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  • Why are so many new Hollywood movies based on fairy stories?

    From ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’, to ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ to the baffling new ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’, film producers can’t get enough old school fables to loosely hang their movies around.

    In the third installment of ‘Joe Wilkinson’s Home Movies’, the TV funnyman ponders this bizarre new trend with the help of a dubious tooth fairy and a bear.

    Check out Episode One below - which sees Joe ponder just what the hell is actually going with Zombie movies.

    In Episode Two he dons a grubby vest and tackles the action genre.

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  • The crowd at the Oscars this year will be shaken and quite possibly stirred too, but not by a parade of Bonds.

    Rumours that all the living actors who have played 007 will be appearing at the ceremony during the segment which will celebrate 50 years of the franchise have now been cast aside like so many Bond girls.

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    Bond... won't be appearing at the Oscars (Copyright: Sony)

    Last week, Pierce Brosnan threw doubt on the rumour, and when asked whether they'd all be turning up, he replied: “Well, they'll be missing one.”

    Now it transpires that he probably meant himself.

    Craig Zadan, who is producing the annual telecast with Neil Meron, said: “It’s something else, something very unique and very exciting but no, we’re not getting the Bonds together.”

    Adele is confirmed to be singing the theme to 'Skyfall' at the ceremony, and it emerged last week that Shirley Bassey would also be attending.

    Could a duet be in the offing? Is Sheena Easton going too? We shall find out for sure on Sunday evening...

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  • He might be one of the biggest names in Hollywood, but even Bradley Cooper used to admire the stars.

    Footage has emerged online of a surfer-haired Bradley Cooper in the audience of a 1999 episode of US TV show ‘Inside The Actor’s Studio’, hosted by James Lipton.

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    Back in the day... Bradley as a young actor (Credit: Daily Mail)
    In the clip, Bradley, then a 24-year-old acting student, is given the chance to ask actor Sean Penn a question.

    “Hey Mr Penn. My name’s Bradley Cooper, I’m a second year actor,” he politely introduces himself. “My question is regarding ‘Hurlyburly’.”

    “What was it like to revisit a character, Eddie, after a 10 year hiatus? Did you have new discoveries? Did you find that it was a different approach, because you had already done this character before?” he asks.

    Sean responds, and Bradley leans in, eager to learn all about the process. Check out the footage here.
    Enthusiastic... Bradley wants to learn all he can from Sean (Credit: Daily Mail)
    The episode, which aired on 17 January 1999, also

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  • Bryan Singer has dropped a first look at his 'X-Men' sequel 'Days of Future Past' on Twitter.

    The director snapped a picture of the two wheelchairs for his two Professor Xs in what appears to be the production office for the movie.

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    Days of Future Past... SInger tweets first picture (Copyright: Twitter/@BryanSinger)

    “Hello old friends #XMen #DaysofFuturePast,” he wrote, accompanying the picture.

    As the sequel takes place across alternate dimensions, both Sir Patrick Stewart, who played Professor Charles Francis Xavier in Singer's first 'X-Men' films, and James McAvoy, who played the younger Xavier in 'X-Men: First Class', will be able to share the role.

    It follows news that 'Game of Thrones' star Peter Dinklage has joined the cast, though his role is so-far unspecified. Rumours abound that he will play Bolivar Trask, the military scientist who created the mutant-hunting robots, the Sentinels.

    He joins a stellar cast, which includes McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Sir Ian McKellen,

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  • An epic new motion poster for JJ Abrams' upcoming ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ has landed online – with added menacing dialogue from villain John Harrison. Posters can talk now don’t ya know.

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    Check it out below – and make sure to grab some headphones for the brooding tones of Benedict Cumberbatch. Shall we begin?

    Here's the official synopsis:

    "In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice.

    "As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his

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