Saturday, June 30, 2012

Alec Baldwin marries Hilaria Thomas in NYC

Only three months after announcing their engagement, "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas have wed.

Baldwin is 54, and his bride, a yoga instructor, is at least 25 years younger than him. The wedding took place on Saturday at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in New York City.

Matthew Hiltzik, a friend of the couple, said, "Hilaria Thomas and Alec Baldwin were married this evening at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in New York City with family and friends sharing in the joy of the occasion."

While Baldwin wore a Tom Ford tuxedo, Hilaria Thomas - now Baldwin - wore a silk magnolia Amsale gown with cap sleeves, a keyhole back neckline, and crystal button accents. Also dressed by Ansale were Hilaria Thomas' mother and Ireland Baldwin, Alec's daughter.

The ceremony was performed by the Rev. George Deas, and was conducted in English with readings in Spanish (Hilaria spent most of her time growing up in Spain). Guests included Baldwin's "30 Rock" costar Tina Fey, his brothers Stephen and Billy Baldwin, Woody Allen and wife Soon Yi, Mariska Hargitay (of Law & Order: SVU), Robert Kennedy Jr. and Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels.

During the hours prior to the ceremony, Baldwin Tweeted lines from an Emily Dickenson poem, "Resurrection."  One Tweet read: "Was bridal e'er like this? A paradise, the host, And cherubim and seraphim The most familiar guest."

Meanwhile,the bride was doing her own nervous Tweeting in the days leading up to the wedding. On Tuesday, she Tweeted "Being a bride is stressful.... ayyyyyyy." Later that day she Tweeted, "If I buy one bride magazine, which should it be?"

The reception was scheduled to be held at New York University's Kimmel Center.

The couple began dating last summer. They announced their engagement in April. Baldwin was previously married to Kim Basinger (1993-2002), with whom he had Ireland.

'Ice Road Truckers' producer clears the air on Lisa Kelly's absence

Since the beginning of the latest season (6) of "Ice Road Truckers," viewers have been asking "where is Lisa Kelly?" Both she and the only other woman on the series, Maya Sieber, are missing from the list of drivers for this season.

Lisa Kelly had been on the show since season three, and was quite popular. Of course, her popularity (and Maya's) might have had something to do with her looks, but hey, what can you say about a beautiful woman doing a tough job in a male-dominated field - it's bound to attract interest, particularly male interest.

[Examples: Sieber's own webpage has hand-autographed photos of her, at least one in a bikini. Kelly's site has a store, as well, but no photos in a swimsuit.

You can view a slideshow of Facebook photos of both women, here.]


In a recent interview with producer Thom Beers of Original Productions, the company that produces Ice Road Truckers, Zap2It managed to get the statement that has been missing from The History Channel. The question was posed by Kate O'Hare:

“While I had Beers' ear, I asked him a question that many blog commenters have been asking since the premiere of the new season of another of his shows, History's Ice Road Truckers—'Where is Lisa Kelly?’”

His answer was:

"We offered her a contract to return, and she chose not to. That's it. We invited her back. Love to have her. She's taking a year off, realizing that she might not be able to get another show. But she's an interesting woman. We liked her.

"The thing what we liked about her more than anyone else -- she's the one person of them all that showed real fear.

"I wish her luck, and I wish she was back."

As the season began, we speculated that Lisa Kelly may have bolted from the show over issues similar to those of Dave Redmon, who appeared in season 5 and had a contentious relationship with the show and was ultimately fired.

Also, Kelly seems to have no end to appearance opportunities, based on looking at her Facebook page. Those can be quite lucrative, and eschew the need to be on a reality TV show.

In reality (no pun intended), we may never know the exact truth. That said, viewers are still hoping for Kelly's return, perhaps in season 7 of "Ice Road Truckers."

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Katie Holmes wants sole custody of Suri; Scientology fears the breaking point

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise are splitsville, and the details are beginning to flood in. Not only did Katie Holmes file the paperwork herself, she wants sole custody of six-year-old Suri Cruise, and she went all the way to New York for the filing.

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All of these details are related to one thing: Scientology.

TMZ has reported that the breaking point for Holmes was Scientology. Apparently, despite rumors to the contrary, Katie Holmes has never fully committed to Scientology, even though she has had ties with the church. If you think it sounds similar to past Cruise relationships, you'd be right.

Reportedly, Holmes and Cruise have been arguing about Scientology, and sources familiar with the situation say that Holmes has filed for sole legal because she does not want Tom to control decisions relating to Suri's religion, and she is afraid that he will attempt to "drag her deep" into the church.

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This also relates to why Holmes filed for divorce in New York, despite the fact that they filed their marriage certificate in California. Sources say that Holmes is aware that New York family law judges typically don't like giving two parents who are not getting along joint power to make child-rearing decisions as they believe the children will suffer from the disagreements.

There is, of course, the possibility that Cruise will try to drag the divorce back to California, where joint custody is more the order of the day.

'Ice Age 4: Continental Drift' sees warm reception in overseas opening

High-profile movies opening overseas aren't all that common, but they are becoming more so. Witness the recent opening of "The Avengers" overseas first, and now we have another "Ice Age 4: Continental Drift" is thawing out in a total of 37 markets this weekend, and is reportedly doing well.

So far, the film, the first "Ice Age" film to be shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio, has earned $11 million in only two days from 12 markets, including strong receipts across Latin America and in France. The film began showing in 11 regions either in mid-week or on Thursday.

