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HOLLYWOOD — George Clooney has won four Screen Actors Guild awards for “ER,” an Oscar and a Golden Globe as best supporting actor for “Syriana,” and an Oscar and Golden Globe award for producing “Argo,” but will only act in his next film, Disney’s “Tomorrowland.” He’ll play opposite antagonist Hugh Laurie of “House.” George’s new leading lady is the fast-rising 11-year-old British child star Raffey Cassidy of “Snow White and the Huntsman”; “Dark Shadows”; the recent online movie “Molly Moon: The Incredible Hypnotist,” with Dominic Monaghan, Emily Watson and Joan Collins; and the TV series “Mr. Selfridge,” with “Entourage” star Jeremy Piven. Raffey plays a teenage robot who joins forces with Clooney’s grizzled, middle-aged genius as they seek Tomorrowland in an alternative dimension in order to save Earth.

Regardless of how it sounds, it must have been a great script to get Clooney onboard! We’ll have to wait until December 2014 to see it.
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Brad Pitt has now turned his attention from “World War Z” to his next project … as producer of “Kick-Ass 2,” the upcoming British-American film about a comic-book superhero. Among the cast are Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes, and “Scrubs”/“The Exes” star Donald Faison as Doctor Gravity. Some other characters are Hit Girl, Red Mist, Insect Man, Night Bitch, Black Death, Battle Guy and The Tumor. Films have certainly grown up!
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Robert De Niro has two films coming out at Christmas. “Grudge Match” places the former Jake La Motta in a boxing ring battling the former Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone. Alan Arkin, Kevin Hart and Kim Basinger also star. It’ll be up against “Motel,” with John Cusack and Crispin Glover. Then, it’s “Hands of Stone” with Ryan Kwanten, Usher and Ruben Blades, out in 2014, followed by the Martin Scorsese film “The Irishman,” with Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel. The movie details the life of Frank Sheeran and his involvement with the Teamsters and the murder of Jimmy Hoffa.
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In case you’ve wondered why there hasn’t yet been a sequel to the top-grossing film of all time, “Avatar,” it’s because there won’t be a sequel, but three sequels! James Cameron said, “I’m not interested in developing anything. I’m in the ’Avatar’ business. Period. That’s it. I’m making ’Avatar 2,’ ’Avatar 3’ and maybe ’Avatar 4,’ and I’m not going to produce other people’s movies for them.” Since the original film cost $200 million, shooting all three sequels at the same time, ala “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” will greatly cut the costs. Just blue body make-up alone must be half the budget!

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