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Friday, November 20, 2009

Steven Spielberg and Stephen King To Team Up For "Under The Dome"


Steven Spielberg and Stephen King To Team Up For "Under The Dome"

Steven Spielberg and Stephen King are joining forces to develop a limited series based on King's just-released supernatural thriller "Under the Dome." DreamWorks TV has optioned the book and is looking to set it up as an event series, likely for cable.

DreamWorks principal Stacey Snider was key in bringing the project to the company. Spielberg, King and Snider will exec produce along with DreamWorks TV chiefs Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.Book, which has earned strong reviews as a return to form for the prolific author, revolves around the drama that unfolds after an invisible force field suddenly descends on a small vacation town in Maine. As the locals fight for their survival, the town descends into warring factions led by enigmatic characters.

DreamWorks is starting to meet with writers for the project. The plan is to set a writer before shopping the skein to prospective buyers.

Spielberg and King have worked together in the past, developing a screen adaptation of King's 1984 novel "The Talisman," on which Spielberg has had the option for more than 20 years. That project has been developed as a feature, and it came close to being done as a mini for TNT a few years ago until it was tabled for budgetary reasons.

The "Dome" deal continues a burst of activity on the smallscreen side for Spielberg and DreamWorks TV. Among the high-profile projects in the works is a series about the development of a fictional Broadway tuner for Showtime. Another Showtime contender is a costume-drama revolving around the Borgia clan, penned by Neil Jordan and with Robert Zemeckis also producing.

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50 Cent To Stars in "Before I Self Destruct"-This Is For Little Jerry



50 Cent To Star in "Before I Self Destruct"-This Is For Little Jerry

Little Jerry is my little buddy at work and all I hear all day is you don't have anything about 50 cent on your website and how much he hates my yellow back drop.

So I told him I would put something up for him. So here u go . Hope your Happy

And if you ever see this guy ask him for some
Free Jerky


A coming of age story about an inner-city youth raised by a hardworking single mother. When his dream of becoming a basketball player fails to materialize, he finds himself employed in a supermarket. After his mother is tragically gunned down, Clarence (played by Jackson) is consumed by revenge and takes up a life of crime in order to support his younger brother.



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Twilight:New Moon Sets Midnight Showing Records

Twilight:New Moon Sets Midnight Showing Records

Did you go watch the movie last night and contribute to this record?

Summit Entertainment is howling with delight. The Twilight Saga: New Moon has set a new record for opening midnight shows, earning an estimated $26.3 million. The figure passes Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’s midnight take of $22.2 million this past summer. Screening in 3,514 theaters, the film grossed a per-theater average of $7,476. And if that’s not enough, Summit’s one-night re-issue of Twilight last night earned $1.3 million in 2,057 theaters. It’s a remarkable figure considering the movie screened only at 9 p.m. Thursday night. It’s safe to say the Chris Weitz-directed film is going to be a monster hit this weekend.

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Megan Fox Will Live To See Another Transformers Film


Megan Fox Will Live To See Another Transformers Film

There are many things one can expect at a Victoria’s Secret show (mobs of press, crazy futuristic neon wings, bras covered in diamonds, a Black Eyed Pea, or three) but what we did not expect was a candid takedown of the press’ treatment of Megan Fox by none other than Transformers director, Michael Bay. (You may remember the outspoken actress has referred to him as a “nightmare,” and “Hitler” in recent interviews).

But it turns out, Bay couldn’t care less. Really. “I love her,” the man responsible for the blockbuster franchise told USA TODAY's Andrea Mandell. “It’s just, she’s young. Everyone’s got to give her a break, she only…23? It’s just hard. I’ve traveled around the world with her and she’s just like this world symbol now, you know?”

So he brushes her diatribes under the carpet? “Absolutely,” he said. “She called me (after the Hitler comment) and goes, ‘It’s all bullsh—t, Mike.’ The press, they just like to prey, and stalk, and pounce and find a good little juicy thing. But she’s always wanted to do these crazy comments. That’s just her. She’s great.”

He also said, “She’s got a great part in Transformers 3,” and he said he’s currently working on the script. So Bay’s not planning on getting revenge by, say, killing her off? “No, no. no,” he said, dismissing it. “She gets enough of that already.”

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"American Gladiators" Film Gets A Green Light


"American Gladiators" Film Gets A Green Light

Scribe Peter Iliff has been tapped to adapt a live-action bigscreen version of "American Gladiators."

Story, which will feature the Herculean characters as superheroes, will be based on the TV show that first aired in 1988 and has been broadcast in more than 90 countries, with the format adapted for the local market in 14 of them. Most recently, NBC aired a primetime revival of the show in 2008.

Scott Mednick ("Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles") is producing, and "American Gladiators" creator Johnny Ferraro is exec producing.

Mednick is targeting the release for 2011.

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UnderWorld 4 Gets It's Writer


UnderWorld 4 Gets It's Writer

"The Shield" writer John Hlavin has been hired to pen the fourth installment in Screen Gems/Lakeshore's "Underworld" franchise.

Len Wiseman, who directed the first two films in the vampire-vs.-werewolf saga, is producing with Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg and Richard Wright of Lakeshore.

Kate Beckinsale, who starred in the first two movies, has not cut a deal to return to the series; the third pic, a prequel, starred Rhona Mitra, who also has no deal. The fourth film does not have a director attached.

Hlavin said the plot is under wraps, "but I can tell you it's not a prequel." He added, "It will satisfy old fans and excite new audiences, meaning that we don't want to redo the first three movies, so steps are being taken to honor what fans have loved but at the same time introduce fresh elements."

