What's Popping: 'The Hobbit' in 48 FPS, 'The Avengers' Overseas BO, 'Iron Man 3' casting, Pixar's New Movie, 'Bond 24'

Peter Jackson

When it arrives in theaters on December 14th this year, The Hobbit will be the first major feature film to be shown in 48 frames per second, but the experience may be off-putting for some people. Peter Jackson previewed 10 minutes of the uncompleted film during CinemaCon earlier this week, and the life-like images caused some of those in attendance to react negatively. They described the experience as similar to watching a TV show filmed in HD. Without the soft focus, they said the footage lost its cinematic feel. Jackson responded to those criticism by saying moviegoers should give the format a chance because the technology will keep evolving and once the movie begins, Jackson said, the audience will forget about format and be engrossed by the story.

The Avengers won't be in theaters until May 4th, but it has already opened in some foreign countries. From the preliminary box office numbers, The Avengers is going to be huge, having already set records in some of those countries like Taiwan and New Zealand, and probably other countries as well. In total, The Avengers has already surpassed $70 million and that's not counting the major markets like China, Russia, and Japan. Let's see if The Avengers can break the The Dark Knight's opening over here.

Iron Man 3 is scheduled to begin production next month and the cast is coming together or, in Scarlett Johansson's case, not. Johansson revealed in an interview that she is not going to be in the third Iron Man movie. That's unfortunate, but perhaps her character may show up in a cameo. We know that Guy Pearce has been cast as a scientist in the movie, and joining him in the lab will be Jessica Chastain, who will also play a scientist. There are reports of Andy Lau in talks to play Tony Stark's friend over in China, so we'll see if there's an official announcement on that front.

At Pixar's panel at CinemaCon, they revealed their slate for the coming years. That untitled dinosaur movie directed by Bob Peterson has been named The Good Dinosaur, and it is about what happens when the asteroid that caused the dinosaurs to go extinct actually missed Earth. The Good Dinosaur is scheduled to be in theaters on May 30, 2014. Pete Doctor's untitled movie about venturing into a little girl's mind has been slated for June 19, 2015 release. Pixar also announced a new movie by Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich. It'll be based on the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and will probably come to theaters in 2016.

Skyfall is not even completed yet and already Sony is dating the next Bond movie for release in 2014. The studio also plan to bring out a new Bond film every two years. Daniel Craig must be shaken by the news. Well, more Heinekens for him.

Other News & Notes:

Josh Gad will play Steve Wozniak in the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher.

Tom Cruise may make Top Gun 2 before Mission: Impossible 5.

Joel Silver and Warner Bros. end their 25 years relationship.

Iron Man will march on with different actor if Robert Downey won't return.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel may start production this fall.

Sam Raimi will produce MGM's Poltergeist remake.

Will Smith & Denzel Washington courted to star in Uptown Saturday Night remake, with Adam McKay directing.

New Mutants movie may be in the works over at Fox.

Two new photos from Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained are out.

NY Times profiles Samuel L. Jackson.

Christina Ricci will play an evil Smurfette in The Smurfs 2.

Mila Kunis confirms her role in the Wachowskis' sci-fi movie Jupiter Ascending.

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will re-write James Vanderbilt's script for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Owen Wilson returns to action movies in The Coup.

Gina Carano is playing a Diplomatic Security Service agent in Fast and the Furious 6.

Mel Gibson officially in talks for Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills.

Jennifer Lawrence wants to enter The Glass Castle.

Stretch Armstrong movie moves forward with a screenwriter assigned.

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