News briefs: New XXX director; behind Jennifer's Body

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Dec 14, 2012

Ericson Core has signed to direct XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, Columbia's third installment in the action franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter; Vin Diesel is reprising the role of the extreme sports athlete-turned-government operative he originated in the 2002 movie directed by Rob Cohen.
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HBO's True Blood surged more than 20 percent in its ratings week to week to set series records (2.8/8 in 18-49, 5.33 million viewers overall), Variety reported; in the demographic, the vampire series ranked third among all prime-time programs for the week.
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Ain't It Cool News reports a rumor that Christopher Nolan's third Batman movie could be shot entirely in the big-screen IMAX format (not IMAX Digital), as were several major set pieces in the previous movie, The Dark Knight.
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Yahoo! Movies has posted a behind-the-scenes look at Megan Fox's upcoming satirical horror movie Jennifer's Body, which opens Sept. 18.