Fox is especially pleased by the results, as school holidays haven't begun in many of those markets. Given that, the studio is possibly hoping for a very nice weekend take.

Directed by steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier, viewers will see a number of voices return. It stars the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Keke Palmer, Chris Wedge, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lopez, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

"Ice Age 4: Continental Drift" opens on July 13 in the U.S. The last "Ice Age movie" was "Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" which was released on July 1, 2009. That film earned $887 million globally.

Audiences appear to have not yet tired of the premise as "Dawn" easily topped 2006's "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown's" take of $655 million globally. The first film in the series, "Ice Age," was released in 2002 and took in a mere $383 million.

Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes split after five years of marriage

A relationship that got its first really memorable moment when Tom Cruise went wild over Katie Holmes on Oprah is now over. After five years of marriage and a child, Suri Cruise, who is now six, the couple once called TomKat is calling it quits.

Holmes' attorney Jonathan Wolfe said, in a statement, "This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family. Katie's primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter's best interest."

A rep for Cruise said,"Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children. Please allow them their privacy to work this out."

According to TMZ, Katie Holmes blindsided Cruise with the divorce filing, done yesterday in New York. She wants sole custody of Suri, and the straw that broke the camel's back is - you guessed it - Scientology.

This is Tom Cruise's third divorce; he was previously married to Mimi Rogers (1987–1990) and Nicole Kidman (1990–2001). It is the first for Holmes.

The couple became TomKat in April of 2005, when Cruise began dating Holmes. They made their first public appearance together in Rome on April 27 of that year. Just a month later, Cruise declared his love for Holmes on The Oprah Winfrey Show by jumping up and down on Winfrey's couch during the show. Many called that demonstration "faked." [You can view it below.]

On October 6, 2005, Cruise and Holmes announced they were expecting a child. In April of 2006, their daughter Suri was born. On November 18, 2006, Holmes and Cruise were married at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy, in a Scientology ceremony attended by many Hollywood stars.



Thursday, June 28, 2012

The CW's announces its fall 2012 premiere dates

The CW has finally announced its fall series premiere dates. Among the CW network's highly anticipated debuts this fall are for the new series "Arrow," which is a modernized retelling of the DC Comics superhero, Green Arrow.

Although they retain part of the canon of the original comic series, meaning that Green Arrow will be billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, much of the rest of the series will be non-canon with regard to DC Comics.

Those who are fans of DC Comics will wonder why such a high percentage of their heroes seem to be rich. After all, with Oliver Queen and Bruce Wayne, you'd think DC Comics would be a target for Occupy Wall Street.

Seriously, also among the series spotlighted in the fall are "Gossip Girl," returning for its sixth and final season, and the top-rated "Vampire Diaries."

Another new series headed for the CW this fall will be "Beauty and the Beast." Somewhat of a remake of the CBS series of the same name that ran on CBS from 1987-90, the new series utilizes a woman of the same name as the original (Catherine Chandler, then Terminator's Linda Hamilton).

However, unlike the original, which had Vincent (Ron Perlman) shown as a gentle and benevolent half-man / half-beast who rescued Catherine from an unprovoked assault, the CW version opts to make Vincent just a man, more or less. He is Dr. Vincent Keller, a man who was supposedly killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2002.

Not outwardly a beast under normal circumstances, Keller's condition causes him to turn into a beast when he becomes enraged (if it sounds somewhat like The Incredible Hulk, you'd be right).

The other new CW show this year is "Emily Owens, M.D." That series sounds rather bland. Wikipedia says that "The series follows the life of Emily Owens (Mamie Gummer), who is a first-year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital."

The premiere dates are shown below.

Tuesday, Oct. 2
8/7c: Hart of Dixie

Wednesday, Oct. 3
9/8c: Supernatural

Monday, Oct. 8
8/7c: 90210
9/8c: Gossip Girl

Wednesday, Oct. 10
8/7c: Arrow *

Thursday, Oct. 11
8/7c: The Vampire Diaries
9/8c: Beauty and the Beast *

Tuesday, Oct. 16
9/8c: Emily Owens, M.D.*

Friday, Oct. 19
9/8c: Nikita

* = new series

The CW came into being after its two predecessors, UPN and The WB, ceased independent operations within days of each other, on September 15 and September 17, 2006 respectively.

CW stands for CBS and Warner Bros.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

'True Blood's' Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer expecting twins this fall

The HBO horror series "True Blood" seems to have turned into a baby factory, and specifically twins, too. We already knew that Anna Paquin, 29, and her husband of almost two years, Stephen Moyer, 42, were expecting a baby this fall, but now it appears to be twins!

It's very coincidental, as Sam Trammell, 43, who plays Sam Merlotte on "True Blood" became the father to his own twins 11 months ago when twins Winston and Gus were born, via his relationship with girlfriend Missy Yager. Trammell said, "We sent them [Paquin and Moyer] a special gift. It's so interesting that 'True Blood' has become, like, the 'twins' show.

"It's harder, having twins, but it's all we know. So we're trying to impart some decent wisdom. I told them to hold on tight!"

Paquin's camp has not yet confirmed the story of twins, but coming from Trammell, it would seem to be the truth.

Moyer already has two kids from previous relationships. Lilac, 10, and Billy, 12. In an interview with the New York Post in 2009, Moyer said that Billy thinks that Bill Compton is named after him.

