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Peter Jackson's upcoming saga The Hobbit will be three films, the director confirmed on his Facebook page. Previously, only a sequel had been confirmed.

He called the expansion to three films "an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, 'A tale that grew in the telling'."

"...On behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, MGM and the entire [cast and crew], I’d like to announce that two films will become three."

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The first installment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will hit theaters December 14, with the second film already set for December 13, 2013.

Jackson made no mention of a schedule for the third film, but said after watching the first and shooting part of the second, a trilogy felt necessary.

"It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made," he said in his statement.

"Recently I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie - and a large chunk of the second."

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The cloud of sadness and shock that remains over The Dark Knight Rises, following the horrific actions of James Holmes in Colorado on July 21, did not keep this blockbuster from remaining atop the box office this weekend.

The third installment of Christopher Nolan's trilogy earned $64.1 million, taking its week-plus total so far to $289.1 nationwide.

Bane vs. Batman

By comparison's sake, The Dark Knight ($313.8 million) and The Avengers ($373.1 million) both took in more over their opening 10-day run.

But neither faced the sort of tragedy that has sadly enveloped The Dark Knight Rises, nor did either face competition from the Summer Olympics. Here is a look at the weekend's top five money makers:

  1. The Dark Knight Rises: $64.1 million
  2. Ice Age: Continental Drift: $13.3 million
  3. The Watch: $13 million
  4. Step Up Revolution: $11.8 million
  5. Ted: $7.4 million
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It was (understandably) lost amidst the James Holmes shooting and the tragic loss of 12 lives, but The Dark Knight Rises fared very well at the box office this weekend.

With reports delayed a couple days out of respect for the victims, sources now say the third installment in this Christopher Nolan trilogy earned $160.9 million from Friday to Sunday, making it the third-biggest opening ever and the top-ranked debut weekend for a film show strictly in 2-D.

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In related movie news, the opening day haul of $75.8 million, bolstered by impressive advance-ticket sellouts, marked the third-largest in Hollywood history.

Of course, it's impossible to know just what heights The Dark Knight Rises would have reached if not for the massacre in Aurora, Colorado.

"The family demographic possibly stayed away from The Dark Knight Rises, and they stayed away from films in general, and that's not a surprise given what happened,"  Exhibitor Relations box-office analyst Jeff Bock told E!.

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Film fans will be asked to track down their favorite little fish again in 2016, as Pixar has announced plans for a Finding Nemo sequel.

The follow-up to the 2003 blockbuster - which took in $867 million worldwide and will be released again in 3D this September - has been confirmed by director Andrew Stanton, who will once again go behind the camera for the animated flick.

Finding Nemo remains the second-highest grossing movie in Pixar history behind Toy Story 3 and is the fifth-highest grossing animated feature of all-time behind that one, The Lion King, Shrek 2 and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

It's unclear at the moment whether actors such as Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres will reprise their voice roles in the sequel, but the important thing here is that we all take Dory's advice to heart:

Just keep swimming, people.

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Has the most anticipated new role in Catching Fire finally been cast?

Following chatter over pretty much every hunk in Hollywood - from Taylor Kitsch to Trevor Donovan to Armie Hammer - Variety reports that Lionsgate has gone with the somewhat surprising selection of Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair.

The actor, recently seen opposite Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman, would come on board the sequel as an especially cocky, suave, sexy Tribute who interacts frequently with Katniss and Peeta.

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Meanwhile… with Amanda Plummer set as Wiress, Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee and Jena Malone as Johanna, the magazine also says Melissa Leo is the frontrunner to portray Mags, while Tony Shalhoub is being courted for the role of Beetee.

Is Sam Claflin the right choice for Finnick?

 

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Amanda Plummer has signed on for a role in Catching Fire.

The veteran actress and former Golden Globe Award nominee will star in The Hunger Games sequel as Wiress, an eccentric Tribute who becomes an important fellow player/friend to Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss.

A Broadway star, Plummer is likely best known to film fans for her role as "Honey Bunny" in Pulp Fiction.

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While Catching Fire fans continue to await movie news on who will play Finnick, other characters are being snatched up.

Aside from Wiress, we know that Jena Malone will portray Johanna Mason and Philip Seymour Hoffman is a go for Plutarch Heavensbee.

Catching Fire will be released on November 22, 2013, while two-part final installment of Mockingjay will be hit theaters in 2014 and 2015.

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The Marvel universe was off the chain at Comic-Con yesterday.

At a panel ostensibly devoted to Iron Man 3, Marvel provided movie news galore with two new films as well as its forthcoming Thor and Captain America sequel names:

  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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The Disney-owned studio also says Guardians of the Galaxy - featuring Rocket Raccoon, Star-Lord, Draxx the Destroyer, Groot and Gamora - is on tap for August 2014.

Finally, Ant-Man was revealed (fully costumed in Hall H) going from big to small, big to small, big to small while battling two apparently nefarious security guards.

"Ant-Man will kick your ass, one inch at a time," he cracked.

Good to know, Ant-Man. Good. To. Know.

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Mike is not done working his magic by a long shot.

With the web buzzing over a possible Magic Mike 2, the hit film's star Channing Tatum took to Twitter this week to address the rumors ... and confirmed them!

“Yes yes and yes! We’re working on the concept now. We want to flip the script and make it bigger," he writes, possibly waiting for your obvious punchline.

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Because it's ostensibly a male stripper movie, Magic Mike was something of a surprise hit with critics and fans alike, banking $39 million in one weekend.

Tatum has received rave reviews, and there's even been some Oscar talk - and not unwarranted - surrounding supporting actor Matthew McConaughey.

Where would a sequel take the stripper and his cohorts? Have you seen the original, and would you be excited for a Magic Mike 2? Tell us below!

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With all the court dates, 911 calls and car crashes, Lindsay Lohan's whole life is like a scary movie. Why not star in an actual film by that name?

The starlet may soon score a role in Scary Movie 5, according to reports. LiLo recently met with Dimension Films' head honcho Bob Weinstein.

It is NOT a done deal though, despite the conversations.

Lindsay Lohan, Police Tape

"They had a great meeting and they are going to continue talking," a movie insider said. "But there's no part being written for her ... yet."

Both sides, multiple sources confirm, are indeed interested in working together in the fifth Scary Movie film, which will also star Ashley Tisdale.

Having wrapped Liz & Dick, a Lifetime film starring Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor, she's now shooting The Canyons with porn star James Deen.

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The Hunger Games is going the way to The Twilight Saga and Harry Potter.

Lionsgate announced today that it would split Mockingjay, the final installment in Suzanne Collins' penned trilogy into two movies, the better to maximize profits of course.

The studio even came out with the extended titles and release dates for the films:

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  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will bow worldwide November 21, 2014.
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 will come out on November 20, 2015.

Catching Fire, meanwhile, hits theaters on November 22, 2013.

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