"The Lovely Bones" Movie Review -- How Close Is It to the Powerful Novel? 

Death and the afterlife are explored in the new film “The Lovely Bones.” Based on the powerful Alice Sebold novel of the same name, the film tells the story of Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan), a 14-year old girl who is raped and murdered by her neighbor, and must protect her family from the afterlife.

Susie finds herself in the ‘in-between,’ a Heaven-like place where she observes her family as they grieve for her. She also watches her killer, George Harvey (the magnificent Stanley Tucci), as he prepares to murder again. Read More...

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"Up in the Air" Movie Review -- Definitely One of the Best Films of 2009 

I’m still flying high from watching “Up in the Air.” It’s an emotionally satisfying film that will lift you up amidst dramatic turbulence. “Up in the Air” is definitely one of the best films of 2009.

Director Jason Reitman has a knack for making anti-heroes the center of his films. There’s the tobacco lobbyist character in “Thank You for Smoking,” and a pregnant teenager in the Oscar-winning “Juno.” Now, meet Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) in “Up in the Air,” a corporate downsizer who fires people for a living. Read More...

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Which "Lord of the Rings" Stars Will Return for "The Hobbit?" Peter Jackson Says... 

Peter Jackson, promoting his latest flick "The Lovely Bones," caught up with MTV News to reveal that three -- only three! -- of the "Lord of the Rings" actors will be returning for "The Hobbit."

Jackson is hard at work preparing the prequel to the J.R.R. Tolkien-written saga. He told MTV,

"Gandalf, being a 2,000-year-old wizard, is still around and plays a major role in 'The Hobbit,' and we're having Ian McKellen reprise," explained the filmmaker, who is executive-producing the flick and writing the screenplay. "There's a couple of other characters: Elrond, who was played by Hugo Weaving [in the original films], and there's a possibility of Galadriel, who was played by Cate Blanchett."

So I hate to break it to you LOTR fans but Orlando Bloom, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen or John Rhys-Davies will not return for any flashbacks or flash-forward sequences.

Jackson further revealed,

"Guillermo Del Toro is the director of 'The Hobbit' — we're producing it for him — and I'm involved in the scriptwriting, which I love," he explained. "Screenwriting is my favorite part of the whole process. I'm very happy being one of the writing team on 'The Hobbit,' and we've written the first script. It's two movies, and we've written the first script, which the studio responded well to. And we're now halfway through the second script."

Jackson is targeting the first half of 2010 to begin shooting.

I love the LOTR franchise, so this is great news! I can't wait!

For further reading, visit MTV News right here.

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Josh Brolin to Join "Men in Black 3?" 

After "No Country for Old Men," Josh Brolin's star has been rising! The actor is now known as the hardest working man in show business (sorry Nicolas Cage). After "Milk" and "W," Brolin will be next seen on "Jonah Hex" and the sequel to "Wall Street" from Oliver Stone.

Now, he may be zapping aliens in "Men in Black 3."

The LA Times told us that:

The actor is being considered for a role that would have him donning the black suit and shades for the third installment of the sci-fi comedy franchise. His exact part is a matter of discussion, but in recent days there's been chatter in Hollywood development circles of a few possibilities: He could play a new single-monikered government agent, with Tommy Lee Jones' Agent K passing the baton to Brolin's character. Or he could play Agent K as a young man. Or something else entirely.

Will Smith is expected to return, as well as Tommy Lee Jones. Director Barry Sonnenfeld may come back to helm the script written by "Tropic Thunder" writer Etan Cohen. Once greenlit, Sony may put the production start date sometime in 2010.

Sony is currently contemplating a production start for the picture in 2010 (though it has yet to be greenlit). The film, which is based on a script by "Tropic Thunder" writer Etan Cohen and which tentatively has Barry Sonnenfeld coming back to direct, could shoot at least partly in New York.

With the Coen brothers' remake of "True Grit" and the Mafia flick "Cartel" still in pre-production, Brolin will continue to be busy as one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors.

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Jennifer Aniston to Play "Pretend Wife" to Adam Sandler 

Columbia Pictures is developing "Pretend Wife," a romantic comedy to star Adam Sandler. Jennifer Aniston is in talks to star opposite Sandler.

Dennis Dugan, Sandler's directing partner on "You Don't Mess with the Zohan," "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry," and "Happy Gilmore," is expected to helm.

Sandler's Happy Madison is producing.

Once upon a time, the script by Allan Loeb and Tim Dowling was known as "Holiday in Hawaii." Though the plot is being kept under wraps, we can perhaps conclude that Aniston will play the pretend wife to Sandler, and they will be vacationing in Hawaii!

The Hollywood Reporter told us that Columbia is planning a shoot early next year and eyeing a release on Feb. 11, 2011, the Friday before Valentine's Day.

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