Paquin and Moyer were married on Aug. 21, 2010. The twins are her first children.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Tara's vampire suicide attempt climaxes True Blood, season 5, episode 3: 'Whatever I Am, You Made Me'

As we know, Tara has become a great example of someone who hates themself. After all, she hates vampires, and now she is one. Undead as she might be, she wants to be dead, dead, dead as we see later.

Thus, we have the latest episode of "True Blood," as we continue to scratch the surface of Season 5: "Whatever I Am, You Made Me."

Much of the episode focused on Tara and her continuing adjustment to becoming a vampire. The episode begins with Tara seeing the world with her enhanced senses, then nearly feeding on a passing motorist. What stops her? Her conscience, we suppose, as she apologizes and backs away.

Tara turns to Sam for help. A lot of True Blood sates her long enough for him to put her in Merlotte's walk-in freezer for safe keeping during the day. However, the undead life continues to weigh on Tara, who eventually tries to commit suicide in a tanning bed.

Meanwhile, not thinking to check Bon Temp's top (human) bar, Sookie went to Fangtasia to ask Pam to summon Tara, but Pam continued to ignore her "maker" duties, obsessed with finding Eric. Pam tells her to "Get out of my bar before I suck you dry."

Unfortunately for Pam, Sookie's fairy powers surface again, and slam Pam against the Fantasia wall. As you might expect, that draws some attention, with Pam shouting to her customers to "Get back to dry humping each other and buying my over-priced drinks."

Naturally, Sookie finds out about Tara as soon as she shows up to work, as Sam can't distract himself with thoughts of boobs long enough to keep the walk-in freezer out of his mind.

Meanwhile, Pam's obsession with Eric means we get to see a flashback to her making. Back in 1905 at Pam's brothel, we see that Bill and Lorena were regulars. It's hard to believe as this is sort of against previously aired canon, but oh, well.

We see Bill and Eric's poor relationship goes way back. Bill is ticked off at Eric intruding on Bill and Lorena feeding on a woman, and Eric looks like he's about to kill Bill, since Bill is so "young."

Lorena steps in and says, "Eric, please. He's new. He doesn't understand." So Eric relents.

Later, after Eric and Pam have sex, she begs him to turn her. He refuses, but she shows him she has slit her wrists, saying, "Walk the world with me or watch me die." So he turns her.

Wonder how long Pam has loved Eric? Now you know.

Speaking of Eric, back at The Authority, we get to see the new Nan Flanagan. As you probably expected, it's Steve Newlin. That's just part of it, though.

Eric and Bill are fitted with chest harnesses that will inflict the True Death upon them if they fail to behave. "There's an app for that," the female tech vampire tells them (as we wonder where Apple is in this reality). "So, do yourselves a favor, and don't f*ck around," she adds. "You guys are too cute to be goo."

Adding to the sex, sex, sex in the episode, both Bill and Eric are seduced by Salome. In case you were wondering, Salome is THAT Salome. Just to prove there's room for more sex on "True Blood," she also beds Roman (Christopher Meloni).

Speaking of more sex, we see Jason meet up with his version of Mrs. Robinson, one of his high school teachers, Miss Steeler (Melinda Page Hamilton). Running into her at the market, they end up in bed, and in a moment of clarity that usually involves a shrink, he realizes their "past relationship" led to his current sex obsession.

Thus, when Jessica shows up at his place later, he tells her that he has spent years using sex to fill the missing parts of his life, and that he is incapable of having a friendship with a woman.

Jessica, meanwhile, had come to Jason for a lay, as she had smelled the scent of a mystery man's blood who wandered into a store where she had been trying on some clothes. Naturally, we know - that's fairy Claude.

Don't forget Lafayette, who nearly poisons a batch of gumbo with bleach. It's the demon from Jesus' family, still inside him. Fortunately, he sees the demon’s face in the mirror and stops the act.

In other love quadrangle aspects to Sookie's life, after Debbie's parents come looking for her, she tells Alcide that she killed Debbie. As you might expect, his reaction is not positive.

For those wondering about Tara and the tanning bed, despite her obvious disdain for being a maker, it looks like Pam will do something about it. As Tara screamed in agony once the bed turns on, Pam - miles away at Fangtasia - senses it and says, "Stupid b-tch."

We'll have to see what happens, but we don't expect Tara to be leaving the series anytime soon. Where the sub-plotline goes from here is anyone's guess, though.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Deb's 'reaction' teased in Dexter season seven trailer

"Dexter" returns for its seventh season on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime, and this season promises to be a doozy, as evidenced not just by the events of the season six finale, but by a newly released trailer, shown below.

Season 6 of Dexter premiered on October 2, 2011 and consisted of 12 episodes, concluding on December 18, 2011. On November 18, 2011, it was announced that Dexter had been renewed for two more seasons.

The season's final episode was "This is the Way the World Ends." In the episode, Dexter (Michael C. Hall) finally confronted the Doomsday Killer, Travis Marshall (Colin Hanks).

At the episode's end, Dexter finally does away with Travis. However, he is discovered in the act. Worse still, he is discovered by his adoptive sister, Deb (Jennifer Carpenter). To complicate matters still further, Deb had just realized, via a recent therapy session, that she was in love with Dexter. Once again, after all, they are adoptive - not blood - siblings.

