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Here's What's Inside The 'Man Of Steel' Blu-Ray Combo Pack

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We’ve been waiting to get our hands on the “Man of Steel” Blu-ray for a long time.  

So I was really excited when Warner Bros. sent over a review copy earlier this week. 

The film won’t be out on Blu-ray and DVD until next Tuesday, November 12, so here’s a sneak peak at what to expect.

First, the cover featuring Superman's logo front and center.

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And the back!

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Something you should know right away is that all of the special features are spread across all three discs.* 

When you pop in the special features disc, here's what you see:

Behind the Scenes: Journey of Discovery: Creating Man of Steel — You can watch the entire film but with added commentary from director Zack Snyder, cast, and crew to point out items you may not have noticed the first time around.

Planet Krypton — a mock documentary on Superman's home planet, himself, and his people.

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Special features found on the Blu-Ray disc include:

Strong Characters, Legendary Roles – Explore the legendary characters of the Superman mythology and how they have evolved in this new iteration of the Superman story.

All-Out Action – Go inside the intense training regimen that sculpted Henry Cavill into the Man of Steel and Michael Shannon and Antje Traue into his Kyptonian nemeses.  Includes interviews with cast and crew.

Krypton Decoded – Dylan Sprayberry (Clark Kent, age 13) discusses the Krypton tech, weapons and spaceships featured in “Man of Steel.”

You can also catch the 75th anniversary animation short that debut at New York Comic Con (below).

For fans eagerly awaiting news on the impending Batman / Superman film, sorry, but there are no immediate hints dropped anywhere on the disc. Again, it seems this could have been a great opportunity to tease what's next for Superman provided he'll be teaming up with the Caped Crusader in 2015.

I’ll take a closer look at what's on the discs over the weekend. 

Warner Bros. also put out a cool infographic with more on Krypton which you can find below. It contains info comparing Superman's planet to our own, detailed info on Kryptonian weaponry, and more.

As a companion, Warner Bros. has set up a website LearnaboutKrypton.com to delve deeper into learning about Superman's home. 

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*In an earlier version of this post, it was unclear that special features for the film were located on every disc of the Blu-ray Combo pack. I regret that error.

SEE ALSO: Tour the filming locations of "Man of Steel"

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Mark Wahlberg Fights The Taliban In 'Lone Survivor' Trailer Based On True Story

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Mark Wahlberg stars in the new trailer for "Lone Survivor," written and directed by Peter Berg.

Based on actual events of the failed June 2005 mission "Operation Red Wings," the film tells the story of four Navy SEALS  who were tasked with the mission to capture or kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd — but only one survived.

The star-studded cast also includes Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana.

The film opens in theaters Dec. 27. Watch the trailer below:

SEE ALSO: Tom Cruise Says His Job Is As Tough As Fighting In Afghanistan

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There Are 2 End-Credit Scenes In The 'Thor' Sequel — Here's What They Mean For Future Marvel Films

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natalie portman thor the dark worldWarning: If you haven't seen "Thor: The Dark World," there are huge spoilers ahead!

If you're heading out to see the "Thor" sequel this weekend, stay around after the film is over for not one, but two extra scenes.

Don't make the mistake of leaving after the first end-credit scene — you won't miss much — but there is a brief, second one after ALL of the credits roll.

This isn't anything new. Marvel loves teasing future films after its movies. It's a great way to build hype for sequels and other projects.

Left the theaters and missed them? Watched them and don't know what to make of it all?

Don't worry. We'll break it all down.

Again, don't read ahead if you don't want anything spoiled.

The First Scene

What happens:

lady sif thor the dark worldAfter the first set of credits come to an end we see Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) meet with popular Marvel character, The Collector (Benecio del Toro), who, you guessed it, collects objects of value.

The two turn over the Aether — a powerful weapon that turns matter into dark matter — to The Collector to keep it out of the wrong hands. 

After Sif and Volstagg head out, The Collector turns to an associate saying, "One down, five to go."

This is the first time we're seeing Del Toro as the character since it was announced he will play the role in the upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy" film

What it means:

This is the most important end-credit scene as it sets up another preview for next year's "Guardians of the Galaxy" film. 

Sif and Volstagg mention the Aether is an Infinity Stone.

What is that?

The Infinity Stones, also known as Infinity Gems, each contain an individual specific power. When combined in a special glove called the Infinity Gauntlet, the person in possession becomes an all powerful God. As you may have guessed, there are six in total.

