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  • Though it remains to be officially confirmed, it would appear that JJ Abrams has scooped the most-coveted – and perhaps most-feared – job in Hollywood.

    Respected news sites Deadline and The Wrap both have inside sources putting the Bad Robot boss and 'Star Trek Into Darkness' helmsman in the director's chair for 'Star Wars VII', ending months of speculation.

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    Abrams... film business responds to Star Wars news (Copyright: PA)

    But what does the rest of the film business think?

    Generally, it's positive, with actor doubtless hoping to bag themselves a role with fawning congratulations, and directors heaving out a sigh of relief that they don't have the burden of making what is likely to be one of the most heavily-scrutinised movie projects ever.

    Twitter has been alive with debate, with Elijah Wood being one of the first to weigh in, with a cheeky snipe at Abrams' stylistic tropes.

    “The Flare is strong with this one,” he wrote, referring to Abrams'

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  • Say what you like about Arnold Schwarzenegger, the man is Hollywood royalty. His acting skills might not be great, but he is, or at least was, one of the highest paid movie stars of all time. An icon of the cinema.

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    It was bloody hard work though for the Austrian Oak to get to the promised land of ‘Terminator’ and, umm ‘Jingle all the Way’, as he admitted himself: “It was very difficult for me in the beginning – I was told by agents and casting people that my body was 'too weird', that I had a funny accent, and that my name was too long. You name it, and they told me I had to change it. Basically, everywhere I turned, I was told that I had no chance."
    Bartending, Arnie style (Credit: tumblr)
    Such was his determination to make it big, Arnie did ANYTHING he could to become a star. Some of these jobs were humiliating. Most involved stripping down to his pants.  They’re all invariably accompanied by

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  • Though he's handed back the keys to the Batmobile, Christian Bale is still being a force for good, it seems.

    The actor recently called a young Batman fan in Seattle who is fighting leukaemia in hospital.

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    Eight-year-old Zach Guillot spoke to the Brit actor for nearly 10 minutes, talking about being Batman and how Seattle is a bit like the UK, thanks to its rainy climate.

    Thanking Zach for being a fan of the films, Bale told him that he is what the message of Batman is all about.

    “The whole point of the movie is anybody can be Batman. Anybody can be as strong as that and help people and put good out into the world,” he said.

    He also added that he'd be in touch with both Catwoman and Bane to tell them about their conversation.

    “Even though he was not a good guy in the film, the man who played him is a very good guy. I’ll tell him… and the director as well,” he said. “He loves to Read More »from Christian Bale calls young Batman fan with leukaemia in hospital
  • Judge Dredd reboot 'Dredd' is hauling itself back from a bloody nose at the box office, thanks to its impressive DVD sales figures.

    The film, though well reviewed and praised for its special effects, has struggled to make back its production costs, making a US gross of just $13 million (£8.1 million).

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    Dredd... clawing back box office disaster on DVD (Copyright: Lionsgate)

    Though the adaptation of the 2000 AD comic strip went on to make $36.4 million (£23 million) worldwide, it's still woefully short of its $45 million (£28.3 million) budget, resulting in it being branded a commercial flop.

    But so far in the US alone, it has sold 650,000 units on DVD – nearly half of that figure coming from the more expensive Blu-ray format, making it the best-selling new release title of the year.

    It's thought that with robust sales in the home entertainment sector, and on download, which has also seen solid traffic, it may still make its money back.

    The thriller, which also limited its audience with an adult rating, starred Karl Urban as

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  • The first picture of 'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch playing Wikileaks found Julian Assange has been released online.

    He appears alongside 'Inglorious Basterds' star Daniel Bruhl, who is playing Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Assange's spokesman and a 'technology activist'.

    Cumberbatch... bleach blond as Assange (Copyright: Dreamworks)

    The film, which is now due out on November 15 in the US, has been titled 'The Fifth Estate'.

    Starring alongside the pair will be Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander and Carice van Houten.

    The drama will begin with the early days of the whistle-blowing website, culminating with the controversy over its leaking of government and military information.

    'West Wing' scribe Josh Singer has penned the screenplay, using source material from Domscheit-Berg's book 'Inside Wikileaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website'.

    Assange... pictured in 2010 (Copyright: Rex)

    It's being directed by Bill Condon, who helmed 'Kinsey' and 'Dreamgirls'.

    “It may be decades before we understand the full

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