What's Popping: 'Independence Day 2', 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', 'Uncharted', 'Chip 'N Dale', 'Black Mass'

Independence Day

Will Smith's on-again, off-again relationship with the Independence Day sequel is currently in the off position, according to Deadline. The actor has decided not to return to the sequel, and he is fairly certain this time.

Paul Bettany is joining The Avengers: Age of Ultron cast as the Vision, an android created by the movie's villain Ultron. The Vision will start out the movie as one of the bad guys and will later switch sides to be with the superheroes. Vin Diesel was previously rumored for the role.

Seth Gordon has found a pair of movies to direct after dropping out of the Horrible Bosses sequel last year. He will first take on Uncharted for Sony before moving on to the Lewis Carroll biopic Queen of Hearts.

The Muppets' producers and Disney are planning a live-action/CGI big screen adaptation of Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers, with Robert Rugan is writing the script. No doubt, the success of the Smurfs and Alvin and the Chipmunks movies paved the way for this one.

Johnny Depp is back on board the Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass after dropping out of it last year due to a salary dispute. Tom Hardy may join Depp in the movie as FBI agent John Connolly.

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John Woo tries to sell $50M romance The Crossing in Berlin.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier to lead directly into Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Robert Luketic directing The ExpendaBelles.

China Box Office: Lost in the Monkey King, Where Are We Going, Dad? bonanza is the steady rise of From Vegas to Macau.

Evangeline Lilly in talks for Ant-Man.

Worldwide Box Office: Robocop opens in Asia on Chinese new year and got a red envelope stuffed with $5.5M.

The Lego Movie is shaping up as one of the best-reviewed movies of 2014.

Divergent sequel Insurgent set to start production in May.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Super Bowl spot & trailer: Beware the metal arm!

Warner Bros. planning Lego Movie sequel.

Transformers: Age of Extinction trailer reveals Dinobots.

China Box Office: The Monkey King tops worldwide chart with record-breaking $50M.

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