<p>A long shot of the city of Hellium at dusk from Andrew Stanton's &quot;John Carter of Mars.&quot;</p>

A long shot of the city of Hellium at dusk from Andrew Stanton's "John Carter of Mars."

Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Sneak Peek: Andrew Stanton reveals secrets from 'John Carter (of Mars)'

'WALL-E' director talks about 3D, reshoots and Tharks

EMERYVILLE, CA - There were many interesting revelations during Disney's show and tell for Andrew Stanton's adaptation of "John Carter (of Mars)" last month, but the most surprising was that co-screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon could draw a pretty impressive Thark when he was a kid.  This revelation occurred in the famed Saul Zantz Media Center where Stanton was discussing his involvement on "Carter," as well as previewing some select scenes, for the first time.  And if you've never heard of a Thark before, don't worry.  The background lesson on Edgar Rice Burroughs fantastic world is about to begin.

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<p>Meryl Streep as legendary United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in &quot;The Iron Lady.&quot;</p>

Meryl Streep as legendary United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."

First Footage: Meryl Streep holds on to her pearls in 'Iron Lady' teaser trailer

Legend playing a legend

20th Century Fox International and Pathe UK released a new teaser trailer today for potential awards season player "The Iron Lady" which provides the first footage of Meryl Streep as iconic Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.   The Weinstein Company will be releasing "Iron Lady" in the U.S., but don't expect them to go in this direction for their previews.

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<p>Glenn Close at the premiere for the new season of &quot;Damages&quot;&nbsp;earlier this month.</p>

Glenn Close at the premiere for the new season of "Damages" earlier this month.

Credit: AP Photo/Pete Kramer

Glenn Close takes another stab at Oscar this fall with 'Albert Nobbs'

Could the five-time nominee finally take home gold?

It's one thing not to be nominated, but to be left at the altar five times?  Welcome to Glenn Close's world. Granted, it's not as depressing as Peter O'Toole's record eight nominations without a win, but it's close.  Now, after two Emmys and a Golden Globe for her work on "Damages," Close is returning to the big screen with a triple shot at bringing home a long deserved Academy Award.  Today, Liddell Entertainment and Roadside Attractions announced they will partner to release Rodrigo Garcia's "Albert Nobbs," starring, co-written and co-produced by Close, this fall.  Yes, awards season adds another player to the mix.

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<p>Gary Oldman in Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of John le Carre's &quot;Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.&quot;</p>

Gary Oldman in Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of John le Carre's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."

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Will Gary Oldman finally land an Oscar nod for 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'?

Watch the international trailer for the new thriller
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<p>Diablo Cody</p>

Diablo Cody

Credit: AP Photo/Dan Steinberg

Diablo Cody will make her directorial debut with 'Lamb of God'

Religious comedy on the fast track

Considering her obvious talent and unique vision, it's not surprising that Oscar winning screenwriter Diablo Cody is putting the keyboard to the side and heading into the director's chair.  Today, Mandate Pictures announced it was reuniting with Cody to finance her latest endeavor, "Lamb of God," which will mark her directorial debut.

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<p>Madonna at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008.</p>

Madonna at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008.

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Madonna's 'W.E' playing awards season game with December release

Latest directorial features Abbie Cornish and James D'Arcy

Does Madonna fear anything?  She certainly doesn't fear critics.  The legendary pop icon received mostly negative notices for her directorial debut, "Filth and Wisdom," but similar to her up and down acting career she's not letting critics dictate her cinematic choices.  Madonna's latest directorial effort, "W.E," was acquired by The Weinstein Company earlier this spring and now the studio has announced a release date smack dab in the middle of awards season, Dec. 9.

Featuring an ensemble cast including Abbie Cornish, James D'Arcy, Oscar Isaac and Andrea Riseborough, "W.E" is based on an original screenplay by Madonna and longtime collaborator Alek Keshishian ("Madonna: Truth or Dare").  According to a release from TWC, "W.E" looks at the fabled romance between American Wallis Simpson (Riseborough) and Britain’s King Edward VIII (D'Arcy), who famously gave up the throne to marry the woman he loved.  More than six decades later, the fabled love story enthralls a young woman named Wally Winthrop (Cornish), who thinks she sees in their devotion a stark contrast to her own unhappy marriage – and an example to follow as she searches for the meaning of true love. Considering the differing opinions on Simpson and Edward's love affair on both sides of the pond (and apparent in TWC's Oscar winning "The King's Speech") it's unclear how realistic the former King's love affair and abdication will be handled.

