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Thursday, December 31, 2009

VOTM-Star Wars Gangsta Rap: Chronicles


VOTM-Star Wars Gangsta Rap: Chronicles

Video Of The Month.

Star Wars Gangsta Rap. If you have seen the first video then your going to love this new version. It is a completely new song and has added to the line up.

MCs Vader, Skywalker, Palpatine and Trooper are back with a sequel to the hit animated series Star Wars Gangsta Rap. With surprise appearances from Leia, Lando, and all your favorite flow from a galaxy far, far away.



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Survivor All-Star 2 Announced


Survivor All-Star 2 Announced

So who's your money on?

We already know that next season's Survivor will be another "All-Star" edition, this time dubbed Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. After 19 seasons there have certainly been some stand-out personalities. And now, we know exactly which ones are headed back out to try their luck again. And one player from Samoa will be joining them -- need I say who?

Just as Rupert Boneham went straight from the Pearl Islands edition into the first All-Stars, the producers recognized right away what a villain they had in Russell Hantz, and the Samoa runner-up was sent right back out to try his luck in an all-villains team.

The full "Villains" roster:
Tyson Apostol (Tocantins) - smart-ass who hated Sierra
Randy Bailey (Gabon) - curmudgeon who hated everyone
Sandra Diaz-Twine (Pear Islands) - won without winning a single challenge
Danielle DiLorenzo (Panama) - beat Cirie in the final fire-making challenge
Russell Hantz (Samoa) - burned his own tribes' socks
Jerri Manthey (The Australian Outback/All-Stars) - the original queen of mean
"Boston" Rob Mariano (Marquesas/All-Stars) - All-Star mastermind took second and married the winner
Parvati Shallow (Cook Islands/Micronesia) - flirted her way to the top
"Coach" Wade (Tocantins) - the dragon slayer warrior who was more drama than action
Courtney Yates (China) - scary-skinny, but funny, master manipulator

The "Heroes":
Rupert Boneham (Pearl Islands/All-Stars) - stole the opposing tribe's shoes
James Clement (China/Micronesia) - voted out with two immunity idols in his pocket
Colby Donaldson (The Australian Outback/All-Stars) - won the final five immunity challenges
Cirie Fields (Panama/Micronesia) - the sweetest mastermind you'll ever find
Amanda Kimmel (China/Micronesia) - dominated late-game challenges
"Sugar" Kiper (Gabon) - spent so long on Exile Island she named it the "Sugar Shack"
Stephenie LaGrossa (Palau/Guatemala) - was the last member standing of her tribe pre-merge
J.T. Thomas (Tocantins) - lost half of his tooth in a tribal challenge
Tom Westman (Palau) - caught a shark
Candice Woodcock (Cook Islands) - uh ... who was she again?

Okay, they may not have picked 100% the most memorable and dominating figures, but I guess they had to go with who was available (season one winner Richard Hatch couldn't get out of house arrest to do it), and who was willing. Still, it looks like a great group.

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains kicks off Thursday, February 11 at 8 PM ET.

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Zachary Levi Or Chuck Talks Where He Sees Show Headed


Zachary Levi Or Chuck Talks Where He Sees Show Headed

What does Zachary Levi, or Chuck's Chuck, want for his character when he returns for the third season? Levi would like to see "The birth of a superhero, you know," he admitted when he sat down for an interview with Televisionary (aka Jace) just after production had started last fall.

In the just-released video interview, Levi offered his thoughts about our favorite bumbling spy, who may not be quite as bumbling now that his brain has been upgraded with the Intersect 2.0 giving him mad physical spy skills to go with his ability to flash on the government secrets installed in his head.

"I think as he starts to get more of a handle on the Intersect and all that stuff, and just trains in the everyday stuff," said Levi, "he's going to become what fate had always meant for him to become, which was the best spy in the world."

However, Levi also sounds pretty excited at the thought of playing Chuck, Action Hero. "It's definitely different, and I love it. I love every second of it. For two years I've sat on the sidelines watching Baldwin and Strahovski kick ass, and finally I get to go in there and have some fun as well. ... I want to get some more guns in my hands. I want to kick some bad-guy butt. You know, all the various gadgets and gizmos aplenty. Whosits and whatsits galore. I want to be part of all of that."

Below is the video, in which Levi talks about the show's renewal, Chuck fu, and why Sarah's like Chuck's red kryptonite. Chuck's season three premieres Sunday, Jan. 10, at 9 p.m. ET/PT with a two-hour episode, and then moves to its regular timeslot on Monday, Jan. 11, at 8 p.m.


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Marvel And Disney One Happy Family


Marvel And Disney One Happy Family

Marvel stockholders have approved the company's plan to merge Marvel Entertainment with the Walt Disney Co., Marvel announced Thursday.

The deal, which will see Marvel become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Mouse House, was approved at a special meeting in New York Thursday morning. Marvel estimates the merger’s value at $4.3 billion.

The completed merger is still subject to conditions in the definitive proxy statement/prospectus filed by Disney with the SEC December 2.

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Fox To Go Dark On Time Warner Cable


Fox To Go Dark On Time Warner Cable

Fox and Time Warner Cable are in the final hours of a showdown in the face of the Thursday midnight deadline for the sides to cut a deal to prevent Fox-owned channels from going dark on Time Warner systems in New York, Los Angeles and seven other markets.

Execs from the companies were expected to negotiate again Thursday in a last-ditch effort to come to terms before the expiration of the previous contracts allowing Time Warner Cable to carry 14 Fox-owned stations as well as such cable channels as FX, Fuel, Speed TV and 10 regional sports cablers. Fox is seeking a monthly fee of $1 per Time Warner subscriber in exchange for retransmission consent rights to 14 of its stations in markets served by Time Warner Cable. Time Warner has balked at Fox's demand and is said to have offered about 30 cents per sub.

As the rhetoric from both camps heated up on Wednesday, a source close to the situation noted that with the sides so far apart on price, neither was likely to make a move until the pressure was at its highest as the clock ticks down Thursday. "Why would you blink until you have to," the source noted.

On Wednesday, Time Warner Cable said it would agree to the suggestion Kerry made last week that the sides submit to binding arbitration and other steps to prevent the channels from going dark on the cabler's systems. But News Corp. was quick to respond that it was not open to temporary measures, and that it was not optimistic that a deal would be reached by the Thursday midnight deadline.

Meanwhile, Disney weighed in Wednesday with a statement of support for Fox's position.

"The hit programming on the ABC Television Network in tandem with the pre-eminent local news and community affairs efforts of our 10 local ABC stations has tremendous value and is worthy of fair compensation," a Disney spokesman said Friday. "Overall, cable operators pay only about 25 dollars a month for all of the programming on the basic and expanded basic tiers, and they sell this to consumers for some 60 to 70 dollars. Considering these numbers and the fact that operators use these video offerings to up sell even higher margin broadband and phone services, blaming programmers for cable price increases is just plain wrong."

Disney's willingness to go on the record in support of Fox indicates the urgency of the retrans fee issue for broadcasters, who maintain that their networks should be justly compensated as top cablers a la TNT and USA Network because the Big Four nets remain among the most-watched channels offered by cable operators.

