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Far more than merely the boyfriend of Miley Cyrus now, Liam Hemsworth has booked his next project.

The Hunger Games star will play a key role in Paranoia, Entertainment Weekly confirms, a thriller from director Robert Luketic (Killers, The Ugly Truth). It will start shooting this summer and may also feature such big names as Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford.

Liam Hemsworth Signing

Hemsworth, of course, is also for two Hunger Games sequels, starting with a Gary Ross-less Catching Fire.

He will also appear opposite Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables 2 and portray the lead in Empire State, an action-heist adventure.

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For the first time since the 2005 action-romance that brought them together, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may be set to burn up the big screen together.

The Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-stars are in talks to appear alongside Shame's Michael Fassbender and Javier Bardem in The Counselor, directed by Ridley Scott.

According to reports, Brangelina's project is set to begin in a few months, and the movie will shoot in Europe. Both the Jolie-Pitts and Scott have homes in France.

Brad Pitt, Cane

Fassbender will play the title role of a respected lawyer who gets tangled in the drug business, while the film will reportedly deal with very gritty themes.

Unlike when they shot Mr. and Mrs. Smith, however, Jolie and Pitt are a bona fide couple - with six kids. Until now they have alternated film projects.

"We're not ones to repeat ourselves, but we'd like to, because now, we're hopscotching films so one can be with the kids and one's free to work," Pitt said.

"And why aren't we doing [movies] together? Why aren't we doing everything together?"

Looks like they soon will be.

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Anne Hathaway made headlines this week with her new short hair.

Now she's making even more of them for her Catwoman costume.

The cropped 'do is for her role in Les Miserables, and the catsuit, of course, is for her role in the upcoming summer blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises.

We haven't seen a photo of Anne as her feline alter ego in some time, so it was quite a treat that the producers decided to release this new image ...

Anne Hathaway Catwoman Photo

Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale's final foray into the world of the caped crusader, The Dark Knight Rises lands in theaters July 20. Don't miss it.

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Gary Ross and The Hunger Games have parted ways.

Ross' exit was all but confirmed last week, but he's released a statement explaining why he decided to discontinue his work with the famous trilogy:

"Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct Catching Fire," said Ross (below, right).

"As a writer and a director, I simply don't have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would want to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule."

The Hunger Games Cast, Director

"I loved making The Hunger Games. It was the happiest experience of my professional life. Lionsgate was supportive in a manner that few directors ever experience."

"They empowered me to make the film I wanted to make and backed the movie in a way that requires no explanation beyond the remarkable results."

"And contrary to what has been reported, negotiations with Lionsgate have not been problematic. They have also been very understanding of this difficult decision."

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Two more cannon shots were heard around the country this week, as The Hunger Games defeated a pair of widely hyped newcomers to wear the box office crown for the third week in a row.

Neither American Reunion nor Titanic 3D were any match for Katniss and company: the big screen version of Suzanne Collins' novel earned $33.5 million on Friday and Saturday to become the sixth-fastest film to reach $300 in domestic receipts.

Peeta Poster

At this pace, The Hunger Games is on target for a final U.S. gross of between $360 million and $370 million.

Here's a look at the top five finishers from Easter weekend:

  1. The Hunger Games: $33.5 million
  2. American Reunion: $21.5 million
  3. Titanic 3D: $17.4 million
  4. Wrath of the Titans: $15.0 million
  5. Mirror Mirror: $11.0 million

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The producers of Bully and the Motion Picture Association of America agreed on a unique compromise to re-release the controversial documentary film as PG-13.

The Weinstein Co., in response to its initial R ratingby the MPAA, made the unusual move of releasing the film in limited release without a rating at all.

That gave each individual theater owner the decision whether to show the film or not, and potentially limited the scope of its release - all on principle.

Bully's producers appealed the R rating and lost earlier this year in a move that could've derailed its effort to highlight the epidemic of adolescent bullying.

The new version of the film deletes some obscenities, but in an interesting move, keeps a controversial scene on a bus in which the ‘F-bomb’ is lobbed.

Three times at a bullied child, in fact. This is a major exception to MPAA rules; the group typically imposes an R rating on any film with more than two. 

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Lionsgate has already booked a November 2013 release date for the wildly-anticipated sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire. But might the studio have trouble meeting this deadline?

Katniss Everdeen Hunting

The question arises because negotiations aren't going smoothly with director Gary Ross, who executives want to return based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews for the first installment of the franchise.

Ross earned $3 million for The Hunger Games - plus back-end profits - and, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, is angling for a major sequel raise.

All other major players have signed on for both Catching Fire and Mockingjay - from Jennifer Lawrence to Liam Hemsworth - so the only real hold-up at the moment is Ross. The film could always take on a new director, of course, but an insider sees that as unlikely.

"Ultimately, it will be difficult, and yet everybody will do the sane thing, which is to work it out. Everybody will end up unhappy in their own way. It's just the nature of the beast."

UPDATE: Or... not. Ross has dropped out, and the movie will open as scheduled on 11/23/13.

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First, Anchorman 2. Now, news of another classic comedy planning an upcoming sequel:

Peter Farrelly confirms to ComingSoon that he will direct Dumb and Dumber 2, a follow-up to the ridiculous, hilarious 1994 film that starred Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Both will return for the sequel, which Farrelly says starts shooting in September.

Jim Carrey as Lloyd Christmas

"We did not do Dumb and Dumberer," Farrelly is quick to say of the 2003 disaster. "That was a studio thing. So we've always wanted to do a sequel and finally Jim called up. Jeff always wanted to do it. We always wanted to do it."

No word yet on the plot for Dumb and Dumber 2, but let's all hope Harry and Lloyd can at least track down some pets whose heads don't fall off. Visit our friends at Movie Fanatic to relive the best Dumb and Dumber quotes and respond:

Are you excited for Dumb and Dumber 2?

 

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In a casting move that is likely to stir up a bit of controversy, Ashton Kutcher will portray Steve Jobs in an upcoming movie.

The Two and a Half Men star will take on the iconic role of the Apple founder in Jobs, an independent film written by Matt Whiteley and directed by Joshua Michael Stern. It will begin shooting next month.

  • Ashton in NYC
  • R.I.P. Steve Jobs

Jobs passed away in October and is widely recognized as one of the finest, most innovative minds of our time.

Kutcher stars on a sitcom that revolves around penis jokes and has been in the news for the last year due to his own wandering unit and an affair with Sara Leal that led to his divorce from Demi Moore.

What do you think of Kutcher portraying Jobs on the big screen?

 

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It's sort of official: Jack and Jill is the worst movie ever made.

For the first time since its inception, The Razzie Awards - the anti-Oscars, previously held the evening before the Academy Awards - were held on April Fool's Day this year, dishonoring the lamest in cinema from 2011.

And Adam Sandler's pathetic comedy dominated the proceedings, winning every category for which it was nominated and taking home a total of 10 trophies. The previous record holder had been 2007's I Know Who Killed Me, which nabbed eight, including two for star Lindsay Lohan.

Here's a look at just how Jack and Jill/Sandler swept the competition:

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