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Movie news round-up: Bond's butt-crack eclipses all else

Movie news round-up: Bond's butt-crack eclipses all else
If this article was a Catchphrase clue, it'd be the words 'MOVIE NEWS' forming a circle around the word 'UP'. "Movie news round up". Get it? This intro was brought to you by Roy Walker and the ghost of Mr Chips.
According to producer Jon Landau, Avatar 2 has been pushed back to 2016, by which time Sam Worthington's personality will have finally finished fermenting in James Cameron's charisma laboratory.

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A&E - the channel, not the emergency room - are developing a TV series called Bates Motel, which will act as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. It will tell the story of Norman Bates and his relationship with his mother, and how he done got so fucked up. Right on! First time I saw the end of Psycho, I was all, like, what the fuck was that shit? Dude be tripping LOL!
Here's another picture from Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp as a pale-skinned blah blah blah. (Did anyone notice?)

Industry news: Lionsgate have bought Summit Entertainment for $412 million and stock. What does this mean for you? Basically, Twilight is never going to end. Despite this November's release of Breaking Dawn: Part 2 - the second half of Stephanie Meyer's final book - Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told reporters that he expected Twilight to live on, perhaps in new movies, or even on TV. With a straight face and everything!
This is Quentin Tarantino's Top 11 of 2011. Why does this matter? BECAUSE HE'S QUENTIN MOTHERFUCKING TARANTINO.

1. Midnight In Paris
2. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
3. Moneyball
4. The Skin I Live In
5. X-Men: First Class
6. Young Adult
7. Attack The Block
8. Red State
9. Warrior
10. The Artist / Our Idiot Brother [tie]
11. The Three Musketeers

And yes, one of the finest living American directors really did just extend his Top 10 solely to include a Paul WS Anderson movie.
Diablo Cody's new movie version of popular US teen series Sweet Valley High will supposedly be musical in nature, and by that I don't just mean really, really gay. All I think about when I hear the words 'Sweet Valley High' are the unbelievably hot twins Cynthia and Brittany Daniel: the two young women present at my sexual awakening.

That summer seemed to go on forever.

His new superhero movie Chronicle hasn't even been released yet, but 26 year-old director Josh Trank - schoolyard nickname: "Posh Wank" - is being touted as the first choice to direct the forthcoming Fantastic Four reboot that nobody asked for. He might be 26 years old and already directing a major Hollywood franchise, but can he maintain a semi-popular movies blog and look after two cats at the same time?
Our friends at E-Dubs have a snatch of new photos from The Dark Knight Rises, which are well worth a look. One pic in particular caught my eye...

Arnold Schwarzenegger may join fellow 'roid buddy Sylvester Stallone in The Tomb, which is an action thriller by Antoine Fuqua, and not, as it turns out, a metaphor for both men's impending death.

Joss Whedon currently has the hardest job in Hollywood: making sure The Avengers doesn't swing like a pair of sweaty-ass balls. He had this to say about making all the pieces fit:

"I set out with a very simple problem: There is no reason for these people to be in the same movie. So that’s what my movie has to be about. So much of the movie takes place from Steve Rogers' perspective, since he’s the guy who just woke up and sees this weird ass world. Everyone else has been living in it."
If it's shot from Steve Rogers' perspective, let's hope he spends most of the movie standing behind Scarlett Johansson. #sexism #jokes #twitter
I'm super-psyched for The Hobbit, so much so I just used the phrase "super-psyched" without fear of a wedgie, and this picture makes be believe it'll be a worthy companion to Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings trilogy, and not just, say, two whole movies of dwarves singing and Martin Freeman looking at the camera.

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Jessica Chastain has joined the voice cast of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. Those kids sure loved The Tree Of Life!
Finally, Just Jared have some set pics from forthcoming 'duelling magicians' comedy Burt Wonderstone, which sees Steve Carell's illusionist go up against Jim Carrey's hip, Cris Angel-esque magic man. Also, he looks EXACTLY like my friend Craig. Hi Craig, if you're reading this! You're probably not reading this. Screw you, Craig!

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