ABC, CBS and NBC are closely watching the Fox scuffle because they too are looking for major increases in retrans fees when their O&O contracts come up with Time Warner and other top operators. (NBC Universal stations are in an interesting spot, of course, because of the Peacock's pending takeover by the nation's largest cable operator, Comcast Corp.) Moreover, the Big Four nets are looking to claim some of the retrans coin that they're non-owned affiliate stations command -- which is sure to add more friction to retrans battles in the coming years.

Time Warner Cable's move regarding arbitration was an effort to put the onus of the decision to pull the plug on the channels squarely on Fox. But News Corp. chief operating officer Chase Carey asserted that after trying to cut a deal for months, the time for interim steps has long passed.

"Further extensions simply extend the period of time that Time Warner profits from our marquee programming without fairly compensating Fox for it," Carey, said in a lengthy memo sent to most Fox TV employees on Wednesday morning.

"Our broadcast business cannot continue to build on the success you have achieved as an ad-supported only network. We are not looking for unfair advantages. We welcome competition in the marketplace and simply expect, in fact will demand, that we be fairly rewarded for our results. We have negotiated in good faith to avoid the interruption to our service and we assure you we will continue to do so," Carey wrote.

Top News Corp. and Fox execs are said to be meeting Thursday on the 20th Century Fox lot with Time Warner Cable programming chief Melinda Witmer and other execs who made a cross-country trek for face-to-face meetings. Because retransmission consent rights for Fox O&Os have been an integral part of Fox's overall negotiations with cable operators for the past two decades, the Thursday midnight deadline also applies to the carriage agreements for a number of Fox-owned cable channels, though not Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, as those and other nets are under separate contracts.

As ever, the dispute boils down to a fight over money. Fox, like other broadcasters, is focused on wringing more coin out of cable retrans deals at a time when the economics of the ad-supported broadcasting biz are increasingly challenged.

Britt, in his letter to Kerry embracing the arbitration proposal, said Fox was making "unprecedented demands for cash compensation," and he addressed the concerns of lawmakers and regulators by asserting that "consumers should not be caught in the middle as broadcasters and video distributors work through these contentious issues."

Time Warner Cable is said to be offering Fox about 30 cents a month per subscriber; fees of about 20 cents per subscriber have been the cable industry standard for major net affils in recent years. News Corp.'s Carey has said that Fox stations are probably worth as much as $5 a sub, given the exclusive primetime programming and NFL franchise. There's been speculation that Fox would settle, in this contract go-round, for a fee in the realm of 60 cents-70 cents per sub. CBS is said to have commanded about 50 cents per sub in a long-term retrans pact inked in February with Time Warner Cable, though that deal also included compensation for the Eye's Showtime pay cabler.

Kerry's involvement indicates the high public profile that the Fox-Time Warner Cable retransmission consent contract wrangle has taken on in the past few weeks. As the contract expiration loomed, both sides have engaged in an extensive PR campaign -- complete with dueling websites (Time Warner's RollOverOrGetTough.com and Fox's KeepFoxOn.com), TV spots and full-page newspaper ads -- to plead their cases to viewers.

CBS Corp. boss Leslie Moonves has been vocal about the Eye's intention to continue push hard for higher retrans fees, but on Wednesday a CBS rep declined comment specifically on the Fox-Time Warner Cable situation.

There's no doubt that cable operators have gradually been forced to pay higher fees to broadcasters. According to a report by research firm SNL Kagan, TV stations will earn a projected $933 million in retrans fees in 2010, compared with a projected $739 million this year. Moonves told a Wall Street confab earlier this month that he expects CBS' 29 stations will bring in $200 million-$250 million in retrans fees by 2012.

Time Warner Cable is the nation's second-largest cable operator, with nearly 14 million subscribers, including those of cabler Bright House Networks, which Time Warner Cable reps in retrans negotiations. The markets where Fox-owned stations (either Fox or MyNetworkTV affils) are carried on Time Warner or Bright House systems are: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Detroit, Orlando, Fla., Tampa Bay, Fla. and Austin, Texas. In Chicago, Boston and Detroit, however, the Time Warner systems only serve small pockets of viewers outside the central city areas.

Cable operators by law have had to negotiate with TV station owners regarding the carriage of their signals since 1993. Under FCC rules, TV station owners have two options: They can elect to go with the "must-carry" option, in which the cabler does not pay for the signal but the station is assured of a slot on the cable system lineup; or the station can elect to negotiate a retransmission consent fee, in which there is no certainty that the station and cable op will come to terms.

Yet another wrinkle in the Fox-Time Warner dispute is the fact that Time Warner is claiming that Fox failed to provide adequate notice more than a year ago that it intended to seek retransmission consent fees for its two stations in Dallas, Fox affil KDFW and MyNetwork's KDFI. As such, Time Warner is claiming that under FCC rules it had the right to assume that the stations would go for the must-carry option, meaning that Time Warner systems in Dallas would not be forced to drop those stations as of Friday.

Unsurprisingly, Fox strongly disputes Time Warner's assertion and maintains that the cabler will be in breach of contract if it does not have a new pact for the Dallas stations by midnight Thursday. With Dallas being a big football town, the loss of Fox's coverage of the Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday, in addition to various Bowl games set for early next month, would likely raise the ire of many Time Warner customers in the market.

Fox's PR campaign has urged viewers in Time Warner markets to consider switching to another subscription TV service such as satcasters DirecTV (which Carey formerly ran before he returned to News Corp. in July) and Dish Network or telco services from AT&T and Verizon. Dish Network has moved quickly to capitalize on the headlines about the dispute, running print and radio ads in some of the affected markets offering a special low-price $25 a month startup package, discounted for 12 months from the regular monthly fee of $40.

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Jeremy Renner Not Playing Hawkeye In Any Upcoming Film

Jeremy Renner Not Playing Hawkeye In Any Upcoming Film

There was a rumor floating around that you’d play Hawkeye in Thor. Did that ever pan out?

That was just one of those things that got blown way out of proportion. It was an idea. Those Marvel guys, I’m a big fan of them. They’re so smart about how they want to do these things — they have Captain America, and Thor coming around, Iron Man 2, and then I happen to know Zak Penn, who’s writing The Avengers. So they thought Hawkeye is an interesting role, and asked me if I knew anything about him. I said no, so they gave me their sort of spiel on what he was, and I thought that it was kind of interesting. The only reason it came out this early, because Avengers is two years away, is that they’re thinking OK, we may throw him in Thor, we may not, as a cameo. You know what I mean? So there’s truth that we talked about it, but there’s no truth to me doing it.

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The Eagle Of The Ninth First Look-Channing Tatum Starring Role

The Eagle Of The Ninth First Look-Channing Tatum Starring Role

In 140 AD, a young Roman centurion attempts to uncover the truth about the disappearance of his father's legion—the Ninth—in the north of Britain twenty years previously. The centurion, Marcus Aquila (Tatum), travels with a British slave, Esca (Bell), beyond Hadrian's Wall into Caledonia, where he must confront the tribes to recover the legion's standard and restore his father's reputation.

The Eagle of the Ninth is a forthcoming film adaptation of the 1954 historical adventure novel of the same name by Rosemary Sutcliffe. Directed by Kevin Macdonald from a script by Jeremy Brock, the film is set in the second century AD and tells of a young Roman officer's search to discover the truth about the disappearance of his father's legion in the north of Britain. The story is based on the legend of the Ninth Legion.



The film stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland and Mark Strong. Filming began on August 24, 2009 and will take place in Hungary and Scotland. The film is a United States – United Kingdom co-production and is intended for release in 2010, through Focus Features.



