Best Stories Of The Week: Point Break, Doctor Strange, Jonny Quest, Andy Serkis In 'Star Wars' & More

Did Memorial Day weekend throw you off enough that you missed some of the bigger entertainment stories this week? Well, don't fret, because it's time to take a look at the Best Stories of the Week.

This week we've got updates on Gambit with Channing Tatum, Marvel's developing Doctor Strange, an interview with Pete Docter about Pixar's Inside Out, a new director for Jonny Quest, trailers for The End of the Tour and the remake of Point Break, and much more. Hit the jump to get caught up on a week's worth of the biggest stories.

Update: The news of Disney shutting down Tron 3 broke after this roundup was published, but definitely factors into the big news of the week. We've added that below.

#26. Tobey Maguire Plays Chess in First Pawn Sacrifice Trailer

The movie gets a limited release starting on September 18th.

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#25. Channing Tatum Says Gambit Movie is an Origin Story

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We already know Gambit will hit theaters on October 7, 2016 if 20th Century Fox sticks to their schedule, but details on the developing film have been slim. However, Channing Tatum recently opened up a bit about the project and revealed it will be an origin story, but it will play with the familiar tropes of superhero movies a bit. Read Tatum's full quotes over here.

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#24. First Look at Matt Damon in The Martian

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The first photos of Matt Damon in The Martian were unveiled. See more right here.

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#23. Could We See a Wolverine Cameo in Deadpool Next Year?

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Even though Hugh Jackman is ending his long run as a mutant in The Wolverine 3 (and will hopefully have some small role in X-Men: Apocalypse), there's a chance we might see him in one more 20th Century Fox comic book flick. As fans know, Deadpool has a long history with the adamantium-clawed mutant, and Ryan Reynolds recently teased that Wolverine might have a cameo in the Merc with a Mouth's movie coming in 2016. Get more details on the potential cameo in our original story.

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#22. Veteran Make-Up and Effects Wizard Rick Baker is Retiring

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While you may not know Rick Baker by name, you undoubtedly know his work. Baker is known for creating make-up effects for films such as Star Wars, An American Werewolf in London, The Rocketeer, Gremlins 2, Men in Black, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Harry and the Hendersons and Michael Jackson's iconic Thriller music video. He's also worked on special effects for films like Hellboy and The Exorcist. But now Baker is retiring from Hollywood, and some of his props and work went on sale in an auction today in Los Angeles. Read what Baker had to say about his retirement right here.

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#21. Two Kids Steal Kevin Bacon's Cop Car

The film hits limited theaters on August 7 and VOD on August 14.

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#20. George Miller's Abandoned Justice League Gets a Doc

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Before George Miller finally got to work on the fantastic Mad Max: Fury Road, the director was set up to adapt the DC Comics superhero assembly of Justice League. A case was even ready to go with Armie Hammer (Batman), D.J. Cotrona (Superman), Megan Gale (Wonder Woman), Adam Brody (The Flash), and Common (Green Lantern) as the titular team. Now a new documentary aims to be "an unbiased account of the project's development, preproduction and cancellation, as well as the impact on the Australian film industry." Get more details on the developing project over here.

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#19. Dwayne Johnson Plays Hard in New Ballers Trailer

The new series premieres on HBO on June 21st.

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#18. Interview: Pixar's Inside Out Director Pete Docter

Russ Fischer interviews director Pete Docter about how Pixar has advanced in animation, the influence of his daughter on the story of Inside Out, and getting in touch with the emotions of the summer release. Check out the full interview right here.

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#17. Teen Sexuality Explored in Diary of a Teenage Girl Trailer

The movie hits theaters on August 7th.

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#16. Page 2: When Did Everyone Stop Enjoying Disaster Movies?

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Peter Sciretta wonders when everyone stopped enjoying disaster movies, and remembers back when people used to love movies like Independence Day. Have people just gotten sick of these kind of movies, or are there just not many that are actually good any more? Read some of Peter's thoughts and then add your own two cents in the discussion.

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#15. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Getting Rebooted

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When a comic book movie fails, that just means movie studios get to reboot it some years later. And the latest to get a new big screen adaptation will be The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the movie property that sadly sent Sean Connery into retirement. Originally, Fox was hoping to make a TV series out of the comic book, but now it's a movie again. Get the scoop here.

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#14. Robert Rodriguez to Adapt Classic Cartoon Jonny Quest

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Since his adaptation of The Jetsons is dead in the water, director Robert Rodriguez is moving onto another iconic cartoon for the big screen. The Machete director is taking on the action adventure Jonny Quest. Find out who will be rewriting the script for Rodriguez and Warner Bros. in our original post.

