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Emma RobertsEarlier this year, the search for a new "Spider-Man" came down to five up-and-coming actors before Andrew Garfield ultimately won the role of Peter Parker. And now the search for Spidey's new love interest is also intensifying.

Lilly Collins ("Priest"), Ophelia Lovibond ("Nowhere Boy"), Teresa Palmer ("The Sorcerer's Apprentice"), Imogen Poots ("Fright Night") and Emma Roberts ("4.3.2.1") are among the finalists to play the female lead in director Marc Webb's "Spider-Man" reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The story also states that Palmer has already read with Garfield while Roberts (pictured) has flown in twice from the set of "Scream 4" to read for the part.

The report also indicates that additional actresses may be under consideration and that Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Scott Pilgrim vs the World”) was among the finalists at one point before dropping out. The actresses are said to be meeting with Webb and Garfield this weekend and if none of them pan out another round of casting will begin. Read More...

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Earlier this year, director David Fincher was reportedly on Sony's shortlist to direct the "Spider-Man" reboot, alongside fellow filmmakers Wes Anderson ("Rushmore"), and Marc Webb ("500 Days of Summer"), who eventually got the job.

Even though he won't be directing the newest cinematic adventures of Peter Parker onscreen, Fincher told MTV News that while he feels that the reboot is exciting, it also carries some drawbacks as well.

"It's risky," offered Fincher. "They're taking some risks. It's not like they're [getting] a conventional director. They're going at it in a different way... They're rolling the dice. I think that's always exciting." Read More...

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Back in 2008, Marvel Studios hired Joe Johnston to direct "The First Avenger: Captain America," much to the initial surprise of fans. While Johnston's adaptation of "The Rocketeer" was remembered fondly, he was primarily known for directing lighter fare like "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids" and "Jumanji."

However, Johnston's extensive movie resume, including a memorable stint at Lucasfilm during the first "Star Wars" trilogy and the first two "Indiana Jones" films, went a long way towards getting Johnston to "Captain America" gig, according to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.

"I actually think Joe's entire career has been leading up to this," Feige told MTV News during this year's Comic-Con. " If you look at the work he... of course the design work on the original 'Star Wars.' I saw a whole bunch of people dressed up as Boba Fett starting already to line up for his signing later this afternoon." Read More...

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January JonesAfter a number of "X-Men: First Class" casting announcements over the last few days, Fox has added additional actors, including a surprising new Emma Frost.

January Jones has been signed to play Emma Frost, according to Deadline. Back in June, Alice Eve was reportedly in negotiations for the part, which ultimately did not go through. Tahnya Tozzi briefly portrayed the young Emma Frost in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

Jones is perhaps best known for her role as Betty Francis — the former wife of Don Draper — on the AMC series "Mad Men." Jones has also appeared in "American Wedding," "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights," "We Are Marshall" and "Love Actually." Read More...

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America OlivoDuring the San Diego Comic-Con International, it was confirmed that Darkseid and the evil New Gods of Apokolips will be heavily featured during the tenth and final season of "Smallville." And while there is currently no announcement as to who will portray Darkseid on the series, two of his primary followers have already been cast.

Steve Byers (pictured) will play Desaad and Michael Daingerfield will step into the role of Gordon Godfrey in the third episode of the season, according to Kryptonsite. The episode is entitled "Supergirl" and also features the previously announced return of Laura Vandervoort as Kara.

Desaad is one of Darkseid's main henchmen in the original "New Gods" stories by Jack Kirby. In the miniseries "Legends," Glorious Godfrey — another agent of Darkseid — took on the name Gordon Godfrey as he led a campaign of fear and hate against all superheroes. Read More...

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WolverineBack in March, screenwriter Chistopher McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects") reportedly finished the screenplay for "Wolverine 2" with an early 2011 shoot date in mind. Although the official start of filming hasn't been announced, Hugh Jackman may have just made a major commitment to prepare himself for his iconic role.

Deadline is reporting that Jackman has dropped out of director Kevin Lima's "Avon Man" in order to spend the fall getting back into "killer shape" for his fifth appearance as Logan/Wolverine. Thus far, there is no word on who will direct "Wolverine 2," but Jackman's move is seen as an indication that the film is on track to begin production next year.

Jackman will stay on board "Avon Man" as a producer, which is expected to find a new star and begin filming in the fall. However, Jackman may still appear as Sheriff Jim Clark in the civil rights drama "Selma" before beginning his Wolverine training regimen. Read More...

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Earlier this year. director Guillermo del Toro left the long-awaited adaptation of "The Hobbit," fueling speculation that he might return to the "Hellboy" film franchise sooner than he had previously stated.

However, when asked by MTV News about his "Hellboy" plans, del Toro seemed to indicate that its fate rested in the hands of Ron Perlman, the actor who starred in the title role under several layers of makeup; a process which Perlman apparently dislikes.

"You know, I think that everyone should ask Ron [Perlman]," said del Toro. "I had dinner with [Perlman] last night. He said 'six hours [in the makeup chair], what do you want?'" And he's doing 'Sons of Anarchy' without makeup. He's spoiled! He likes to be the big cheese without the makeup session." Read More...

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When "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" was officially optioned way back in 2005, one of the first questions on the minds of the fans was who could possibly do justice to Ramona Flowers — the object of Scott's affections — on the big screen.

And while fans didn't get their first glimpse of Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona until early last year, even Winstead was surprised to discover that she could be transformed into Bryan Lee O'Malley's unique comic book heroine.

"I really didn't even know that I could look like that," Winstead told MTV News. "I think Edgar [Wright] knew (more than I did) that I could put on this wig, this outfit and this makeup and be a completely different person. I was kind of amazed when I first put on the outfit. I was like 'Oh my god! I'm Ramona. This is insane!' So yeah, I was very surprised that I was able to pull it off." Read More...

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America OlivoEarlier this week, the long awaited "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" finally set a date for opening night on Broadway. And apparently the show may have added another female lead as well.

According to Superhero Hype, actress and singer Olivo posted a message on her Facebook page that stated she was "In training for Spider-Man" while over on Twitter she posted a link to the news of the show's opening.

When told by another user on Facebook that she would make an excellent Black Cat, Olivo responded "Black Cat? Ohh, I like... Humph... I don't know the Black Cat character. Who is she?" Read More...

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Last Man StandingDan LuVisi's "Last Man Standing" reportedly sold out within two hours at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. And now it appears to be on the fast track as a potential Hollywood franchise.

According to Deadline, Paramount has closed a deal with LuVisi to develop "Last Man Standing" as a multimedia property. Stephan Lokotsch, Russell Binder and Peter Levin are attached as executive producers, with Scott Aversano and LuVisi also attached as producers.

"Last Man Standing" takes place in the far future and follows an invincible soldier named Gabriel who is a celebrated hero after leading the forces of Earth to victory over Mars. However, he is soon framed for a terrible crime by a terrorist organization and sent to heavily fortified prison called Level-9 before escaping nine years later. Read More...

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