Harvey Weinstein, who is probably one of a few people you could name on one hand to have mastered all aspects of the Oscar game, would not date "W.E" in Dec. unless he saw how the end of year spotlight could help the film at the box office. 

“Madonna beautifully interweaves past and present in 'W.E.'  It’s a very smart film, and a stunning feature directorial debut,”Weinstein noted in the release. “I’m incredibly excited about this movie and I wanted to give it a prominent release date.”

It's also noteworthy that Darren Aronofsky's regular producing partner, Scott Franklin, came on board as an executive producer.  Franklin only has quality projects on his resume.  Something to consider before you assume the Material Girl's involvement means it won't work.

It will be a busy second half of the year for Madonna by all accounts.  Besides "W.E," she's expected to release a new album sometime this fall.

"W.E" opens in limited release in NY and LA on Dec. 9.

Watch: Steven Spielberg evokes 'Black Beauty' and the front lines in 'War Horse' teaser

Watch: Steven Spielberg evokes 'Black Beauty' and the front lines in 'War Horse' teaser

First look at 2012 Oscar contender

Just in time to remind moviegoers that quality films are just around the corner, DreamWorks Studios released the first teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg's "War Horse."

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<p>One of the few iconic images from &quot;Green Lantern.&quot; Unfortunately, the movie didn't have enough of them on Earth.</p>

One of the few iconic images from "Green Lantern." Unfortunately, the movie didn't have enough of them on Earth.

Credit: Warner Bros.

'Green Lantern's' future: Salvaging a franchise

With WB still considering a sequel some suggestions

In most industry circles the huge second weekend drop as well as critical and audience reaction to "Green Lantern" would seem to be clear signs the Emerald Crusader won't return for a second go around.  However, sources confirm to HitFix that a sequel is still in the works.  That's pretty amazing considering the weak global box office so far and a domestic cume expected to top out at approximately $135 million.  Especially when you're carrying a reported $200 million plus price tag and that's not even counting marketing costs.  And sure, licensing helps ease the burden, but it can't cover everything. As a toy and licensing property, "Green Lantern" isn't in the billion dollar league of "Cars."

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<p>Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel talk &quot;Bad Teacher&quot;</p>

Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel talk "Bad Teacher"

Watch: 'Bad Teacher's' Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel pitch '127 Hours'

Plus: Lucy Punch and 'The Office's' Phyllis Smith

Note to anyone looking to sit down and get some serious answers from Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel:  it's not going to happen.

The "Bad Teacher" duo, who play romantic interests for the title character played by Cameron Diaz, took some time to discuss their new comedy, but diving into character motivation was the last thing on their agenda.  Strangely, Timberlake was the most rowdy of the two giving reenacting a very funny pitch for "127 Hours" he'd heard from Judd Apatow which makes the video interview worth watching alone. 

The always busy Segel ("The Muppets," "How I Met Your Mother"), on the other hand, was more than happy to act as "straight" man for the pair.  Plus, he knows the talking points better than anyone (or can recite them with a nice wink at least).

And did I mention the poster display behind the duo collapsed in the middle of the interview?  A memorable five minutes to say the least.

Another fun sit down was with two of the supporting ladies in "Bad Teacher," Lucy Punch (soon to star in FX's "Powers") and "The Office's" Phyllis Smith (who does her best to steal the movie out from under everyone).  You can watch that interview below.

For Drew McWeeny's review of "Bad Teacher" click here.

"Bad Teacher" opens nationwide on Friday.

<p>Kermit the Frog in the foreground and some blurry Muppets with Jason Segel and Amy Adams in the background in a scene from &quot;The Muppets.&quot;</p>

Kermit the Frog in the foreground and some blurry Muppets with Jason Segel and Amy Adams in the background in a scene from "The Muppets."

Credit: Walt Disney Studios

15 things we learned on the set of 'The Muppets'

'Does Miss Poogy sound like a man to you?'

 GLENDALE, CA - Visiting the set of "The Muppets" was a once in a lifetime experience.  The chance to see some of your favorite childhood characters such as Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear and Miss Piggy come alive in front of your eyes isn't something you experience in Hollywood every day.  Your chances are probably higher of running into Brad Pitt or Will Smith on a red carpet.  This is one of the reasons moviegoers and many in the industry are excited about the prospects for Disney's potential Thanksgiving holiday blockbuster.

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