The horror-action series has been successful for Screen Gems and Lakeshore, scaring up nearly $300 million worldwide.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Robert Pattinson In "Remember Me"Trailer


Robert Pattinson In "Remember Me"Trailer

Robert Pattinson plays Tyler, a rebellious young man in New York City who has a strained relationship with his father (Pierce Brosnan). Tyler didn’t think anyone could possibly understand what he was going through until the day he met Ally (Emilie de Ravin) through an unusual twist of fate. But soon, hidden secrets are revealed, and the circumstances that brought them together slowly threaten to tear them apart.

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"Chuck" To Make His Return January 10th On NBC


"Chuck" To Make His Return January 10th On NBC

NBC's "Chuck" will return Sunday, Jan. 10, before moving to Mondays at 8 p.m. starting the next night.



NBC is in talks with Warner Bros. to order additional episodes of "Chuck" ...

The number being bandied about is six additional hours (on top of the 13 episodes already ordered)...

Guest stars will include Angie Harmon, Brandon Routh, Kristin Kreuk, Armand Assante, Steve Austin, Robert Patrick and Vinnie Jones.

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Stephen Moyer and Brittany Murphy To Star In "The Caller"


Stephen Moyer and Brittany Murphy To Star In "The Caller"

When troubled divorcee, Mary Kee, begins to receive mysterious phone calls from an unknown caller she quickly begins to feel haunted in her own home. When she discovers that the person is calling from the past, Mary realises that she will have to kill her in order to survive but how do you kill someone living in the past and what will happen if she fails.

The film begins shooting this Friday.
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Lost" To Premiere February 2,2010 With All-Night Event


"Lost" To Premiere February 2,2010 With All-Night Event

ABC announced today the premiere of the 6th and final season of Lost, with a special all-night event on February 2nd. A recap special will kick off the night from 8:00-9:00 PM ET, followed by the two-hour premiere from 9:00-11:00 PM. The series will then air in its regular time period – Tuesday nights from 9:00-10:00 PM ET beginning the following week, on February 9.

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Mammoth Opening For Twilight New Moon Internationally


Mammoth Opening For Twilight New Moon Internationally

Let the Craziness begin. Film Opens at Midnight tonight.

These are all estimates. But in Australia today, NEW MOON's midnight results were the highest grossing midnight screening since STAR WARS: EPISODE 3 (which garnered $1.2M USD in May 2005). NEW MOON played on 466 screens and grossed a phenomenal $1.6M.

On Wednesday, NEW MOON launched No. 1 in France with 488,000 admissions for its first day from 751 resulting with $4.36M on Day One -- which is 4 times what TWILIGHT did (140,960 admissions and gross $1.15M).

Also Wednesday, NEW MOON grossed $2.7M in Italy from 625 screens in its first day of release, with screens still to report. Currently NEW MOON is the 3rd highest Wednesday opening ever in Italy behind HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE and HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX.

In Spain NEW MOON opened Wednesday with $2.2M from 652 screens. The 3rd best Wednesday opening day ever, just behind HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX and HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, and finally surpassing THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING.

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Jason Lee Jumps In The "Delta Blues" For TNT


Jason Lee Jumps In The "Delta Blues," Show To Be Produced By George Clooney

My Name Is Earl" star Jason Lee is jumping back into TV as the lead in "Delta Blues," TNT's pilot executive produced by George Clooney.

The hourlong "Delta Blues," from Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures and Warner Horizon, centers on Dwight Hendricks (Lee), a Memphis police officer who lives with his mother and moonlights as an Elvis impersonator.

Michael Wright, TNT and TBS head of programming, called Lee "the ideal choice to bring the compelling, off-kilter Dwight Hendricks to life."

Clark Johnson is directing the pilot from a script by Liz M. Garcia and Joshua Harto. Clooney, Heslov, Garcia and Johnson serve as executive producers, with Henry Bronchtein and Abby Wolf-Weiss co-exec producing and Harto producing.

Lee came close to toplining a series on TNT sister network TBS this year when TBS tried to continue "Earl" following its cancellation by NBC, but budget issues thwarted the move.

Lee earned several acting nominations for playing lovable hick Earl Hickey on the show, which ran for four seasons.

As for Lee's other projects in the hopper, he co-created and is co-producing with Luke Watson a live-action comedy for Adult Swim set in the world of skateboarding. Lee also is attached to direct and star (in second position to "Delta") in the comedy, now in development.

He is set to reprise his role from "Alvin and the Chipmunks" with a cameo in the upcoming "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel."

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Brad Pitt To Star In "Dark Void"


Brad Pitt To Star In "Dark Void"

Brad Pitt's Plan B and Indian media conglom Reliance Big Pictures have inked a deal with videogame company Capcom to develop a feature film based on the "Dark Void" computer game as a potential franchise and starring vehicle for the actor.

Capcom will release "Dark Void," about a pilot who crash lands in the Bermuda Triangle following a routine mission and wakes up to find himself in an alternate world resembling a primitive earth where aliens with superior technology are planning to take over civilization, in North America and Europe in January next year.

Project is the first to come out of Reliance's development silo with Plan B after the deal was first announced at the Cannes film festival last year

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Eddie Murphy To Produce“The Misadventures of Fluffy”


Eddie Murphy To Produce“The Misadventures of Fluffy”

The A-lister is attached to produce and could potentially star in “The Misadventures of Fluffy,” a new buddy comedy that’s been set up at Paramount.

Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly sold the pitch for the R-rated comedy and will write the script. The project is described as a road trip pic through New York featuring talking animals, and with an element of social comedy reminiscent of Murphy’s 1980’s hit “Trading Places.”

Insiders emphasize that while Murphy is formally attached to produce, he is not formally attached to star at this point.

