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    Kevin-Costner

    Actor Kevin Costner is suing Morgan Creek Productions, claiming the studio failed to honor a deal to share profits from their movie "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," Deadline Hollywood reported.

    The 1991 film made over $390 million worldwide

    Costner claims Morgan Creek Productions "intentionally concealed information and employed inaccurate and improper accounting practices" designed to deprive him of backend compensation on the film. 

    The suit says Costner was owed 12.5 percent of the adjusted gross receipts over $60 million and 15 percent over 100 million. 

    Costner recently starred in the TV miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys" and will next summer play Superman's adoptive father Jonathan Kent in "Man of Steel."

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    The Hobbit

    Forget two films, it's seeming more and more likely that Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" film will come in three parts. 

    When word broke out Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" prequel, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" would get broken down into two films, though slightly wary, the news was met with general acceptance. 

    After all, "The Hobbit," the book the film will be based off, definitely has a scene where you can cleanly break away for a sequel. 

    However, slicing the film one more time seems a bit extreme, but not to Jackson.

    In an interview with Deadline, "The Hobbit" director sounded confident he can break it into one more film after reading 125 pages of notes in an appendices J.R.R. Tolkien included in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."

    What people have to realize is we’ve adapted The Hobbit, plus taken this additional 125 pages of notes, that’s what you’d call them. Because Tolkien himself was planning the rewrite The Hobbit after The Lord of the Rings, to make it speak to the story of The Lord of the Rings much more. In the novel, Gandalf disappears for various patches of time. In 1936, when Tolkien was writing that book, he didn’t have a clue what Gandalf was doing. But later on, when he did The Lord of the Rings and he’d hit on this whole epic story, he was going to go back and revise The Hobbit and he wrote all these notes about how Gandalf disappears and was really investigating the possible return of Sauron, the villain from The Lord of the Rings. Sauron doesn’t appear at all in The Hobbit.

    So, Jackson wants to tell us where Gandalf went and possibly include Sauron, with the understanding that "The Hobbit" will introduce the way Tolkien intended to rewrite the book. 

    While we're fans of the LOTR trilogy, and Jackson certainly seems to have Tolkien's mindset down–his films have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide–there's only one person who knows how "The Hobbit" should be told, and that's Tolkien.

    In the end, we're just not sure you can stretch a 272-page children's novel into enough material for three films–with or without Tolkien's added annotated material. 

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    Life-Of-PiAng Lee, you have our attention.

    The debut trailer for the Oscar-winning director's ("Brokeback Mountain") newest film, "Life of Pi," based on the award-wining novel of the same name by Yann Martell, is a visually-stunning feast for the senses.

    Exotic animals, grand scope, and beautiful colors, this may be the one movie that's actually worth the added 3D surcharge over the holidays. Sorry, "Hobbit" and "Gatsby," prove us wrong!

    If the trailer is any indication, "Pi" could enter the awards conversation at the end of the year. At the very lest, it should land a number of technical nominations.

    "Pi" opens November 21, bumped up from its original December release. Check out the trailer below. 

    SEE ALSO: Teasers for Zack Snyder's new "Superman" movie >

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    Oscars Red Carpet Academy AwardsThe Wrap is reporting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has added tighter restrictions on screening invites and email promotion of films for the 85th Annual Academy Awards. 

    From the AMPAS press release:

    The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has updated regulations for how companies and individuals may market movies and achievements eligible for the 85th Academy Awards® to Academy members. The changes pertain to screenings that feature live filmmaker participation, the formats on which members may receive screeners, and limitations on how mail, email and websites may be used in campaigning.

    “These rules help us maintain a level playing field for all of the nominees and protect the integrity of the Awards process,” said Academy President Tom Sherak.

    After the announcement of nominations on January 15, 2013, and until the final polls close (February 19, 2013), Academy members may be invited to up to four screenings of a nominated film that are preceded or followed by filmmaker Q&As or other such participation. A fifth such event in the United Kingdom will be permitted.  All participants must be nominated or have been eligible for nomination.  No screening event may include a reception or otherwise offer complimentary food or beverages. These limitations do not apply to screenings held by the Academy, guilds or similar organizations. 

