What's Popping: 'Avatar' sequels, 'Guardians of the Galaxy', 'Lego' Movie, 'Starship Trooper' remake, Nora Ephron

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We know James Cameron is currently working Avatar 2 and 3, and he is planning to shoot the two movies back-to-back when he's done writing the script. What we didn't know is that he's doing the fourth movie at the same time as well. According to Sigourney Weaver, Cameron will shoot all three movies back-to-back this fall, and she'll appear in all three sequels. Given what happened to her in the first movie, it'll be interesting to see how her presence is explained. The first of the Avatar sequels probably won't be ready for release until 2016 at the earliest.

The veil surrounding Marvel's mystery 2014 superhero movie has been lifted. The movie was widely speculated to be a live-action adaptation of the Black Panther comic, but it turns out to be Guardians of the Galaxy instead. Latino Review says Marvel will make the announcement at Comic-Con. What is the Guardians of the Galaxy? I don't know much about it either, but we'll find out soon enough. Oh yeah, there's an anthropomorphic raccoon in this band of superheroes. As for that Black Panther movie, I'm sure it's on the drawing boards.

Batman and Superman will appear finally appear in a movie together but it won't be for the long-gestating Justice League; it'll be for another movie Warner Bros is developing: Lego: The Piece of Resistance. The movie is said to be about Lego characters trying to save different universes from melding together. Will Arnett is set to voice Batman, while the studio is pursuing Channing Tatum for Superman.

According to producer Toby Jaffe, the Starship Trooper remake will be more grounded and more faithful to Robert Heinlein's novel. Not only that, he says it'll be less violent than Paul Verhoeven's version as well. "The more expensive a film is, the harder it is now to make it that violent," Jaffe explains to Empire. As everyone knows, people only watch the '80s movie for the co-ed shower scene. As long as they keep that, they'll do all right.

Filmmaker Nora Ephron dies at 71 due to pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia on Tuesday, June 26. A multi-hyphenate, she is best remembered in the film world for her involvement with some of the most iconic romantic comedies in the late 80s and 90s such When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You've Got Mail, the latter two of which she both wrote and directed. Her final movie is the 2009 drama Julie & Julia in which Meryl Streep starred as Julia Child as she begins her journey into French cooking. Funeral services are planned for July 9th.

Other News & Notes:

Genndy Tartakosky will develop and direct 3D Popeye for Sony.

Mia Waskowska is out of the running for the role of the Johanna Mason role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; Jena Malone in.

Rob Reiner will direct the thriller You Belong To Me.

Jennifer Lopez-produced Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? finds a writer.

Rumors about The Big Lebowski sequel moving forward is not true.

Is the Scarecrow in The Dark Knight Rises?

Rose Byrne joins Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in the comedy The Internship.

Justin Long in talks to star in The Ten O'Clock People.

Disney Animation may be working on animated Big Hero 6 movie for 2014.

The Dark Knight Rises tracking to open huge, but still behind The Avengers.

Tommy Lee Jones joins Robert Di Nero in Luc Besson's Malavita.

True Blood star Joe Manganiello wants to be the next Batman.

The Man with the Iron Fists trailer online.

Lost Director Jack Bender exits Jack Ryan reboot for Devolution.

New Total Recall trailer makes Colin Farrell wish he has three hands.

Jackie Chan is making an English-language film, with Jay Longino penning the screenplay.

Martin Scorsese will shoot The Wolf of Wall Street in digital.

First pic of Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie online.

Comedian Kevin Hart boards About Last Night remake.

The Human Fly superhero movie in development at Marvel.

Some potential Iron Man 3 post credits scene revealed.

Steven Soderbergh may head to TV after Behind The Candelabra.

Ryan Reynolds may or may not be confirmed for the Highlander remake.

Catherine Keener will play the ex-wife of Mark Ruffalo's character in Can a Song Save Your Life?

Charlie Kaufman's Frank or Francis postponed, possibly dead.

Director Peter Berg blames The Avengers for Battleship flopping.

Sean Astin boards Cabin Fever: Patient Zero.

Angela Bassett joins Olympus Has Fallen as Secret Service director Lynne Jacobs.

Some Kick-Ass 2 details revealed.

Julian Assange's misadventures in romance will become a movie.

Viggo Mortensen offered role in The Last Voyage of the Demeter.

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