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Goodbye, Shia LaBeouf. Hello, Jack Reynor!

Michael Bay has announced that this 20-year old actor will not simply appear opposite Mark Wahlberg in Transformers 4… he'll anchor an entirely new franchise based around these robots, as the director is working on two more sequels.

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Wrote Bay on his blog:

"Jack Reynor, he is an Irish kid that came to America with 30 bucks in his pocket. Pretty ballsy. Seriously who does that? Anyway I spotted him in a great little Irish movie What Richard Did. This kid is the real deal."

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Texas Chainsaw 3D sliced and diced its box office competition over the weekend, bringing in $23 on Friday and Saturday and taking Hollywood's top spot.

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Django Unchained fell 33 percent from its opening weekend, dipping to just under $21 million and falling to second place.

It's on pace to out-earn Inglorious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino’s previous highest grossest film.

Here is a look at the very diverse top five from the year's first weekend of box office receipts:

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In an interesting bit of movie news, one other than Jay-Z will be working with the Bullitts to score Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby movie, according to reports.

Bey and Jay

Luhrmann played Jay-Z's music during rehearsals for the forthcoming film and used Watch the Throne's "No Church in the Wild" in the film's first two trailers.

Prince and Lady Gaga wrote songs for the film as well, so it's unclear if those will be out of the picture or played in addition to Jay's overall score.

Also, no word if he will start going by the name Great Gats-Z.

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Kristen Stewart may be THG's Celebrity of the Year, but the franchise with which this actress has always been associated just earned a far more embarrassing honor.

It was named the worst movie of all-time.

Twilight Saga Scene

Rifftrax.com polled 500,000 users and the results were clear: by over 35,000 votes, The Twilight Saga as a whole was determined to be the worst of the worst.

Says the site of this Robert Pattinson-led franchise:

"There's a lot to cover in this vast, sprawling film series so let us try to boil it down for you: 'Mumble mumble mumble moon eyes. Mumble mumble mumble mumble lay in a field. Mumble mumble mumble perv on a baby. Mumble'."

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Tragic movie news to report as we bid farewell to 2012:

Oscar-winning sound editor Michael Hopkins has been killed in a fatal rafting accident in his native New Zealand, according to reports. He was only 53 years old.

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He won Oscars for the The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers in 2003 and King Kong in 2006. He also worked on Blade Runner, Superman, Octopussy and Transformers.

Hopkins first worked with director Peter Jackson on his 1992 movie Braindead, and was also part of Jackson's team for Heavenly Creatures and The Frighteners.

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Fun movie news this afternoon: Kevin Smith is hoping to leave the industry on a high note in 2014 with one last full-circle directorial effort: Clerks 3.  

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The film would be the swan song installment of his slacker saga, which began with Clerks, the 1994 flick that put the indie filmmaker on the map.

Kevin's announcement follows the news that his hockey flick Hit Somebody will be turned into a six-part miniseries on an unannounced network.

"So with the HIT SOMEBODY shift, the minute Jeff Anderson signs on, my last cinematic effort as a writer/director will be CLERKS III #TaDa," Smith tweeted.

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In a word: Meow.

In another word: YES, we're inching ever closer to a Super Troopers sequel.

Super Troopers Scene

Fans of the 2001 cult classic have been clamoring for a follow-up for a decade, and now Broken Lizard member Jay Chandrasekhar tells Movie Fanatic the comedy troupe is committed to making it happen.

First, however, the producers must end a legal tussle with Fox over revenue made on the original.

"We’re in a discussion with Fox and going to settle it for good," Chandrasekhar says, adding that the turn-around will be immediate once that hold-up is over:

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Tony Stark has taken a break from battling bad guys and building cool new weapons in order to send movie fans a message:

Happy holidays!

Indeed, the folks behind Iron Man 3 have released a cute card in honor of the season, featuring Robert Downey Jr. in his most beloved role. Give it a look now:

Iron Man 3 Holiday Card

As we get a glimpse of in the Iron Man 3 trailer, Ben Kingsley comes on board the franchise for this installment, portraying the main antagonist for Downey's superhero.

The blockbuster comes out on May 3 and stars Downey, Kingsley Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau and Don Cheadle.

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Move over, Tom Cruise. Take a seat, Brad Pitt. Not so fast, Julia Roberts.

Forbes has come out with its list of "Hollywood's Best Actors for the Buck," a rundown of the stars who earn the most money for studios - and none of the usual A-listers are included.

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Instead, Natalie Portman sits in first place, as the Black Swan actress earns $42.70 for every dollar she's paid.

A close second? Kristen Stewart, who owes almost all of her success (which translates to $40.60 for every dollar she's paid) to The Twilight Saga.

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So much for our terrible Les Miserables review.

The big screen version of this world famous musical banked $18.2 million yesterday, according to The Hollywood Reporter, setting a new benchmark for weekday Christmas Day openings.

Sherlock Holmes owns the overall Christmas record when it opened on a Friday and earned $24.6 million.

Django Unchained, meanwhile, didn't exactly disappoint, either. Despite Spike Lee's protest.

The Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio-driven drama shot past Ali to become the highest-grossing R-rated movie to open on December 25. It brought in a cool $15 million.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey raked in $11.3 million, with Parental Guidance and Jack Reacher rounding out the top five.

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