    The regulations also now stipulate that members may receive the film both on DVD and as a digital download. 

    Additionally, each week, members may be sent only one piece of mail and one email per film company.  The rules maintain the prohibition on sending members links to websites that promote a film using audio, video, or other multimedia elements, but may include links to the videos in the “Academy Conversations” series on Oscars.org.

    The Academy has augmented its existing ban on film companies using third parties to distribute materials that they would be prohibited from sending directly. The regulation now specifies that film companies may not have a publication use its subscriber lists to send stand alone materials to members, except in connection with the distribution of the publication itself.  This amendment does not affect a company’s ability to place their usual promotional materials in trade publications.

    Similarly, while guilds and other awards organizations may hold non-screening events after the nominations announcement, this rule now specifies that film companies may not use such occasions as opportunities to sponsor promotional events that would otherwise violate Academy regulations. 

    The complete list of regulations for Oscar promoting can be found here

    The 85th Annual Academy Awards will air on ABC February 24, 2013. 

    SEE ALSO: The trailer for possible Oscar contender 'Life of Pi' >

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  • 07/26/12--06:20: MGM Files For Possible IPO
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    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is taking another step away from their 2010 bankruptcy.

    The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the 88-year-old movie studio filed for a possible public offering of its stock. Bloomberg reports that MGM has hired JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs to manage its IPO. 

    The move would allow the owners that picked up the studio's debt to begin selling their holdings in the company. 

    After filing for bankruptcy, MGM became profitable by selling their library of over 4,000 films and 10,000 television episodes to foreign and digital distributors. 

    MGM released a brief statement saying it filed a draft registration statement for an IPO with the Securities and Exchange Commission, but no information on price or when it would go public. 

    The company has had minor success this year, scoring with "21 Jump Street" after losing money on a minority investment in Sony's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." The Los Angeles Times speculates that this fall would be an ideal time to go through with the IPO, as they have two major movies coming out, the new James Bond film "Skyfall" and Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." 2013 brings remakes of "Carrie" and "Robocop."

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    Christopher Nolan the dark knight rises

    Though Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy has now come to a close, the director of "The Dark Knight" franchise has given fans one last hurrah with a farewell letter to his fans, fellow actors in the film, and, naturally, The Batman himself.

    SuperHeroHype shared Nolan's note in the foreword in the book to "The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy,"after a member posted the entirety on its site.

    The book was released July 20, the same day as the film came to theaters.

    Read Nolan's heartfelt foreword below:

    Alfred. Gordon. Lucius. Bruce . . . Wayne. Names that have come to mean so much to me. Today, I’m three weeks from saying a final good-bye to these characters and their world. It’s my son’s ninth birthday. He was born as the Tumbler was being glued together in my garage from random parts of model kits. Much time, many changes. A shift from sets where some gunplay or a helicopter were extraordinary events to working days where crowds of extras, building demolitions, or mayhem thousands of feet in the air have become familiar.

    People ask if we’d always planned a trilogy. This is like being asked whether you had planned on growing up, getting married, having kids. The answer is complicated. When David and I first started cracking open Bruce’s story, we flirted with what might come after, then backed away, not wanting to look too deep into the future. I didn’t want to know everything that Bruce couldn’t; I wanted to live it with him. I told David and Jonah to put everything they knew into each film as we made it. The entire cast and crew put all they had into the first film. Nothing held back. Nothing saved for next time. They built an entire city. Then Christian and Michael and Gary and Morgan and Liam and Cillian started living in it. Christian bit off a big chunk of Bruce Wayne’s life and made it utterly compelling. He took us into a pop icon’s mind and never let us notice for an instant the fanciful nature of Bruce’s methods.

    I never thought we’d do a second—how many good sequels are there? Why roll those dice? But once I knew where it would take Bruce, and when I started to see glimpses of the antagonist, it became essential. We re-assembled the team and went back to Gotham. It had changed in three years. Bigger. More real. More modern. And a new force of chaos was coming to the fore. The ultimate scary clown, as brought to terrifying life by Heath. We’d held nothing back, but there were things we hadn’t been able to do the first time out—a Batsuit with a flexible neck, shooting on Imax. And things we’d chickened out on—destroying the Batmobile, burning up the villain’s blood money to show a complete disregard for conventional motivation. We took the supposed security of a sequel as license to throw caution to the wind and headed for the darkest corners of Gotham.

