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Deservedly or not, Chris Brown continues to bear the brunt of media scrutiny over an event that took place almost 2.5 years ago now. Case in point:

He got a role in a romantic comedy. Good for him, right? Sure, but Anderson Cooper still took a shot at him and referenced the Rihanna incident.

"Ladies and gentlemen, particularly ladies, Chris Brown has been cast in a movie. And not just any movie, it's a romantic comedy based on a self-help book about relationships," Cooper said recently on CNN's AC 360.

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"And I, for one, can not imagine why this did not happen sooner because if there's one thing you can say about Chris Brown, who's currently on probation for viciously assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna, he just oozes romance."


Cooper went on to point out one of Brown's early YouTube apologies to Rihanna and fans as another point of conflict. To Chris' credit, he responded to the CNN anchor's comments on Twitter in the best possible way.

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In case the rash of superhero movies and sequels wasn't evidence enough that Hollywood is out of ideas...

Lionsgate has confirmed plans to remake Dirty Dancing, the iconic film that launched the careers of Jennifer Grey and certified Patrick Swayze as a true, hip-swiveling hunk.

According to Variety, Kenny Ortega - who choreographed many of the original movie's dance numbers - will direct the new version and include such classics as "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," "Hungry Eyes" and "She's Like the Wind."

"The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me," said Ortega, who helmed the High School Musical franchise and Michael Jackson's This Is It). "Growing up in the '60s on the dance floor helped define me as a person and as an artist."

Considering his HSM background, might Zac Efron land the lead role of Johnny Castle? Who else could you imagine as this character? And are you even excited for a Dirty Dancing remake?


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Death has never been closer.

So teases the official movie poster for Final Destination 5, which comes out on August 12. But the tagline also applies to the film's cast and our friends at Movie Fanatic: they enjoyed a round table discussion together earlier today.

"This movie raises questions," said star Miles Fisher. "Humans want an answer for everything, including fate and religion. If there is an answer for everything, there is such a thing as asking too much. Trying to create your own answers can cause as much harm as good. Just continue to learn and be open-minded."

Read the full Movie Fanatic interview now and check out the trailer below:

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We're still months away from the March 23 release of The Hunger Games, the wildly-anticipated movie adaption of Suzanne Collins' best-seller.

But Lionsgate has already announced the premiere date of Catching Fire, the second novel in this suspense and love-filled trilogy. It will hit theaters on November 22, 2013.

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“The magical thing about the Hunger Games trilogy is that the books have such a vastly broad appeal,” said Joe Drake, co-COO of Lionsgate, in a statement. “The stories truly offer something for everyone, and the period around the Thanksgiving weekend is such an opportunity for families and friends to make an event of going to the movies.”

Without giving too much away, we can report that Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson will all reprise their roles in the second installment of this (awesome!!!) franchise.

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You've seen them on magazine covers, but are you ready to get a look at Katniss and Peeta inside The Hunger Games themselves?

Two new photos have emerged online from the set of the March 2012 blockbuster, one featuring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and the other of Josh Hutcherson as Peeta. It's safe to assume both of these images are courtesy of the titular, death-defying contest itself:

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Click to enlarge these photos of Lawrence and Hutcherson.

The first in a trilogy, The Hunger Games is based on a series of novels by Suzanne Collins. It also stars Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and Lenny Kravitz.

For the latest on this and other films, bookmark our good friends at Movie Fanatic now!

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There was serious monkey business at movie theaters around the country this weekend.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes easily conquered all comers at box office, garnering $54 million and earning a spot as the fifth-best August opening ever. Guess our friends at Movie Fanatic weren't the only fans of this James Franco-anchored remake.

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A rundown of the top five:

  1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes: $54 million
  2. The Smurfs: $21 million
  3. Cowboys & Aliens: $15.7 million
  4. The Change-Up: $13.5 million
  5. Captain America: The First Avenger: $13 million

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which opens this weekend, takes us back to the dawn of a saga that first enthralled audiences with 1968's Planet of the Apes.

Five more films were made through 1973, and another in 2001. Now, director Rupert Wyatt is rebooting the franchise at the beginning of the apes' takeover.

Gone are actors in ape suits, replaced by special effects and a riveting performance by Andy Serkis, who portrayed Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films.

Stars James Franco, Freida Pinto and Tom Felton agreed that without Serkis’ turn as Caesar the chimpanzee, the film would feel empty. Here's the trailer:

The stars spoke with Movie Fanatic to discuss it this week. Follow the link to read their interview, then come back tomorrow for Movie Fanatic's official review!

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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... Henry Cavill?!?

That was the reaction many DC Comic book readers had when this British actor was named as Superman in Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder’s reboot of the iconic superhero franchise. It will be released on June 14, 2013.

But Warner Bros. hopes to change the minds of critics with the following promotional photo, released today. Does it make you more accepting of Cavill as Superman?

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The impressive cast also includes Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe and, most recently announced, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White.

Are you excited for Man of Steel to take flight?

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A movie about two characters who switch bodies isn't exactly ground-breaking. It's been done many times before.

But two of the funniest men in Hollywood still jumped at the chance to star on The Change-Up and they explained why in a roundtable discussion this week: because the R rating opened up a world of dirty, fun possibilities.

"It was fun to see this kind of premise - which is usually a PG premise - executed in such a hard way, in such an edge," Ryan Reynolds said. "It was no-holds barred. It was the first script I've read in a long time where I cried laughing."

The Change-Up comes out on Friday. You can check out the official trailer above and read the full roundtable transcript at Movie Fanatic!

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Man of Steel has found its man in charge.

Laurence Fishburne, who exited CSI this summer after a relatively disappointing couple of seasons, has signed on to portray Daily Planet editor-in-chief Perry White in the upcoming reboot of the Superman franchise.

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Produced by Christopher Nolan and directed by Zack Snyder, Man of Steel features Henry Cavill in the main role, along with an impressive cast that includes: Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent.

It will be released on June 14, 2013.