In the trailer, after a monologue by Dexter, you can hear Deb saying, "Get away from the body," with Dexter replying "Deb, it's me." Deb is then heard saying, "Jesus, Dexter!"

If - and it's not clear - there is to be some movement in the Deb loves Dexter storyline, not only do these events complicate matters, but so do events in real-life. One can only assume that any love scenes between the two actors will be stressful, considering the couple was married in 2008, but then divorced in 2011.

Yet another example of why one shouldn't get romantically involved with a co-worker.

Watch the Dexter season 7 trailer, embedded below.



Saturday, June 23, 2012

Conservatives love their teen membership because the adults act 'just like 14-year-olds'

Viewers of "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday were treated to his view of Caiden Cowger, a fourteen-year-old conservative with his own radio show. Earlier this month, Cowger, on his twice-weekly show, accused President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden of making kids gay.

Video of that "episode" is available on Youtube. One look at the likes and dislikes on that page, and you have to wonder who listens to his show. There are 118 likes and 2,609 dislikes, for a 96 percent negative rating.

At any rate, during his rant, Cowger said "Homosexuality is a belief. The person is not born that way, no matter what Lady Gaga says ... it is a decision."

Adding that he was once friends with kids who have since come out, he said, "I'm going to tell you this, guys: President Obama ... Vice President Biden ... is [sic] making kids gay!"

As with many on the right, he's ignoring scientific evidence to the contrary, but since when has that every stopped a conservative from talking?

On Friday's "Real Time" show, Maher was amazed at how much Cowger sounds like Rush Limbaugh (Cowger has said that Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are his inspirations, but claims that he always makes up his own mind).

Maher also reminded viewers about Jonathan Krohn, the teenager who spoke at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) in 2009.

Maher opened his discussion with the following statement: “If a 14-year-old can deliver your message, it’s not because he’s gifted. It’s because intellectually, you’re a child.”

He added, "I'm not trying to slam these kids, because being an a**hole is totally understandable when you're 14. You're too young for sex and too old to carry your blankie everywhere; it's a very stressful time. My point is Republican adults, and it is this:

“When 14-year-old boys sound exactly like you do and can produce radio shows and books and speeches that sound exactly like yours, maybe you should rethink the sh*t that comes out of your mouth.

“Remember the Republican debates we had this year? They applauded for the idea of letting a sick man without insurance die. Herman Cain got cheers for saying he’d electrify the border fence. They booed a gay man serving his country in the military. No wonder 14-year-old boys can do your act, you act exactly like 14-year-old boys. There’s no ideology here. It’s just about being a dick.”

In fact, Maher said, it would be very easy for any 14-year-old to host either Rush Limbaugh's or Sean Hannity's shows. He said, ow easy it would be for a teenager to host Limbaugh’s Sean Hannity‘s shows: “Step one, be a giant dick. Step two, there is no step two.”

Watch the video from "Real Time with Bill Maher," broadcast June 22, 2012, below.



Friday, June 22, 2012

As 'Brave' opens, John Ratzenberger plays Pixar good-luck charm again

Pixar's latest film, "Brave" hit theaters on Friday, and so did the company's lucky charm: John Ratzenberger. Ratzenberger, best known for his role as Cliff Clavin in the television show “Cheers,” has voiced supporting roles in all thirteen Pixar films.

That's right, every single Pixar film from "Toy Story" to "Brave" has had John Ratzenberger in a role.

He's always eager for another Pixar role, too. Earlier, he told The Telegraph that "every time I get Pixar on the line, I just drop whatever I’m doing and get over to the studio."

Where can you see Ratzenberger?

In the "Toy Story Trilogy" (“Toy Story” (1995), “Toy Story 2” (1999), “Toy Story 3”(2010), look for Hamm the Piggy Bank.

In “A Bug’s Life” (1998), he voices P.T. Flea, the circus ringmaster.

In “Monsters, Inc.” (2001), Ratzenberger voices The Abominable Snowman.

In “Finding Nemo” (2003), he voices The School (yes, the entire school) of Moonfish.

In “The Incredibles” (2004), he voices the villainous Underminer.

In “Cars” (2006) and “Cars 2” (2011), Ratzenberger voices Mack the Truck. This movie has a clever little reference to his own good-luck charm status. During the movie’s closing credit sequence, Mack the Truck says, “They’re just using the same actor over and over. What kind of cut-rate production is this?”

In “Ratatouille” (2007), he is Mustafa the Head Waiter.

In "WALL-E" (2008), he plays John, an obese (well, all the humans were obese, weren't they?) man wearing a tight red jumper who chats with his wife, Mary and WALL-E, as well.

Up” (2009) - Tom, the construction worker, who can be seen continually asking Carl to move to a retirement home because of the ever-increasing construction around his home.

“Brave” (2012) - in his latest turn, Ratzenberger plays a Scottish guard, Gordon.

Watch the "Brave" trailer below.



Risk your eyes, if you will: Octomom adult film (SFW) trailer hits the Internet

It's unclear if anyone REALLY wants to see this, but here it is anyway, just released a couple of days ago.

You probably remember Nadya Suleman. Nicknamed "Octomom" for having octuplets, she was later reviled after it was discovered that not only were the octuplets the result of in-vitro fertilization (IVF), that also gave her a total of 14 children, overall.