    I never thought we’d do a third—are there any great second sequels? But I kept wondering about the end of Bruce’s journey, and once David and I discovered it, I had to see it for myself. We had come back to what we had barely dared whisper about in those first days in my garage. We had been making a trilogy. I called everyone back together for another tour of Gotham. Four years later, it was still there. It even seemed a little cleaner, a little more polished. Wayne Manor had been rebuilt. Familiar faces were back—a little older, a little wiser . . . but not all was as it seemed.

    Gotham was rotting away at its foundations. A new evil bubbling up from beneath. Bruce had thought Batman was not needed anymore, but Bruce was wrong, just as I had been wrong. The Batman had to come back. I suppose he always will.

    Michael, Morgan, Gary, Cillian, Liam, Heath, Christian . . . Bale. Names that have come to mean so much to me. My time in Gotham, looking after one of the greatest and most enduring figures in pop culture, has been the most challenging and rewarding experience a filmmaker could hope for. I will miss the Batman. I like to think that he’ll miss me, but he’s never been particularly sentimental.

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    the buellers celebrity art

    We stopped in our tracks when coming across these celebrity family portraits done in colored pencil–yes, colored pencils.

    From Nic Cage in "Raising Arizona" to Jon Hamm in "Mad Men," we noticed the portraits making the rounds on Reddit and decided to put a name with the many faces drawn.

    Now, a professional artist, Kirk Demarais was previously a graphics and greeting card designer before returning to his first love of drawing. You can read more on Demarais' transition to a full-time artist described in his own words, here.

    "I started making the colored pencil portraits in 2008 for Gallery 1988's annual Crazy 4 Cult art show in which a group of artists create work inspired by cult films," Demarais told us.

    His art has become so well known that he's received commissions from celebrities including Kristen Wiig and executive producer of "Little Miss Sunshine," the Jeb Brody.

    Any one portrait can take him anywhere from one and a half to three weeks to complete. 

    Demarais believes he's drawn a total of 28 portraits to date, though not all of them contain complete families.

    Currently, he's working on a separate piece for this summer's Crazy 4 Cult gallery in New York City.

    This Little Miss Sunshine portrait of "The Hoovers" was commissioned by producer Jeb Brody.



    No one's ready to drink a milkshake in this portrait of the Plainviews – "There Will Be Blood"



    Here are the Griswolds – "National Lampoon's Vacation."



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    joker debt burning fire

    Nobody expected any new information about the Joker in "The Dark Knight Rises."

    Director Christopher Nolan stood his ground on the issue for years, respecting late actor Heath Ledger too much to return to the Clown Prince of Crime.

    Nolan recently went into more detail on the subject for Empire Magazine

    We're not addressing The Joker at all. That is something I felt very strongly about in terms of my relationship with Heath and the experience I went through with him on The Dark Knight.I didn't want to in any way try and account for a real-life tragedy.

    That was thought to be the final word on the topic, allowing fans to come up with whatever story they felt like for the "Dark Knight" villain. Many likely assumed he spend the rest of his days unceremoniously locked away in Arkham Asylum. 

    According to the official "Dark Knight Rises" novelization, they may be right. 

    Nuke The Fridge discovered the following quote from the novelization on the IMDB message boards: 

    Now that the Dent Act had made it all but impossible for the city’s criminals to cop an insanity plea, it (Blackgate Prison) had replaced Arkham Asylum as a preferred location for imprisoning both convicted and suspected felons. The worst of the worst were sent here, except for the Joker, who, rumor had it, was locked away as Arkham’s sole remaining inmate. Or perhaps he had escaped. Nobody was really sure. Not even Selina.

    Also, check out a fan-created storyboard spotted by Movie Moron that's currently making waves on Reddit:

    Joker-Fan-Made-Storyboard

    Not as official, but still pretty cool.

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    One of the best parts of the "Harry Potter" series is combing through the chapters to find the next illustration. 

    However, we've never been able to view them all at once, until now.

    Reddit user ajcfood compiled every single illustration from the American version of the Harry Potter series created by Mary GrandPré to share.