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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Top 10 Biggest TV Business Mistakes of the Decade


Top 10 Biggest TV Business Mistakes of the Decade

10 biggest mishaps in the television industry over the past decade.

10. Fox canceling "Family Guy" (and perhaps "Firefly" too)


Axed TV shows usually stay dead, yet two titles canceled by former Fox chief Sandy Grushow in 2002 refused to go quietly. One was Seth MacFarlane's "Family Guy," which was moved around the schedule and was even put opposite top-rated hits "Survivor" and "Friends" before getting yanked. After the show's repeats got strong ratings on Adult Swim and netted big DVD sales, the comedy eventually made its way back to broadcast in 2005. "Family Guy" is now Fox's second-highest-rated scripted series and has produced a successful spinoff ("The Cleveland Show"). As for "Firefly," the show lived on as a theatrical movie ("Serenity") and to this day, no TV series cancellation inspires louder fanboy wails.

9. NBC hiring Ben Silverman

If you have a great dentist, you shouldn't assume he can perform heart surgery. If your gardener is fantastic, he isn't necessarily a good hair stylist. You know where we're going with this? Silverman was a fine agent and accomplished dealmaker ("The Office," "Ugly Betty"), but Jeff Zucker falsely assumed Silverman could therefore run NBC and fit with the network's corporate environment. Coming off a devastating writers strike, NBC needed a Gen. Patton. It got Hulk Hogan ("American Gladiators") and KITT ("Knight Rider" remake). The executive Silverman essentially replaced, Kevin Reilly, moved on to Fox, which is having its strongest fall season in years.

8. ABC's overload on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire"

After a surpassingly strong summer run in 1999, the U.S. version of the British quiz show exploded during the next season. Emboldened by "Millionaire's" success, which catapulted the ABC to the top of the ratings, executives increased the frequency of the show's airings and dramatically cut back development for the 2000-01 season. Instead, it slotted "Millionaire" four times a week on the fall schedule. "Millionaire" quickly fizzled and by November 2000, ABC had dropped from first to fourth in the ratings and had gaping holes on the schedule. Recovery took years.

7. The casting of Ryan Jenkins


There's been a slew of reality-show blunders over the past decade. But it's pretty tough to beat failing to uncover in a background check the disturbing criminal history of a man cast on a VH1 dating show who ended up murdering his wife. Ryan Jenkins was a contestant on two series produced by 51 Minds Prods., "Megan Wants a Millionaire" and "I Love Money 3" (the latter he supposedly won). Jenkins was then charged with the murder of his spouse and took his own life. The shows were canceled, and the casting process for reality shows are undergoing heightened scrutiny.

6. Dumping Jay Leno from NBC's "The Tonight Show"

Jay's new primetime show is like New Coke: A product nobody wanted replacing a product everybody liked. There are many reasons why NBC moved Leno to 10 p.m. to honor an agreement to give Conan O'Brien "The Tonight Show." But none of the explanations add up to a convincing excuse for ousting a talk show host who dominated his time period every night.

5. Election Night coverage in 2000

The evening not only went down as TV news divisions' biggest blunder in recent memory, it also led to sweeping changes in how networks announce election results. At 8 p.m. ET on Nov. 7, all major networks called Florida for Al Gore, then moved the state back to the undecided column at 10 p.m. At 2 a.m., Fox News Channel, with George W. Bush's first cousin John Ellis running its election desk, was the first to project Florida -- and the presidency -- for the Texas governor. All networks followed suit until that call, too, was retracted and the state was pronounced again "too close to call" at 4 a.m. "We don't just have egg on our face," NBC's lead anchor Tom Brokaw said that morning. "We have an omelet on our suits."

4. MyNetworkTV


It was bad enough combining UPN and the WB into one new network -- the CW. But the biggest misstep was what happened to stations that did not join the CW. Regrouped by Fox Entertainment Group into a sixth broadcast network called MyNetworkTV, the company launched a bizarre plan to stock the network exclusively with original low-cost English-language telenovelas. The programming flopped out of the gate, and today MyNetworkTV largely airs syndicated programming and repeats.

3. Janet Jackson's Super Bowl nipple slip


The biggest problem was that it looked intentional. When Justin Timberlake ripped off fabric covering Janet Jackson's right breast for a half-second on live TV during CBS' Super Bowl halftime show, it caused a firestorm that resulted in CBS getting slapped with a record $550,000 fine from the FCC -- about a dollar for every complaint the commission received from viewers. The "wardrobe malfunction" led to increased worry about FCC fines and pre-emptive editing of risque content on scripted shows, as well as more vigilance on live telecasts.

2. ABC passing on "CSI"


In the fall of 1999, ABC was pitched a new forensic drama from writer Anthony Zuiker, Touchstone Television and studio-based producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The network passed. Then, in the summer of 2000, when "CSI" went into production as a new series for CBS, Touchstone, which was a 50/50 producing partner on the show, dramatically pulled out, not wanting to deficit-finance a show for a rival network. So far, the "CSI" franchise has generated $6 billion for CBS. What's more, the "CSI" snafu prompted Bruckheimer to leave Disney's TV divisions for CBS and its sister studio, generating billions more for them with a string of long-running procedurals such as "Without a Trace" and "Cold Case" and the Emmy-dominant reality veteran "The Amazing Race."

1. Writers strike


Has there ever been a longer 14 weeks? The 2007-08 walkout was a largely avoidable mutually destructive act that occurred at exactly the wrong time. In addition to almost wiping out an entire pilot season, the strike sent shows into repeats, driving a ratings crash that broadcasters have not been able to recover from thanks to increased DVR use and viewers fleeing to cable. In the end, writers outmaneuvered conglomerates, but few felt as if they actually won.

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Michael Jackson Inducted Into The National Film Registry


Michael Jackson Inducted Into The National Film Registry

The late performer's 1983 video "Thriller" is among the 25 motion pictures that have been selected this year for preservation by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

The list of films, announced Wednesday, ranged from the 1911 silent film "Little Nemo," which mixed animation with live action, to 1995's "Scratch and Crow," an animated short film made by Helen Hill.

The films named to the 2009 National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress include the 1957 sci-fi classic "The Incredible Shrinking Man," as well as the Muppets' movie debut in 1979's "The Muppet Movie."

This year's selections bring the number of films in the registry to 525.

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 films to the registry that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant, to be preserved for all time. These films are not selected as the "best" American films of all time; rather, they are chosen as works of enduring importance to American culture.

"Established by Congress in 1989, the National Film Registry spotlights the importance of protecting America's matchless film heritage and cinematic creativity," Billington said. "By preserving the nation's films, we safeguard a significant element of our cultural patrimony and history."

The 2009 lineup embraces a wide array of genres: Rouben Mamoulian's 1940 adventure tale "The Mark of Zorro," starring Tyrone Power; William Wellman's World War II movie "The Story of G.I. Joe," starring Burgess Meredith; Michael Gordon's frothy 1959 romantic comedy "Pillow Talk," starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day; and 1975's "Dog Day Afternoon," the gritty streets-of-New-York drama starring Al Pacino and directed by Sidney Lumet.