The Tesseract— what Loki was after in "The Avengers" film — is another Infinity Stone. Claiming they don't want two Infinity Stones in one location on Asgard, the duo deliver the Aether to The Collector.

Knowing this, now re-watch the end-credits scene after last year's "The Avengers."

That scene introduced Thanos, a mutant best known for his obsession with obtaining the Infinity Stones. 

Here he is on the cover of paperback "The Infinity Gauntlet," in which he gains control of all the stones. This book had the Avengers join forces with the X-Men.

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What you need to know about the Collector.

What's this guy's deal, and why does he collect things?

the collectorFor starters, his real name is Taneleer Tivan. He has a few powers including the ability to change his size and strength and some telepathic powers. In addition, he's a precog, meaning he can see the future.

Though he looks pretty evil, he's not really an all-out villain as opposed to someone who looks out for his best interests.

After losing both his wife and daughter, he decided to start collecting both living things and rare objects after a vision showed him someone would one day come to power and try to destroy life as we know it in the universe.

The Second Scene

thor the dark world jane thorThis is much more brief. After getting clearance from "his father" the King of Asgard (Loki in disguise), Thor heads back to Earth to join his love Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and settle into a more (boring?) mortal life. We also see a monster still frolicking around London.

What this means:

The big takeaway here is that Thor is hanging up his cape and hammer for a simpler life. This is very similar to the ending of "Iron Man 3" in which Tony Stark decided to retire from the superhero life.

In the future, we wouldn't be surprised to see Captain America also hang up his shield and suit in the next film out next April. 

For "The Avengers 2" it means that S.H.I.E.L.D. or someone would have to convince all the Avengers to come out of "retirement" to save the world once again.

SEE ALSO: Loki is the best part of the "Thor" sequel

More Thor: 17 things you didn't know about the making of the film

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'Thor' Sequel Easily Crushes The Competition, But Doesn't Hit $100 Million Opening Weekend

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With no competition at the box office this weekend, "Thor: The Dark World" easily won the weekend.  

The sequel didn't beat expectations that had the film possibly soaring to $100million for the weekend. Then again, it sounded like analysts got a little number happy when they saw how well the film opened overseas. Considering the first film debuted to $65.7 million in 2011, it would be a huge jump for the film to perform that much better. 

While the God of Thunder is probably the next most recognized Marvel superhero after Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man—if not for his actual powers than for his costarring brother Loki who acted as the big bad villain in "The Avengers"—he's no Tony Stark. As a reminder, "Iron Man 3" commanded a massive $175.3 opening weekend.

So how well did "Thor 2" perform compared to other Marvel films? 

As expected the film performed better than the first, a number that's about spot on with what the first "Captain America" movie made in 2011; however, the sequel was a bit far from the $100 million mark. It didn't even hit $90 million.

Out of the top ten this week is Kimberly Peirce's "Carrie" remake which made $39.6 million worldwide and Ridley Scott's bomb, "The Counselor" which has accrued $23 million at theaters. 

Here are this week's winners and losers in Hollywood: 

10. Despite another animated cartoon, Sony's "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" stays in the top ten with another $2.8 million. The movie hasn't performed as well as the 2009 original ($243 million worldwide), but is one of Sony's highest-grossing animated pictures taking in $191 million worldwide. 

9. The wide release of Rachel McAdams' next love story, "About Time" didn't make big waves with $5.2 million. The quirky dramedy is performing much better overseas having earned $38.2 million overseas. 

8. Tom Hanks' "Captain Phillips" keeps chugging along adding another $5.8 million this week to its $146 million haul. 

7. "12 Years a Slave" adds another 734 theaters and another $6.6 million to its $17.3 million total. The film is being pushed as a lead to win the Oscars. 

6. After six weeks, "Gravity" continues to stun audiences earning another $8.4 million. Now, the Alfonso Cuaron space epic has made almost $500 million worldwide. 

5. "Ender's Game" dropped a big four spots from last week's introduction at the box office with $10.3 million. 28 years in the making, the film cost a hefty $110 million to make and has made $53 million worldwide. It's most likely the film will fall quickly out of the top ten after the next two weeks when Jennifer Lawrence returns in "The Hunger Games." 

4. Last week's other new release, "Last Vegas," a "Hangover"-esque film featuring Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman depose one spot making $11.1 million. 