    Ajcfood said the following of his masterpiece on the thread: 

    "After months of work, I present to you this project I made. This is my reminder of how great these BOOKS are."

    We're sure we're not alone when we say, thank you.

    Now, if only J.K. Rowling would okay this to be sold in poster form.

    Harry Potter chapter illustrations

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    Cloud-Atlas, Halle-Berry

    In this week's trailers, Will Smith and Tom Hanks try to help M. Night Shyamalan and the Wachowski siblings prove their decade-old first films weren't just flukes.

    Also, Kirsten Dunst rounds up a rowdy group of bachelorettes, and Hugh Laurie hooks up with Leighton Meester.

    Plus, Gerard Butler goes surfing and a "Lost" alum takes up dancing.

    About Cherry - August 9 On Demand, September 21 In Theaters

    Well if this isn't a "Boogie Nights," rip-off, nothing is. It even has Rollergirl in it!  With a cast including James Franco and Dev Patel, this film may have its merits, but all it makes us want to do is go rent "Boogie Nights."



    Freelancers - August 10

    What happened to Robert De Niro? How did he go from "Raging Bull" and "Taxi Driver" to this?

    Surely "Freelancers" will be entertaining, if only to see De Niro ham it up in another gritty "Departed" kick-off, but it's a little depressing. He used to work with Pacino and Brando. Now he's teaming up with 50 Cent. Please, just no more "Fockers" sequels.



    The Campaign - August 10 (Red Band)

    More of a clip than a trailer, if "Campaign" can keep the momentum of this dinner scene running through the whole movie, this could be the escapist comedy the film industry desperately needs right now.



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    bruce wayne batman the dark knight rises

    With only two new films out this weekend, "The Dark Knight Rises" had little competition at the box office.  

    Movie goers, whether enjoying the summer weather or still wary of the theaters after last weekend's horrific shooting, stayed at home for the most part.  

    Despite this, TDKR still had a great turn out. The film's totals still lie behind that of 2008's "The Dark Knight" which . Still, despite everything, the last film in Nolan's Batman franchise has earned the 3rd highest 10-day gross (domestic) behind "The Dark Knight" ($313.7m) and, of course, "The Avengers" ($373m). 

    Unsurprisingly, "The Watch," about a neighborhood watch group, bombed in its debut weekend. Granted, Fox didn't expect higher than a $15m opening; however, the comedy didn't even make that.  

    It was uncertain how the Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn comedy would fare after changing marketing tactics—and its title—after Trayvon Martin was killed by a member of a neighborhood watch group.  

    Though the film changed its name from "Neighborhood Watch" to the slightly more vague "The Watch," everyone knew the film was still about the same thing. The characters still prided themselves wearing "Neighborhood Watch" jackets. Even more, marketing for the film was mixed. During a midnight screening of TDKR, we viewed the film advertised as "Neighborhood Watch." 

    The next installment in the "Step Up" series also suffered. Though lead character of the franchise Channing Tatum wasn't in the film, the movie also included a controversial scene in the wake of the Colorado shooting which showed dancers wearing gas masks and using gas grenades to threaten people at a party. 

    Out of the top ten this week includes "Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection" after a month at the top o the list and Woody Allen's "To Rome with Love" dips back below the radar. Here are this week's winners and losers at the box office: 

    10. "Moonrise Kingdom" holds out again for one more week in the top ten. Bringing in $1.38m, we expect this the last week for Bill Murray's comedy to stay afloat.

    9. "Savages" drops two spots and 48.4 percent at theaters earning $1.7m.

    8. "Magic Mike," Warner Bros. other current big film, dipped two spots with $2.5m.

    7. "Brave" earns $4.2m, down less than 30 percent from last week. Pixar's latest film has grossed more than $309.2m in six weekends.

    6. "The Amazing Spider-Man" drops three spots and another 37.5 percent with $6.8m. At week four, the reboot is far below its predecessors at the same mark (Spider-Man: $28.5m, Spider-Man 2: $8.6m, Spider-Man 3: $14.3m)

    5. "Ted" continues to be a box-office winner with $7.3m. Seth MacFarlane's debut film has managed to gross $233m worldwide on an estimated $50m budget.

