What's Popping: 'Dark Knight Rises' Standing Ovation, 'Catching Fire', 'Hobbit', 'Ghostbusters 3', 'Raging Bull 2'

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises, the final Batman movie with Christian Bale as the masked crusader, is coming out on July 20th, and if the standing ovation given to the movie after a press screening on Friday is any indication, it's going to be one heck of a finale. Best Picture contender? Better than The Avengers? Those are not faint praises.

Jena Malone will join The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as the ax-wielding tribute from District 7. She beats out model/actress Zoe Aggeliki, who was reportedly the front runner, for the role of Johanna Mason. The character will at first appear to be an antagonist of Katniss' but she will end up as an important alley of hers in the rebellion against the Capital. Production for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is planned for sometime in September.

Peter Jackson announced in a Facebook post that he's done shooting the two Hobbit movies. Now, he can look forward to being holed up in the editing room to ready the first movie for its December 14th release. He may have something to show at Comic Con next week, so stay tuned.

Ghostbusters 3, for all intents and purposes, is dead, but as long as the original cast members are asked about it, they'll keep on talking about it. According to Dan Aykroyd, new writers are working on a script for Bill Murray to feed into his shredder.

MGM has finally sued Jake LaMotta and the producers of Raging Bull 2 to stop its production and to prevent the movie from being released in any form. In the filing, MGM says it has sole sequel rights according to their agreement with LaMotta back in 1976. William Forsythe is playing LaMotta in the new movie.

Other News & Notes:

Kevin Durand and Robert Maillet board The Mortal Instruments.

New trailer for DreamWorks Rise of the Guardians online.

Jack O'Connell added to cast of 300: Battle of Artemisia.

Disney may be developing Hocus Pocus 2.

Comic-Con posters for The Hobbit and Pacific Rim online.

Tom Cruise is highest paid actor.

Grudge producer Takashige Ichise files for bankruptcy.

Princess Diani biopic Caught in Flight renamed to Diana.

Pic of Matt Damon with rifle in Elysium pic.

Taylor Kitsch wants to take a break from blockbusters.

Crispin Glover joins John Cusack and Robert De Niro in action-thriller Motel.

Photos of Gabriella Wilde on the Carrie set.

Andre 3000 to cover The Beatles in the Jimmy Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side.

Pic of Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi in Pacific Rim online.

Jack Reacher trailer online.

Andy Griffith dies at 86.

10 new Hobbit pics online.

Craig Gillespie will direct Will Ferrell in Flamingo Thief.

Iain Morris will write and direct US version of the British comedy The Inbetweeners.

Luc Besson to adapt Valerian, the French comic book series.

Pic of Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in Diana.

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