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#13. Germain Lussier Ranks the Narrative Films of Cameron Crowe

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In honor of Aloha (or dishonor if you look at the rating on Rotten Tomatoes), our own Germain Lussier ranked the narrative films of Cameron Crowe. (Who has also directed several music documentaries.. Personally, I think his Top 3 are in the wrong order, but you'll have to judge for yourself after checking out the list over here.

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#12. Jason Segel Aims for an Oscar in The End of the Tour Trailer

The film arrives this summer, on July 31.

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#11. Actress Shortlist for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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A shortlist of actresses has been revealed for two different key female roles in the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The actresses in consideration include incredible talents like Saorise Ronan and mind-blowing, terrible candidates like Kate Upton. Find out who else is in the running for the film right here.

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#10. Tilda Swinton to Mentor Doctor Strange for Marvel

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Marvel is doing some gender-swapping for a key role in the developing Phase Three film Doctor Strange. While Chiwetel EjioforMorgan FreemanBill Nighy, and Ken Watanabe were previously said to be in consideration for this role, now the producers have set their sights on Tilda Swinton for the role of the Ancient One, a Tibetan mystic who becomes Strange's mentor. Director Scott Derrickson also hinted at another interesting character popping up in the film, but you'll have to check out our original post for that tidbit.

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#9. Everything We Know About Independence Day 2 So Far

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There have been many additions to the Independence Day 2 cast over the past month, including returning cast members like Jeff Goldblum and Brent Spiner, and new cast members like William Fichtner and Liam Hemsworth. We round up all the casting additions so far as well as what we know about the story. Find out everything you need to know about Independence Day 2 right here.

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#8. What Other Disney Characters Need Live-Action Spin-Offs?

Disney is furiously going through their fault to turn animated hits into new live-action favorites. So our own Angie Han went through The House of Mouse's animated film catalog to figure out what other Disney characters deserve their own live-action spin-off films. Ursula from The Little Mermaid and Nala from The Lion King make the cut, but who else needs their own movie? Check out the full list right here.

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#7. Stoner Heroes Emerge in American Ultra Trailer

The film hits theaters on August 21.

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#6. Bumblebee Might Get His Own Transformers Spin-Off

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There's a rumor going around that the Autobot affectionately known as Bumblebee might get his own spin-off from the Transformers franchise. This wouldn't be surprising since Paramount wants a whole Transformers universe to come together. You can read more about the rumor in our original story.

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#5. Counting Down the Top 15 Best Natural Disaster Movies

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With San Andreas hitting theaters this weekend, our own Ethan Anderton decided to rank the Top 15 Best Natural Disaster Movies. He set some strict rules in order to leave out alien and monster attacks, post-apocalyptic movies where the disaster has already happened, but he broke some of his rules in order to highlight some worthy movies worth including. See if your favorite natural disaster movie made the cut by checking out the full list over here.

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#4. Chris Pine May Be Saved by Wonder Woman

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After once being rumored for the role of Green Lantern in the developing DC Comics universe, Chris Pine may end up with a pivotal role in another DC hero's movie. Pine is in talks for the role of Steve Trevor, the love interest of Wonder Woman. That likely means he'll also end up needing saving from the Amazonian hero. Get more details over here.

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#3. Andy Serkis' Character Name Revealed in The Force Awakens

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We finally have a name for the character Andy Serkis will play in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In addition, a photo of Serkis on the motion-capture set where his performance happened was also officially revealed. So who is Serkis playing? You'll have to check out our original post for that detail and to see the menacing picture of Serkis on set.

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#2. Director Cary Fukunaga Leaves Stephen King's It

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If you were excited about having True Detective helmer Cary Fukunaga take on Stephen King's It, then you'll probably be mad to hear that he's left the project. Following creative differences, Fukunaga departed the project last week, and now New Line has pushed back the entire production. To find out what the argument between the studio and Fukunaga was about, check out our full report on the matter.

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#1. The Only Law is Gravity in Point Break Remake Trailer

The film opens on Christmas Day.

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#0: Disney De-Rezzes Tron 3

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Finally, the last big breaking news of the week (hitting after this roundup was published) was the shutdown of Tron 3 at Disney. This third film was reportedly set to shoot in Vancouver in October, with Joseph Kosinski returning as director and Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde reprising their roles. We only know some info behind the shutdown, but theories point towards the failure of Tomorrowland as one factor. What we do know, along with info on a couple other actors Disney was pursuing to join the sequel, is all in our full Friday report.

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That's it for the Best Stories of the Week. Stay tuned to see what happens next week!