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End of Week Recap: Brad Pitt's 'Dragon Tattoo' Auction, Jeff Bridges Peek-a-Boo, Kristen Stewart Explains Christmas

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Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation, which builds homes for New Orleans families who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina, is auctioning off a pair of tickets to the U.S. premiere of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in New York on eBay. The auction ends Sunday at 4p.m. PST
 
Now that Benicio Del Toro is no longer involved with Star Trek 2, the search is on to find the lead villain. While the rumor is that it will still be Khan, who is going to play him? Edgar Ramirez's name has cropped up as a potential candidate. We know one thing for sure, Peter Weller, best known for playing Robocop, has joined the cast, though who exactly he's playing has not been revealed.
 
Speaking of people no longer involved with blockbusters, Patty Jenkins is no longer directing Thor 2, citing creative differences. Jenkins is still expected to direct a movie for Marvel, though what movie that is was not disclosed.
 
Forbes magazine has named Kristen Stewart Hollywood's best bargain, followed by Anne Hathaway and Robert Pattinson. The magazine compared the money paid to actors versus the total return on investment.
 
Adam Sandler is considering a sequel to Grown Ups. While the movie is still in the development stage, Sandler says his involvement will be contingent on the quality of the script. Considering the amount of ad-libbing in the first movie, it's kind of amazing they actually wrote a script. It will be the first sequel Sandler has worked on.
 
Jerry Bruckheimer is shopping around his version of War Horse. The movie would be based on Doug Stanton's nonfiction book about a dozen elite special forces soldiers and CIA operatives who secretly invade Afghanistan after 9/11 on horseback to help Afghan fighters capture the city of Mazar-I Sharif.
 
Bradley Cooper dropped a Hangover bombshell while promoting The Hangover – Part II DVD release on The Graham Norton Show. Cooper said that the third installment of the debaucherous franchise would probably take place in L.A. and feature a different plot from the first two movies.
 
Angelina Jolie and Luc Besson may team up for a sci-fi thriller in the vein of The Fifth Element.
 
The Munsters TV reboot, produced by Bryan Singer, will be a cross between True Blood and Modern Family. Um, yeah.
 
The 24 movie starts shooting, literally and figuratively, in spring 2012.
 
Before he was kicked off of American Airlines for playing Words with Friends and subsequently dissing Greyhound Bus, Alec Baldwin talked with Chris Rock on his podcast, Here's the Thing.
 
The Weinstein Company has released the script for The Artist for awards consideration. It is 43 pages. You can read it here.
 
The Palm Springs Film Festival selected Octavia Spencer from The Help as the winner of the 2012 Breakthrough Actress Award.
 
The Dark Knight Rises began its online viral marketing campaign this week, releasing blacked-out CIA papers that all lead up to the unveiling of Operation Early Bird. What is it? Also, the 8-minute prologue was screened for press and you can read our spoiler-free reaction here and find out where it will be playing with prints of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, beginning December 16.
 
Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns spoke with CNBC saying that the mini-major is planning a sequel to the Matthew McConaughey legal drama The Lincoln Lawyer, teased that Saw would be back, remained mum about a potential merger with Summit and touted The Hunger Games as many times as possible. A day later, it was revealed the company also plans to remake American Psycho.
 
For your bi-weekly Transformers sequel update, Paramount is apparently pushing Michael Bay toward a fourth movie and a winter 2012 shoot, though Bay remains reluctant.
 
Universal Studios will add a Harry Potter attraction to their Hollywood-based amusement park. The Orlando location will shut down their Jaws attraction in 2012 to make way for an expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
 
The latest batch of awards nominations focuses on the Annie Awards, recognized as one of the more prestigious animation awards a film can receive. Kung Fu Panda 2 led the way with 12 nominations.
 
Warner Bros. will once again sneak peek We Bought a Zoo this Saturday, December 10.
 
 
Pics and Posters
 
New posters for The Amazing Spider-Man, Battleship, The Vow, Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, Madagascar 3, Will Ferrell's Casa de mi Padre, American Reunion, The Five-Year Engagement, Joyful Noise, Shame, Black Gold, Hugo, W.E., Perfect Sense, The Flowers of War, The Wicker Tree, Goon, Norwegian Wood and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
 
 
 
 
Taxi Driver Fan Art
 
 
At the Aqua City Odaiba shopping mall in Tokyo, Japan...
 
 
If Life Were Like a Cartoon
 
 
Jeff Bridges paid a visit to the Greyston Foundation, a community center for the disenfranchised in Yonkers, NY, and was caught playing Peek-a-Boo.
 
 
While that last pic may have warmed your heart, this one will pretty much extinguish that warmth.
 
 
Kermit, Miss Piggy and, um, Gonzo, discover their origins..
 
 
R-Zwei-D-Zwei
 
 
 
Videos and Trailers
 
Battleship
 

 
Think Like a Man
 

 
What to Expect When You're Expecting
 
 
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
 

 
The Five-Year Engagement
 
 
The Three Stooges
 

 
The Iron Lady
 

 
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 8-Minute Trailer
 

 
Carol Channing: Larger Than Life
 

 
The Lorax
 
 
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
 

 
A Separation
 

 
The Cabin in the Woods
 
 
This Means War
 

 
For those who are on the fence about whether to check out New Year's Eve this weekend, here's a clip featuring Carla Gugino, Jessica Biel and Seth Meyers to help you decide.  
 

 
The first of many – The 2011 Movie Portfolio
 

 
If Jaws was a Disney movie
 

 
Kristen Stewart Explains Christmas. Kind of.
 

 
Twas the Night before Christmas as performed by impressionist Jim Meskimen. Admittedly, Jackie Chan sounds like Asian Rocky Balboa and Al Pacino sounds like Cookie Monster.
 

 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo parodies Hard Copy
 

 
Scarlett Johansson Duets with Dean Martin
 

 
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