Since then, she has had a number of financial difficulties. While she initially said she would never do porn, despite numerous invitations, in late April she said she had changed her mind. She said,

“You know if the opportunity comes up I'll be the first to admit, I’m gonna eat my words! Because all that matters is that I can take care of my family."

Still later, we even saw Nadya Suleman's adult film "coach" leak a "glam shot" to social media. Her coach is adult film actress Jessica Drake, who shared the picture to Instagram, making it instant public fodder (seen above).

Her adult film is entitled "Octomom: Home Alone." While she does not have the multiple arms of the creature in "Prometheus," she did have those octuplets, after all. The "Home Alone" reference applies to the fact that she has said she would not have a partner in this video (male or female).

Of course, we'd expect that she would make more money if she DID have a partner (not that it would spark our interest). We suppose that, depending on results, her mind might change yet again.

Have a look (or not). The video is safe for work.

Kate Upton schools Jimmy Fallon in the ways of a sexy 'Cat Daddy'

You'll recall that earlier, a YouTube video of Kate Upton doing the "Cat Daddy" in a tiny bikini both went viral - and was banned, for violating the service's anti-nudity policy.

Of course, Upton wasn't nude in the video, nor did she have any wardrobe malfunctions, so the video was later reinstated (you can see the dance, such was it is, at the link above).

While on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Wednesday, promoting her latest eye-catching magazine cover (she’s on the cover of July’s issue of "GQ," sucking on a red, white and blue popsicle), he brought up the infamous dance video.

Fallon, possibly trying to push the network censors - or not - asked Upton to teach him the "Cat Daddy." Wearing considerably more clothes than in the earlier video (a black-and-white polka-dot dress and heels), she showed Fallon how to “buckle your seat belt” and “roll your wheelchair.”


During his somewhat awkward attempts Fallon said, “Ok you're much better at this than I am!," adding, "So I'm like, gonna do this in the club- be like ‘Hey man turn it up!’”

While the video garnered much attention, so has the GQ shoot. Two pictures in particular have been ... applauded by males. One shows Upton pulling herself out of a pool in a wet shirt it's obvious she's, er, cold. Another shows Kate Upton lying topless on the grass and covering her bare breasts with her hands.

A number of those images, or at least scenes involving those images can be seen in the video below. Also below is the Jimmy Fallon appearance.

Incidentally, the photographer for the GQ shoot was Terry Richardson, the same one that managed to convince her to dance for the infamous video.





Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bella says she was 'born to be a vampire' - first full 'Breaking Dawn, Part 2' trailer

Whether you are in love with the "Breaking Dawn" movie series or not, its ultimate and final chapter, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2" is due out on Nov. 16, and we finally have a full-length trailer to swoon over, as Lionsgate has released a 1 minute, 16-second trailer for the upcoming sure-to-be hit.

We already knew that Bella Cullen has been turned into a vampire - it was, after all, necessary to save her "life" (so to speak), and done in the books, too (by the way, ask Tara on "True Blood" how she feels about "her turning").

Among the things that the new trailer shows us is that Bella makes a fine vampire. In fact, she even says it herself: "I was born to be a vampire." She seems to prefer it to her "18 years of being utterly ordinary," and feels her powers allow her "to shine."

It also means that Edward and she are now "the same temperature." Those old vampires certainly are "cold," aren't they? Jacob, on the other hand, is surprised: "I didn't expect you to be so - you," he says.

The conflict, as we've known for some time, is that Irina tells the Volturi that Renesmee is an "immortal child." Those turned to vampire as a child are uncontrollable, and outlawed by the Volturi.

It's obvious from the trailer that there's going to be knock-down, drag-out - and likely bloody fight - between those siding with Edward and Bella and the Volturi.

Edward and Bella's side will, of course, include werewolves after Jacob imprints on Renesmee. It appears that Kristen Stewart will be using the action smarts she learned on "Snow White and the Huntsman" well in this picture.

The movie opens on Nov. 16, 2012. Watch the first extended video below.



Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bristol Palin's new reality TV show already embroiled in two lawsuits

If lawsuits are any indication, Bristol Palin's new reality TV show "Life’s a Tripp" should be red-hot material: not one, but two court claims have been filed against the show already, and the premiere episode's credits haven’t even stopped rolling.

Television critics have already skewered the show in many ways, but that doesn’t mean the show is not hot – at least in the law and order department. True to Palin fashion, controversy must ensue in the family’s wake.

To start, former Disney star Kyle Massey and his family filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday claiming that it was Massey and his mother who developed the concept for her reality TV show, but that they were later booted from the project when another producer swooped in and took over.

Kyle, his brother Christopher and their mother Angela Massey charged that producer David McKenzie took over and pitched the show to Lifetime, which aired Palin’s show’s premiere Tuesday night. The suit names McKenzie, Associated Television International and Helping Hands LLC. It alleges copyright infringement, fraud and deceit, breach of contract, bad faith, misappropriation, tortious interference and unfair competition, according to E! Online, which received a copy of the complaint.

Bristol is not named in the lawsuit. She and Kyle first met as co-contestants on "Dancing With the Stars" in 2010.

“It is unfortunate that after months of trying to resolve this matter the professional way, we were left with no other course of action than to take legal action to protect ourselves,” said Angela Massey in a statement. “If you read the entire complaint ... you will see how we created the show, registered the show and did all the leg work to bring this idea to TV and to the defendants, who stole our concept.”

