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Director Michael Bay has posted the first official cast photo from Transformers 4: The Age Of Extinction featuring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor. Wahlberg stars in the film as a mechanic named Cade who makes a discovery that attracts the attention of Autobots, Decepticons and a paranoid government official. Peltz plays Wahlberg’s teenage daughter Tessa, and we can only assume that Reynor plays Tessa’s boyfriend or love interest. Check out the full photo, after the jump.

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Nicola Peltz

We have a couple of updates from Michael Bay‘s Transformers 4 today that are not too surprising, but still pretty significant. After being rumored last year, Nicola Peltz has finally been confirmed for the female lead of the upcoming sequel, joining Jack Reynor and Mark Wahlberg. In addition, we’ve now learned that the new film will shoot in 3D. More details are below.

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As a prequel to one of the most revered horror movies of all time, A&E’s Bates Motel has some pretty big shoes to fill. And while it’s unlikely to reach the same iconic status, it’s heartening to see that the first trailer actually looks pretty good. (Unlike, say, the one for the ill-received 1987 pilot of the same title.)

The new series, by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights), follows Norman through adolescence in the present day. Freddie Highmore plays the future murderer as a sweet, shy teen, while Vera Farmiga plays the mother who literally drives him insane. The family is eager for the fresh start promised by the new motel she’s just purchased, but as we all know from Psycho, their plans don’t really go as planned. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Paramount has found its next Shia LaBeouf. Or rather, its next two Shia LaBeoufs. Brenton Thwaites and Nicola Peltz have just landed the leads in Transformers 4, joining Mark Wahlberg. If you don’t recognize those names right now, that’s okay — you’ll be hearing plenty more about these rising stars in the next couple of years. Thwaites has a key role in Disney’s Maleficent, while The Last Airbender actress Peltz will next appear in A&E’s Bates Motel. More details after the jump.

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Who wants to be the next Shia LaBeouf? Love him or hate him, it’s tough to deny that he’s got the kind of career most aspiring actors would kill for. No surprise, then, that Transformers 4 is one of the hottest projects currently casting.

Michael Bay is getting ready to test actors for the male and female leads, and his appointment book includes slots for several up and comers including stars from The Last Airbender, Carrie, Taken 2, Terra Nova, Weeds, and Maleficent. Their names may not ring a bell right now, but they will someday if they get that part. More after the jump.

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The Last Airbender: Olympics TV Spot

The Last Airbender

Paramount Pictures has premiered a new television spot for M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Last Airbender during the Olympics on Saturday. I was somewhat impressed by the original teaser trailer which accomplished everything in one continuous (yet stitched together) shot. But the television spot which aired during the Super Bowl had me completely sold. To me that spot had all the power of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the film will live up to that expectation — but the tv spot was pretty damn awesome. The full length movie trailer wasn’t quite as impressive. The new tv spot brings the focus back to the action visuals, which appears to be the film’strong spot . Watch it now, after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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First Look: The Cast of The Last Airbender

Entertainment Weekly reports that M. Night Shyamalan has found the cast for The Last Airbender, the live-action adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon anime-inspired series Avatar.

Karate star Noah Ringer (discovered in a Texas open casting call) will play Aang, the Avatar (the spirit of the planet manifested in human form), the last surviving Airbender and a monk of the Air Nomads, a race of people with the unique ability to manipulate the air around them. He is assigned with the task of keeping the Four Nations at peace.

Jackson Rathbone (Twilight‘s Jasper Hale) is in talks to play Aang’s friend Sokka, a warrior of the South Pole’s Southern Water Tribe, a race of people who can control and manipulate water.

Nicola Peltz (Deck the Halls) has been cast as Sokka’s fourteen-year-old sister Katara, the last remaining Waterbender of her entire Tribe.

Pop/R&B singer Jesse McCartney is in talks to play the Fire Nation’s evil prince Zuko. Exiled from the Fire Nation by his father, Zuko is sent to capture the Avatar in order to restore his honor and right to the throne.

The Last Airbender is being targeted for a July 2nd 2010 release.

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