The choices include star vehicles like 1938's "Jezebel," starring Bette Davis, and 1942's "Mrs. Miniver," starring Greer Garson; Sergio Leone's 1968 spaghetti Western "Once Upon a Time in the West"; the 1967 docudrama "The Jungle," made by a group of young African-American gang members; 1972's "Hot Dogs for Gauguin," a New York University student film by Martin Brest; and 1932's "A Study in Reds," directed by amateur filmmaker Miriam Bennett.

For each title named to the registry, the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation works to ensure that the film is preserved for future generations, either through the library's motion-picture preservation program or through collaborative ventures with other archives, motion-picture studios and independent filmmakers.

The complete list of 2009 selections:

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
The Exiles (1961)
Heroes All (1920)
Hot Dogs for Gauguin (1972)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Jezebel (1938)
The Jungle (1967)
The Lead Shoes (1949)
Little Nemo (1911)
Mabel's Blunder (1914)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Pillow Talk (1959)
Precious Images (1986)
Quasi at the Quackadero (1975)
The Red Book (1994)
The Revenge of the Pancho Villa (1930-36)
Scratch and Crow (1995)
Stark Love (1927)
The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
A Study in Reds (1932)
Thriller (1983)
Under Western Stars (1938)

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Tim Roth Is Game For A Return In 'Incredible Hulk' Sequel Or Other Marvel Movies


Tim Roth Is Game For A Return In 'Incredible Hulk' Sequel Or Other Marvel Movies

While 2008's "Incredible Hulk" only performed marginally better at the box office than its 2003 counterpart, many fans praised Louis Leterrier's take on Marvel's green goliath as a significant upgrade from Ang Lee's earlier film. One of the most notable improvements, according to many critics, was the addition of award-winning actor Tim Roth as the villainous soldier Emil Blonsky opposite Edward Norton's scientist-on-the-run Bruce Banner.

Even though [SPOILER ALERT] Roth's character was on the receiving end of a Hulk beatdown at the end of the film (despite becoming the mutated behemoth Abomination), the door was left wide open for a potential return. And as Hulk fans know, Blonsky is a regular presence among Hulk's rogues.

While chatting with Roth recently about "Lie to Me," the Fox television series in which he plays a human lie-detector of sorts, I managed to slip in a few questions about his experience battling one of Marvel's most iconic characters — and whether we'll see Emil Blonsky square off against Hulk again down the road.

"Yeah, we’ve talked about it — I’ve talked about it with Marvel," said Roth. "When you do your deal, you sign up for three [films]. So, I’ve done the one ... and basically, I don't know what they have planned, but they can bring me back."

"What they’re doing now is ... putting these characters together in different ways," he added. "With the Sam Jackson thing, and having [Robert Downey Jr.] come in at the end of 'Incredible Hulk' was the first clue to that — and I don’t know if they want to bring [Blonsky] back, but I told them I’m absolutely game for it. It would be so much fun to do it again. I’m in it for three."

Of course, Roth's willingness to return for another film seems like a given if the experience was even half as fun as he made it out to be.

"I had the best time ever with that one — more fun on set than anybody," he laughed. "I did it purely for my kids, so my boys can laugh at their dad and have fun with it."

"What’s been really interesting [about recent superhero movies] is, they're taking these heavy-weight actors and turning them into these characters, and populating a very bizarre world," said Roth of Hollywood's fascination with comic book movies lately. "They’re brilliant, but they also entertain the kids, and I think it’s a very smart move ... yet you’re still running around like a kid in them."

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sam Worthington Or Ryan Reynolds To Play Flash Gordon In Remake



Sam Worthington Or Ryan Reynolds To Play Flash Gordon In Remake

Flash Gordon is one of my all time favorite films as a kid I remember watching it on my father's beta. And then as I got older watching it on VHS.

Who doesn't love this movie. Forget about it!



A remake I am not so sure of but the two actors they have in mind could fill the Iconic role that Sam J. Jones made so famous.

Here is some interesting news I found out.

Newcomer Sam Worthington is rising up in the ranks! We hear buzz that he may be starring in a Flash Gordon remake. He currently stars in James Cameron’s Avatar, and has been named as one of the hot breakout stars of the year.

Sources say Sam is up against the sexy Ryan Reynolds for the leading role in the sci-fi flick. “If he gets the role it would be quite a big deal as Flash is an all-American hero,” dished one Hollywood insider. “Right now it’s between Sam, Ryan Reynolds and one or two others for the lead role should the project actually get off the ground.”

The role calls for Flash as a handsome polo player and Yale graduate, who travels to the planet Mongo, where it’s discovered that the meteors are weapons devised by Ming the Merciless, evil ruler of Mongo.

What’s interesting is that the role is an American hero. Sam Worthington is Australian, but we’re sure he’d be happy to perfect his best American accent for a role like this!

And we know Sam has no problem wearing little clothing! Did you see him in Avatar? “I had nothing on,” he said. “I had a loincloth on and they painted me blue, basically”.

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Douchebags Of 2009. The Top 10 List


Douchebags Of 2009. The Top 10 List

Sadly the douchebag is still alive and well in America. They creep among us in a glaringly obvious way with their poor sense of style, over-inflated sense of self-worth, and all-round bad behavior. The problem with the douchebag is they’re not self-aware. They're so caught up in themselves they don’t realize they’re 100 percent douche..unless of course, we name them and shame them.

10. Christian Bale


After the success of The Dark Knight last year it seemed Christian Bale could do no wrong. That all changed early this year when an audio recording was leaked of Bale screaming and shouting at Director of Photography Shane Hurlbut on the set of Terminator Salvation. The angry tirade had a psychotic Bale hurling a mountain of abuse at Hurlbut, swearing at him, and threatening him. Once released, the recording went viral and Bale quickly became the butt of endless jokes and parodies.

Bale publicly apologized, saying the outburst was “inexcusable” and that he’d “acted like a punk.” However the damage was done. His effort at public redemption failed and no one who went to see Terminator Salvation saw it without thinking of Bale’s crazed outburst.

9. The ShamWow Guy

The infomercial pitchman made prime time this year when he was arrested and charged with felony aggravated battery for allegedly beating up a prostitute. The ShamWow guy, who’s real name is Vince Shlomi, was arrested in South Beach, Florida after a fracas with Sasha Harris, a 26-year-old $1,000-a-night hooker. Shlomi claimed it was Harris who began the fight when she “bit his tongue and would not let go.” But wait, there’s more!

Not content with a little rough play, the ShamWow guy punched the living bejesus out of his hooker acquaintance with his own form of "slap and chop." The prostitute gave as good as she got, though, leaving the TV pitchman bloodied and bruised. Luckily for Shlomi the charges were later dropped.

8. Michael Lohan

Michael Lohan is fast becoming the poster boy for deadbeat dads. This year Mr. Lohan proved how much of leech he is by leaking audio conversations he recorded with his famous daughter Lindsay and with Lindsay’s mother (his ex-wife). He explained that his actions were intended to help his troubled daughter see the light and get help, but we all know the real reason -- cash.

The ex-con is a bottom-feeder who uses his daughter’s celebrity to grab attention and make a quick buck. He even latched onto loser reality TV star Jon Gosselin, offering him advice on divorce and parenting. Who in their right mind would take any advice from Michael Lohan? Have you seen how his daughter turned out? I suppose if you had a father like Michael, then you’d be severely screwed up too.