3. Relativity's animated picture "Free Birds" about turkeys narrowly edges out De Niro and Freeman earning $11.2 million. The Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson cartoon cost an estimated $55 million to make and has earned $30.2 million at theaters. "Free Birds" has a shelf life of another two and a half weeks before Disney's anticipated Thanksgiving flick, "Frozen." 

2. The boys of "Jackass" continue to hold the box office — barely — as "Bad Grandpa" takes in another $11.3 million. After three weeks, the Johnny Knoxville film has made $100 million. It cost an estimated $15 million to make. 

1. No other studio wanted to go up against an Avenger this weekend and rightfully so. "Thor: The Dark World" racked up $86.1 million. That's a big jump from the first film's $65.7 million opening in 2011 undoubtedly in part thanks to last year's massive "Avengers" flick. The sequel starring Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston cost an estimated $170 million. Having opened overseas prior to its US release, the film has already made a huge $327 million worldwide.

SEE ALSO: The end-credits scenes to 'Thor: The Dark World" explained

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PG-13 Movies Now Have More Gun Violence Than R-Rated Films

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A study out today in the journal Pediatrics examines movies as a potential source of the so-called “weapons effect” whereby the presence of guns can increase aggression.

American and Dutch university researchers found that in a 20-year period, gun violence in PG-13 films has more than tripled.

Since 2009, PG-13-rated movies have contained “as much or more violence as R-rated films,” they said, and in 2012, violence in PG-13 movies was higher than for R movies.

The academics suggested that because PG-13 movies are “especially attractive” to young people, producers may be “strengthening the ‘weapons effect’ by increasingly including guns in scripts that involve violence in the films youth are most likely to see.”

Further, “The presence of guns in films also provides youth with scripts on how to use guns,” the academics wrote, suggesting future research to investigate that particular aspect of movie violence impact.

Daniel Romer, a co-author of the study, told AFP, “We do not draw a direct causal link to the recent rise in school and other public shootings, but the rise in gun violence in films certainly coincides with those events.”

The researchers cautioned that the effects of exposure to gun violence in films “should not be trivialized. Even if youth do not use guns, the current research suggests that because of the increasing popularity of PG-13-rated films, youth are exposed to considerable gun violence… The mere presence of guns in these films may increase the aggressive behavior of youth.”

The study culled 945 titles representing the top 30 grossers from each of the years from 1950 to 2012.

Coders then identified violent sequences and found that 94% of the 420 movies since 1985 – the year the PG-13 rating was introduced – had one or more five-minute segments containing violence.

Those segments were then coded for gun use with gun violence defined as shooting and hitting a living target (game hunting was excluded). In those 396 films, there were 783 segments that included gun violence.

The findings are “troubling” the academics said, drawing a comparison to previous correlations between onscreen smoking and drinking and young people’s inclination to pick up such habits.

“We predict that youth will be more interested in acquiring and using guns after exposure to gun violence in films.” Brad Bushman, a co-author of the study told AFP, “It’s shocking how gun use has skyrocketed in movies that are often marketed directly at the teen audience… It appears sex scenes are more likely to result in an R rating than scenes of violence.”

SEE ALSO: 19 Celebrities Who Served In The Military

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The New Batsuit In The 'Batman Vs. Superman' Movie Will Be Different From Anything We've Ever Seen Before

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Well, this is good news Batfans. 

For anyone who has been against the casting of Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader, you can be assured that one thing is awesome so far: Batman's new suit. 

Comic book lord and filmmaker Kevin Smith spilled during his latest Hollywood Babble-On podcast that he has seen a picture of Affleck in the new costume straight from director Zack Snyder and its awesome. 

Over the weekend, Smith hosted a fan Q&A event with Snyder and stars Henry Cavill and Amy Adams in anticipation of the Blu-ray release of "Man of Steel" Tuesday where he says the director showed him a photo backstage.

From the podcast: 

"I saw the Batman costume. More than that I saw a picture of him (Affleck) in the costume … Now, I don't want to give anything away 'cause that is up to them and stuff … but I am going to say this, I instantly bear hugged him (Snyder). You have not seen this costume in a movie on film before, and for a comic book fan, it was mind bending. I was like 'Get the f--- out of here, only you have enough power to pull this off.'" 

The "Comic Book Men" star added that even hardcore Batfans will be able to get behind this costume. 

"The costume, it blew my mind," said Smith. "It's its own thing. I was so elated." 

It's been rumored the new Batman is being modeled after popular 2011 graphic novel"Batman: Noel." 

And for anyone who was worried about bat nipple on the new look, Smith assured there will be none. 