Bristol has, however, been named in a separate suit filed by talent manager Stephen Hanks, the very same "Muscle Man" who confronted her at the Saddle Ranch bar, making vulgar and crass remarks about her and her mother in on her show’s premiere. Whether you can believe it or not, his is a defamation lawsuit – after he called Sarah Palin a “f***ing wh***re” and Bristol “white trash.”

Bristol asked during this exchange whether he felt this way because he was homosexual – without using any derogatory term – and he agreed by responding: “Pretty much!”

Now he claims emotional distress over having his sexuality questioned in such a public way. He also claimed that Bristol defamed him by claiming to have left California because of him.

Monday, June 18, 2012

'Wire' actor J.D. Williams says fame means frequent NYC stop-and-frisk incidents

Fame is a double-edge sword. Just ask actor J.D. Williams, who played drug dealer Preston “Bodie” Broadus on HBO’s critically-acclaimed series "The Wire." Williams says that because of the notoriety of the series, he is often stopped by police who recognize him, and mistakenly believe him to be someone they’ve arrested before.

Capital New York spoke with Williams on Sunday while he was protesting the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy in Manhattan. That policy has been getting a lot of attention, of late.

“I’m from New Jersey but I’m in Manhattan almost every day auditioning when I’m working so there’s a very real possibility that I will always be stopped and frisked. I’m from New Jersey and we don’t necessarily have this kind of policy, but we have similar racial profiling practices so, you know, a stand up here is a stand for anywhere else.

“You see, it’s a double-edged sword because I might get recognized, but they’re not sure where they know me from. So a lot of times, an officer might think that he’s arrested me before, but usually by the time that they walk up on me, it comes to them. They’re like, ‘Oh, I thought ...’ So, it kind of gets me noticed because they’re not sure and by the time - a little time goes by and they finally realize who I am.”

It would be good if they were hiring or wanted Williams to audition for some play, film, or TV series. However, what they mistakenly want Williams to audition for is not some theatrical production, but for a pair of handcuffs.

These police officers really shouldn't be mistaking Williams for Bodie. Bodie was killed in season four of "The Wire," which was a series about drug dealers in Baltimore, Maryland that spanned five seasons and 60 episodes. It ran in first-run form from June 2, 2002 – March 9, 2008.

"The Wire" has been described by many critics as one of the - if not the - greatest television series ever made, and one of the most accomplished works of fiction of the 2000s.

Watch an interview with Williams at the Sunday protest, below.

True Blood Season 5 Episode 2 Recap: 'Authority Always Wins,' or does it?

As we saw at the end of Episode One of Season 5, yes, Tara is a vampire, and that has to leave her seriously conflicted. After all, on the one had she isn't dead. She's undead. On the other hand, she hates vampires, and that has to translate into hating herself.

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Psychologically, it's not all that unusual, self-hatred. Usually, though, it doesn't include being undead.

Speaking of which, although at the end of the last episode, Tara seemed ready to bite Sookie and / or Lafayette after "being turned," Pam, as her maker, forbids her from biting her friend and cousin and from leaving the house. It might have been fun to see her also forbidden to enter the house, as we would have seen the sort of fun you get by asking a computer on Star Trek to calculate pi to the final digit.

In terms of the rest of the Tara subplot in this episode, while Sookie tries to get her to drink some True Blood, she won't do it. Tara is crazed, and to get her to eat, Lafayette offers his own blood.

Later, Sookie goes to get some equipment to protect herself from Tara, although she is not supposed to bite them anyway. That doesn't mean she can't terrorize them, though. Lafayette tries to get up the courage to stake Tara, but Sookie reminds him that Tara is still the same person inside. We're not so sure of that.

Still later, Tara finally manages to speak. It wasn't clear if "turning" would fix the brain damage from the gunshot wound, but it appears to be doing so. However, she tells both Sookie and Lafayette she will never forgive them, and walks out (burning due to the order to stay), probably searching for Pam, her maker.

Vampire Authority

Meanwhile, Eric, Nora and Bill are being captured by the Vampire Authority. Nora says she wouldn’t risk her career to help fugitives, but the Authority doesn’t believe her, and all three end up in cells.

There's plenty of torture involved, including a "new-fangled" liquid silver drip.

During the rest of the episode, we learn about a sect of vampires who believe God created Lilith before he created Adam and Eve, and that she was created in God's "vampiric image." Adam and Eve were made to be her food (interesting take).

It's also clear that mainstreaming is a high priority. Because of their role in Nan's death, some Authority vampires believe Eric and Bill are a threat to mainstreaming and therefore should be killed.

No one would believe these stars of "True Blood" would be killed. So how did they MacGyver their way out of this? Easy enough: Nan had assured the Authority that Russell was dead (and of course, the question of why Eric and Bill didn't give him the True Death is still a big one. Sort of like how the Joker leaves Batman to get out of trouble when he could just blow him away). Since he isn't dead, Bill and Eric told the Authority that, and swore to find him, in exchange for their lives.

Werewolves and Shifters

The pack tells Alcide to join them in eating Marcus’ body as a sign of respect. After all, werewolf law deems him to be the new packmaster. He refuses, walks away, while Luna tells the pack she is leaving with Sam - and does.

Later, Marcus' mom tries to see Emma, and Sam and Luna fight over it, with Sam being kicked out. Marcus' mom reminds Luna that Emma is part wolf; later, Luna goes to check on Emma and discovers that Emma has turned into a werewolf.

