Squee! Official teaser posters for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!

You know a new Harry Potter movie's just around the corner when the promo posters start trickling out. And here are seven posters, all at once!

With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 hitting the cinemas on 19th November, we can expect a blast of new pics, trailers and posters. And with the tone of the series getting increasingly darker as it nears the end, these posters are some of the grimmest yet.

Zac Efron: Teen star or Movie star?

I remain undecided on Mr Efron, since first encountering him in High School Musical 1 way back in 2006, i still can not make up my mind. He's pretty, sure, and he can dance. But am i interested when he's not singing catchy tunes to his naked girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens (more on her later) and dealing with High School troubles. Unlike his rival for female loins Robert Pattinson, Efron just doesn't seem to read as MAN. He looks too much like he's in a lifelong L'oreal Men Expert ad. Sarah over at Cinesnark wrote a brilliant piece about Efron and his 'Elf Brigade'.

Twilight spin-off Bree Tanner movie being considered?

If you thought that movie adaptations of Stephanie Meyer books would end with Breaking Dawn, then your naievity knows no bounds. Not when there's a Bree Tanner book out there begging to be made into a film.

For those of you who don't know - Twihards, please bear with me here - The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner was a spin-off book by Meyer that focused on a minor character from Elcipse. The novella was released earlier this year.

Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury in biopic

It's not often the Internet is unanimous for loving an idea. Too often, we geeks are engrossed in shouting down stupid events in entertainment. But the news that Borat actor Sacha Baron Cohen is going to play Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has been met by enthusiasm across the Internet pipes.

It's no surprise. Maybe it's the thick moustache he wore for Borat, or just the general flamboyance and quirkiness of his characters, but Baron Cohen feels like a real fit for the role.

Popeye meets Star Wars - Princess Olive of Alderaan

We love pop culture mashups here on Shout, and this one showing Olive Oyl from Popeye in place of Princess Leia is no exception. Olive's quite a good fit for Leia, but what we really love is R2D2 being replaced by an overstuffed can of spinach!

I'd love to see this universe fleshed out a little more: Darth Bluto, Alice the Goon would be a fine Chewbacca. What would they do with Wimpy though? Answers to the usual address.

Whatever happened to Popeye anyway? I hope he got help for his spinach addiction...

Jeremy Renner cast alongside Cruse for Mission: Impossible 4

When the third installment of Mission: Impossible came out, Tom Cruise was hitting the skids in a major way. He'd done the trampolining on Oprah Winfrey's sofa thing, and he was taking serious flak for his association with the Church of Scientology and basically, no-one took him seriously anymore.

However, with the success of his team-up with Cameron Diaz this year in Knight and Day, Cruise looks like he's back on his game. No surprises that he's revisiting his most successful movie franchise - taking secret agent Ethan Hunt back out for a fourth Mission: Impossible adventure.

The big news here is that Oscar nominated "Hurt Locker" actor Jeremy Renner has been cast as a new member of Hunt's team of operatives. Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames will be reprising their roles on the team as well.

Word is that production chief Adam Goodman felt that Renner "has a Daniel Craig quality", and that the actor may end up taking the franchise forward if Cruise decides to bow out of the franchise. The Baltimore Sun's movie blog has a fantastic tribute to Renner's acting prowess that ends by suggesting that Renner's style of 'deep acting' may add more texture to the Mission: Impossible movies than they've had to date:

Billboard poster for Tron: Legacy - check it out!

Check out the new billboard poster for the much-anticipated Tron: Legacy and featuring it's sexy star and House actress, Olivia Wilde.

In the sequel to the 80's classic, Tron, Wilde will be playing a character called Quorra, described as "a warrior computer program who helps Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) and his son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) escape from Tron's shiny digital real".

 Legacy poster

The movie is due to debut in the UK on 26 December 2010, which is a bit of a wait, but since it's been almost 30 years since the first movie, what's a few months between friends?


Here's the official movie synopsis for more information:

Movie review: Toy Story 3, the final chapter!

Before I start on my review of Toy Story 3 (well, technically 3D), I wanted to mention Star Wars. Why? Because both franchises are vehicles for massive toy sales.

I was reminded of this the other day when I read about one of the original Star Wars producers, Gary Kurtz, who left before the third film because merchandising demands started to impact the story.

“We had an outline and George changed everything in it," Kurtz said. “Instead of bittersweet and poignant he wanted a euphoric ending with everybody happy. The original idea was that they would recover [the kidnapped] Han Solo in the early part of the story and that he would then die in the middle part of the film in a raid on an Imperial base. George then decided he didn’t want any of the principals killed. By that time there were really big toy sales and that was a reason.”