Here's a look at the cover of the comic:

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SEE ALSO: These three actresses reportedly auditioned for the role of Wonder Woman in the Batman / Superman movie

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The 13 Best And Worst Things About 'Thor: The Dark World'

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"Thor: The Dark World" is a very fun movie.

The film commanded the box-office opening weekend with a huge $86 million.

We saw the film over the weekend, and while it’s not perfect, it is a very satisfying sequel with the latter half of the film being much better than the first.

We’re not convinced this film was Thor’s movie as much as it was Loki’s, and that's perfectly okay.

Though we were supposed to be focused on Thor and his quest to stop a dark lord from engulfing the universe in darkness, we often found ourselves more entranced with the God of Thunder's brother and his separate storyline.

Nothing against Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki) just nailed his role every time on screen.

Worst: The premise of the entire film is pretty dumb.

If an explainer at the very beginning of the film narrated by Anthony Hopkins didn't feel cliché enough (think "The Lord of the Rings"), the Aether, an object of power introduced to us at the film's start — one that was to be hidden in obscurity to never be found — is easily unearthed in the first 30 minutes of the film. 

The worst part is that it's found in the most convenient storyline plot device to bring Thor back to Earth: Natalie Portman (who plays Thor's girlfriend, Jane Foster) is magically transported between worlds and ends up right at the Aether.

Wait ... it gets worse.



Worst: An alien form of dark matter takes over Natalie Portman's body in a ridiculous scene.

What is this "Spider-Man 3"?

The scene where the alien-esque Aether took over Natalie Portman's body was eerily similar to scenes where the alien Venom took over both Peter Parker and later Eddie Brock's bodies in "Spider-Man 3."

(Note: If you're a fan of superhero movies, you know the third film from Sam Raimi is heavily regarded as an embarrassment to the Spidey franchise and is a big reason behind the Spider-Man franchise reboot.)



Best: The movie easily could have been Loki's.

Sure, this was a Thor sequel, but we could have been fooled. 

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is both the first person to be seen after the title sequence and the last one before the credits begin to roll. In between the story about Thor, the dark elves, and his struggle with his father (the King of Asgard) to accept his Earth-girlfriend Jane, is a much better one about an adopted son, cast away by the only father he has ever known.

This is very much Loki's movie as much as — if not more than —  Thor's. Though he tried to take over the Earth in "The Avengers," you can't help but feel his intelligence could have helped mold him into a great ruler if given the chance. There are a few scenes in the film where you're really rooting for the antihero because you see that underneath his cold, calculating, mischievous persona, is a person with feelings just like the rest of us.

Loki is really just the kid who never fit in, always in the shadow of his handsome, popular brother Thor, who grew up to be a resentful bully because of it. He just needs some TLC.



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Yale Professor Comes Up With Theory To Explain A Fan Mystery In James Bond Flick 'Skyfall'

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If you saw last year's James Bond movie "Skyfall,"you may have left thinking it seemed very similar to "The Dark Knight Rises."

However, one fan theory that came about was that villain Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) may be M's (Judi Dench) son. (Remember Silva was the one who wanted revenge on M for leaving him to rot in a cell in Hong Kong.)

Sound crazy? 

Yale law professor Stephen L. Carter doesn't think so

Carter says he came up with evidence to explain this theory a year ago after the film first came out, but claims he didn't want to divulge info because of spoilers.

The professor claims there's a hidden anagram in a message Silva sends to M before an explosion at MI6 headquarters. The anagram reveals that he's Silva's adopted son.

The original message "THINK ON YOUR SINS" is supposedly an anagram for "YOUR SON ISNT IN HK."

Here's Carter's reasoning behind how he got to this anagram:

" ... why on earth did the screenwriters go to the trouble of telling the audience that Silva had been arrested in Hong Kong and was thought to be still languishing in prison there rather than, say, transferred to the Chinese mainland, as a British spy likely would be? Second, why was Silva’s enmity toward M so intimate and full of moments of appalling grief? And third, why, after vowing revenge -- and spending the entire film seeking it -- did he find himself in the climactic scene unable to kill her?

"Suddenly, it all made sense. Silva, thought to be in Hong Kong, was M’s son -- adopted, possibly, but undeniably her son. (Why adopted? Because otherwise we can make no sense of M’s comment to Bond that orphans make the best recruits. Yes, Bond was an orphan, but the poignancy and faraway gaze as M says the words tell us she is thinking of somebody else.)"

