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Ray Harryhausen, a pioneer of stop-motion animation and visual effects, has died at the age of 92.

Harryhausen, inspired by the 1933 film King Kong, began working with stop-motion and visual effects in the 1940's.

He is best known for creating the skeleton sword fight in 1963's Jason and the Argonauts.

Other works include Clash of the TitansIt Came from Beneath the Sea, and Mysterious Island.

Ray Harryhausen with Skeleton

Harryhausen has inspired generations of filmmakers, including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, and Terry Gilliam.

Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and colleagues.

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For year, Martin Scorsese has been trying to get an adaptation of Shusako Endo's novel Silence off the ground.

Now, that movie is finally under way.

Andrew Garfield has been cast in Silence, in the lead role, a 17th-Century Portuguese priest. Ken Watanabe will play a Japanese translator.

Andrew Garfield at Spider-Man Premiere

The film follows two Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to investigate claims of religious persecution.

The role of the second priest has yet to be cast.

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Good news, Star Trek fans. You no longer have to wait all the way until May 17 to see Into Darkness.

The Star Trek Into Darkness release date has been moved forward to May 16.

Reacting to a quick sellout of IMAX sneak previews on May 15, Paramount has decided to offer the film to everyone a day early.

Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Trek Into Darkness

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, and Bruce Greenwood star in the sci-fi sequel.

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The new R.I.P.D. poster has dropped, featuring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds pointing their crazy heaven guns. Take a look:

R.I.P.D. Poster

Reynolds plays Nick, a cop who is killed on duty. In heaven, he is assigned to the "Rest in Peace Department," which is responsible for tracking down dead souls who haven't crossed over.

Jeff Bridges plays his grumpy partner Roy, with Mary Louise Parker and Kevin Bacon also starring.

R.I.P.D. is directed by Robert Schwentke. It premieres July 19.

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The new banner for Man of Steel has arrived, which means your Facebook page is about to get a lot cooler.

Check out the banner, which features Superman soaring through the air, creating a bright blue beam of light:

Man of Steel Banner

Henry Cavill stars as Superman in the origin story. When Earth is threatened, the adopted alien Clark Kent uses his powers for good to save the planet.

Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne, Russell Crowe, and Christopher Meloni also star.

Man of Steel is directed by Zack Snyder and comes out June 14.

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With the worldwide success of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Paramount is now developing Mission: Impossible 5.

Today, Tom Cruise has signed on to return to the role of Ethan Hunt. He will also produce.

Tom Cruise on Set

So far, no director or writer have been confirmed for the project, but Cruise's Jack Reacher director, Christopher McQuarrie, is rumored to be in the running.

Ghost Protocol, which was the fourth film in the series, earned $694.7 million worldwide.

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Despite Iron Man 3 earning the second biggest opening of all time this weekend, Avatar is still far and away the highest-grossing film of all time, earning over $2.78 billion worldwide.

So it's no surprise that big things are in the works for James Cameron's Avatar sequels.

The second and third installments of the franchise are set to shoot simultaneously, and recently Zoe Saldana confirmed that Avatar 2 and 3 will shoot in early 2014.

Avatar Girl

"They're probably going to shoot [Avatar 2 and 3] at the same time," Saldana said, "Because if we just do two and then wait, I'll probably be 45 or 50 by the time we get to part three. It takes a long time, it's a very hard process."

Avatar 2 is scheduled to premiere in 2015.

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In the new Man of Steel TV spot, Clark Kent's father, played by Kevin Costner, tells him he has to decide what kind of man he wants to be.

I'm gonna guess he settles on "Super."

Take a look:

Henry Cavill stars as Kent in the Superman origin story. When Earth is attacked, Kent decides to use his powers to fight evil and save humanity.

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The poster for The Bling Ring has landed.

The film is based on the famous Hollywood Hills Burglars that robbed celebrities' homes. Check out The Bling Ring poster below:

The Bling Ring Poster

Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, and Claire Julien star as a group of celeb-obsessed teens who stalk famous people online in order to rob their houses while they're gone.

Leslie Mann  and Gavin Rossdale--yes Bush lead singer and Gwen Stefani husband Gavin Rossdale--also star.

Sofia Coppola directs The Bling Ring, which premieres June 14.

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You all probably thought The Iceman would win the box office this weekend, but nope....Iron Man 3 did.

In fact, it destroyed the weekend.

In double fact, it made more in three days than all the movies in theaters have made in any single weekend so far this year.

In triple fact, it scored the second highest opening weekend ever!

Iron Man 3 took in $175.3 million in its first three days. Read our Iron Man 3 review to find out why we love it so much, then check out the full Weekend Box Office Report after the jump.

Ben Kingsley Iron Man 3

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