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Review Of Twilight Saga:New Moon


Variety Review Of Twilight Saga:New Moon

Spoiler Alert-If your going to watch this week u have been warned!!

With more bark than bite, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" finds its brooding heroine torn from her depressive, bloodsucking boyfriend and thrust into the claws of a hunky werewolf. That's sort of like being caught between a rock and a hard place (or, in high school terms, between a Goth and a jock), and this second screen installment of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling series focuses, somewhat convincingly, on the emotions of an 18-year-old coping with her undying love of the undead. Carried by Kristen Stewart's compellingly dark performance, but also by helmer Chris Weitz's robust visuals, "Moon" should cause boffo B.O. tides and could outperform its predecessor, which grossed $383 million worldwide.

While this second chapter of Summit Entertainment's four-part franchise is as good as "Twilight" and arguably a shade better, it's indisputably darker in its depiction of the throes and woes of adolescent love, especially when one gets dumped. That's how things kick off for Bella Swan (Stewart), whose 18th birthday begins with a nightmare and ends with vampire heartthrob Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) telling her he's moving away, with no plans of maintaining a long-distance relationship. Bella quickly slips into a massive depression that resembles a full-scale heroin withdrawal, while her cop dad (Billy Burke) and barely visible school pals can do little but look on.

As foreshadowed in the closing minutes of part one, help soon comes in the form of Native American dream boy Jacob Black, aka Jake (Taylor Lautner), who's clearly been working out since the first film (as Bella remarks several times). Although they start off as friends, it's no secret where things are headed, and Bella engages in several near-suicidal acts that leave her torn between Edward's far-reaching grasp and Jake's bulging biceps.

Bella and Jake's growing relationship is paralleled by rumors of random animal attacks in the woods, as well as the increasingly menacing presence of Jake's macho buddies (all of whom, like Jake, prefer to remain bare-chested, especially after it starts raining). When vampires from the first go-round resurface to take revenge on Bella, a pack of colossal werewolves comes to her rescue, and it doesn't take a degree in occult studies to make the connection between the beasts and the boys.

Pic's first half maintains a somber atmosphere that is broken by spells of PG-13 violence (a decapitation, a few gory closeups) and some nifty cinematic tricks, including a twirling 360-degree shot that shows the passing of time as Bella recovers from the break-up. Director Weitz ("The Golden Compass"), taking the reins from "Twilight" helmer Catherine Hardwicke, and lenser Javier Aguirresarobe painstakingly depict the gloomy, dreamlike state of Bella's extended blues, and then pick up the pace about an hour in with several action sequences set in the rain-soaked woods near Forks, Wash.

As expected, Edward soon reappears, albeit for confused reasons, and the quid pro quo eventually carries the action to a royal Italian vampire council (known as the Volturi), providing some handsome locations and a brief turn by Dakota Fanning as a mind-controlling, heavily made-up vampiress. The shortcuts needed to propel the narrative homeward feel a tad rushed, but screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg (who also penned "Twilight") wisely keeps things focused on Bella's ever-changing, mostly darkening emotional states, and whether she will end up choosing Edward or Jake.

Stewart is the heart and soul of the film, and not only because her Bella is surrounded by characters who literally have neither one nor the other. She gives both weight and depth to dialogue ("You're just warm. You're like your own sun") that would sound like typical chick-lit blather in the mouth of a less engaging actress, and she makes Bella's psychological wounds seem like the real deal.

Fangirls may be disappointed by Pattinson's reduced presence here, as his Edward appears predominantly in mumbling visions until a cliffhanger that brazenly sets up the next episode. Lautner's Jake provides a strong alternative to Edward's pale dreariness, though the filmmakers overdo the "strong" part in an ongoing effort to keep their target audience enraptured.

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ABC's V Rating Crashing Even More


ABC's V Rating Crashing Even More

Wow, looks like ABC's V is definitely in trouble.

Last night's third episode saw ratings and audience drop significantly again, down 18 percent to 9.3 million (3.1 rating among adults 18-49), according to The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed blog.

That after a precipitous 29 percent drop in week two from the blockbuster premiere.

We're going to go out on a limb and say that the lizard aliens won't be on Earth for very long. Remember, ABC is airing only four episodes now (the last one airs next week) and was planning on returning to the air next spring with the final episodes of season one.

We don't know, but we've always thought this was ABC's way of not committing to the production of the show before they had a good sense of which way the audience would go; as the production was slated to start up again next month or so, we're thinking they'll just go ahead and pull the plug once the four eps have aired.

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Steven Seagal Lawman Premieres On A&E In December


Steven Seagal Lawman Premieres On A&E In December

When I first heard this I thought to myself no way. But from what I have seen this is for real and it's the old Steven Seagal (a few extra pounds)

Be the first to see A&E's newest Real Life series Steven Seagal Lawman! AETV.com is presenting a special, one-time-only, back-to-back online screening of the premiere episode of Steven Seagal Lawman on Wednesday, November 18 at 8pm ET/5pm PT. Come back to this page tonight at 8pm ET/5pm PT to see the show, or you'll have to wait until the series premieres on A&E on Wednesday, December 2.



Steven Seagal Lawman - His movies have grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. He is an expert martial artist with a 7th-degree black belt in Aikido. He's considered to be in the same class of action hero as Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, Steven Seagal isn't just an action hero in the movies. For almost 20 years, Seagal has been working as a fully commissioned deputy with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana. In addition to going out on patrol, Seagal is an expert marksman who has worked with their SWAT team and has instructed Jefferson Parish officers in firearms and hand-to-hand combat.