    4. "Step Up Revolution" gets off to a rocky start with $11.8m. In comparison, "Step Up 3-D" earned $15.8m its opening weekend and earned more than $116m overseas. Typically, the franchise fares better in foreign markets

    3. "The Watch" earns $13m in its opening weekend. It will be an uphill battle to earn its estimated $68m budget. 

    2. Kid flick, "Ice Age: Continental Drift" grosses another $13.3m during week 3 to bring its total to $114.8m domestic.

    1. "The Dark Knight Rises" easily leads the pack with $64m, despite dropping 60.2 percent at theaters in week two. The film has already earned $537.2m worldwide. 

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    the shining

    It's going to be an interesting few years for fans of "The Shining."

    In addition to author Stephen King crafting a sequel to the 36-year-old novel, Doctor Sleep, due out in 2013, the L.A Times is reporting that Warner Bros. is considering a prequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror classic.

    The studio has spoken to Laeta Kalogridis about "crafting a new take" on the material. Kalogridis previously wrote Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" and executive produced James Cameron's "Avatar."

    The prequel would reportedly explore the Torrance family's life prior to their trip to the Overlook hotel. 

    Warner Bros. insists that any discussions on the purposed prequel is "in a very early stage and not even formally in development."

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    A short 30-second clip debuted during this weekend's Olympic games, teasing "007" fans with scenes of the villainous Silva (played by Javier Bardem) and of course, the dashing Daniel Craig performing gravity-defying stunts in which he emerges without a single scratch.

    The 23rd James Bond installment, "Skyfall," hits theaters November 9.

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    Rush-Hour

    Today in unnecessary sequels, "Rush Hour 4" is apparently in the works, according to CraveOnline

    The news comes from producer Arthur Sarkissian, who said he was currently working on the project with franchise stars Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, and plans soon hire a screenwriter to bring the series back to its roots.

    "I'm trying to do it closer to how I did Rush Hour 1," Sarkissian told CraveOnline. "More down to earth. More gritty. Introduce two new characters and make it real the way the first one was. I personally was not happy with the third one. I thought 1 and 2 were very good. I think 3 got out of hand a little bit. It's not a matter of just bringing them back to do another segment of that or a sequel to it by putting them in another city and having them bicker. I don't want that. I want something new."

    No official word yet on whether or not franchise director Brett Ratner, recently fired from producing the Oscars after using a gay slur, will be involved, but Sarkissian said "he's more than welcome to do it, but he's got to do it the right way."

    As for what the "right way" might entail, look no further than "Fast Five."

    "They kept the characters," said Sarkissian of the "Fast and Furious" franchise, "They took them and they put them in a whole different world. They put them in the world of a heist movie and it worked... Maybe Chris is now married. Maybe Jackie is married to Octavia Spencer. I don't know. Married to Chris' cousin. They live in Shanghai. Chris goes out to visit them... I want something energetic."

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    the dark knight rises batman talia

    Though it was nearly a three hour film, it's no surprise that Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" had content cut from the final film. 

    We're now getting a look at one of the scenes from the the original script taking place between Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) and Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard) prior to Bruce Wayne's meeting with Fox.

    It doesn't add a lot to the film, other than some context that Miranda / Talia had in depth knowledge of Daggett's plans to acquire shares of Wayne Enterprises, a clue early on she may be aligned with Bane.

    Comicbookmovie.com first posted the script after spotting it from Twitter user @antovolk. 

    The scene comes from the forthcoming book The Dark Knight Trilogy: The Complete Screenplays With Storyboards

    Check out the script below: 

    the dark knight rises script

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    The Hobbit

    "An unexpected journey" has become an unexpected trilogy. 

    "Hobbit" director Peter Jackson announced this morning that there will be a third installment of "The Lord of the Rings" prequel, according to Variety

    Rumors were swirling last week about the possibility of Jackson splitting his "Hobbit" film into three separate films.  

    At first, we were a bit wary of the news—how can one book be split into three films?

    However, Jackson made it known at Comic-Con he had more than enough extra footage to warrant one more film. That, plus Jackson revealed he'd use another 125 pages of notes from an appendices J.R.R. Tolkien included in the third "Lord of the Rings" novel, "The Return of The King." 

