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General Zod named as next Superman Villain

Michael ShannonGeneral Zod DC Comics

The Superman reboot officially has a name and a villain. Michael Shannon (of Boardwalk Empire fame) has signed on to play General Zod in Man of Steel.

General Zod appeared in Superman: The Movie (1978) and Superman II (1980). He’s been a part of the DC Comic world since 1961. In the comics, Zod is also from Krypton and has many of Superman’s powers and abilities.

As Zod, Michael Shannon will square off against Henry Cavill as Superman. Amy Adams will play Lois Lane, Kevin Costner Jonathan Kent and Diane Lane will portray Martha Kent.

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Video: See the Hangover 2 Trailer!

Alan’s Wolfpack is back, and we’ve got the movie trailer to prove it. Watch the video above to see a teasing glimpse of The Hangover 2 that makes us laugh every time. How great does Zach Galifianakis look with a shaved head, hmm? He'll be reprising the role of Alan in the film, and again he's joined by Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms.

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Hollywood to Resurrect Another Vampire Movie

Bela Logosi as Dracula, 1931Warner Bros. is digging up Dracula’s dead corpse to bring us another big screen version of the Bram Stoker book. Because vampire-infused cinema isn’t getting at all old and tired, that’s why.

This script focuses on Jonathan Harker (played by Keanu Reeves in the most recent, fully-finished big screen version of Dracula . . . and, incidentally, by Gustav von Wangenheim in 1922’s Nosferatu, the first film adaptation of the book). Harker is the Scotland Yard agent who is tracking the title vampire.

In addition to Nosferatu, the name of which was changed due to copyright laws, there have been three films (so far) titled Dracula. Years made: 1931, 1958 and 1992.

Will it be the next vampiric blockbuster? Will it gain a huge, Twilight-like fan following? We can't be the judge of that (yet), but we can refer you to the five best vampire movies ever made so you can check out the competition.

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Box Office Breakdown: The Rite Exorcises a Win

The Rite

may not currently be up for an Oscar, but it does have an Oscar winner – and a box office win.

Anthony Hopkins’ first wide release since The Wolfman cut from its top spot this past weekend. The film, which debuted during (another) East Coast weather event, managed to shovel up $14.8 million in ticket sales.

, featuring action star Jason Statham, also found a place in the Top Ten. The film – a remake of a Charles Bronson movie – opened in third place with $11.4 million.

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Tudors Star Henry Cavill is New Superman

Henry CavillHenry Cavill, best known for his work as Charles Brandon on The Tudors, has just been named Warner Bros.' new Man of Steel.

The 27-year-old British actor will be the latest person to play Clark Kent and his alter ego, Superman, on the big screen following Brandon Routh and Christopher Reeves.

Director Zack Snyder (Watchmen) said he is "honored" to help bring the iconic character back to life. "I also join Warner Bros. and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield," Snyder offered in a statement.

Christopher Nolan is a producer on the film that was written by Batman Begins' David S. Goyer.

Superman: Man of Steel will fly into theaters on December 17, 2012.

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Box Office Breakdown: Portman Scores with Kutcher and Kunis

No Strings Attached

Pair with a star from That 70’s Show and what do you get? A Top Ten film.

No Strings Attached – last weekend’s only new wide release – topped the box office with a $19.6 million bow. The film, which features Portman and Ashton Kutcher, gave Natalie – someone who has avoided romantic comedies -- her best debut since 2006’s V for Vendetta.

As for Black Swan, Portman’s film with 70’s Show actress – that film slipped one notch down to sixth place over the weekend. You can expect a possible boost for the thriller after Oscar nominations are announced Tuesday morning.

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Box Office Breakdown: No Dilemma for The Green Hornet

Green Hornet

, starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou, brought in a lot green for Sony this weekend. Although the film came nowhere near its $110 million budget, Hornet did earn enough ($33.5 million) to make it the second-best grosser ever during the MLK Jr. holiday frame. (Cloverfield earned $40.1 million over its first three days in 2008.)

Despite the combined comedic forces of Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, turned out to be more of a non-issue. The Universal entry -- which cost $70 million to produce -- failed to even crack the $20 million mark. That's the worst debut for Vaughn since 2007's Fred Claus and the worst open for James ever (if you don't count the films he only voiced).

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Box Office Breakdown: Weak Showing for Country Strong

Country Strong

Gwyneth Paltrow's appearances on Glee, the Country Music Awards and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon couldn't help her film's performance at the box office.

Country Strong's first week in wide release strummed up less than $10 million over the past three days. The good news? The film only cost approximately $12 million to produce. In comparison, True Grit -- another film in its third week -- finally rode past Little Fockers for a first-place finish.

Meanwhile, Season of the Witch, the only other new entry in the Top Ten, fired up $10.6 million. That was enough to give the Nicolas Cage feature a third place debut.

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Box Office Breakdown: Coen Brothers Show True Grit

True Grit

Their film didn't top the box office, nor did it have the best per screen average -- but Joel and Ethan Coen still have reason to smile.

, a two-time second-place finisher, has now grossed $86.7 million domestically -- a new record for the writing/directing duo. The Western, which added another $24.4 million to its total this past weekend, has officially surpassed the Coen brothers' previous record. (No Country for Old Men, released in 2007, raised $74.3 million.)

The only other notable item in the Top Ten this week was . The critically-acclaimed film replaced The Tourist in the tenth-place spot and averaged $11,108 per theater.

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Box Office Breakdown: Big Win for Little Fockers

Little Fockers

A lack of a clear plot apparently meant very little to theatergoers this past weekend.

Little Fockers, which added another $30.8 million in ticket sales ($45.1 million since Wednesday) to the Fockers series, finished in first place after the holiday frame. Although the Ben Stiller/Robert De Niro production failed to top Meet the Fockers’ debut in 2004 ($46.1 million), the comedy did bring in more than the 2000 original. (Meet the Parents opened to $28.6 million.)

Meanwhile, the Jeff Bridges from the past found himself passing the Jeff Bridges from the future. True Grit, costarring Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld, roped in $24.9 million – the best number for the Coen brothers to date – and second place. The Western wound up landing just one notch above Tron, Bridges’ current sci-fi entry.

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