As far as evidence goes, it seems a bit thin and convenient. 

Does Carter's theory seem plausible, or is he just reading way too much into a movie?

SEE ALSO: The 13 best and worst things about "Thor: The Dark World"

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Every Big Movie Keeps Showing Us This Same Scene Over And Over Again

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loki thor the dark worldAfter seeing "Thor: The Dark World" this weekend, one thing has become clear — we’re shelling out tens of dollars to see the same plot device over and over again: Bad guys getting captured on purpose to fulfill an evil deed.

More and more movies are following this same rule of thumb and we’re falling for it.

Here’s how the setup goes: Somewhere early in the film, the bad guy is caught. This is usually on purpose, a larger part of their master plan. The villain is then imprisoned in a holding cell (usually made of glass). Inevitably, he escapes to wreck more havoc. 

Here are the list of movies where we've noticed this occur in one form or another.

"Silence of the Lambs" (1991)

Hannibal Lecter escapes from a cell in a Tennessee courthouse before disappearing without a trace.the silence of the lambs

"X2" (May 2003) 

Magneto breaks out of a plastic jail cell he's held locked inside of by the X-Men.magneto prison cell"The Dark Knight" (July 2008)

The Joker makes an elaborate plan to get captured by the cops and thrown in jail before giving the Caped Crusader the ultimatum of saving his love Rachel or the hero Gotham deserves, Harvey Dent.

As a result, he single-handedly breaks the bat emotionally, while inadvertently giving rise to another villain, Two-Face.

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"The Avengers" (May 2012)

Loki gets captured unintentionally by the superhero crew only to try and dissemble the team. He succeeds momentarily after controlling Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and getting Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) to transform into the Hulk, unleashing a storm of rage on board of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Helicarrier.

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"Skyfall" (November 2012) 

It was Raoul Silva's (Javier Bardem) master plan to be kidnapped in order to find and kill M. Again, the cell he's kept in mirrors that of Loki and Magneto in previous films. 

skyfall javier bardem"Star Trek Into Darkness" (May 2013)

Starfleet member-turned-terrorist John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) allows himself to be captured only to reveal his true identity as Khan and alterior motives he has in place. 

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"Thor: The Dark World" (November 2013)

*SPOILER* Villain Algrim (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje aka Mr. Eko from "Lost") gets captured so he can break out of his cell and let the rest of the Dark Elves into Asgard. *SPOILER*

algrim thor the dark worldHere's a better look at the prison he's held in. Because of his actions in "The Avengers," Loki was being held in one, too. Note how similar his  cell looks to that of Khan's in "Star Trek" (minus the furniture).

loki thor the dark worldHollywood, please stop this. 

It’s painfully predictable and kind of insulting as a viewer to continue seeing the same stunt pulled over and over again. 

The first time we really noticed this occur was in 1991’s “Silence of the Lambs." After that, we noticed it again in the X-Men sequel, "X2." It was still original enough to feel like its own thing though. 

 It was after 2008's "The Dark Knight" when we really noticed this premise begin to resurface more frequently with villains getting caught on purpose.

Here's the problem: 

We got really excited when the Joker broke out of prison in a grand booming scheme in "The Dark Knight." That level of mastery, the "let me get captured on purpose for a bigger purpose" fit perfectly in line with the Joker's character.

Initially, while watching James Bond flick "Skyfall," we felt the same way when Javier Bardem's Raoul Silva thought up a grand scheme to infiltrate MI6 headquarters. After all, it looked pretty original.

Soon afterward though we realized we saw that familiar setup once before. As huge Batman fans, you can't pull one over on us. Only after you make the connection between the two films, do you feel a little cheated. 

The scene then felt so familiar that when it happened again in "Star Trek Into Darkness," it didn't come as a surprise that "John Harrison" (aka Khan) was going to escape from his captors. It was only a matter of time.

It was even more obvious in "Thor: The Dark World."

At the end of the day, we can only be fed the same plot device so many times before it starts to get old. We're at that point.

SEE ALSO: Loki is the only good villain in Marvel movies—and that's a big problem

AND: The best and worst things about "Thor: The Dark World"

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Elizabeth Olsen Cast As The Scarlet Witch In ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’

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elizabeth olsenWe now know another role in Marvel’s big 2015 summer blockbuster “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” 

Elizabeth Olsen — yes, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s younger sister — confirmed to MTV she’ll be playing Quicksilver’s sister. 

