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Best of the Week: Final Oscar Picks, The Rock as Hercules and Stanley Kubrick's Crazy Script Titles

News and Rumors

Well, the big day is almost here. The 84th Academy Awards will broadcast on ABC Sunday, with red carpet beginning at 4 p.m. PST and the show at 5:30 p.m PST. Of course, we'll have you covered from the red carpet to the winners in our blog, Awards Watch Guide and on Twitter (follow us @FandangoScoop for real-time updates and photos from the red carpet). Over on our sister site Movies.com, we'll be live-blogging the show to hilarious effect. And don't forget to chime in on Fandango's special Oscar Twitter party!
 
For those of you who are filling out Oscar polls and need a little help, we offer up some help picking winners.
 
Ah, and one other note from this Sunday's Oscars. Producer Brian Grazer has decided to bring back the whole nominees-mom's feature from last year's awards show. This Sunday, you'll see the moms of George Clooney, Melissa McCarthy and Gary Oldman take the stage to talk about (and embarrass) their kids.
 
In other, non-Oscar-related news from the week, the upcoming James Bond flick Skyfall will be the first time Bond, James Bond has appeared in IMAX. This isn't much of a surprise as the trend seems to be taking tentpole movies and remastering them for the larger IMAX screens. If The Hunger Games is going to cash in and do a one-week IMAX run, then pretty much every major blockbuster is fair game. Also, take a look at the first video blog from the set from director Sam Mendes.
 
Movies.com is running an Act of Valor contest. Find out how you could win a $200 GameStop gift card.
 
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has inked a deal to write her first adult novel. No, not that kind of adult novel (at least we think). Details are still pending on what the book will be about but the question remains if Rowling's writing can be as addicting when applied to adult themes. We shall see…
 
Kind of like that annoying housefly that refuses to leave you alone, Sacha Baron Cohen has been drumming up publicity for his upcoming comedy The Dictator by stirring the pot with AMPAS. Originally, The Academy had allegedly banned Cohen from the Oscars, only to have the rumor recanted to say that they just didn't want him to execute his publicity stunt from his movie on the red carpet (whatever it was going to be). The Academy has essentially has brushed the issue aside for now, though Cohen continues to egg on AMPAS, releasing a statement via Paramount that he would release a "formal response to being banned from the Oscars by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Zionists." It all culminated in today's Oscar banned clip. We've given this non-event enough space. Let's move on.
 
First it was The Muppets and Sesame Street. Now it's The Lorax and The Secret World of Arrietty that has FOX News in a roar. FOX News' Lou Dobbs' stated that the two movies are brainwashing your kids with liberal agendas by supporting eco-friendly themes…. Suddenly Sacha Baron Cohen's publicity stunt doesn't sound so bad.
 
Bruce Willis has a new son. To specify that last statement a bit, Willis' character, John McClane from the Die Hard series added "Spartacus" actor Jai Courtney as his son Jack in A Good Day to Die Hard (aka Die Hard 5).
 
Robert Rodriguez is launching a television network via Comcast. The El Rey Network will look to expand programs for Spanish-speaking viewers. Earlier this week basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson, music mogul Sean Combs and Spanish language TV veteran Constantino Schwarz were granted cable channels via Comcast. The new channel will launch sometime in 2014.
 
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace crossed $1 billion in worldwide box office this week.
 
Harvey Weinstein is as mad as hell with the MPAA for not overturning their initial rating for the documentary Bully. The MPAA had rated the movie R for "some language." Weinstein said that his company would consider " a leave of absence from the MPAA for the foreseeable future." The Weinstein Company is not a member of the movie studio lobbying and ratings group, though. You can read the full rebuttal from MPAA chairperson Joan Graves to find out what why the MPAA upheld their rating.
 
Lionsgate is using The Hunger Games to raise money for food charity World Food Programme. Click here to find out more.
 
William Fichtner has stepped in for Dwight Yoakam to play the lead villain in The Lone Ranger. Armie Hammer plays Ranger while Johnny Depp will be Tonto.
 
Idris Elba has signed on to portray Nelson Mandela in a film adaptation of the autobiography about the former South African president's early life, coming of age and 27 years of impriosnment.
 
Check out 20 new party pics from the upcoming comedy Project X. And speaking of Project X, check out how you could win an awesome prize pack courtesy of Movies.com!
 
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is currently in talks to star in Brett Ratner's Hercules movie.
 
With Akira on hold, Warner Bros. is moving on to adapt another Japanese manga into a live action feature film.
 
Starship Troopers and Seinfeld actor Daniel von Bargen survived a suicidal gunshot wound to his head. You can read more here and listen to the wrenching 911 call.
 
If you're heading to a midnight IMAX screening for John Carter, you'll be able to get your hands on this cool limited edition Mondo poster.
 
Check out a bunch of crazy script titles that film legend Stanley Kubrick never managed to turn into movies. Which one's your favorite?
 
First Look and New Images
 
The Avengers images keep coming. This week, it's Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk) dramatically gazing into the distance.
 
 
We've got an exclusive image from shark thriller Dark Tide starring the sexy Halle Berry.
 
 
New pics from the upcoming film adaptation for the literary classic Anna Karenina hit the web yesterday.
 
 
Not to beat a movie to death, but we're less than a month out from the release of The Hunger Games. We got a bunch of new character stills this week. You can view the full batch here.
 
 
Looking for a recap of the week's trailers, clips and our exclusive interviews? They're over here!

 

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