Soon)

- "Ghost World" screenwriter Dan Clowes to write Michel Gondry's animated movie. (/film)

- "Pulp Fiction" screenwriter Roger Avary arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter. (AP)

- Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Bono among celebrities wishing Bill Gates a fond farewell in this funny retirement video. (Reelz)

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Back away from that moldy plate of Thanksgiving leftovers, and turn your attention instead to these tasty treats. Today, we're stuffing you with news on Disney curse words, "Star Trek" setbacks, and an Indiana Jones cameo that might leave you longing for your mashed potatoes.

- Uncle Walt, you may commence spinning. After the big weekend for "Enchanted," controversy erupts over whether somebody snuck an F-bomb into the PG film. Decide for yourself here: (/film)

- J.J. Abrams can't give her all he's got, Captain! Striking screenwriter John August can't scribble a word on his various movie scripts, but that won't stop him from blogging a revealing anecdote about the "Star Trek" shooting difficulties. (

- Wanna see three of the most powerful movie personalities in Hollywood acting stupid? No, I'm not talking about "Fred Claus." Get ready for some enviro-tips from the Green Team! Oh, and no way is this thing safe for work. (Funny or Die)

- "Six Feet Under" fans, rejoice! Lauren Ambrose joins "Where the Wild Things Are." (Dark Horizons)

- Is it weird that Jessica Alba's BFF is also her doppelganger? The fantasy of double-Alba action is a mere click away. (Just Jared)

- Spielberg revisits a few old friends for a strange "Indy 4" cameo. (MovieWeb)

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