Steven Seagal Lawman will allow fans to ride shotgun with Seagal as he and his hand-selected elite team of deputies respond to crimes in progress. Then, when Seagal goes off duty, the cameras will continue following him as he pursues his many ventures, including musical performances and philanthropic efforts in Jefferson Parish and New Orleans.

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McSteamy Joins Cast Of "Burlesque"


McSteamy Joins Cast Of "Burlesque"

"Grey's Anatomy" star Eric Dane will round out the ensemble cast of Screen Gems' upcoming musical "Burlesque."

Cher, Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci, Cam Gigandet, Kristen Bell and Alan Cumming have already boarded the project, written and to be helmed by Steve Antin.

Donald De Line will produce via his De Line Pictures banner.

Story centers on Ali, an ambitious small-town girl with a big-town voice (Aguilera) who finds love, family and success in a neo-burlesque club. Dane will play Marcus, a charming, successful businessman who offers to buy Tess (Cher) out of the burlesque club and vies for Ali's heart.

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Jennifer Hudson To Play Winnie Mandela



Jennifer Hudson To Play Winnie Mandela

Jennifer Hudson, the former American Idol contestant who won the oscar in her first screen role in "Dreamgirls," is ready for her next challenge. Hudson will star in “Winnie,” a drama that casts her as the former wife of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela.

Hudson will play Winnie Mandela in a film that begins production May 30 in the South African locations of Johannesburg, Capt Town, and the Transkei and Robben Island where the future president spent 18 of his 27 years in prison.

“Winnie” will be directed by Darrell J. Roodt, the veteran South African filmmaker whose 2006 film “Yesterday” was Africa’s Best Foreign Film nominee, and who also directed “Cry, The Beloved Country,” and “Sarafina!”

Andre Pieterse, Roodt and Paul L. Johnson wrote a script based on the Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob biography “Winnie Mandela:A Life.”

Picture is being made with South African and Canadian money, with Pieterse producing with Michael Mosca of Canada’s Equinoxe Films.

She has been depicted as the mother and wife who was a steadfast supporter of her activist husband and who was jailed herself for campaigning for his release and fighting against apartheid. Her image was subsequently tarnished by association with a bodyguard who murdered a 14-year old alleged informer, and she was later convicted of fraud.

The filmmakers will tell the whole story, good and bad.

“I was compelled and moved when I read the script,” Hudson said. “Winnie Mandela is a complex and extraordinary woman and I’m honored to be the actress asked to portray her. This is a powerful part of history that should be told.”

Hudson, who is expected to sing the film’s theme song, followed her screen debut with “The Secret Life of Bees” and “Sex in the City.”

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Zack Snyder's "Guardians of Ga'hoole" Adds All Star Cast


Zack Snyder's "Guardians of Ga'hoole" Adds All Star Cast

Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving and David Wenham will topline the voice cast of Animal Logic's 3D animated feature, "Guardians of Ga'hoole," distributor Roadshow Films said Wednesday.

The big-budget fantasy film, in production in Sydney and directed by Zack Snyder, also will feature the voices of Aussie actors Emily Barclay, Abbie Cornish, Emilie de Ravin, Ryan Kwanten and Jay Laga'aia, as well as English actors Miriam Margolyes, Helen Mirren and Jim Sturgess.

The film follows Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father's epic stories of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones.

A Warner Bros./Village Roadshow Pictures film, "Guardians of Ga'hoole" is being set for release in Australia on Dec. 9, 2010.
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"Space Invader"Justin Theroux To Write The Film


"Space Invader"Justin Theroux To Write The Film

Justin Theroux is heading to space. The actor-cum-writer is on board to pen a draft of "Space Invader," an astronaut romantic comedy set up at Fox.

Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger sold the project and penned the original draft of the comedy, which centers on a man who decides to go to space after he suspects that his longtime girlfriend, an astronaut, is cheating on him with another spacewalker. Will Arnett is attached to star.

Davis Entertainment, the production company behind comedies like "The Heartbreak Kid," is on board to produce with Principato/Young. The project originally was set up at Fox Atomic before migrating to big Fox after the shuttering of that division.

The UTA- and 3 Arts-repped Theroux, who could potentially direct the title as well, has been honing his writing chops. He penned the comedy hit "Tropic Thunder" at Paramount and wrote the upcoming Marvel/Par pic "Iron Man 2."

He's also on board to produce "Air Guitar Nation," a feature remake of the well-received doc.

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Percy Jackson And The Olympians: Lightning Thief Trailer


Percy Jackson And The Olympians: Lightning Thief Trailer

It's the 21st century, but the gods of Mount Olympus and assorted monsters have walked out of the pages of high school student Percy Jackson's Greek mythology texts and into his life. And they're not happy: Zeus' lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Even more troubling is the sudden disappearance of Percy's mother. As Percy finds himself caught between angry and battling gods, he and his friends embark on a cross-country adventure to catch the true lightning thief, save Percy's mom, and unravel a mystery more powerful than the gods themselves.

The films stars Logan Lerman(The Butterfly Effect/Gamer) in the title role, with Brandon T. Jackson(Tropic Thunder), Uma Thurman, Rosario Dawson, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Catherine Keener, and Erica Cerra(Eureka) rounding out the cast.



Percy Jackson & The Olympians is a series of adventure and fantasy books authored by Rick Riordan. Set in the United States, the series is prominently based on Greek mythology. The series consists of five books, as well as spin-off titles such as The Demigod Files and Demigods and Monsters. The Lightning Thief, the first book, is the basis of a film called Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief which is scheduled for release in the United States on February 12, 2010.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

UFC's Brock Lesnar In For A Fight


UFC's Brock Lesnar In For A Fight And It's Not In The Octagon

This lets you know that no one is invisible. Even the toughest guys in the world.

