Source: THR, TheOneRing.net

The uncertainty of MGM's future has led to a stall on The Hobbit, and now Guillermo del Toro is leaving the director's chair.

"In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming The Hobbit, I am faced with the hardest decision of my life," Guillermo wrote on Lord of the Rings fansite TheOneRing.net. "After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien's Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures."

 

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dennishopper.pngIconic actor Dennis Hopper died at his home in Venice, California on Saturday. He was 74.

Hopper leaves behind a strong legacy. Thanks to his wired performances in the likes of Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, True Romance and Speed, the Oscar-nominated thesp will forever be remembered as one of the most interesting and unpredictable actors.

Hopper recently recorded voice work for Lionsgate's animated flick Alpha and Omega, which is set to open on September 17, 2010.

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Source: ComingSoon.net

Hayden Panettiere (I Love You, Beth Cooper) and Rory Culkin are now officially part of the Scream 4 cast.

Source: EW.com

Emma Roberts, the niece of Julia Roberts, will star opposite Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox in Scream 4. Filming begins at the end of June for an April 15, 2011 release.

Roberts is obviously wasting no time getting away from wholesome flicks such as Hotel for Dogs, Nancy Drew and Valentine's Day in order to move into the adult phase of her career. She'll be seen later this summer in Joel Schumacher's controversial teen drama Twelve.

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Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC), one of the world's largest theatrical exhibition and entertainment companies, announces today that its wholly owned subsidiary, American Multi-Cinema, Inc., will not exercise its option to extend the lease for AMC The Grand 24, currently held by EPT Down REIT II Inc., a subsidiary of Entertainment Properties Trust (EPT).

This marks the end of an era, as AMC The Grand 24 was the first megaplex - a theatre with 14 auditoriums or more and stadium seating - ever built in the United States in 1995.

"It's disappointing that we have not come to terms on a historical, and to us, a somewhat sentimental property," said Gerry Lopez, AMC's chief executive officer and president. "But in our opinion, the proposal advanced by EPT is simply untenable. We continue to negotiate with EPT on several other properties and will see where those discussions take us."

The EPT lease contains a notice deadline of May 31, 2010 to exercise its renewal option. Because AMC elected not to exercise its option to renew the lease, it will now expire on Nov. 30, 2010. AMC will vacate the premises and remove its equipment prior to this date.

"Throughout the past 15 years at AMC The Grand 24, we made history and developed many friends in the community" said Mark McDonald, AMC's executive vice president of global development. "We will miss them."

 

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James McAvoy will step into the role of a young Professor X in X-Men: First Class for director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass). The film is set for a June 3, 2011 release.

McAvoy certainly has some big shoes to fill. Patrick Stewart put his stamp on the role in the first three X-Men films, and fans of the property will be unforgiving if McAvoy doesn't do justice to the beloved character.

 

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