Aaron Taylor-Johnson ("Kick-Ass") was previously cast as the mutant who is the son of Magneto. 

Olsen discussed teaming up again with Taylor-Johnson as a brother and sister duo after playing husband and wife in next year’s “Godzilla.” 

“Yeah, we get to play husband and wife and then we get to play twin brother and sister,” says Olsen. “It’s also fun because even though in “Godzilla” we play a husband and wife, we didn’t have a lot of scenes together … I’m so excited to get to work with each other more … like actually work with each other.” 

Olsen says she hasn’t seen her costume yet for the film but that she knows about it. 

In the comics, the two join the Avengers team to help take down Ultron.

Here’s a photo of the brother and sister duo in “Avengers Origins: Quicksilver & The Scarlet Witch”: 

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“The Avengers: Age Of Ultron” comes to theaters May 1, 2015. 

You can watch Olsen speak about the role below: 

SEE ALSO: James Spader will play Avengers villain Ultron in sequel

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Retired Adult Film Star Jenna Jameson Returns To Porn Amid Financial Woes

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Five years after publicly announcing her retirement from porn, Jenna Jameson is returning to the world of adult film for the sake of her family.

"My motivation is taking care of my family and having fun and meeting all my fans," the 39-year-old told TMZ Monday.

Jameson's return to the industry she swore she had left behind comes at a time when the popular porn star is in need of some financial help.

She recently lost her Hollywood Hills home to foreclosure, got a DUI last year after crashing her car into a light pole, and is separated from Tito Ortiz, who claims she has an addiction to Oxycontin.

In an interview with "Oprah: Where Are They Now?," Jameson cited her family as the reason she initially left the adult industry. 

"I made a promise to my children when they were in my tummy that there is no way I could ever, ever, ever go back," she said at the time.

Jameson's latest foray back into porn comes in the way of a webcast in which she strips and performs sex acts online in exchange for tips.

At her peak, Jameson's Internet pornography company, ClubJenna, hit revenues of $30 million in 2005 and with her sex toy line and videos, was recently worth a reported $10 million.

Watch an out-of-it Jameson talking about her career switch below:

SEE ALSO: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Praises Porn Business Model To Stephen Colbert

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'This Is The End' Ironically Chosen As Blockbuster's Final Rental

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With the remaining 300 Blockbuster stores in the process of closing their doors, the video rental chain's last film to ever be rented was the 2013 comedy "The Is The End." 

Considering the title, the Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Jonah Hill-starring movie is an ironic choice.

The final transaction took place at 11 p.m. on Nov. 9 in Hawaii.

Blockbuster employees tweeted the news yesterday to the chain's mere 22,681 followers:

The Wrap joked the Blockbuster employees are smiling so widely in the picture because they "were moments from being free to pursue career opportunities at Redbox." 

Seth Rogen responded to Blockbuster's tweet:

The irony was not lost on Twitter:

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"Around 50 licensed Blockbuster stores will remain open once Dish shutters its company-run stores by mid January," notes Variety. "Blockbuster will begin liquidating its current assets this week."

SEE ALSO: Here Are All The Ways I'm Going To Miss Blockbuster

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Angelina Jolie Plays Disney's Darkest Villain In First 'Maleficent' Trailer

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We've known for a while that Angelina Jolie will be playing a big, bad Disney villain in "Maleficent."

By now, you've seen the above image of her as the "Sleeping Beauty" foe.

Today, Disney released the first teaser trailer for the movie. The film will tell the familiar tale from the villain's perspective, giving background on why the character cursed baby Aurora, causing the events that put both the princess and her kingdom under a magic sleeping spell. 

Elle Fanning (Dakota Fanning's sister) stars as a young Sleeping Beauty.

"Maleficent" comes to theaters May 30, 2014.

Here are a few other shots of Jolie as Maleficent.

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maleficent angelina jolieWe have to say, Angelina Jolie makes bad look good.angelina jolie maleficentAnd here's the poster Disney released yesterday for the movie.maleficent poster

SEE ALSO: Every big movie keeps showing us this same scene over and over

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FIRST PHOTO: Dakota Johnson And Jamie Dornan In Character For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Movie

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Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan appear — in all their "50 Shades of Grey" glory  on the cover of the latest Entertainment Weekly.

Inside the mag, the stars open up about the project for the first time.

“Obviously, I want to look good naked,” says Dakota Johnson, Melanie Griffith's 24-year-old daughter who plays lead female, Anastasia Steele. “I totally understand now why people exercise, because it kind of f--king feels awesome.”