My best goes out To Brock and wish him a speedy recovery.I for one want to see him fight again.

His life was now about family, training and humble hard work. It was the antithesis of his days making millions in the cutthroat, 300-days-on-the-road, close-down-the-nightclubs-fast-lane of the WWE.

That was an existence he grew to detest, so much so that five years ago he walked away from a multi-million dollar contract with no job.

Then an interesting thing happened. By moving to real fighting, he found the real Brock Lesnar.

“This is who I am,” he said. “I’m a fighter.”

Now Lesnar is in for the biggest fight of his life; dealing with a serious illness – at this point just described as “bacterial infection in his intestinal tract.” He had “minor surgery” in Bismarck, N.D. Tuesday, according to UFC president Dana White.

“Not 100 (percent) sure he is out of the woods but (he’s) feeling better,” White wrote via Twitter.

The illness has caused the postponement of one title defense and, according to White, could even cost him his budding second-career.

“There’s a possibility Lesnar will never fight again,” White told TMZ.com on Monday.

Lesnar is famously private and precise details of what’s wrong have not been released. His management team and the UFC have declined further comment. All we know is that he grew so weak during an October training camp that he had to pull out of a fight that was scheduled for this Saturday.

The first diagnosis was mono. White said Saturday, though, that Lesnar was “very, very sick.” While he wouldn’t reveal the illness, he said it wasn’t cancer or HIV. There is no word on whether Tuesday’s surgery solves the problem or is just the first of many treatments.

Either way, for Lesnar the person, the timing is tough.

The 32-year old had entered a period of professional success, personal contentment and family bliss (a new baby boy with his wife, former wrestling star Sable, while living near his second grade daughter from a previous relationship).

It was a journey that was a long time and numerous bold lifestyle changes in the making.

After winning a NCAA wrestling championship at the University of Minnesota in 2000, Lesnar entered the scripted WWE as a natural born star. At 6-3, 300-pounds, he boasted incredible athletic ability and a natural touch as an actor. He was a headliner by 2002 and for three years made millions while living the predictable wild life on the road of someone young, rich and famous.

“You could either stay in or go out,” he said. “Guess which I chose?”

Increasingly he detested it. He was miserable. He later got a tattoo of a sword on his chest, blade pointed at his neck.

“At the time it symbolized someone (having) a knife up against my throat,” he said.

The WWE has a long, ugly history of pushing its wrestlers to cut corners and compete at all costs. Dozens of pro wrestlers have died young, even in their 20s and 30s. Others have pointed to a culture of steroids (Lesnar has denied ever taking them), pain killers and substance abuse.

Whatever the reason, Lesnar did what few do. He walked away. He attempted to get out of his contract by trying out for the Minnesota Vikings even though he hadn’t played football since high school. He almost made the team.

He pro wrestled in Japan, got into a legal battle with the WWE and, in 2006, just retired and left everything behind. The $7 million contract. The all-night parties. The rush of fame.

His decision is beyond rare – there’s a reason they’ll never run out of subjects for “True Hollywood Stories.”

Lesnar said he’d rather farm than continue. The fake wrestler was going to be true to himself. He had no clear career path. He said he was depressed. He bought some land. He ran a tractor.

Then he gave mixed martial arts a chance and after one contest approached Dana White.

“Let me fight,” Lesnar begged back in 2007. “Give me one chance.”

The UFC is the highest level of cage fighting, filled with experts at things like Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai boxing. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you’ll get hurt. Even a former NCAA wrestling champ.

“It’s no place for on the job training,” White cautioned.

Lesnar didn’t care.

“I’m either good at this or I’m not,” he said, asking for world class competition from the start, unwilling to waste any more of the present as he searched for a future.

In less than a year he was the UFC heavyweight champion and its biggest box office draw. It turns out he wasn’t just good at MMA, he was great at it.

Suddenly he could earn millions by fighting just a few times a year. Gone were weeks with seven shows in seven cities. It was a real sport. He retreated to Alexandria, Minn., a working-class town a two-hour drive northwest of Minneapolis. It’s where his daughter lives.

He and Sable bought a 40-acre farm in the woods. They had their first son in June. He became the rare athlete who openly discussed trying to be the best father and husband he could.

When not working out at a non-descript training facility, he hunts and fishes. He drives rusted, used trucks. He doesn’t have the Internet. If it weren’t for an occasional hunting show and NFL football, he’d throw out his television. He eats at Subway.

He couldn’t be happier. He’s found balance.

“Fighting is not my life,” he said last month, eating a meatball sub. “My family is my life. I know who I am and what I’m about. My wife knows who I am. My children know who I am. My friends. That’s all that matter to me.”

He’s poured himself into becoming a better fighter, paying training partners and experts to come in and make him better.

He was on the verge of a long career, perhaps even an extended run as the champion. Everything was humming, professionally and personally. The gamble of walking away from the circus and into an honest life had paid off.

Then a week after we had lunch in Alexandria, he got sick. Then he got sicker. Now he might need further hospitalization, surgery, treatment, who knows.

Now everything is up in the air for a guy who found happiness by getting grounded.

sat in a small-town, fast food restaurant, surrounded by blue-collar townies, munching on a five-dollar foot long. He was the reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title holder, yet unlike his old days as a professional wrestler/entertainer, he was far from the spotlight.

His life was now about family, training and humble hard work. It was the antithesis of his days making millions in the cutthroat, 300-days-on-the-road, close-down-the-nightclubs-fast-lane of the WWE.

That was an existence he grew to detest, so much so that five years ago he walked away from a multi-million dollar contract with no job.

Then an interesting thing happened. By moving to real fighting, he found the real Brock Lesnar.

