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  • Rosamund PikeRosamund Pike (Photo: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
    British actress Rosamund Pike just landed one of the most sought-after roles in Hollywood, so maybe you should get to know her.

    David Fincher, the man behind "The Social Network" and "Fight Club," is adapting Gillian Flynn's 2012 best-selling novel "Gone Girl" for the screen. Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, and Emily Blunt were among the actresses being considered for the role of a woman who mysteriously disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, but it's 34-year-old Pike who beat them all for the coveted spot, set to co-star with Ben Affleck (as her duplicitous husband).

    While Pike appeared in "Jack Reacher" with Tom Cruise, played the goddess Andromeda in "Wrath of the Titans," and co-stars in the upcoming comedy "The World's End," it's expected that "Gone Girl" will move her up to the A-List. So here are a few facts worth knowing about the beautiful and gifted Ms. Pike.

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  • Whose gratuitously stripped-down scene reigned supreme? (Courtesy of 20th Century Fox/Paramount Pictures)

    There's a lot to see in "The Wolverine": Hugh Jackman suiting up as the mutton-chopped mutant again. The film's gorgeous Japanese setting. The killer action sequences. And Famke Janssen wearing a negligee!

    Wait, what? Yup, "The Wolverine" is yet another film that suffers from the old "shameless and gratuitous eye candy" issue: when a character, often an attractive woman, sheds her clothes, not to serve the plot, but to keep viewers's eyes on the screen.

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  • The Top 9 Things Wrong With the ’47 Ronin’ Trailer

    Keanu Reeves channels his inner samurai in the upcoming film "47 Ronin." (Courtesy of Universal Pictures)

    The trailer for "47 Ronin" has been released, and it's what the film itself has been reported to be for almost the past year: a misguided, derivative, very expensive mess.

    The samurai epic marks Keanu Reeves' first big-budget genre film in eight years, following 2003's one-two punch of "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions," and 2005's so-so graphic novel adaptation, "Constantine."

    While the prospect of seeing the man who was once The One starring in a fantastical adaptation of one of Japan's most famous samurai tales certainly sounds ... well, interesting, anyway, "47 Ronin" has unfortunately gained a reputation as a "troubled production." And one that cost a lot of money. There were rumors last fall that the film was almost $50 million over budget, though Universal — which has become even more cost-conscious following the financial disaster of last summer's "Battleship" — insists that it's been holding steady with its original $175 million price tag. However, even if the

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  • Sandra Bullock spins out of control in the new "Gravity" preview. (Courtesy of Warner Bros.)

    They say in space, no one can hear you scream. But the astronauts in the new trailer for "Gravity" will probably have the audience doing all the screaming for them.

    The preview of the upcoming sci-fi thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney runs just under two minutes and features only one shot. But it packs a whole movie's worth of danger, suspense, and visual trickery into 119 seconds.

    Watch 'Gravity' Preview — Detached:

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  • Francis Ford Coppola Talks ‘Twixt’ & Competing with his Former Self

    Francis Ford Coppola on the set of American Zoetrope's 'Twixt'.

    Modern cinema owes a gigantic debt to Francis Ford Coppola, so if you like movies, do yourself a favor and go watch everything he's ever done, including his latest offering, "Twixt."

    In recent years, Coppola has gotten away from big studio films. The five-time Oscar winner has been concentrating on what he refers to as "student films." In order to mold the work exclusively in his vision, Coppola wrote, directed, and produced "Youth Without Youth" (2007), "Tetro" (2009), and "Twixt" (2011) – a genre-defying festival favorite starring Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, and Elle Fanning, which gets its Blu-ray release this week.

    In the early 70s, Coppola helped transform the way movies were made, and what they could be. In that decade alone, Coppola wrote and directed three films that are cemented near the top of AFI's 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time list: "The Godfather" Parts I and II, and "Apocalypse Now."

    Of course, that kind of success is hard to repeat, but there's a reason for that,

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  • Tom Hiddleston as Loki Tom Hiddleston as Loki at San Diego Comic-Con (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)

    Of all the excitement and enthusiasm to come out of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the renewed/elevated/overwhelming appreciation for actor Tom Hiddleston is one of our favorite headlines from the event. His wonderfully entertaining and unexpected appearance in costume as Loki during Marvel’s Hall H presentation brought the house down and launched a petition to the studio to make a Loki-centric spinoff, as well as countless blogs and news stories celebrating his performance that definitely make a good case to name him this year’s SDCC MVP. Was any actor or celebrity having more fun than Tom Hiddleston?

