<p>Billie Joe Armstrong makes his Broadway debut in &quot;American Idiot&quot;&nbsp;last September.</p>

Billie Joe Armstrong makes his Broadway debut in "American Idiot" last September.

Musical chairs finds 'American Idiot' heading to the big screen

Will Billie Joe Armstrong make his movie debut?

The movie musical has been in a strange rut since the success of "Mamma Mia" in the summer of 2008.   After "Nine" proved even a cavalcade of Oscar-winning stars can lead to a box office disaster the following year, Hollywood has been wary about miscalculating on audience's appetite for singing on screen.  "Princess and the Frog" and "Tangled" proved it can still work in animated form, but "Burlesque" was an expensive fiasco that didn't help producers trying to revive the relatively recent "glory days" of "Chicago," "Moulin Rouge," "Dreamgirls" and "Hairspray."  Happily, the genre appears to still has some life left in it.

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<p>Eric Bana discusses his work in Joe Wright's new thriller &quot;Hanna.&quot;</p>

Eric Bana discusses his work in Joe Wright's new thriller "Hanna."

Watch: Eric Bana on fighting Saoirse Ronan in the must-see 'Hanna'

Plus: Shooting one take scenes with Joe Wright

I'm rather annoyed at the moment. No, it's not just because Pia Toscano was voted off "American Idol" -- although considering she was the only remaining contestant with any real starpower it's insane, but don't mind me I'm just a "movie" person.  The real reason I'm a bit perturbed is because of the critical reaction to Joe Wright's new thriller "Hanna."  It's just not good enough.

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<p>Joseph Kosinski talks about &quot;Tron:&nbsp;Legacy&quot;&nbsp;one more time.</p>

Joseph Kosinski talks about "Tron: Legacy" one more time.

Joseph Kosinski says work has begun on a story for another 'Tron' sequel

'Legacy' director says he'd love to return

You have to have some amount of sympathy for Joseph Kosinski.  His feature film debut was over three years in the making and hyped by extraordinary expectations thanks to some startling imagery from a demo reel sneaked at Comic-Con in 2008.  When "Legacy" was finally released in Dec. 2010, the critics let out their annoyance with the hype by being harsher than necessary and hardly giving Kosinski any credit for the stunning world he'd created.  Audiences, however, embraced the 3-D wonder enough to gross almost $400 million worldwide.  In the media's eyes, however, you would have thought "Legacy" was a huge financial disappointment.  

"Legacy" reportedly cost $170 million and grossed $398 million across the globe.  2009's "Star Trek" cost $150 million -- according to Paramount -- and made just $385 million.  Both films had extraordinary marketing budgets, but somehow "Trek" is seen as a blockbuster and franchise game changer while a sequel for "Legacy" is still up in the air.  And even if both films cost much more than reported (as most believe) the perception is pretty strange, no?

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<p>Lilly Collins talks about her role in the new tent pole &quot;Priest&quot;&nbsp;and landing the iconic role of Snow White in &quot;Brother's Grimm Snow White.&quot;</p>

Lilly Collins talks about her role in the new tent pole "Priest" and landing the iconic role of Snow White in "Brother's Grimm Snow White."

New 'Snow White' Lilly Collins hasn't met her Prince Charming yet

Watch: 'Priest' star discusses how quickly she landed the iconic role

SAN FRANCISCO - As the daughter of rock legend Phil Collins, Lilly Collins has no doubt seen the ups and downs of the entertainment business.  Happily, she's seen a lot more ups lately.  Collins first film, "The Blind Side," was a worldwide blockbuster and she's following that one up with Sony Pictures' May tentpole "Priest."  She'll return to screens this fall in Taylor Lautner's highly anticipated thriller "Abduction."  This week, Collins found herself being cast in the intriguing "Brother's Grimm Snow White" as none other than the Snow White herself.  Not bad for two years in the movie business.

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<p>Cam Gigandet talks &quot;Priest&quot; at WonderCon 2011</p>

Cam Gigandet talks "Priest" at WonderCon 2011

Watch: Cam Gigandent can't escape from vampires with 'Priest'

Bloodsuckers continue to hound the 'Burlesque' and 'Easy A' star

Screen Gems really likes Cam Gigandent.  In fact, they like him so much they cast him in four, count 'em, four of their movies over the past two years. 

The first one was the critical and box office hit comedy "Easy A" where the 28-year-old actor got to show some of his comedy skills (thankfully the script did the rest).  The second was the unintentional musical comedy "Burlesque" where either Gigandent gave one of the more charismatic turns of his career or Christina Aguilera was just really that bad.  Third, but certainly not least, was the b-movie thriller "The Roommate" which this pundit is happy to say he avoided the urge to see (let's hope it's on that next cross country flight).  Now, Gigandent, like a military obligation, is fulfilling his contract with Gems in the new tentpole "Priest."  And you'd expect with any former "Twilight" cast member, he's out promoting the new flick in full force.  This week? San Francisco's WonderCon.

