Extras! Luke Skywalker sees the future, check out the bling of the Mandarin, 007 has a lightsaber, some set pics of an Old Boy and more!

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Sam Mendes may be raking in the cash in the anywhere but the USA box office for his James Bond Epic Skyfall, but like most other directors, he’s got a few more gigs up his sleeve.

One such sleeve-filled scenario partners Mendes up with his 007 writer John Logan, as they’re pitching a vampire hunter show to the networks that would see the worlds of Van Helsing and Dr Frankenstein on a collision course of wooden stakes and thrown switches.

 Here’s a new pic of the big bad from the upcoming Iron Man 3! And by new pic, I mean it’s the same one basically, only this time, a stage hand remembered to turn on the lights before Sir Ben Kingsley vaporized him with some bling-powered magic.

Kristen Stewart has Focus! Yep, it looks like the actress that suffers from the same gypsy curse as Clint Eastwood in the facial expression department, is now in talks for a lead role opposite Ben Affleck in the upcoming flick from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.

The film finds Affleck as an experienced con man who teams up with an eager young newcomer, played by Stewart  who wants to learn the con-game. Because that soulless dead-eyed expression is the perfect way to trick people into being sympathetic to you. Of course, the two eventually get involved with another, but the constant circle of conning innocent people and lying all day gets to them, causing the duo to split.

Only until fate drags them back into each others path one day…Yeah, it sounds like the whole film is itself a con-job to grab your cash. Well done fellas, well done.

Jason Bateman is more than just a fall guy who would most likely enjoy a night where he could murder the Bluth family in private. The actor is also spreading his cheeks to occupy a directors chair, for his upcoming debut film, Bad Words.

The foul mouthed film has some talent onboard already, in the form Phillip Baker Hall, Kathryn Hahn, Ben Falcone and Rohan Chand, and a classy Allison Janey.

Bateman is playing the lead role here, as he decides to give a happy society the finger by spreading his misery. And he does just that, by entering a spelling bee contest and making life hell for everyone around him.

As if spelling bee competitions weren’t enough of a torture.

 Flash fact: Light-sabers can make anything awesome. Here’s Roger Moore to prove that fact with the only gadget he’ll ever need for the rest of his life.

I swear, Moore must have his hair styled at the exact same place that Riaan Cruuywagen does.

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Hey look, it’s Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen on the set of Old Boy! Olsen is sporting a trendy new tattoo, and Brolin is busy modelling a really bad vest. But I dare you to tell Mr Buff over there that he has the fashion sense of a drunk cowboy horse. I double dare-ya!

Jude Law has now signed on the dotted line, as he’ll be joining Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson for Queen of the Desert, a period film from director Werner Herzog.

Set in the heyday of British empire expanding, Watts will portray Gertrude Bell, the explorer, writer, archeologist and British attaché who was instrumental in the move for the Middle East to form as the 20th century beckoned.

 Throw another one on the overworked pile of directors who bite off more than they can chew! Justin Lin is dipping into his inner Guilermo Del Toro, and has lined up another prject for when he finishes work on Fast 6.

With Lin rumoured to be working on Fast 7, as well as the sci-fi film Sub-Division, it looks as though he’ll be doing an extended tour of the future, as he has just added Hibernation to his workload.

Oscar season is almost upon us, and the time to submit films is now! Here’s 21 such movies, which will be contesting one another in the best animated movie category.

Adventures in Zambezia
Brave
Delhi Safari
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
Frankenweenie
From Up on Poppy Hill”
Hey Krishna”
Hotel Transylvania”
Ice Age Continental Drift
A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
The Mystical Laws
The Painting
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
The Rabbi’s Cat
Rise of the Guardians
Secret of the Wings
Walter & Tandoori’s Christmas
Wreck-It Ralph
Zarafa

Personally, I’m hoping that late python Graham Chapman gets to walk away with the Oscar. Or at least get it shoved into the urn that his ashes are kept in. Which director Terry Gilliam cleaned up, hopefully.

 Mark Hamill may have felt a disturbance in the force as early as 1983, as the Jedi master certainly saw some sequels on the horizon. Here’s the Joker himself elaborating on that, in this retro review. Skip to the three minute mark to see things get creepy.


Last Updated: November 5, 2012

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