Model/actor Jamie Dornan resumed the role of S&M loving Christian Grey after Charlie Hunnam relinquished it last month.

“There was a slight fear,” Dornan says about eventually landing the title role. “But beyond anything else, I was really f--king excited.”

Luckily, he says he's not afraid of the graphic nudity required in the flick: “I’m a fairly worldly guy. I grew up in a very liberal place. I’m not saying we had a playroom, but I’m not shocked by [the sex in the book].”

He says of the sex scenes, “It’s essential to tell the story… So it works for me.”

The "50 Shades of Grey"release date was just pushed to Valentine's Day 2015, so until then you'll have to look at the below:

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Here's what the normally blonde Dakota Johnson looks like in real life:

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And here's a perfectly sultry looking Dornan off-duty:

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SEE ALSO: The Only Movies You Need To See Before The End Of The Year

MORE: Charlie Hunnam Dropping Out Of Lead ‘Fifty Shades of Grey' Role May Actually Help The Film

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Mark Wahlberg Gave Up Half His 'Lone Survivor' Paycheck To Ensure Ben Foster Was In The Film

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Mark Wahlberg is a big fan of actor Ben Foster.

So big, in fact, that he forfeited half of his salary on the upcoming "Lone Survivor"— the true story of the failed 2005 mission "Operation Red Wings" about four Navy SEALS who were tasked with the mission to capture a Taliban leader — to ensure that the 33-year-old "3:10 To Yuma" actor was cast in the film.

During a Q&A after the world premiere of “Lone Survivor" last night in Los Angeles, Wahlberg revealed this interesting nugget:

“I gave him half my salary, whatever I gave him, to do it because I knew how great he was and for us to be on that mountain together and in the end of it, I could just look at him and it would break my heart knowing that – God, that’s my brother and I may never see him again.”

Considering Wahlberg made a hefty $16-18 million payday for the next installment of "Transformers," looks like Foster, who was also recently cast as Lance Armstrong in an upcoming biopic, won't be hurting for cash anytime soon.

In the Q&A, Wahlberg went on to passionately praise his "Lone Survivor" co-stars and director Peter Berg:

“I love Pete for what he did and how committed he was. He would never let any one of us forget about what was important in the course of making the movie and whether it was Marcus or the other SEAL guys. If they saw something that didn’t ring true, I don’t care if it was going to be the biggest stunt sequence in the movie, they would cut, call bulls--t, and grab all of us by the f--king back of the neck and say ‘No, do it this way, and do it right and make it real’ and if you don’t it’s a problem. I was really proud to be a part of that."

Wahlberg gave an equally impassioned response when asked about the difficulty of the shoot, seemingly slamming recent remarks Tom Cruise made comparing acting to fighting in Afghanistan.

SEE ALSO: Mark Wahlberg Slams Tom Cruise Comments: ‘How Dare You’ Compare Acting To Military?

MORE: Mark Wahlberg Fights The Taliban In 'Lone Survivor' Trailer Based On True Story

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The Monstars From 'Space Jam'

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If you're a sports fan of a certain age, "Space Jam" was a big part of your childhood.

Now it's being talked about again because of the brilliant fake documentary Yahoo made about it.

Its plot was simple — Michael Jordan and the TuneSquad played the Monstars with the freedom of cartoon characters everywhere at stake.

The Monstars were a juggernaut.

They weren't just any old monsters either, the were monsters infused with the abilities of five mid-90s NBA stars who went on to have very real lives.

These are the Monstars.



They are aliens who stole the abilities of five baffled NBA players. Here's what they're doing today...



THEN: Patrick Ewing turned green.



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Russell Crowe Is On A Mission To Save The World In First 'Noah' Trailer

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Paramount has released the first trailers for religious epic "Noah."  

Starring Russell Crowe ("Gladiator") as Noah, the Academy winner takes on the task of building an ark to literally save the world. 

The film is directed by Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan") and also features Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson. 

"Noah" is in theaters March 28, 2014.

Here's the international trailer:

Thoughts: 

Hopkins' first line in the trailer ("Man has corrupted this world.") sounds like something straight out of "Thor: The Dark World."

Does anyone else feel like this looks like "Gladiator" on an ark?

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SEE ALSO: Angelina Jolie plays Disney's darkest villain in first "Maleficent" trailer

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R2-D2 Appears In First Behind-The-Scenes Photo From 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

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J.J. Abrams is working on the next "Star Wars" RIGHT NOW.