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<p>Blake Lively talks &quot;Green Lantern&quot;&nbsp;at WonderCon 2011.</p>

Blake Lively talks "Green Lantern" at WonderCon 2011.

Blake Lively teases Star Sapphire in 'Green Lantern'

'The Town' standout embracing the comic book world

SAN FRANCISCO - Blake Lively is getting this comic convention thing down.  After a quick debut with the rest of the "Green Lantern" team at the one and only Comic-Con last July, Lively stepped in front of eager fans once again at this year's San Francisco WonderCon.  And she had little to fear.  As Lively noted as she walked the press line afterwards, the reaction was more "celebration than interrogation."

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<p>Ryan Reynolds promoting &quot;Green Lantern&quot;&nbsp;at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. &nbsp;He quickly flew to San Francisco to meet the fans at WonderCon 2011.</p>

Ryan Reynolds promoting "Green Lantern" at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.  He quickly flew to San Francisco to meet the fans at WonderCon 2011.

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Ryan Reynolds says there will be more surprise voices in 'Green Lantern'

Watch the Emerald Crusader right after his WonderCon presentation

SAN FRANCISCO - It's not surprising that Ryan Reynolds will sleep well tonight.  No, it's not because he's a wildly successful actor who moviegoers adore.  Instead, he can breathe easier that his upcoming tentpole, the CG-heavy "Green Lantern," is finally rounding into shape.  Reaction to 10 minutes of footage from Martin Campbell's at today's WonderCon presentation was, as Reynold's co-star Blake Lively described it, "like a celebration."  And, considering the questions that have plagued the film since the ho-hum response to the first trailer, that's very good news.

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<p>Saoirse Ronan in Joe Wright's new thriller &quot;Hanna.&quot;</p>

Saoirse Ronan in Joe Wright's new thriller "Hanna."

Credit: Focus Features

Five reasons why 'Hanna' is the best movie you'll see this Spring

Watch and decide for yourself

 As noted by most theatrical distributors and even studio execs during this week's ShoWest convention, er, CinemaCon in Las Vegas, the first quarter of 2011 wasn't exactly the movie industry's finest moment.  Sure, there have been worse stretches, but outside of wide releases for Oscar nominated films you could count the number of quality films on one hand.  April should improve this year's track record on a number of fronts. One film opening next month that will be talked about for quite some time is Joe Wright's "Hanna."  

This pundit has been a fan of Wright's since he broke on the international scene with "Pride and Prejudice."  He hit a high note with his follow up, the Oscar nominated "Atonement," but even the underrated "The Soloist" is a keen example of his visual flair and rich attention to detail.  With "Hanna" he easily segues into action mode with an original thriller that constantly surprises and surpasses its source material. "Hanna" isn't the sort of film that is usually remembered during awards season and that's not why Wright made it (probably his mistake on "The Soloist"), but don't be surprised if it ends up on numerous top ten lists this December.  To be blunt, it's already the second best film I've seen this year.

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<p>Johnny Depp in &quot;The Rum Diary.&quot;</p>

Johnny Depp in "The Rum Diary."

Credit: FilmDistrict

Oscar Watch: Will Johnny Depp's 'Rum Diary' put FilmDistrict in the awards game?

Plus: AFI Returns and Sophia Loren tribute set

There are very few individual independent movie marketers who play the awards season game as well as Bob Berney.  While at Picturehouse, he help land a best actress Oscar for Marion Cotillard's work in "La Vie En Rose" and three wins out of six nominations for Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth."  And even at the short lived Apparition, Berney used awards season to reach an impressive $4.4 million gross for Jane Champion's "Bright Star" and three Academy Award nominations and one win for "The Young Victoria."  Berney has yet another home, FilmDistrict, and it's no surprise he's set to enter the awards game again this fall.  Today, FilmDistrict announced it will release the movie adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's "The Rum Diary" starring Johnny Depp on Oct. 28.

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<p>Natalie Portman as the White Swan in Darren Aronofsky's &quot;Black Swan.&quot;</p>

Natalie Portman as the White Swan in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan."

Credit: Fox Searchlight

Darren Aronofsky speaks out on 'Black Swan' body double controversy

Watch the movie's special effects reel and judge for yourself

Natalie Portman may be keeping quiet, but her "Black Swan" director Darren Aronofsky isn't.  After Sarah Lane, Portman's body double, claimed in an interview Friday the Oscar winner had only performed 5% of her full body dance sequences on screen Aronofsky has issued a statement to EW making it clear the American Ballet Theatre soloist knows not of what she speaks.

“Here is the reality. I had my editor count shots. There are 139 dance shots in the film. 111 are Natalie Portman untouched. 28 are her dance double Sarah Lane. If you do the math that’s 75% Natalie Portman. What about duration? The shots that feature the double are wide shots and rarely play for longer than one second. There are two complicated longer dance sequences that we used face replacement. Even so, if we were judging by time over 90% would be Natalie Portman," Aronofsky says.

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