7. Tila Tequila


What did Tila Tequila actually do this year? You mean apart for being a douchebagette? Well then the answer is "not much." The former reality television star did all she could to keep herself in the public spotlight. Publicity is this woman’s crack and her addiction is chronic. When she wasn’t posting booty-shaking videos on her website, she was showing off her fake breasts on pretty much any red carpet that would have her.

Tila really hit it big in the publicity department in September after an incident with NFL player Shawne Merriman. She alleges she was assaulted by the linebacker, while he says she was drunk and disorderly. Whatever the case, all charges were dropped. She is currently suing Merriman, presumably hoping for a big payday.

Tila also showed her catty side this year in a feud with singer Rihanna. Tila recently took to her blog and wrote that she had it on good authority that the rumor Rihanna was beaten by Chris Brown because she had herpes was 100 percent true. Who does this? Oh, someone craving attention, that's who.

6. Richard Heene a.k.a. Balloon Boy's Dad

You may not instantly know the name Richard Heene, but you are probably aware of his work. Heene is the man behind the Balloon Boy hoax, an event that literally stopped the nation in its tracks. The incident went down on October 15th, 2009, when Richard falsely claimed his 6-year-old son Falcon had floated away in a homemade weather balloon. Authorities stepped in, the cable news networks turned up, and the nation was glued to their television sets as the rescue operation played out live.

When the balloon landed the boy was nowhere to found and was instead “discovered” hiding in the roof of the family home. Richard, a one-time actor/comedian and full-time attention seeker, milked the incident for all it was worth. He appeared on numerous news programs and shopped around a reality television show involving his family.

However the story was too good to be true. During an interview with Wolf Blitzer, little Falcon said to his father, “You guys said that, um, we did this for the show.” At first Richard tried to lie his way out of the gaffe, throwing his kid under the bus and saying he was tired. The police investigated and soon after Richard fessed up to the whole sorry mess. Pathetic.

5. Nadya Suleman a.k.a. Octomom

At first, the Octomom story seemed like a warm, light-hearted news item about a suburban mom who miraculously gave birth to eight babies. However the story changed when the mother, Nadya Suleman, emerged and well, turned out to be a freak. Nadaya, who was given the affectionate nickname Octomom, already had six children when she decided to undergo IVF in a quest for even more children.

When the octuplets arrived the now 34-year-old did not have a partner or a job, she lived with her parents, was on welfare, and reportedly spent a chunk of change having plastic surgery to resemble Angelina Jolie. She hardly screams "Mom of the Year." And then, like the walking publicity hound she is, Octomom cashed in with a reality show. This means we are likely to be bombarded with her image and annoying witch-like laugh for a very, very long time.

At least we’re not her kids.

4. Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck is a bag of hot air whose FOX News Network show debut at the beginning of the year, instantly becoming a mega success. Beck spends the show huffing and puffing, ranting and raving his thoughts, which aren't so much news as some sort of opinion entertainment. Fueling hate and fear, Beck has fast become the idol of the Teabaggers activists. Even some conservatives are wary of him, worried that he's hurting the Republican Party and the conservative movement in general.

He may be on the fringe, but his outspoken views have won him a very loyal and dedicated following. His show outrates his competitors on CNN, MSNBC, and Headline News combined. While viewers may be jumping on in droves, we can take heart that advertisers are not. 2010 is going to be an interesting year for Mr. Beck.


3. Tiger Woods


The spectacular fall from grace of golf’s greatest player is one of the biggest news stories of the year. Tiger Woods was at the top of his game and seemingly had it all. He was the squeaky clean sportsman with the beautiful wife and children and multi-million dollar endorsements. Then it disappeared, almost overnight.

Tiger’s world came crashing down as a result of a minor car accident outside his Florida home on Thanksgiving. The crash wasn’t so important. Rather it was the rumor that Tiger crashed because he was trying to flee his golf club-wielding wife, who had supposedly learned that Woods had a mistress. The exact reasons behind the car crash may never be known as the crash itself has quickly become a sidenote in the story. What made the story so huge were the scores of women who came forward admitting to affairs with the superstar of golf. At last count, the tally of Tiger’s mistresses had reached 14. Having an affair is one thing, but cheating on your wife with 14 different women is the epitome of douchebaggery.

2. Jon Gosselin

Jon Gosellin started the year as a simple reality television dad on Jon & Kate Plus 8, a little show on TLC that barely anyone had heard of or even watched. By year’s end he’d become a household name and one of the biggest douchebags of the year. As the year progressed his wimpy, I-need-to-grow-a-pair behavior worsened, his Ed Hardy t-shirts became louder, and he wouldn’t leave his house without diamond studs in his ears and his hair-plugged hair slicked back.

His fall from grace began with the disintegration of his marriage to Kate. It soon became evident that Jon had cheated, bedding numerous, questionably attractive women, including his children’s nanny. The couple announced their divorce on national television and pretty much every step in this tawdry drama played out in the tabloid media. Since then Kate has handled herself in a quiet and relatively dignified way. Whereas Jon has done completely the opposite, removing money from an account that pays for his children’s living expenses and using the media as a way to vent his anger at his ex-wife.

Jon Gosselin is a prime example of how fame can mess with a person’s head and destroy them. By year’s end he’d been booted from the television show that made him a fleeting star and ordered by a judge not to make any media appearances. All of a sudden his promising media-whore career is in tatters
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1. Kayne West


Kayne West has always been cocky and his penchant for crashing awards shows is well-known. The rapper simply can't help himself and loves being the center of attention and having a platform on which to give his two cents. But this year he really exceeded and outclassed himself when he stormed the stage at MTV’s Video Music Awards while Taylor Swift was accepting her award for Best Female Video.

Kayne not only stole Taylor’s thunder and microphone, he then ranted that the country music star was not deserving of the award. A shocked Swift didn’t know what to do, looking like a little girl who had just been told Santa Claus doesn’t exist. Not only had Kayne ruined her night, he also showed his true colors to an entire nation.

Congrats, Kanye. You are the biggest douchebag of the year.

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"The Boondocks" To Return In Early 2010


"The Boondocks" To Return In Early 2010

After nearly a two-year hiatus, animated series "The Boondocks" is returning for a third season.

According to creator Aaron McGruder's Twitter feed, the show is currently in production and set to air in early 2010.

No network has been announced, but the Sony Pictures Television-produced skein was most recently seen on Adult Swim.

Based on McGruder's cartoon strip, "The Boondocks" examines an African-American family who has moved from Chicago to the suburbs outside Washington, D.C., and quickly discovers the challenges of living in a different culture.

Show, which received many favorable reviews, was often criticized for its use of language and racial stereotypes. Fifteen episodes were created for each of the two seasons, with the most recent episode airing in spring 2008.

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“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” Johnny Depp and Jude Law Open Up


“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” Johnny Depp and Jude Law Open Up

Reps for the Sony Pictures Classics release “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” the latest fantasia from Terry Gilliam, are distributing statements from co-stars Johnny Depp and Jude Law. This was the film Heath Ledger was working on when he died last year, and Gilliam asked Depp, Law and Colin Farrell to help finish the film as variations on Ledger’s character.



Johnny Depp and Jude Law on Heath Ledger and Doctor Parnassus

Here are the statements:

JOHNNY DEPP:

“Maestro Gilliam has made a sublime film. Wonderfully enchanting and beautiful, ‘The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus’ is a uniquely ingenious, captivating creation; by turns wild, thrilling and hilarious in all its crazed, dilapidated majesty. Pure Gilliam magic!!!

