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'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' hauls in $60.6M for the biggest Wednesday box office opening ever, Ryan Reynolds gets 'Buried' in Iraq, 'The Runaways' finds its Lita Ford, and more of today's top movie headlines. On the strength of some hardcore Autobot-vs.-Decepticon action -- and a stellar supporting performance from Megan Fox's decolletage -- 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' hauled in a whopping $60.6 million yesterday to break the box-office record for the biggest Wednesday opening of all time. The film earned $16M from midnight showings alone, and is predicted to gross $150M to $170M by Sunday. [Variety]





Ryan Reynolds will star in the indie thriller 'Buried,' playing a civilian contractor who's kidnapped in Iraq and awakens to find that he's buried in a coffin in the desert with nothing but a cell phone, a candle and a knife with which to save himself. Child's play. [Variety]


Scout Taylor-Compton is a little 'Runaway.' The 'Halloween' star will play Lita Ford to Kristen Stewart's Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning's Cherie Currie in 'The Runaways,' a biopic about the legendary '70s all-girl punk band. [Variety]


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced that beginning with the 2010 Academy Awards, the list of Best Picture candidates will expand to include 10 nominees. That means fan faves like 'The Dark Knight' will be in the mix (and that people may actually care about the Oscars for a change). [Moviefone]


Is Tom Welling set to play Superman on the big screen? With the ninth season of the CW's 'Smallville' rumored to be the last, Warner Bros. may be prepping a movie entitled 'Metropolis' for a Christmas 2010 bow. Whether it's a TV pic, a feature film or a bunch of rubbish should be cleared up at Comic-Con in July. [Ain't It Cool News]


Warner Bros. is giving Zack Snyder's director's cut of 'Watchmen' a one-week theatrical run in four major cities before the movie hits DVD on July 21. Included in the 25 minutes of new footage will be the death of a supporting character and, likely, plenty more of Dr. Manhattan's big blue wiener. [The Hollywood Reporter]


ALSO IN THE NEWS ...

The buzzed about indie '(500) Days of Summer,' starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, continues to shine in advance of its July 17 release: It just scored the audience award for favorite dramatic feature at the 2009 Maui Film Festival. [The Hollywood Reporter]

A year after its release, 'The Dark Knight' is still racking up accolades. It took home five trophies to lead the pack at this year's Saturn Awards, which recognize the best in science fiction, fantasy and horror films. 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' and 'Iron Man' snagged three awards each. [The Hollywood Reporter]