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Downtown San Francisco Weathers Threat of Nuclear Annihilation in 'Ghost Protocol'

The Transamerica Pyramid is the target of a nuclear strike in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the latest thriller off one of Hollywood’s most dependable assembly lines. Pixar’s Brad Bird is not the first to wreak havoc on San Francisco, though the Golden Gate Bridge, rather than the city’s tallest skyscraper, is a more popular bull’s-eye.

Tom Cruise Wants To Be Your Neighbor

If it feels like the Sea Cliff just got a little nuttier, it could be because Hollywood's most infamous couch-jumper has taken up residence there. At least, that's what a tipster told SocketSite recently about the A-list actor's ambitions to become an SF local. While the news hasn't been confirmed, rumor has it Cruise dished out $18 million on September 10 for the 19,277 square-foot house at 300 Sea Cliff Avenue. If Mr. Katie Holmes did in fact buy the house for his movie star wife and cutie pie daughter, Suri, the A-list family would be in good company. Robin Williams, Cheech Marin and Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett all live nearby. Residents may want to keep an eye out for fog-veiled paparazzi, just as a precaution.

Notes from a Darkened Theater: Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg to Star in the Facebook Movie

Despite early speculation that Michael Cera or Shia LaBoeuf might be tagged to play Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg in the upcoming David Fincher movie The Social Network, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin recently disclosed that Jesse Eisenberg, the 26-year-old star of Zombieland, has landed the role. His co-stars will include Justin Timberlake, who will play Napster co-founder Sean Parker, and Andrew Garfield (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) as fellow Facebook founder Eduardo Saverin.

Notes from a Darkened Theater: The Future of Batman and a Jester in King Arthur's Court

Recently, the Sun – the London-based tabloid that seems to pride itself on movie-related misinformation – reported that Eddie Murphy and Shia LaBeouf would be joining Christian Bale and rumored Catwoman Rachel Weisz in Christopher Nolan’s next Batman sequel, tentatively titled Gotham.

Though the rumor has been categorically (and convincingly) denied, I believe Murphy could make a fine Riddler, provided he muted his act to suit the dark tone of the material, as Robin Williams did for another Nolan production, Insomnia. But LaBeouf as Robin? Spare us.

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