It was an honor to represent Heath. He was the only player out there breathing heavy down the back of every established actors neck with a thundering and ungovernable talent that came up on you quick, hissing rather mischievously with that cheeky grin, ‘hey… get on out of my way boys, i’m coming through…’ and does he ever!!! Heath is a marvel, Christopher Plummer beyond anything he’s ever done, Waits as the Devil is a God, Lily Cole and Andrew Garfield, the very foundation, are spectacular, Verne Troyer simply kicks ass and as for my other cohorts, Colin Farrell and Jude Law, they most certainly did Master Ledger very proud, I salute them.

Though the circumstances of my involvement are extremely heart-rending and unbelievably sad, I feel privileged to have been asked aboard to stand in on behalf of dear Heath.”

JUDE LAW:

“I have always loved Terry Gilliam’s films. Their heart, their soul, their mind, always inventive, touching, funny and relevant. When I got the call, it was a double tug. I liked Heath very much as a man and admired him as an actor. To help finish his final piece of work was a tribute I felt compelled to make. To help Terry finish his film was an honour paid to a man I adore. I had a great time on the job. Though we were all there in remembrance, Heath’s heart pushed us with great lightness to the finish.”

SPC released the movie in New York and L.A. Christmas Day; it goes wide January 8.

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Warner Bros. Tops 2009 Box Office. Thanks To A Boy Named Harry


Warner Bros. Tops 2009 Box Office. Thanks To A Boy Named Harry

Harry Potter's broom was turbo-charged this year, as the schoolboy wizard's latest film adventure helped Warner Bros. fly well north of $2 billion to repeat atop the annual domestic boxoffice rankings.

Warners projects a $2.99 billion domestic tally and nearly 20% market share through Dec. 31. But as certain as the picture is at the pinnacle of year-end rankings, other top positions remain cloaked in uncertainty.

Headed into the final frame, Paramount sits second with $1.44 billion and a 14% share, while Sony is third with $143 billion and a similar share. But Fox, with $1.25 billion (12%), has holiday tentpoles "Avatar" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" still going strong enough to give the it a real shot at one of the medal positions.

Warners -- also ringing up lots of loot with recently released "Sherlock Homles" -- used the heftiest slate in Hollywood to nail down its repeat roost atop domestic rankings. Warners had 36 films in the market this year, including 27 new pics released in '09.

Its winning ways this year featured nine No. 1 openings and 12 weekends in which its pics topped boxoffice rankings, both annual bests.

"Breaking through a barrier like the $2 billion market -- that really makes a statement that I'm proud to be a part of," Warners domestic distribution president Dan Fellman said. "It just doesn't happen that easily. You really need to have a terrific schedule of great movies, as we have under film group president Jeff Robinov."

Warners repeating its domestic domination also adds luster to the company profile of Warners marketing maven Sue Kroll, a onetime international topper promoted in January 2008 to oversee worldwide marketing operations.

In fact, the continued rise in Warners' film revenue should ingratiate the entire studio team to corporate leaders at Time Warner. Consider that in 2006 Warners rang up $1.06 billion domestically, while this year the studio will reap well more than that just in film rentals.

Other big performers for Warners included R-rated comedy "The Hangover" -- a $277 million phenom -- and overachieving Sandra Bullock starrer "The Blind Side," at $185 million and counting.

The New Line production label has been terrifically successful since having its distribution shift to Warners, with 2009 hits including romantic comedy "He's Just Not That Into You" ($94 million) and a 3D installment in the "Final Destination" horror franchise ($66.5 million).

Elsewhere among the year-end studio rankings, Fox is finishing the year with a strong kick in the home stretch. But Par socked away most of its boxoffice booty during the summer, including a mind-bending $402 million performance by the DreamWorks-produced action sequel "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," which hit multiplexes June 24.

Sony got the earliest of jumps on the year with the shockingly successful $146 million run by Jan. 16 opener "Paul Blart: Mall Cop."

Lower down the rankings, Disney totes a $1.18 billion tally for a less than 12% share, featuring a $293 million contribution from Pixar's latest hit, "Up."

And Universal is the studio most anxious to turn the page on the calendar to 2010, with a disappointing $862 million in domestic boxoffice (8%).

Fans of the "Twilight" vampire-romance franchise helped Summit Entertainment topped minimajor performances for the year with $472.5 million through Dec. 27 (5%). The first fanged phenom bowed in late 2008 but played well into the new year, and sequel "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" followed that $193 million domestic success with a $281 million theatrical run.

Fox Searchlight topped specialty distributors with $256 million so far (3%) in a relatively quiet year for the segment. Searchlight's "(500) Days of Summer" grossed $32.4 million domestically.

On an industrywide basis, distribs and exhibs have traveled north of $10 billion for the first time and also are likely to best their year-earlier admissions comparison. The boxoffice year ends Sunday.

The '09 boxoffice year began Jan. 5 and will feature one extra weekend than last year, due to fluctuations in the boxoffice calendar. Nielsen EDI starts its boxoffice year on the first business day after New Year's weekend, which for the coming year will be Monday.

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James McAvoy To Play Ian Fleming In Upcoming Film


James McAvoy To Play Ian Fleming In Upcoming Film

Palmstar Entertainment and Animus Films are developing a biopic based on the life of Ian Fleming, according to our source, The Hollywood Cog. Currently working under the title, Ian Fleming, the movie will be about the man behind James Bond, specifically focused on the years that gave him inspiration for the Bond character.

Years before creating Bond, Fleming struggled and floundered under the shadow of his family name (his father was a member of Parliament, and his siblings were also well-known, as well, including Peter — a travel writer). Likable but lost, Fleming was little but an aimless playboy, until his experiences in World War 2 changed his life, and it was those autobiographical experiences during war time that inspired James Bond, who was based — in part — on Fleming.

The movie itself will be based on the book, Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond, by Andrew Lycett, who has also written books on Arthur Conan Doyle, Dylan Thomas, and Rudyard Kipling.

The big news here, however, is that the movie — which has been independently financed to the tune of around $40 million — has James McAvoy attached in the lead, which sadly probably takes him out of the running to replace Daniel Craig in the future. McAvoy actually seems well suited to the role — he can do playboy (Bright Young Things), he can do period and war movie (Atonement), and he can do action (Wanted). Plus, he’s an excellent actor with a dry sense of humor befitting not just Fleming, but Bond.

Ian Fleming is a high priority project, though I’m not sure where it will fall in with McAvoy’s schedule — he’s currently got I’m with Cancer and Wanted 2 in the works, and he’s already wrapped filming on The Conspirator. Given the movie’s limited budget, however, it would seem the sort of film McAvoy could squeeze in between a comedy and an action sequel which I don’t believe even has a finished script, yet.

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Avenged Sevenfold Drummer James Owen Sullivan Found Dead At His Home

Avenged Sevenfold Drummer James Owen Sullivan Found Dead At His Home

Police say James Owen Sullivan, a drummer and backup vocalist for the Southern California band Avenged Sevenfold, has been found dead at his home in Southern California.

Lt. John Domingo says the 28-year-old Sullivan, who went by the stage name The Rev, appears to have died of natural causes on Monday in Huntington Beach.

The Orange County coroner's office is investigating the death.

