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Ron Howard: Catholics Will Enjoy Angels & Demons

Ron Howard

After the fallout surrounding The Da Vinci Code, director Ron Howard is trying to get ahead of any criticism that his latest film, Angels & Demons, is anti-Catholic.

"Let me be clear: Neither I nor Angels & Demons are anti-Catholic," Howard wrote on the Huffington Post. He also suggested that Catholics who give his movie a chance will find something to like. "I believe Catholics, including most in the hierarchy of the Church, will enjoy the movie for what it is: an exciting mystery, set in the awe-inspiring beauty of Rome."

The flick again stars Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor of symbology who tries to track down the mysterious Illuminati, a group that has killed the four Cardinals in line to become the next pope. "Robert Langdon teams up with the Catholic Church to thwart a vicious attack against the Vatican. What, exactly, is anti-Catholic about that?" Howard wrote.

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Jenny McCarthy: Jim Carrey to "Gain 50 Pounds" for Three Stooges

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Jim Carrey is still in talks to play Curly in The Three Stooges, but according to his girlfriend, he's already preparing — by packing on the pounds.

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Preview: Charisma Carpenter Throws CSI a Panty Party

Charisma Carpenter

This Thursday on CSI (9pm/ET, CBS), Buffyverse alumna Charisma Carpenter gets caught in the middle of a deadly love/lust triangle when a skydiver takes the plunge — and not in a matrimonial sort of way. Carpenter shared a peek at her guest-star turn — "panty party" merriment and all — and previewed her upcoming big-screen role opposite Jason Statham and other action heavyweights. She also talked about the sudden passing of Angel costar Andy Hallet. What can you reveal about your episode of CSI? Who are you playing, what are you doing?
Charisma Carpenter: I play a slinky little character named Mink, who is a suspect in the murder of her boyfriend because there was a love triangle between her and another sexy little thing played by ... read more

Alex O'Loughlin May Bite into Jennifer Lopez Movie

Alex O’Loughlin

Sharpen those fangs, Moonlight fans, because Alex O'Loughlin is close to booking a new big-screen appearance.

The Aussie actor, who starred at Mick St. John on CBS' cult vampire hit, is in talks to play the male lead in Jennifer Lopez's Back-Up Plan, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Green Means Go!: Fast & Furious Sets Records with $72.5 Mil Haul

Fast & Furious, the fourth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise and the first follow-up reuniting all four stars of the 2001 original — Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster — topped the box office with a $72.5 million opening weekend, 2009's best debut to date.

To achieve that honor, Fast & Furious shattered the $59.3 million mark set just last weekend by Monsters vs. Aliens, which dropped to second place this cycle with a $33.5 million haul.

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VIDEO: Meet the Cast of Monsters vs. Aliens

Seth Rogen stars in the No. 1 movie in America, Monsters vs. Aliens, along with heavy-hitters Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett and Rainn Wilson. Check out TV Guide Network's chat with the hilarious cast and find out which actor likens his brainless blob of a character to Rush Limbaugh, and who would like to be considered for a role as the next Bond villain. Watch the video after the jump! read more

Brad Pitt Heads to Cannes for Inglourious Basterds

Brad Pitt

Last year, Brad Pitt attended Cannes to support wife Angelina Jolie's films, but this May, the actor hopes to win for his new Quentin Tarantino-directed film, Inglourious Basterds.

The World War II movie was invited to compete in the film festival, and will also be ready for its world premiere, Variety reported.

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Star Trek Sequel Beams Up Lost Cocreator Lindelof

Star Trek

J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot won't be seen until May 8, but Paramount is already rounding up Abrams' sci-fi friends for the sequel.

Abrams' Lost cocreator Damon Lindelof will join Fringe producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman — who penned the upcoming release — to write the screenplay for the follow-up, according to Variety. Abrams will return to produce the next installment, but no decision has been made about whether he'll also direct.

Lindelof said he hopes fans don't think he and his colleagues are getting ahead of themselves. "There's obviously a lot of hubris involved in signing on to write a sequel of a movie that hasn't even come out yet," he said. "But we're so excited about the first one that we wanted to proceed."

Kurtzman is eager to get fan reaction before deciding which way to go, but the trio hopes to deliver a script by Christmas for what could be a summer 2011 release.

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Transformers 3 Likely to Land in 2011


Look out, planet Earth: Transformers 3 has a tentative arrival date of July 1, 2011.

But don't rush to pre-pre-order tickets just yet. While Paramount secured the release date as an option, it's not an official announcement of the movie's green light, studio insiders tell Variety. A writer has yet to be hired, and there's no word on whether director Michael Bay or stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox would return for the franchise's third installment.

In the meantime, fans can still count on mass robotic destruction this summer: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opens June 24.

Will you cross your fingers for a third Transformers?

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MacGyver Getting Rebuilt for Big Screen


Does MacGyver have all the right parts for a big-screen hit? New Line seems to think so.

The resourceful secret agent who favored brains over brawn is about to become a leading man in a movie adaptation of the classic ABC adventure series, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Raffaella De Laurentiis, daughter of Dino De Laurentiis, is producing alongside Martha De Laurentiis and original series creator Lee Zlotoff. The trio is currently in search of ...< br/> read more

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