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Quickhits: '300' Sequel, 'Pirates 4', 'Inception' Poster and More!

Welcome to Quickhits – your chance to catch up on some of this week's hottest stories in less than 60 seconds. Ready? Go!

 
Frank Miller Discusses '300' Sequel (or is it Prequel?)
 
While most of Hollywood quietly forgets that Frank Miller ever made The Spirit, fanboys across the globe are still very interested to see where he can potentially take this 300 franchise. The first movie directed by Zack Snyder made a killing, and now Miller is working on a follow-up graphic novel that, according to him, will be named Xerxes and will take place 10 years prior to the events in 300. Miller told the LA Times, "It's the battle of Marathon through my lens. I've finished the plot and I'm getting started on the artwork."
 
Similar to the battle in 300, the battle of Marathon featured the citizens of Athens taking on the Persian force. Perhaps the villainous Xerxes will rise to power following this battle, leading us to the events in 300. No word on whether Zack Snyder will direct, though he has shown interest in the past.
 
'Pirates of the Caribbean 4' in Trouble?
 
Bad news is Pirates 4 director Rob Marshall (Nine, Chicago) still hasn't seen a script yet for the much-anticipated fourth installment. Good news is he's still pretty optimistic that the film will happen IF Johnny Depp becomes available (though, between you and me, I have a bad feeling about this one). He tells Coming Soon: "We're still trying to figure out if it's going to all happen. If it happens--I think Johnny's doing a movie with Angelina Jolie in the spring (that's The Tourist)--so if it happens, we'll start in the summer, and we'll see. I'm excited. If it happens, it happens. I'd be thrilled. I just love Johnny and I'm excited about the genre."
 
'Inception' Movie Poster Arrives
 
Does the brand new Inception poster look familiar? If so, that's because it looks exactly like the poster for The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan's previous film. Obviously Warner Bros. is using the Batman movie to really sell his follow-up, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a guy who uses other people's dreams to create fake memories…or something like that. Honestly, no one really knows what this film is about right now, but since it's from the guy who gave us The Dark Knight, well, obviously it's one to watch out for.
 
'Hot Tub Time Machine' Trailer
 
One look at the new trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine and one can tell this is going to be a movie people either hate with a passion or love as a guilty pleasure. There's no other way around it – I mean, it's freaking called Hot Tub Time Machine! John Cusack stars alongside a few other funny men in this comedy about a group of party animals whose hot tub sends them back in time to 1986. Watch the trailer over at Yahoo.
 
New 'Toy Story 3' Image
 
The folks over at Empire Magazine debuted a new image from Toy Story 3, which hits theaters on June 18. This will be the first Toy Story movie to open in 3D (after Disney and Pixar re-released the first two films in 3D earlier this year), and in it the toys face a new crisis when they're shipped off to a day care. The film's voice cast includes Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Keaton and Whoopi Goldberg, among others.
 
'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy to Hit Blu-ray
 
Those of you who've converted to Blu-ray by now might be stoked to hear that Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy will finally be made available in Blu-ray this April as part of a pretty sweet box set. Hardcore geeks might be disappointed to learn that they're only making the theatrical versions available at this point, though with that being the case one assumes Warner Bros. will eventually double dip and throw Jackson's director's cuts on Blu-ray too (perhaps in time for the next holiday season). You can pre-order the set over at Amazon right now for the pretty reasonable price of $69.99.
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