    We couldn't imagine he wouldn't be on board for a third film unless he was absolutely sure he had the material to warrant movie number three.  

    We're just hoping the road to the ring, and eventually dragon Smaug, doesn't feel too dragged out. We wouldn't mind added time with Sméagol / Gollum, though.  

    The third film will be released summer 2014. "The Hobbit: An Expected Journey," the first in the trilogy, hits theaters December 14.

    Update: Fusible found a few domain names registered by MarkMonitor, the same group who manages the domains for thehobbitanunexpectedjourney.com and thehobbitthereandbackagain.com. Could these new domain names "Desolation of Smaug" and "Riddles in the Dark" suggest names to the sequels? 

    http://whois.domaintools.com/desolationofsmaug.com
    http://whois.domaintools.com/riddlesindark.com
    http://whois.domaintools.com/thedesolationofsmaug.com
    http://whois.domaintools.com/thehobbitdesolationofsmaug.com
    http://whois.domaintools.com/thehobbitriddlesindark.com
    http://whois.domaintools.com/thehobbitthedesolationofsmaug.com
    http://whois.domaintools.com/thehobbittheriddlesinthedark.com 
    http://whois.domaintools.com/theriddlesinthedark.com

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    Last week, we told you the price it would cost the average person to dress in cape and cowl and don the Batsuit. Moneysupermarket.com deduced it would set you back a hefty $682 million–including the price of Wayne manor.

    After Batman's hefty price tag was revealed, we couldn't help but wonder how much it costs the other self-made superhero to sustain his crime fighting hobby. 

    The people at MoneySupermarket put together another infographic modeling the cost to be Marvel's billionaire playboy, Tony Stark

    Though his house may be a bit cheaper at $25 million, one suit alone costs a massive $110 million. Granted, a small amount of this includes a great deal of cars—something that doesn't aid Stark's pursuit in fighting crime. All we're missing is his custom CGI private jet mock up (originally a Boeing 737 Business Jet).

    All together, Tony Stark's Iron Man costs him more than $1 BILLION, making Wayne's millions look like nickels and dimes in comparison. 

    We suggest this printable Iron Man mask, instead. 

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    For the 11th straight year and in just 209 days, Sony has already hit the $1 billion earnings mark, reports Variety.

    Sony is responsible for this year's box office successes such as July's "The Amazing Spider-Man," which has earned $242.1 million Stateside alone, and "Men in Black III," which has grossed $175.5 million domestically and nearly $620 million worldwide—the best of any title in the franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    And it doesn't look like Sony will be slowing down any time soon, as the studio has a box office-friendly slate of films set to be released throughout the remainder of the year, including the new James Bond film "Skyfall," "Total Recall" and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained."

    The only other studio to reach the same 11-year milestone is Warner Bros., the studio behind the "Dark Knight" franchise, who will hit the $1 billion mark this week.

    Both studios follow just behind Disney, the first to reach $1 billion domestically so far this year.

    Fox, who has earned $720 million domestically, will also reach $1 billion in earnings this week. Following behind Fox are Lionsgate, with $680 million in box office sales, and Paramount Studios, with $567 million.

    But Paramount, who are responsible for flops such as July's concert documentary "Katy Perry: Part of Me," —which has only grossed $24 million domestically—is the only studio to not cross the $1 billion mark internationally this year.

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    The first promotional art for "The Hangover Part III" was released today via Legendary Pictures' Facebook page, found by ComingSoon.net.

    "The Hangover Part III" will reunite director Todd Phillips with stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms and is due in theaters on May 24, 2013. The film is rumored to take place in Tijuana.

    Check out the fierce logo below:Hangover-Part-III

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    Before he was Bane, "The Dark Knight Rises" actor Tom Hardy was Shinzon in "Star Trek: Nemesis."

    Filmed in 2002, Hardy was relatively unknown at the time, having only appeared in "Black Hawk Down," "Deserter," and "Band of Brothers." 

    While the movie faired poorly with critics (it only got a rating of 6.4 on IMDb), "Star Trek: Nemesis" was Hardy's fast track to Hollywood and his stunning portrayal of film villains. 

    Check out Hardy's full six-minute screen test (with Patrick Stewart) below.

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