Avenged Sevenfold formed in Huntington Beach in 1999 and won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006. According to their MySpace page, the five-man metalcore band was working on their fifth album.

The band released a statement Monday expressing their sadness and calling Sullivan "one of the world's best drummers," and "our best friend and brother."

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Ghostbusters 3 To Be In Theaters In 2011


Ghostbusters 3 To Be In Theaters In 2011

Here comes the Ghostbusters question: What’s up with part three?

Something’s going to happen. Dan [Aykroyd] did write a spec GB3 screenplay a few years ago, but no one was motivated to pursue it. Now, 25 years after the original, there seems to be some willingness to proceed and apparently a substantial public appetite for a sequel. We’ll introduce some new young Ghostbusters, and all the old guys will be in it, too. Think Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future ... GB3 is progressing with plans to shoot next summer and release in 2011 … Oh, and I have two one-of-a-kind Ghostbuster yarmulkes sent by fans.

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Sherlock Holmes Movie Review By: Windy


Sherlock Holmes Movie Review
By: Windy

Windy has out done herself again. Coming in with a home run review! What would we do without her?

Make sure to visit her site and let her know what a great job she is doing.


"Sherlock Holmes", directed by Guy Ritchie,takes place in 1891 London, just as the well-known Tower Bridge was being constructed. The film is extremely fast paced in both movement and dialogue-too fast at times. It may have been the dialect of the time, but in 2009, the words become hard to discern. Kudos to Robert Downey Jr for picking up such a strong dialect, but it needed to be slowed for the audience.

Downey Jr's character is well-developed, as we hear his thoughts throughout the movie, see into his home and learn about his techniques for solving mysteries. Dr. John Watson, played by Jude Law, is also well developed as Holmes' partner who has to balance life-threatening detective work, his friendship with Holmes and his relationship with his soon-to-be-fiance. Irene Adams, played by Rachel McAdams, is underdeveloped. It's apparent she and Holmes had a relationship in the past, but there is little on-screen chemistry between Downey Jr. and McAdams. Her character could have been absent from the film and it would have made little difference to the plot, save for a possible sequel.

The unsolved mystery surrounding a "black magic" practitioner, Blackwood, is the backdrop of the film, but because of the film's pace, much of the fun of a "who dunnit" is lost. There are too many moving parts between the police, Parliament, Holmes,Watson, Adler, Blackwood, a few mysterious deaths, an antagonistic professor, and the Temple of the Four Orders (who's"secret" language looks an awful lot like Hebrew).

The most positive force in the movie is the relationship between Holmes and Watson. Their dynamic relationship is well played, and their back-and-forth banter at times is laugh out loud funny. The scenery and costumes are also excellent, effectively portraying the era. Additionally, the fighting choreography is well planned and works in both slow-motion and regular scenes.

Aside from the bright points listed above, there is still much to be desired from this film. With less clutter, the film could have been a thrilling mystery. As is, the film is a muddled story about Sherlock Holmes' deductive detective techniques and sly sense of humor.

5 1/2 sandwiches out of 10

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Iron Man 2 Black Widow What Team Is She Playing For?

Iron Man 2 Black Widow What Team Is She Playing For?

We were all over the official "Iron Man 2" trailer when it hit the 'Net a few weeks ago, giving you the five most important scenes from the trailer, a shot-by-shot analysis and even some thoughts on what the "Iron Man 2" trailer reveals about the film's plot. But even after all of that coverage, there's something we missed.

Right around the 1:40 mark in the trailer, there's a scene featuring Scarlett Johansson in action as Black Widow, and some keen-eyed observers around the InterWebs have discovered what could be a major plot point revealed in a few frames. Check it out for yourself:

Notice anything? Well, if you're willing to brave a SPOILER ALERT, go ahead and read on for what could be an intriguing plot point revealed in this scene.

If you need a hint (and I did), cast your attention to Scarlett Johansson's left arm, just below the shoulder of her Black Widow costume. Notice the patch partly hidden by her hair? Does it look familiar?



We could be wrong, but it sure does look a lot like the S.H.I.E.L.D. insignia, doesn't it? Check it out:

Can you say "Black Widow: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D."?

However, it's worth pointing out that Johansson's character didn't appear to have the symbol on her sleeve in any of the previous images we've seen of her in costume as Black Widow. Neither the first image of Johansson as Black Widow nor the most recent shot of her in costume seem to feature the patch.

If that is indeed a S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem, it looks like Nick Fury could be receiving some help from Russian superspy Natasha Romanoff when "Iron Man 2" comes to theaters in May 2010.

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Twilight Tops Fan List For 2009


Twilight Tops Fan List For 2009

The "Twilight" vampire franchise topped a survey of 2009 moviegoers' favorites, but film fans were divided over whether they loved or hated this year's "Transformers" sequel.

A poll on the AOL movie Web site Moviefone.com ranked "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" both the worst of 2009 and the year's best action movie, as well as the second-most disappointing film of the year -- after "Bruno."

And "Transformers" star Megan Fox was overwhelmingly voted both the year's sexiest female actress, and the actress who gave the worst performance of the 2009, according to the poll released Monday.

Whatever the views of Moviefone.com followers, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" grossed more than $834 in ticket sales worldwide to make it the third-most commercially successful movie of 2009, behind "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," according to Boxofficemojo.com.

Voters showed no such ambivalence about "New Moon," the sequel to 2008's blockbuster "Twilight," based on the best-selling young-adult novels by Stephenie Meyer.

Although it ranks No. 6 in 2009 global boxoffice receipts with $662 million so far, "New Moon" was named best movie in the Moviefone poll, drawing 41.1% of the vote. It also was named the year's best "chick flick."

Robert Pattinson was chosen sexiest male star, with 46.5% of the vote, followed by co-star Taylor Lautner (20.1%), who also was voted best male breakout star of 2009.

The next movie in the vampire teen romance series -- "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" -- topped the list of coming attractions Moviefone fans are most excited about seeing in 2010, soundly beating "Iron Man 2" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I."

Summer comedy "The Hangover" was rated the funniest movie of 2009, taking 51.8% of vote, while Disney/Pixar's "Up" was voted best animated film and Sandra Bullock won for best performance by an actress in the surprise hit "The Blind Side."

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Disney Going To Dig Deep Into Marvel's Vault


Disney Going To Dig Deep Into Marvel's Vault

Moviegoers have shown a willingness to be entangled by Spider-Man's web over and over again. Now, as Disney prepares to buy the comic-book powerhouse Marvel, it faces the question of whether fans will also get attached to characters as obscure as Ant-Man and Iron Fist.

The Walt Disney Co. is making a $4.2 billion bet that they will as it nears completion of its acquisition of Marvel Entertainment this week. The cash-and-stock deal brings those characters and thousands of others to an entertainment empire that already includes Mickey Mouse, Kermit the Frog and Hannah Montana.

Disney's biggest challenge will be to get enough people enthused about second-string superheroes to justify the price -- about $1.2 billion, or 40%, more than what Marvel's stock was worth when the deal was announced Aug. 31.

The high price means Disney will have to find new ways to earn revenue from Marvel -- perhaps by bringing Marvel-licensed toys to more store shelves around the world, and by digging deep into its comic vault for potential new blockbusters.

Although Disney is constrained by the fact that big-name Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man are already locked up in long-term deals with rival movie studios, Disney has had a history of successfully turning unknown talent such as Miley Cyrus, the actress behind "Hannah Montana," into multibillion-dollar enterprises.

