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'Contagion'Prepare yourself to be infected with excitement for Steven Soderbergh's upcoming "Contagion."

Six new character posters for the thriller have hit the web courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, each one touting the warning, "Don't talk to anyone. Don't touch anyone." The cautionary words are paired with each of the flick's stars -- Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet -- in various degrees of distress. A seventh poster teases, "The world goes viral September 9," with a biohazard warning for many of the world's biggest cities. "Contagion" certainly isn't beating around the bush when it comes to its end-of-the-world premise here.

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Hunger GamesThe hunt for Gale and Peeta is over. After weeks of speculation, Lionsgate has announced that Liam Hemsworth ("The Last Song") and Josh Hutcherson ("The Kids Are All Right") are heading for the big screen version of Suzanne Collins' insanely addictive series "The Hunger Games" to play male leads Gale Hawthorne and Peeta Mellark respectively, reports Hollywood Crush.

Hemsworth and Hutcherson join Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence, who was chosen to play "Hunger Games" heroine Katniss Everdeen last month. Both actors expressed interest in the highly anticipated project, which will be directed by Gary Ross. Hutcherson disclosed his feelings on the character, saying: "The character is so much who I am — self deprecating, a people person. And he’d be such a great character to play!"

Meanwhile, back in January, Hemsworth had hinted to MTV that he could very well be taking on the role of the stoic, first true love of Katniss, Gale. While Hemsworth had not met with Ross at the time, he confirmed he did read the script and told us, "[It's] a really, really cool story," adding, "[It's] super dark. It's all young kids in these Hunger Games, which are crazy, insane things."

After the jump, check out the rest of today's news, including Henry Cavill's thoughts on the new "Superman," the sets and scheduled shoot for "Snow White," a new addition to the "G.I. Joe" sequel and more!

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With just hours to go before the Oscars launch, it's time to tackle the big question: who's going home with the Best Picture award?

In a field of ten nominees, it's seemingly once again down to two familiar competitors. Just as "The Hurt Locker" and "Avatar" raced neck-and-neck throughout the 2009 Academy Awards, tonight's show appears to be a similar throwdown between the popular favorite and the critical darling: "The Social Network" versus "The King's Speech."

But is the race really down to two? What of the other eight contenders? We've got some analysis after the jump, and make sure to cast YOUR vote for the Best Picture winner in our poll!

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There's this little shindig happening on Sunday — maybe you've heard of it — called the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. It's just a ceremony centered on the most coveted statuette in Hollywood; no big deal.

In a year where every category is fiercely competitive, there is perhaps no race more contentious than Best Picture. David Fincher's "The Social Network" and Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" are currently neck and neck among critics' predictions lists, but the other eight contenders all pose a threat as well. If you happened to enjoy this year's nominees, we thought you might appreciate some suggestions of which movies to explore next.

Get pumped for the big show by checking out these solid alternatives after the jump!

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The never-ending quest of James Franco doing awesome things continues, as this year's Oscar host has officially landed his next big assignment as the Wizard of Oz.

Franco has closed his deal to take on the starring role in "Oz the Great and Powerful," a move that reunites him with "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi. Deadline reports that Franco will shoot "Oz" this summer between the Noah Baumbach-directed "While We Were Young" and David Cromer's "Sweet Bird of Youth," based on the Tennessee Williams play.

There are more headlines to sift through today, so click those ruby slippers past the jump to read about the new censored version of "The King's Speech," "Prometheus" casting news and more!

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What does "The King's Speech" have in common with the "Iron Man" franchise? More than you'd think, as it turns out!

Even though Shane Black is closing in on the director's chair for "Iron Man 3," a new report suggests that the job was almost Tom Hooper's. The award-winning director of "The King's Speech" reportedly turned down an offer to helm the superhero threequel, and is said to be considering an adaptation of "Les Miserables" as a future project instead.

Hooper's brush with "Iron Man" is certainly curious, to say the least, and there are other equally compelling news stories out there in the ether today. After the jump, we have new details on "Prometheus," "Wrath of the Titans" and more!

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Let’s be honest: in this day and age, the idea of watching an entire 90-minute movie with uninterrupted concentration is almost inconceivable. Certainly not in a world where e-mail, commercials and, of course, Twitter completely rule our lives.

And it gets worse: this year's Oscar ceremony, airing on Sunday (February 27), has ten Best Picture nominees. Ten! It's hard enough to watch an entire movie on its own, and it's downright impossible to expect that you've seen all ten of the big contenders come Oscar night.

But as always, we have a solution. We're marrying our Twitter fixation with the Best Picture problem: we've seen every movie up for the award this year, and to bring you up to speed, we're reviewing each one of them Twitter style. After the jump, get our quick takes on all of the Best Picture nominees — in 140 characters or less, of course!

#BestPictureNominees, engage!

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The King's SpeechTo the surprise of few, "The King's Speech" came out of Sunday night's BAFTA awards show with seven of its 16 eligible awards in hand, including Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay, Leading Actor, Supporting Actor and Actress and Original Music.

These big wins certainly shorten the gap between "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network" for the Best Picture race as we head toward the Oscars. Though "The Social Network" originally struck many as the favorite -- and it did land a few big awards at the BAFTAs, including Best Director, Adapted Screenplay and Editing -- "The King's Speech" has picked up speed in recent weeks, with the string of BAFTA wins only furthering its momentum.

For those of you still upset about the slights at "Inception" for Oscar nominations you'll be happy to know that Tom Hardy was awarded the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award. It's an obvious recognition of the talent he displayed in "Inception" last year, and the film was also awarded for Production Design, Sound and Special Visual Effects.

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The King's SpeechWith "The King's Speech" pulling ahead in the Oscar race, Harvey Weinstein may be even more anxious to have the film re-edited to reach a wider audience.

Last week it was reported by the Los Angeles Times that Weinstein, whose Oscar-friendly studio The Weinstein Co. released the film, wanted to find a way to trim an intricate scene of the currently R-rated movie in which King George VI (Colin Firth) lets a string of expletives fly under the instruction of his speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush).

Weinstein argued that the success of the film in Great Britain was due to a lower rating, as he told the LA Times, "The British numbers are huge because the rating lets families see the movie together,” he said, adding, “[Director] Tom (Hooper) and I are trying to find a unique way to do this that keeps his vision of the movie.”

But, it seems Hooper may have no intention of changing his vision after all. Hooper, who bested "The Social Network" director David Fincher in an upset win at the Director's Guild of America Awards on Saturday (January 29), spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the possible re-cut.

"I wouldn’t support cutting the film in any way. I think we looked at whether it’s possible to bleep out the f—s and stuff, but I’m not going to actually cut that part," Hooper said of the scene in contention. Read More...

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There were few surprises as to what films were named as nominees during this morning's Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announcement of the 2011 Oscar nominees, but that is definitely a good thing. As suspected, "The King's Speech," "The Social Network" and "True Grit" led the pack. "The King's Speech" led the nominees with 13 nods, while "True Grit" had a surprising 10 and "The Social Network" had nine.

First up: the best picture race. In addition to the three films above, "The Fighter," "The Kids Are All Right," "Inception," "Winter's Bone," "Toy Story 3," "127 Hours" and "Black Swan" were all recognized. Those have been the front runners the whole race, and though "The Town" and "Blue Valentine" seemed somewhat likely to at least get a nomination, this was pretty much what was expected.

Click on after the jump to see who else got nominated.

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