    [Related: Loki reigns over Marvel Studios Comic-Con panel]

    And lest you need more reasons to appreciate and/or adore the multi-talented man, feast your eyes and ears upon the video below, where we put Hiddleston on the spot on Marvel’s post-panel press line to act out the plot of the highly-anticipated "Thor: The Dark World" using just three Hasbro action figures: a Thor, a Loki and a

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  • The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski'The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski' (Photo: Atria via The Hollywood Reporter)Samantha Geimer, the woman who at the age of 13 was drugged and raped by filmmaker Roman Polanski, is preparing to tell her story in an upcoming book ... and with it comes a powerful (and sure to be controversial) cover photo.

    The artwork for the rather ominously-titled "The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski" is a photograph of the author at the age of 13, which was apparently taken by Polanski himself just a few weeks before the notorious incident took place. Geimer, then known by her maiden name of Samantha Gailey, channels both whimsy and melancholy in the pic, creating an extremely dark tone when you consider that she has no idea that her life is going to change forever in only a matter of days.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the photograph was taken on Feb. 20, 1977, at the author's Woodland Hills home during a photo session in which Polanski coaxed his young subject to pose topless. Three weeks later, Polanski drugged and raped her at a photo shoot at the Mulholland Drive home of the director's "Chinatown" star, Jack Nicholson.

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  • Jennifer Lawrence Geeks Out Over Jeff Bridges at Comic-Con

    Jennifer Lawrence and Jeff Bridges. YouTube screengrab courtesy of Extra.

    It's always nice to be reminded that movie stars can sometimes get starstruck, too.

    Jennifer Lawrence was at the San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend to promote two of her upcoming films, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past." J.Law couldn't talk much about the super-secret projects, though the delightfully eccentric and unpredictable star did reveal a little tidbit about herself that before the Con was otherwise unknown: She's quite the fan of Jeff Bridges, who was there to promote his upcoming fantasy film, "Seventh Son."

    Lawrence saw Bridges giving an interview with Extra and gingerly approached him, only to lose her nerve and run away. She soon realized that Bridges and the Extra crew noticed her and came back, red-faced and flustered.

    [Related: Jennifer Lawrence Goes to War in the Exclusive New ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Trailer]

    "Oh my God, I'm like your biggest fan, I'm so sorry," says Lawrence as she gives Bridges a hug, who seems genuinely

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  • SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 19: Actor Andrew Garfield speaks onstage at the Sony and Screen Gems panel for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" during Comic-Con International 2013 at San Diego Convention Center on July 19, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Andrew Garfield's slipping into the Spidey suit for a second go at playing Peter Parker in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." He spoke with Yahoo! Movies at this year's Comic-Con about, among other things, which in-universe villain he'd like to play, off-set shenanigans, and whatever happened to Mary Jane.

    BRYAN ENK: What's easier and what's harder about playing this character for the second time?

    ANDREW GARFIELD: What's easier, I'll tell you what's easier — what's easier is nothing. [laughs] What's harder … I don't know, I don't know if there is such a thing, I think it's all just the same — I just stress out. [laughs] I just stress at the same level. Actually, you know what, I think what's easier is that we're not retreading old ground with an origin story.

    We've established this guy now, we've established this world and set it apart from Sam Raimi's, and the blessing is we get to really explore this universe now, as opposed to justifying it. On the first movie there was a lot of energy

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  • SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: The cast and crew of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" speaks onstage during Comic-Con International 2013 at San Diego Convention Center on July 20, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

    Marvel Studios — and the talent they employ — are notorious for being extremely secretive when it comes to details about upcoming Marvel movies. Ironically enough, it's Nick Fury, a key operative at the top secret government organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D., who's actually a bit loose-lipped.

    Samuel L. Jackson dropped an interesting tidbit during the press conference for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" at the San Diego Comic-Con as Chris Evans was discussing Cap's personal journey in the sequel, particularly his relationship with his fellow Avenger, Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).

    "Captain America is all about doing the right thing, but what in the modern world is 'the right thing'?," said Evans. "His sense of morality is challenged when he partners up with Black Widow, who's made a career out of compromising her morality for the sake of the mission at hand."

    "She might have something of a 'whistleblower' in her future," added Jackson, to which Evans

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