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Peter Jackson wants to make three Hobbit movies because he is a modern super-villain that should be stopped; Marvel gives away the plot of the new Captain America movie; Jamie Foxx and Zack Snyder are separately bad at their respective jobs. 

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Peter Jackson hates us. He hates everyone, apparently. It's the only explanation for why he would want to turn his two Hobbit movies into a pseudo-trilogy, which he said he was thinking about in an interview with Hitfix. Currently there's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey coming out this Christmas, and then The Hobbit: There and Back Again coming out in 2013. Jackson's big idea is to split the last movie into two parts ala Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Twilight: Breaking Dawn. The Hobbit will be one book split over three movies, not two, because Jackson is a jerk who can't make a movie shorter than three hours. Jackson says he wants to shoot more footage from the appendixes from Return of the King because there's so much of Middle Earth we haven't seen yet, and apparently thinks we care about parts of the universe Tolkein didn't even include in the main story line. Someone please stop him. [HitFix]

Marvel changed the titles of two of their upcoming sequels. Thor 2 is now Thor: The Dark World, and Captain America 2 is now Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We don't know enough about Thor's history to guess what the "dark world" refers to, but we can explain that Captain America is not the Winter Soldier as the title implies. [Spoilers ahead?] When Ed Brubaker started his famous run on the Cap comics in 2005 one of his first stories resurrected the Bucky Barnes character, who'd been dead forever, as a ruthless, brainwashed Russian assassin with a mechanical arm. The last time we saw Barnes in the first Cap movie he was falling off a train, so this confirms he'll be back for the sequel at least. In other Marvel news, they also officially announced the Guardians of the Galaxy movie that's sure to terrible and Edgar Wright debuted his Ant Man test reel. [Vulture; HitFix]

Basically every director has told Jamie Foxx that he's terrible at acting. Oliver Stone actually said, "You aren't very good at this, are you?" when they worked on Any Given Sunday. Foxx confessed his terribleness during the Django Unchained panel. Apparently Jamie Foxx always wants to be Jamie Foxx, but directors keep trying to convince him to be an acteur. Basically, they have to remind him to do his job. He told one story about asking Michael Mann if he could "do his thing" while filming Collateral, to which Mann replied, "why don't you just drive the cab?" The guy who directed Ray told Foxx he would "eff him up" if he was terrible in that, too. Tarantino apparently pulled him aside filming Django and said, "I’ve got to say something. I was worried that you can’t get to this character because you’re Jamie Foxx." Apparently whoever directed Stealth let Foxx do his thing. Clearly, a big mistake. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Apparently everyone went crazy over footage for Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim footage. It's a big robots vs. monsters movie starring nice guy Ron Perlman, Charlie Hunham and Charlie Day. Yes, that Charlie Day. Del Toro didn't use any motion capture technology because he wanted the robots to actually move like robots, and he rigged the soundstage so the ground would actually shake when the giant monsters and robots moved. That sounds pretty cool, if you ask us. And then they surprised everyone with a teaser for a Godzilla reboot and everyone loved it so much they played it twice. Here's hoping Pacific Rim doesn't suck as much as Cowboys vs. Aliens did (at least it's got a better title), and that the new Godzilla reboot doesn't suck as much as the last two Godzilla reboots. [THR]

This is a new poster for Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman movie, Man of Steel. They debuted the trailer at Comic-Con, but the rest of us have to wait until Thursday night's Dark Knight Rises midnight show to watch it. Apparently it has a lot of stupid slow motion shots just like all of Zack Snyder's other terrible movies. Also this Superman looks really Brandon Routh-y and has greasy hair. Snyder's supposed to be make this the Christopher Nolan's Batman of Superman movies but it's probably just going to be the terrible Zack Snyder's Superman of Superman movies. [Vulture; Vulture]

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