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Mike Nichols - director of such beloved films as The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and The Birdcage - passed away last night away at the age of 83.

Nichols leaves behind three children, as well as his wife of 26 years - iconic television journalist Diane Sawyer.

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Born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky in Berlin in 1931. Nichols' family fled to America when the Nazis began arresting Jews when he was just eight years old.

Nichols first made a name for himself as one half of the comedy duo Nichols and May. Shortly thereafter, he became one of the most in-demand theater directors on Broadway.

In 1966, Time magazine published a piece praising Nichols' talent and charisma. The article prompted Warner Bros. to hire Nichols for the film adaptation of Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, thus kicking off one of the most successful careers behind the camera in the history of Hollywood.

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It's been a strange week for June Shannon. The embattled former reality star sat for a number of interviews and did further harm to her badly-damaged public image in the process.

First, Shannon revealed that she was lying when she claimed she didn't know the identity of Lauryn Shannon's father. Worse, she told the world that she intentionally misled to her daughter about which convicted child molester was her dad.  

After that, Shannon got caught lying about her relationship with Mark McDaniel and accused TMZ of conspiring against her, for some reason.

Given the level of intelligence on display during what should have been an apology tour, perhaps it's not surprising that Shannon has chosen to make her big screen debut in the long-awaited Jim Carrey-Jeff Daniels comedy, Dumb and Dumber To.

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"Mama June" revealed her role in the film yesterday, in a rambling, borderline-incoherent Instagram post:

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These days, it seems a new superhero movie hits theaters every week.

It's a trend that's unlikely to go away anytime soon, as the movie-going public still turns out en masse for the majority of tights and capes features.

For the most part, Marvel Studios can be thanked/blamed for the influx of esoteric comic book characters who are now receiving the big screen treatment, but DC has it's own interesting offerings coming down the pipe.

Sure, most of the studio's eggs are in the Batman vs. Superman basket, but recently there's been some major buzz building around Suicide Squad - a project that's got comic geeks frothing with anticipation.

Based on a beloved comic series, the film will center around an unlikely team of the DC galaxy's best-known villains. There are some  truly iconic characters in the mix, so naturally the latest casting news has received a mixed response.

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Hollywood insiders say Jared Leto will play the Joker in Suicide Squad, while The Wolf of Wall Street's Margot Robbie will take on the role of Harley Quinn.

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Just when we finally dried our tears from the conclusion of Toy Story 3, Pixar has come out with a shockingly awesome announcement:

TOY STORY 4 IS ON THE WAY!

John Lasseter is on board to direct the next installment in this beloved franchise, which will be released in June of 2017.

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"John created Toy Story and directed the first two films, and it’s great to have him back directing one of our most valuable properties,” Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a quarterly earnings call for investors late Thursday afternoon.

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The new trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies doesn't give away much in terms of the plot of Peter Jackson's sixth (and presumably final) Tolkien adaptation.

What it does give us, however, is a sense of just how epic the Middle Earth send-off will be:

This is basically the sort of film IMAX was made for. Thanks to the power of CGI, the five armies look more like 5 thousand armies, and the menagerie of mystical creatures look as real as the wrinkles on Ian McKellen's face.

And if earlier films in the franchise are any indication, The Battle of Five Armies can expect a box office gross as big as its effects.

Last year, Desolation of Smaug smoked box office competition and went on to earn nearly a billion dollars worldwide.

Not bad for an adaptation of a 77-year-old YA fantasy novel.

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After months of rumors and speculation, the full title for Star Wars Episode VII has finally been revealed. 

Disney casually dropped the bombshell just moments ago by tweeting the photo below:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The pic was captioned, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens has completed principal photography."

Based on early fan reactions, The Force Awakens is receiving a much more favorable reaction than previously rumored titles like The Order of the Jedi or The Ancient Fear.

Official announcements from J.J. Abrams and company have been few and far between, so expect rabid fans to break out their light saber scalpels and dissect the title for any clues as to what the highly-anticipated film might have in store.

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Fifty Shades of Grey fans may be disappointed to learn that star Jamie Dornan will not be going full-frontal in the motion picture, by his own admission.

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Jamie Dornan modeling shirtless. This is the actor who got the part of Christian Grey. What do you think?

The 32-year-old tells The Guardian's The Observer that "there were contracts in place that said that viewers wouldn't be seeing my, um … Yeah, my todger."

And that about sums it up as only an Irishman can.

"You want to appeal to as wide an audience as possible without grossing them out. You don't want to make something gratuitous, ugly, and graphic," he said.

The actor stars in Fifty Shades of Grey alongside another relative newcomer, Dakota Johnson, who played the Anastasia Steele to Jamie's Christian Grey.

The two stars took the risky, buzzed-about roles in the adaptation of E.L. James' erotic novel after original star Charlie Hunnam backed out of the movie.

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The first trailer for Furious 7 has arrived.

And it's every bit as awesome, as action-packed and as bittersweet as you'd imagine it to be.

The film, set for release on April 3, 2015, features some of the final acting scenes Paul Walker filmed before his stunning death in December of 2013.

In the surefire blockbuster, he reprises his role as Brian O'Connor, joining forces up once again with Vin Diesel's Dom Toretto for some serious street racing, some risky heists and a lot of general hijinks.

As Toretto says at one point in the above footage, it's time for "one last ride."

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Marvel just blew the lid off the movie world.

The studio held a special event today for select members of the media, announcing its next phase of blockbusters and superheroes, starting with this jaw-dropper:

Chadwick Boseman will star as Black Panther in a film scheduled for a 2017 release.

The actor (who portrayed Jackie Robinson in 42) appear on stage alongside Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. immediately after the announcement was made.

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Among the other major announcements dropped by Marvel:

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There's trouble on the set of Fifty Shades of Grey, and we're not talking about the good kind of trouble that involves whips, chains and the like.

No, it seems the latest not-so-sexy danger is that the movie might not titillate audiences the way the book did as a result of some serious casting problems.

Sources on set say that a noticeable lack of chemistry between stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson has led to some incredibly bland sex scenes.

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"Dakota isn't coming off sexy enough," says one 50 Shades insider.

"No one should question the heat or intensity of our actors."

But producers are, and as a result, the actors have been called back to the set for re-shoots just four months before the film is scheduled to hit theaters.

Some insiders involved with the production reportedly believe, however, that at this point, it's most likely a case of too little, too late.

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