“This is who I am,” he said. “I’m a fighter.”

Now Lesnar is in for the biggest fight of his life; dealing with a serious illness – at this point just described as “bacterial infection in his intestinal tract.” He had “minor surgery” in Bismarck, N.D. Tuesday, according to UFC president Dana White.

“Not 100 (percent) sure he is out of the woods but (he’s) feeling better,” White wrote via Twitter.

The illness has caused the postponement of one title defense and, according to White, could even cost him his budding second-career.

“There’s a possibility Lesnar will never fight again,” White told TMZ.com on Monday.

Lesnar is famously private and precise details of what’s wrong have not been released. His management team and the UFC have declined further comment. All we know is that he grew so weak during an October training camp that he had to pull out of a fight that was scheduled for this Saturday.

The first diagnosis was mono. White said Saturday, though, that Lesnar was “very, very sick.” While he wouldn’t reveal the illness, he said it wasn’t cancer or HIV. There is no word on whether Tuesday’s surgery solves the problem or is just the first of many treatments.

Either way, for Lesnar the person, the timing is tough.

The 32-year old had entered a period of professional success, personal contentment and family bliss (a new baby boy with his wife, former wrestling star Sable, while living near his second grade daughter from a previous relationship).

It was a journey that was a long time and numerous bold lifestyle changes in the making.

After winning a NCAA wrestling championship at the University of Minnesota in 2000, Lesnar entered the scripted WWE as a natural born star. At 6-3, 300-pounds, he boasted incredible athletic ability and a natural touch as an actor. He was a headliner by 2002 and for three years made millions while living the predictable wild life on the road of someone young, rich and famous.

“You could either stay in or go out,” he said. “Guess which I chose?”

Increasingly he detested it. He was miserable. He later got a tattoo of a sword on his chest, blade pointed at his neck.

“At the time it symbolized someone (having) a knife up against my throat,” he said.

The WWE has a long, ugly history of pushing its wrestlers to cut corners and compete at all costs. Dozens of pro wrestlers have died young, even in their 20s and 30s. Others have pointed to a culture of steroids (Lesnar has denied ever taking them), pain killers and substance abuse.

Whatever the reason, Lesnar did what few do. He walked away. He attempted to get out of his contract by trying out for the Minnesota Vikings even though he hadn’t played football since high school. He almost made the team.

He pro wrestled in Japan, got into a legal battle with the WWE and, in 2006, just retired and left everything behind. The $7 million contract. The all-night parties. The rush of fame.

His decision is beyond rare – there’s a reason they’ll never run out of subjects for “True Hollywood Stories.”

Lesnar said he’d rather farm than continue. The fake wrestler was going to be true to himself. He had no clear career path. He said he was depressed. He bought some land. He ran a tractor.

Then he gave mixed martial arts a chance and after one contest approached Dana White.

“Let me fight,” Lesnar begged back in 2007. “Give me one chance.”

The UFC is the highest level of cage fighting, filled with experts at things like Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai boxing. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you’ll get hurt. Even a former NCAA wrestling champ.

“It’s no place for on the job training,” White cautioned.

Lesnar didn’t care.

“I’m either good at this or I’m not,” he said, asking for world class competition from the start, unwilling to waste any more of the present as he searched for a future.

In less than a year he was the UFC heavyweight champion and its biggest box office draw. It turns out he wasn’t just good at MMA, he was great at it.

Suddenly he could earn millions by fighting just a few times a year. Gone were weeks with seven shows in seven cities. It was a real sport. He retreated to Alexandria, Minn., a working-class town a two-hour drive northwest of Minneapolis. It’s where his daughter lives.

He and Sable bought a 40-acre farm in the woods. They had their first son in June. He became the rare athlete who openly discussed trying to be the best father and husband he could.

When not working out at a non-descript training facility, he hunts and fishes. He drives rusted, used trucks. He doesn’t have the Internet. If it weren’t for an occasional hunting show and NFL football, he’d throw out his television. He eats at Subway.

He couldn’t be happier. He’s found balance.

“Fighting is not my life,” he said last month, eating a meatball sub. “My family is my life. I know who I am and what I’m about. My wife knows who I am. My children know who I am. My friends. That’s all that matter to me.”

He’s poured himself into becoming a better fighter, paying training partners and experts to come in and make him better.

He was on the verge of a long career, perhaps even an extended run as the champion. Everything was humming, professionally and personally. The gamble of walking away from the circus and into an honest life had paid off.

Then a week after we had lunch in Alexandria, he got sick. Then he got sicker. Now he might need further hospitalization, surgery, treatment, who knows.

Now everything is up in the air for a guy who found happiness by getting grounded.

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Texas Killing Fields To Star Bradley Cooper And Sam Worthington


Texas Killing Fields To Star Bradley Cooper And Sam Worthington

Texas Killing Fields’ was a fantastic script, really special script, but it was just so dark it would never get made. You’d have to have half a dozen super megastars for a studio to even consider making it,” Boyle said of the project. “It’s by an ex-cop from Galveston and visually would have been extraordinary, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Well, it looks like they may have found their super mega-stars. Unfortunately, according to our inside source, The Hollywood Cog, Danny Boyle is no longer attached to the project.

Instead, the project — which is being produced by Michael Mann, who was once himself attached to direct — has fallen into the lap of Ami Mann, Michael’s daughter. whose only notable experience was as the second unit director on Heat and a long in-development and probably dead, Racing the Monsoon (which at one time had Michael Douglas attached).