"With Marvel, it's not just about 'Iron Man' and 'Hulk,' " Caris & Co. analyst David Miller said. "It's all about the other 5,000 characters that you and I don't even know about yet."

Disney shares are already being helped, having risen more than 20% since the deal was announced, partly on the hope for new character development and better use of Marvel heroes in movies, stores and theme parks.

Marvel shareholders are expected to give final approval to the offer on Thursday, with the closing of the deal to follow immediately.

The deal has already spawned a bout of speculation in the comic book world about who will be the next big Thing.

Possibilities include classics such as Ant-Man, the alter-ego of mad scientist Dr. Henry Pym, and Dr. Strange, the mystical go-to guy whenever there's an extradimensional threat. Both are connected to the Avengers line of characters that Marvel had started developing for the big screen long before Disney made the deal; Iron Man and the Hulk are among the Avengers that Marvel already has tapped.

There are about 5,000 more characters, including obscure ones such as martial arts master Iron Fist from the 1970s and up-and-coming ones such as the Runaways, a street-savvy pack of teenagers that have become a recent Marvel comic-book hit.

Whoever is the next comic book movie star, Marvel has a track record of success: its "Iron Man" movie took in $572 million at boxoffices worldwide despite the character once being a B-lister in the pantheon of superheroes.

"They picked the right one and they did it the right way," said Gareb Shamus, whose company Wizard Entertainment Group runs several of the Comic-Con fan conventions around the nation. "When you do that you've got a franchise that could last forever."

Through the deal, Marvel gains the ability to quickly reach more markets worldwide. Disney is by far the world's top licenser of its character brands, with $30 billion in retail sales in fiscal 2008, compared with fourth-place Marvel at $5.7 billion, according to License! Global magazine.

"It gives Marvel the opportunity to expand internationally and leverage the Disney retail relationships as well as their licensee relationships," said Tony Lisanti, the magazine's global editorial director.

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It's Complicated Movie Review By: Windy


It's Complicated Movie Review
By: Windy

Chicago must have had some Hellish wind storms, Windy our resident Film reviewer blew into two films this weekend. We will start with "It's Complicated" first.

And make sure to come back and read her review of Sherlock Holmes.

Please make a pit stop to her site here.

"It's Complicated," starring Merryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, is the story of a divorced couple of ten years who begins having an affair with each other after sparks ignite at their son's graduation weekend.

Merryl Streep and Alec Baldwin are perfectly cast as the divorced couple who portray palpable on-screen chemistry. Every emotion they share - anger, happiness, laughter, confusion - is felt through the screen. They play off of each other quite nicely as if they have acted together for years. Alec plays the perfect seducer while Streep plays the not-so-sure-but-jump-feet-first "victim" of seduction. Their comedic timing is perfect, which is usually the case with Alec Baldwin, who also stars in NBC's "30 Rock."

Out of the couple's children, the standout by far is John Krasinksi. His hilarity as Jim Halpert on NBC's "The Office" carries over nicely to the big screen as the "fiance" of the oldest daughter. His quick-tongued, deadpan humor fits perfectly with the pace of the film and adds to the silliness of Streep's and Alec's character's behavior.

Steve Martin, on the otherhand, is miscast as the serious Streep admirer in the film. It's awkward to watch most other characters in the film make laugh-out-loud maneuvers and not have Martin be one of those characters. It's his staple. If he's going to play a serious character, it needs to be in a serious drama. The one funny scene with Martin is executed perfectly, but the rest of the film is spent wondering when he is going to be funny.

Overall, "It's Complicated" offers a lot of laughter with a bit of drama to keep the storyline believable. Though all films eventually come to an end, this is one where the laughter could have kept on coming and people would have stayed in their seats.

9 out of 10 sandwiches

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Thundercats Movie Not Moving Forward


Thundercats Movie Not Moving Forward

Before getting to the good news, if you didn’t know, WB was developing a Thundercats movie back in late 2007. Variety reported video game vet Jerry O’Flaherty was set to direct a CGI-animated feature film based on the property. He even said:

“It feels like a natural thing for me to step into,” he said. “Games have come so far now. The last four years of my life have been about bringing the energy of film making into the video game experience.”

The movie was going to be an origin story similar to the original pilot, “Exodus” (which you can watch here). It would have focused on Lion-O becoming the leader of the Thundercats and having to do battle with Mumm-Ra.

But, as I said, it seems like Lion-O’s Sword of Omens won’t be calling on any of the other Thundercats anytime soon.

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Avatar Sequel Gossip Next Film May Venture Off Of Pandora


Avatar Sequel Gossip Next Film May Venture Off Of Pandora

Given Avatar’s strong showing at the box office for the past few weekends, and that James Cameron and Fox have invested considerable amounts of blood and money in the film, you can rest assured that we’re going to get a sequel (and most likely a third film to complete the trilogy). The only question now is what those sequels will be about.

According to a recent LA Times Hero Complex interview, which occurred on Avatar’s opening night, Cameron is considering exploring the other moons surrounding the gas-giant planet Polyphemus, which Pandora orbits. This confirms an earlier rumor by Market Saw, and it gives us an idea about the increased scope of the Avatar universe.

Cameron’s quote, as well as a few other sequel bits, after the break. And of course, spoilers for the ending of Avatar as well.

In reference to the other moons around Polyphemus, Cameron said:

We have some story ideas about how to branch out into other moons of Polyphemus and the Alpha Centauri A (ACA) solar system.

This means we’ll be seeing further human exploration into that solar system, or perhaps even the newly Na’vi born Jake heading back into space with Neytiri in tow. I also would love to get a good luck at the destroyed Earth they keep referring to in the film.

Cameron also recently told ComingSoon how much Avatar was thought of as a possible franchise from the beginning:

Actually, when I pitched this to 20th Century Fox four-and-a-half years ago, I said, ‘You know, we’re going to spend a lot of money and time and energy creating not only a process but the assets, the CG assets, we call them - all the models of every rock and tree and plant and creature and the muscle rigs for all the creatures and the facial rigging for the main characters and all that’… huge, millions and millions of dollars. So it really makes sense to think of it as the potential start of a franchise, if you will, or a saga that plays out over several acts, each movie being an act of that saga.

He goes on to say that he’s mapped out what will happen in the sequels, although he hasn’t written any scripts yet.

In regards to actually producing the sequels, Cameron told MTV that he can definitely get them out faster than the first film:

Part of what we set out to do is create a world and create these characters. From the time we capture and finish the capture, it’s literally nine to 10 months to get the CG characters working, to get their facial musculature working. … So now we have Jake, we have Neytiri. Sam can step right back into it, the characters will fit them like a glove, and we’ll just go on. So a lot of the start-up torque that had to be done for one movie really makes more sense if you play it out across several films.

This is all assuming Cameron doesn’t want to make some grand changes to the underlying technology before the next films. Even considering something like that though, they’ll still be much better off production-wise the next time around.

We also recently ran some comments from producer Jon Landau on the sequel, in which he said, “After all, here we are exploring the surface of the planet Pandora. The interior remains to be seen.”

So not only are the moons a possibility, but also a further exploration into Pandora’s ecosystem. This honestly seems like the most obvious approach for the sequels, and I’m sure Cameron is dying to show us his meticulously constructed underwater Pandora environment.

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