Pam

We flash back and get to see how Pam was "turned." Working in a brothel, perhaps as the madam, Eric comes to her "rescue," after a human who seems to target prostitutes attempts to kill her in an outside alley.

Terry and Friends

Terry begins having nightmares of Iraq. In some sort of trance-like state, Terry tells Arlene that they’re all going to die. Later, Arlene goes to see Terry's old friend Patrick - secretly - and tries to find out what happened in Iraq. Terry shows up and tells her to leave.

Arlene leaves and Patrick and Terry talk about who could be involved in starting a fire (remember the fire?). Their theory centers around an old friend of theirs.

Jason and Andy

Andy asks Jason for relationship advice in a humorous turn. Later, they find some V and - after first pocketing it - gives it to Jason. Could he be off the stuff for good?

Back at the police station, Jason is confronted by - and punched by - the son of a woman he slept with. Not much detail there yet, and sorting out women Jason slept with probably won't be easy.

Russell Edgington

We're "treated" to a look at Russell at the end of the episode. As you might expect, Russell looks really, really bad. However, the desiccated bodies around him indicate that he probably won't look that way for long.

Friday, June 15, 2012

'Cajun Justice' S1 E4 recap: 'Full Moon Madness'

A&E's new "Cajun Justice" series continued with a bang on Thursday night, June 14, 2012, with the new episode, "Full Moon Madness." A&E airs two new episodes each Thursday, at 10:00 p.m. / 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

"Full Moon Madness" was the 10:30 p.m. airing.

A lot of teasing goes on at the start of the episode , as it's the night of a full moon. "Seems like the full moon brings the crazies out," they say.

Det. Terry Daigre has been trying to solve a rash of camp burglaries for months. Note: when they say camp, they aren't talking about camping. Rather, they are speaking about a camp where you go on weekends. These camps are shacks of all sorts, not tents, and are all vulnerable, though the more remote a camp is, the more likely it is to be vandalized.

Terry takes a boat and meets up with Sgt. Dudley "DJ" Authement. D.J. has detained someone who he found seemingly breaking into a camp. The suspect, Mickey, says it's a buddy's father's camp, but he can't tell D.J. the father's name. That's when D.J. called in Terry, to interview Mickey.

The friend is supposedly named Mike, but for some reason, doesn't have a key. Mike's name is in Mickey's cell phone contact list, and Terry uses the phone to call Mike. Unfortunately, there's no answer. At that point, Terry walks off with D.J. and speaks to him privately.

Terry tells D.J. he thinks the story is true for a couple of reasons: Mickey's demeanor shows no deception, and the break-ins have been via the door, not window, which is how Mickey broke in. At that point, Mike calls back and clears Mickey.

After they apologize, Mickey clues them into two "hoodlums" he saw casing a camp at the end of Superior Canal. D.J. and Terry look knowingly at each other.

Shift to Melissa "Catfish" Quintal, who is originally from Massachusetts. Although she says this is now her home, she adds, "It gets a little eerie sometimes." That is a nice segue way into the case.

Melissa gets a 107 - suspicious activity or a suspicious person, involving a woman's horses. When she arrives, she is told that the horses seem quite disturbed. Additionally, while no one was in the stable at the time of the incident, the manes and tails of the equines were mysteriously braided that evening.

The woman says it is a "lutin," which is a spirit, somewhat like an elf or a poltergeist. The woman also claimed she was only gone from the stable for 30 minutes, yet all the horses manes and tails were braided. "How could it be done?," she asked.

While Melissa told the camera that she didn't believe in the lutin, she looked around, anyway. She didn't find anything, and told the woman that. Still, the woman seems panicky, and adds that one horse is very sweaty, quiestioning that fact as it had not been exercised.

Melissa discounts that, asks the woman to call a vet, and to call the Sheriff's Department in the morning if things are still strange. Once Melissa leaves, the woman says to the camera that she is convinced even more so that there was a lutin involved.

The action shifts back to Terry, who along with D.J. is checking out the Superior Canal report. We see a few shots of locals, who are shown detailing how often their own camps have been broken into. The Superior Canal camp is not hit, but Terry feels it's an excellent target, with a lot of supplies the thieves have been taking. Terry and D.J. decide to stake out the place.

They wait and wait, and finally they see two people coming near in a boat. Terry and D.J. hear glass break, and they decide that's it, start up their boat, and begin pursuit. There is an extended boat chase, but the thieves make a mistake: then arrive at a dead end, one that D.J. was aware was coming.

While happy about the capture, Terry says, "I hope this is the last full moon night shift I ever have to work."

"Cajun Justice" airs new episodes at 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Thursday nights, on A&E.

Next up: "A Real Drag."

'Cajun Justice,' S1, E3 recap: 'Grave Robbery'

A&E's new "Cajun Justice" series continued with a bang on Thursday night, June 14, 2012, with the new episode, "Grave Robbery." A&E airs two new episodes each Thursday, at 10:00 p.m. / 10:30 p.m. ET/PT; the series focuses on the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office run by Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois Jr.

"Grave Robbery" was the 10:00 p.m. airing.

The episode begins with a visit to a hair salon. No, there is no crime being committed, unless you consider Paul "Highlights" Thibodeaux getting his hair done a crime.

Paul is seen getting highlights in his hair. As outlined previously, Paul is the deputy with a hair fixation.

