Hurray! We'll Get to See "Thor 2!" 

Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures are teaming up for the "Thor" sequel, and the house of Mouse has set its release on July 26, 2013!


I love "Thor," it is certainly one of the brightest spots this summer! ("Thor" movie review)

But this news comes with both good and bad.

The good news, Chris Hemsworth is coming back as the God of Thunder! (Chris Hemsworth interview for "Thor")

The bad news? Well, director Kenneth Branagh is not returning to helm, although he may be back in some sort of producing capacity. But honestly, Branagh's storytelling sensibilities benefited "Thor" greatly! (Kenneth Branagh interview for "Thor")

Although, according to Deadline, Branagh's exit was done amicably.

Since Disney acquired Marvel, the studio has been busy utilizing its profitable partnership. "Iron Man 3" will return on May 3, 2013, and yes, Robert Downy Jr. will don the suit again.

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A Shortened Title for Martin Scorsese's "Hugo Cabret?" 

Martin Scorsese's "Hugo Cabret" is now going to be called simply..."Hugo." So long Cabret!

Variety's Jeff Sneider tweeted that:

Did anyone else notice in my GK Films/OUTBACK story that Martin Scorsese's next seems to have been retitled simply HUGO.

But Sneider also noted that this title change came from GK Films and not from Paramount, since the studio has not confirmed it yet.

I can't wait for this movie! A new Scorsese film is always a cause for a joyous celebration! "Hugo" opens November 23rd, just in time for a glorious Thanksgiving season :happy

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Is "The Wolverine" Shooting in October? Hugh Jackman Says Yes! 

Once upon a time, Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct "The Wolverine." Then, he left abruptly saying the planned location shoot in Japan was the problem. It's just too arduous for Mr. Darren. Then, earlier this month, James Mangold ("3:10 to Yuma," let's forget "Knight & Day") signed on to help Hugh Jackman retract his adamantium claws for the role.

Now, according to The Playlist, Jackman revealed to a Toronto radio station that, “We shoot in October, so it will probably come out a year after that. That’s usually around the timeline."

Jackman also confirmed that he will be working on Tom Hooper's ("The King's Speech") "Les Miserables" adaptation where he is set to play Jean Valjean.

But he won't shoot "Les Miserables" until next year.

So for now, it seems that "The Wolverine" is the next big project for Jackman.

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No More "Transformers" for Shia? 

It seems that Sam Witwicky may finally leave his robot days behind. The actor who plays the Autobots' pal, Shia LaBeouf, was heard saying he has nothing more to offer to the "Transformers" franchise.

According to The Huffington Post:

The 26-year-old American actor told The Associated Press he was "done" with the action-packed franchise, adding he "doesn't have anything new to contribute."

That's good, since I found his character increasingly annoying after three movies. Where else can director Michael Bay take Witwicky? ("Transformers: Dark of the Moon" movie review)

Plus, compared to the last "Transformers," "Dark of the Moon" suffered a 40% drop on its opening day. But really? $37.3 million box-office take on one day is still gigantic, no?

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Michael Bay's Next Movie! He Wants to Feel "Pain & Gain" for Putting Us Through "Transformers!" 

So "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is lording over our Fourth of July weekend, and it's still up in the air if we get to see "Transformers 4." But now, the director wants to go off course and direct a film that's decidedly very un-"Transformers!" ("Transformers: Dark of the Moon" movie review)

His next project is going to be called "Pain & Gain" and as Bay told MTV News that it would be in the vein of Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction." This one is based on a true story about the Florida criminal underworld and the extortion and abductions that go with that whole criminal thingie. It's being billed as a dark comedy.

"Pain & Gain" will be budgeted around $20 million, and thank God, it's not going to be in 3D! Bay also revealed that he's hoping "Bad Boys 3" will come to fruition.

Do you think Bay can pull off a criminal dramedy? Does he have what it takes to beat Tarantino? I pretty much have given up on Bay as a director after "Transformers 3." Although I'm happy he's not doing another film that's all vibrantly visual but ultimately empty inside.

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