His production company, Bad Robot, just tweeted out the first behind-the-scenes photo of the director at work for the film. Guess who's there? R2-D2!

Does this mean C-3P0 isn't far behind?

"Star Wars: Episode VII" comes to theaters December 18, 2015.

The film just started open casting calls for its lead characters.

SEE ALSO: Why Episode 7 won't have a traditional May release date

AND: Did Anthony Daniels confirm his return as C-3P0 in the new "Star Wars"?

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Terrence Howard Says He Wasn't In The 'Iron Man' Sequel Because Robert Downey Jr. Took His Paycheck

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When watching "Iron Man 2," one of the biggest mysteries was why Terrence Howard didn't reprise his role James Rhodes (aka War Machine).

There have been rumors about changes in paychecks and Howard's demeanor on set; however, the actor himself set the record straight on TV.

While appearing on Andy Cohen on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live," Howard gave the low down on what really happened after a fan called in asking just that.

Though he said it would get him in a lot of trouble, Howard suggested he lost his paycheck to Iron Man's leading man, Robert Downey Jr.

"It turns out that the person I helped become Iron Man … when it was time to re-up for the second one took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out."

Howard continued, telling Cohen that he had a three-picture deal for the film and that he ended up being offered a minuscule amount for the sequel in comparison to the first film. 

"It was going to be a certain amount for the first film, a certain amount for the second, a certain amount for the third," said Howard. "They came to me with the second and said, 'Look we will pay you 1/8th of what we contractually had for you because we think the second one will be successful with or without you.'"

Howard added:

"I called my friend that I helped get the first job and he didn't call me back for three months."

Watch the clip below:

Howard previously told morning radio show "Sway in the Morning" in a radio interview this spring a similar story saying he was offered about $1 million for the second film:

"[I was paid] about $4.5 million [for the first film],” said Howard. “The second time, [the studio] said ‘We think the movie will be successful with or without you. So, instead of the $8 million that we said we were gonna pay you, we’re going to let you come back for a million dollars.’ We did a three-picture deal already, [but] I forgot, I didn’t know it wasn’t a mutually binding contract; it was only beneficial for them and they could bring me back or not. They can honor it or not.” 

After the first film came out in 2008, Entertainment Weekly ran a story reporting that Howard was not only the first actor signed on for the film, but also the highest paid

When time came around for a sequel, EW says that any future story lines with Howard were being shortened after not being happy with his performance in the film. As a result, he was offered a 50-80 percent pay cut from the first film.

Robert Downey Jr. admitted to GQ this spring he received a big $50 million for playing Iron Man in "The Avengers" last summer.

Howard told "Sway" he now makes about $60,000 per film.

SEE ALSO: Mark Wahlberg Gave Up Half His 'Lone Survivor' Paycheck To Ensure Ben Foster Was In The Film

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Taye Diggs' Romantic Comedy Nearly Beat Out 'Thor 2' At The Box Office This Weekend

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Nobody saw this coming.

"Thor: The Dark World" may have commanded the box office for a second week in a row; however, it came really close to being knocked from the top spot by a film no one expected to perform so well.

"The Best Man Holiday" surprised everyone making a huge $30 million opening weekend. Friday, it actually made more money than the "Thor" sequel.

"Thor: The Dark World" ended the weekend with $38.5 million.

The romantic comedy following a group of friends reuniting after a number of years has a lot of star power from Taye Diggs ("Private Practice"), Regina Hall, Morris Chestnut, and Terrence Howard, but was predicted to make $20 million at the most upon debut.

The Malcolm D. Lee directed film cost an estimated $17 million to produce.

One factor that could have played into the film performing better than expected is that the movie is a sequel. 14 years after the original, "The Best Man," many of the stars including Diggs, Howard, Chestnut, all reprise the roles that helped launch many of their careers. 

That film made a total of $34 million worldwide,

Earlier this week, Howard appeared on Bravo's "Watch What Happens" with Andy Cohen revealing why he didn't appear in the second installment of "Iron Man." The actor claimed the film's star Robert Downey Jr. pushed him out of the film, taking his paycheck. The media attention of the story could have helped boost interest in the film.

It goes without saying that "Thor 2" vs. "The Best Man Holiday" was the unlikeliest of box-office showdowns. Originally, Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" was expected to release this weekend. That film has been pushed back now until December 25.

SEE ALSO: Here's what the end-credits scenes in "Thor: The Dark World" mean

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