Ami Mann’s inexperience is noteworthy here, I would think, because of the two stars now attached to the project, two of the biggest actors in Hollywood this year: The Hangover’s Bradley Cooper and Avatar’s Sam Worthington. It’s not quite half-a-dozen megastars, but it’s a pretty solid star, and certainly enough to make me interested in the project.

Little is known about the script, except that it’s about two cops who realize that the latest murder in their jurisdiction connects their case to the notorious killing fields murders. The killing field murders concern four bodies that were found in the same place in Texas — along Interstate 45 near Calder Road in League City. Two of the bodies are still unidentified, and all four murders remain unsolved. I suspect the script is a fictional account inspired by those murders, and it certainly does sound dark. But with Cooper and Worthington attached, it should have no problem moving ahead.

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Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris Are Teaming Up Again


Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris Are Teaming Up Again In "TMI"

Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris are teaming up again for another film. They first teamed up together in the film "Just Friends"

Universal Pictures has acquired "TMI," a comic vehicle for Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris. Pic becomes one of the first purchases made by the new U regime of Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley.

Scripted by Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Marc Klein, the comic premise is that while honesty is the best policy for a relationship, "too much information" might not be the best thing.

Andrew Panay ("Old Dogs") will produce with Jonathon Komack Martin, latter of whom partners with Reynolds in Dark Trick Films. Reynolds will be executive producer.

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Jerry Bruckheimer To Make "Alien Legion" Into A Film


Jerry Bruckheimer To Make "Alien Legion" Into A Film

Looks like Comic Books Made into Films is not near it's end yet.

Launched in 1984 as the pet project of series creator Carl Potts, Alien Legion has developed a cult following over the years. The series redefined the military science-fiction genre, telling tales of war and space exploration through the eyes of a rough-and-tumble intergalactic foreign legion. Imagine a much grittier Star Trek blended with The Dirty Dozen and Kelly's Heroes. Its popularity is evidenced by it being the longest continuously running series in the history of 1980s Marvel imprint Epic Comics.

Alien Legion will soon find its way to the big screen, as well. "Alien Legion has been optioned for some time," Potts confirms. "The script is currently in its third rewrite." In a recent interview with film fan-site Heyuguys.co.uk, Derek Haas revealed that he and writing partner Michael Brandt (Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma) are reworking the Alien Legion script for Jerry BruckheimerLegion. "Bruckheimer's never done a science-fiction before, so that challenge, I think, is something that would hold his interest. The success they've had with blending CGI and live-action characters in The Pirates of the Caribbean series could translate easily to an Alien Legion film." and Disney. Potts believes Bruckheimer is the type of producer who could do a great job on a film version of

Warner also thinks Alien Legion would translate well to film. "Legion is painted on an immense canvas, and today's effects can really carry that off. The themes and characters have a lot of depth and resonance, and ultimately that's what storytelling is about. Good stories are always good stories."

While Potts is excited about the film and new comic development, he sees Legion as having far more potential. "I really see this as having franchise potential. Films, books, TV and video games —Legion's one of those properties that would work well in any medium."

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McG Sunk Another Ship. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea On Hold


McG Sunk Another Ship. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea On Hold

McG Killed The Terminator Franchise with one swoop ( he is attached to “Terminator 5") and it doesn't look like Disney wants anything to do with him for this film.

Let's hope that is the reason they put the film on hold.

Disney has put “Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” in dry dock.

The picture, tentatively scheduled to begin production in February, has been halted indefinitely, and McG is no longer steering the ship.

The studio confirmed that the studio won’t proceed with the film for now, and reps for the director confirmed he has withdrawn. McG will concentrate on other projects that include “Dead Spy Running,” a Warner Bros. drama that Stephen Gaghan is writing. McG is also attached to “Terminator 5,” though that movie is on hold indefinitely as the Terminator franchise works its way through bankruptcy court. McG just teamed with “Borat” helmer Larry Charles on a new NBC comedy.

McG, who last directed “Terminator Salvation,” had been attached to “Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” since last January. The Bill Marsilli-scripted pic is an origin story about how Nemo constructed his warship, the Nautilus. The studio made the original 1954 “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” as Disney’s first live action film. It won three Oscars and inspired a Disney theme park ride.

While names like Will Smith were rumored as possible stars, no cast was ever set. The project had been on a fast track under the Dick Cook regime. Studio sez event pics like "20,000 Leagues," "John Carter of Mars" and "Tron" are still priority under new chief Rich Ross.

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"Thor's" Gang Has Rounded Out

"Thor's" Gang Has Rounded Out

The cast is turning out to be amazing.

"Thor" helmer Kenneth Branagh has locked Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson, and Tadanobu Asano to play Warrior's Three, a trio of Asgardian adventurers who fight alongside the Norse god in the Marvel Entertainment drama.

Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston and Natalie Portman also star in the pic scripted by Mark Protosevich and Zack Stentz. Paramount Pictures will release "Thor" on May 20, 2011.

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J.J. Abrams Talks Star Trek 2 And Mission Impossible 4


J.J. Abrams Talks Star Trek 2 And Mission Impossible 4

I really enjoyed J.J Abrams job on the New Star Trek movie and hope that he does come back to do the second film. I am most curious about the on going of Mission Impossible 4.

While it's widely assumed that J.J. Abrams will be directing the next "Star Trek" film, that's not necessarily the case.

Abrams is one of the busiest people in Hollywood, yet he always takes time to graciously talk to press. Tonight, we asked him about Star Trek and a few other projects he's involved in at the DVD/Blu-ray release party.

Q: What's the status on "Mission: Impossible IV"?

J.J. Abrams: We are working on the script and we have an incredibly cool story. It's literally being written right this second.

Q: What are the elements that would have to line up to make you direct the next "Star Trek" film?

