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James Franco Joins The Veronica Mars Movie?

James “I’m in everything” Franco has seemingly landed himself a new gig. A role in the upcoming Veronica Mars movie! But who will he play? 

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I'm In A Glass Case of Emotion

The Little Prince Movie Gets Director, Oscar-Winning Actors For Me To Be Worried At

I’m not exactly sure why I’m so worried about this animated adaptation of The Little Prince. It’s not like Antoine de Saint-Exupery‘s classic children’s novella is untouched by the hands of film and TV. And there’s nothing wrong with adaptation on a basic level. There’s just something about the notion of a star-filled version of the notoriously sad book that puts me on high alert. Don’t happi-fy this one, Hollywood.

That said, the actors involved give me no small bit of hope.

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Questions! Questions That Need Answering

Watch James Franco Get Utterly Schooled Trying to Out-Geek Stephen Colbert On Tolkien [VIDEO]

James Franco was on The Colbert Report last night to promote Oz the Great and Powerful. And the Oz portion of his interview is fine. But if you skip to 5:19 you can see the good stuff: Franco tried to tried to trip up Colbert—who is the biggest Tolkien geek Peter Jackson has ever met, if you’ll remember—with a question about The Silmarillion. It doesn’t end well for him.

(via: MTV Movies Blog)

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Officially Official

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Casts Jason Clarke As Its New James Franco

We already knew that James Franco probably wouldn’t be facing off against any damn dirty apes in Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. And now we know who’ll be fulfilling the role of ostensible-lead-because-they’re-human-but-really-we-all-know-Andy-Serkis-is-the-star-here: Zero Dark Thirty‘s Jason Clarke.

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Olden Lore

Get Ready to Feel Old: The Vanity Fair Freaks and Geeks Reunion Photoshoot

I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but there are children born after the final episodes of Freaks and Geeks aired, following a fan campaign to get three unaired episodes onto television, who are probably already preparing for their Bar and Bat Mitzvot.

Look… I’ll just leave you with some of the pictures from Vanity Fair’s photoshoot. There are lots more at their gallery, and they’ve also got a bunch of never before seen set pictures, a history of the show from the actors and creators, and creator Paul Feig explaining what would have happened in the never-made season two.

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All this has happened before...

Watch The First Trailer For Oz: The Great And Powerful

A lot of new footage is being premiered at Comic-Con this weekend in San Diego. Some of it will be delivered to the masses post-con, some won’t, and plenty will even though it’s not supposed to. But what we have here is the first look from Disney at director Sam Raimi’s dive into the world of L. Frank Baum, Oz: The Great and Powerful. The film stars James Franco as Oz himself, Mila Kunis as Theodora, Rachel Weisz as Evanora, and Michelle Williams as Glinda. You won’t see the Scarecrow, Tin Man, or Cowardly Lion in this film apparently but you will see Raimi’s pal Bruce Campbell (just not in this trailer) and the 1973 Oldsmobile. Oh and, don’t adjust your monitors.

(via Blastr)

Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Two Guys, A Marriage, & A Comic Shop

Congratulations are in order for Ohio couple Scott Everhart and Jason Welker who tied the knot yesterday at Midtown Comics in New York City. The two had their first date at a comic-related event so it only made sense to get married in front of a wall of comics. All Astonishing X-Men #51 to be exact. (via The Advocate

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Natural Disasters

Good Message For the Kids: Teach Girls to Survive Zits, Teach Boys to Survive Frostbite

So, we’re not going to get too outraged over this because it’s ridiculous. But let this be a guide to what not to buy the grade-schooler in your life. Ryan North at What Are the Haps came across these books in a bookstore — in the year 2012 — and provided a list of the chapters contained within both the “Girls Only” edition as well as the “Boys Only” one. If you’re thinking that both books provide children of both genders useful survival skills in the face of actual emergencies … you are about half correct. Unless you consider “becoming rich” an emergency. (Spoiler: “How to Survive Becoming Rich” is in the girls’ book. Good to know the author has faith that girls can become rich, but only in a way that causes them severe psychological problems.)

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And All Was Right With the World

A Hanukkah Miracle: Bruce Campbell Is Back in Oz: The Great and Powerful!

If you were disappointed last month to hear that dashing man-about-town/cult favorite Bruce Campbell was cut from Sam Raimi‘s upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful, we have some very excellent news to share with you! Apparently, the scene that was cut is back in, and now we will see yet another “pivotal” Campbell cameo in a Sam Raimi movie. It’s better than Christmas, because Hanukkah is already here! A Hanukkah miracle, indeed!

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Officially Official

Andy Serkis Secured For Another Planet of the Apes Film But What About An Oscar?

Those who saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes know that the new take on the film series left the door wide open for sequels. And I’ll bet the $453 million worldwide gross didn’t hurt either. The film’s motion capture star, Andy Serkis, has just been officially confirmed for the sequel, and it seems the studio is readying a big Oscar push for the actor as well. 

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