Mister Donnie from Dimensions Salon said that he is the "only guy that can touch Paul's hair." Not even Paul's wife can touch it, he added.

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Once his appointment is over, "Highlights" heads off the cemetery and a report of property damage. At this point, Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois, Jr. pops in with an interlude. Bourgeois and some parish residents explain that in the parish, the ground is so saturated with water that keeping dead bodies "dead and buried" isn't as easy as it might sound.

It's even harder with grave robbers around, and when Paul enters the Theriot Community Cemetery, he meets "Joe," a maintenance man who says some of the tombs have been broken into. In one of them, the skull is missing from the body, as is a necklace. When Joe asks if Paul wants to see the missing skull, Paul blanches, saying, "that's OK." Then, Joe brings up the "bayou's little secret," voodoo.

At this point, the locals discuss voodoo. As one says, "in the bone marrow is where your soul lies."

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Paul finishes his investigation of the cemetery, and heads out. He heads over to the nearest relative of the person whose skull is missing. The young woman he speaks to says the deceased was her great aunt.

Paul asks for her to draw the necklace that Joe said was missing, and she does so. She notes that she could ID the necklace, and when Paul asks if her great aunt had any gold fillings, the woman replies "somebody steals skulls for their teeth?!"

The whole department is alerted, as Sheriff Bourgeois says, "we want to put an end to this, right now."

Lt. Peter Guidry continues the investigation, in a manner of speaking. At least, his incident is related. Peter is sent to investigate a "suspicious vehicle in the cemetery."

While he does manage to find a dark-colored car, he finds only a young man and woman in the car, sitting - more or less. It turns out that they are a man and his girlfriend are in the car, or so it first appears.

The man says the couple had just been talking, but it is obvious he is nervous, and Peter notices it, as well. The reason for the nervousness is that the woman isn't his sister. Instead, it turns out she is his girlfriend's sister.

While they get off with a warning, you can bet he's facing the music with his girlfriend now that the episode has aired, and millions have watched.

Continuing the investigation, "Highlights" heads to check pawn shops in the parish. None of them have seen the necklace, but he gives them a card. It seems the case is at a dead end.

Or so it might be except for the investigation of Dep. Thomas Arnold and Dep. Keith Bergeron. The pair answer a call to investigate strange sounds coming from a small shack behind a pump station.

Tom is from a California, and he says the parish is a "whole new culture." This fact plays out humorously later.

Tom and Keith hear what sounds like rhythmic drumming coming from the shack. They interrupt what seems to be a "ritual." Translation: voodoo.

They make arrests, but also notice a display, and in the middle of it can be seen a human skull, and the missing necklace. Were they trying to summon her spirit? To do so, you'd need to have something from the person - like a necklace and skull.

The suspects say they did nothing wrong, but they are read their rights.

However, as the suspects are put in the patrol cars, one of them utters something that can't be understood. Keith tells Tom he thinks he was just cursed - a voodoo curse. Keith, speaking to the camera, says that he was kidding around with Tom, but that "the look on his [Tom's] face was priceless."

Back at the station, it looks like they have their crime solved, but they then rake Tom over the coals about the curse, and his reaction.

Next up: "Full Moon Madness"

Lindsay Lohan hospitalized after being found unconscious; rep claims simple exhaustion

Just a few short days after being involved in an auto accident with an 18-wheeler, actress Lindsay Lohan, 25, was reported rushed to a hospital after being found unconscious in the penthouse of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey, Calif. this morning.

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ABC affiliate KABC reported that paramedics were called at 10:15 a.m. PDT. Lohan had been filming the Lifetime Elizabeth Taylor bio-pic “Liz & Dick” in the Marina del Rey area.

The first thing that probably popped into the minds of many was that this could be the result of drug overdose or alcohol. Lohan has, after all, been to rehab multiple times for addiction reasons, but despite that, and brief stints in jail, in March she was taken off of the probation which had stemmed from her 2007 DUI case.

However, Lindsay's rep Steve Honig said the incident was overblown. Rather than any addictive substances being involved, he called it simple exhaustion.

"Lindsay has been working a grueling schedule for the last couple of days. Last night she worked from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. She was exhausted and went back to her room to sleep. Producers were apparently concerned and called the fire department and paramedics found her sleeping but determined that she was fine, just extremely exhausted and slightly dehydrated.

"She is on her way home now to rest and will be back on set later today."

Honig also confirmed there were no alcohol or drugs involved.

That said, just a few days ago, Lohan was involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler. She was driving a Porsche that slammed into a truck on the Pacific Coast Highway last Friday.

Some revelations from the accident include:
  • Lohan initially lied to local authorities and claimed she was not driving the Porsche.
  • Lohan's Porsche had a plastic water bottle filled with alcohol in the trunk; fortunately for her it that not a violation in Calif.
  • Lohan tested negative for alcohol, it was reported.
  • In initial reports it was said that Lohan claimed no fault, but that rather the truck cut her off. However, the truck's driver, "James," came forward and denied any fault, adding that multiple witnesses saw Lohan's Porsche "flying" down the highway.
  • "James" added that he couldn't have cut Lohan off as he was already in the right lane when the incident occurred.
  • Finally, James said that Lohan's entourage tried to bribe him in an effort to keep him quiet.
There have been no Tweets on Lohan's Twitter page since the incident this morning was reported.