Abrams: The truth is, the idea of anyone else directing the next "Star Trek" film breaks my heart. I had the most fun ever with these people. But, it's impossible to know when the script is done. That's the time to look at it and ask, "is this the right thing for the movie? Is it the right thing for me? My family?" and all that stuff. It's so hard to know a year out with no script in existence if I should direct the movie. I look forward to making that decision when the time comes.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

HBO's "The Pacific" First Look


HBO's "The Pacific" First Look

The Pacific is a World War II television drama miniseries, produced by HBO, Seven Network Australia and Dreamworks, which is currently in production. It is similar, although unrelated, to Band of Brothers. Whereas Band of Brothers focused on Army's involvement in the European Theater of Operations, the new series will be about the Marine Corps's actions in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

The Pacific is being spearheaded by Bruce McKenna (co-executive producer), who was one of the main writers on Band of Brothers. Hugh Ambrose, the son of Band of Brothers author Stephen Ambrose, will serve as a project consultant.



The Pacific is being produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman in association with HBO Films, Playtone, Dreamworks, and Seven Network.

Due out in 2010

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“Captain EO” To Make Return To Disneyland


“Captain EO” To Make Return To Disneyland

I reported on this back in September and it's going to happen the beginning of next year. Click Here to read Story


The word from Hollywood is that Disneyland is planning to revive Michael Jackson’s 3D film beginning in January. Heavily influenced by “Star Wars,” the 1986 short film was produced by George Lucas and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Back in those days, Michael had the money from “Thriller” to make anything happen.

Among the cast: Michael, Anjelica Huston, Dick Shawn -- the latter died less than a year after “Captain EO” was released.

It’s the 3D version coming back to Disneyland, but you can watch a less complex version on YouTube (see below).

“Captain EO” was pulled from Disneyland years ago. But with Jackson’s “This Is It” up to about $220 million worldwide, interest in him is rekindled. It’s another tragic irony for Jackson. And, believe it or not, the “This Is It” companion CD looks like it sold well over 125,000 copies last week — even though it’s just greatest hits.

“Captain EO” contains a video of Jackson dancing and singing a song called “We Are Here to Change the World.”




No word yet on whether Huston or any of the other “Captain EO” cast members will get paid for this revival. According to sources, Disney has the right to use the film whenever it wants to. I’m told they’re even thinking of having a premiere.

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Death Race 2 Casting Has Begun


Death Race 2 Casting Has Begun

Who is going to play Frankenstein?

Fancy stepping into Jason Statham's shoes? Handy behind the wheel of a souped-up motor? Might be time to get yourself an agent then, as casting has just kicked off for Death Race: Frankenstein Lives, the sequel to last year's epic of twisted metal, burning rubber and unlikely plot contrivance.

Here's the plot description so far: "Newly arrived at Terminal Island, a prison for the most unredeemable [sic] of convicts, Carl 'Luke' Lucas must prove his mettle in a race to the death". Lucas is described in the casting notes as a "right-hand man to a notorious mobster for twelve years", given life-imprisonment for killing a cop in a botched bank robbery. He's offered a deal by the DA if he turns state's evidence, but opts to take his chances behind bars, resulting in VAROOOM and KERSMASH.

Initial talk was of a prequel, setting up the corrupt and lethal prison dragracing system into which The Stath was thrust last year, and chronicling the career of the original Frankenstein, following whose death Statham grudgingly donned the mask. The character of September Jones bears that out, as she's the "eye-poppingly gorgeous model turned journalist" who comes up with the Death Race concept when her Gladiators-type show starts to plummet in the ratings.

And get this: the owner of the TV network is one Douglas Weyland, of the Weyland Corporation. We're in the Alien universe, boys and girls! Who woulda thunk it?

We have, of course, Alien Vs. Predator mastermind Paul WS Anderson to thank for that one. He likes doing this - there are lots of clues in Soldier that it's in the same universe as Blade Runner.

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Brain Cox As A Dwarf In The Hobbit?


Brain Cox As A Dwarf In The Hobbit?

So, speculating hat on. There are a bakers' dozen dwarves in The Hobbit: Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin (Gimli's dad), Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, Ori, and of course, main-man Thorin Oakenshield.

[Spoilers coming if you haven't read the book]. Most obvious of those roles for an actor of repute would be Thorin (it's pronounced Thaureen, you know): haughty, stern and officious; all traits that Cox has played before with aplomb. He fights alongside Gandalf in the goblin tunnels and dies a heroic death at the Battle of the Five Armies. But he's also a bit annoying and rubbish: getting himself captured before anyone else at Mirkwood, making serious diplomatic gaffes at Laketown and throwing a big strop when Bilbo nicks the Arkenstone. Anyone who spent hours playing the Spectrum game in the 80s, in which Thorin spent vast tracts of time sitting on his arse singing about gold and refusing to help you out of the goblin's dungeon, will have tried to cleave his skull on many occasions.

So if he didn't fancy a bluff idiot, albeit one with a meaty dramatic arc, maybe Cox would also be a good fit for Balin, whose tomb we already visited in The Fellowship of the Ring. Or maybe even Bombur, Bilbo's fat comic-relief mate, who has to be carried or rope-lifted whenever the terrain gets difficult. He's versatile, is Cox.

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Leaves Of Grass Trailer Starring Edward Norton

Leaves Of Grass Trailer Starring Edward Norton

Leaves of Grass is an upcoming comedic thriller that follows an Ivy League philosophy professor (Edward Norton) who is lured back into his home town by his twin brother (also Norton) for a doomed scheme against a local drug lord (Richard Dreyfuss) that unravels his life.




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The movie was written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson and stars Edward Norton, Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, Melanie Lynskey and Keri Russell.

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