Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CBS developing new 'Brady Bunch' series

CBS has given the green light to a reboot of "The Brady Bunch." The new multi-camera comedy series would come from executive producer Vince Vaughn and CBS Television Studios.

The series would center on the youngest of Mike and Carol Brady's boys, Bobby Brady, who as a divorced dad remarries and starts a new family. Unlike the original series, which rarely mentioned the original spouses, the couple's exes will appear on the series.

In fact, Mike was a widower, and producer Sherwood Schwartz wanted Carol to be divorced, but the network objected, showing the differences between then and now. As a compromise, Carol's "situation" was never mentioned during the series.

Also unlike the original, Bobby Brady and his new wife will have one child of their own.

Raising Hope's Mike Mariano will write the script for the project and executive produce along with Lloyd Schwartz, son of the late and aforementioned Sherwood Schwartz.

Vaughn, Victoria Vaughn and Peter Billingsley (yes, the Peter Billingsley from "A Christmas Story") will also exec produce through Vaughn's Wild West Picture Show Productions company.

Reboots are becoming popular these days, with some saying it's a sign that Hollywood is running out of ideas. Successful reboots have been "Hawaii Five-O" and "90210." On the other hand, "Charlie's Angels" was a flop.

Still to come, "The Munsters" (expected to be picked up with a series order) and the CW's upcoming "Beauty and the Beast."

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart in custody battle over adopted dog

As the dog days of summer continue to roll along, so does the strained relationship between "Twilight" stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. In the wake of Stewart's affair with director Rupert Sanders, Pattinson moved out, and now the couple is reportedly fighting a custody battle.

No, they don't have kids; while Pattinson, 26, and Stewart, 22, did live together as boyfriend and girlfriends, they are nor parents. The custody battle centers around their dog, Bear.

While Stewart will keep her cat, Max, Robert wants Bear, a mixed-breed rescue dog they adopted from a high-kill shelter in New Orleans last year while filming “Breaking Dawn.”

At the time, Pattinson told a German newspaper that "I'm one of those guys who'd adopt a whole animal shelter ... Thank God that Kristen was with me. So we just adopted one dog. A mutt. We called him Bear.”

Now, it appears he's much happier without Stewart - or perhaps not. Reports are he was and still is heartbroken over Stewart's betrayal.

A source says that after Pattinson moved his things out of their digs, he told Stewart he wanted Bear.

“She was heartbroken – they adopted Bear together and she always felt that he was their little baby. But Rob was so hurt by Kristen’s actions he decided that he wants the dog to help him get over what happened. After all, a dog is a man’s best friend and Bear is such a good companion.

“However, Kristen won’t give up Bear in a hurry. She helped Rob save Bear from Parvo disease, which nearly took its life when it was a puppy. She wants joint custody – and it could get a little messy."

Ironically, prior to their split, the couple had been looking into getting another rescue, a companion for Bear. The source added,

“Before news of the affair broke, Robert and Kristen were looking into the possibility of adopting another dog. They were desperate for a play pal for Bear and scoured petfinder.com, as well as a few high-kill shelters in Los Angeles. But it seems that’s out of the question now."

At this point, it seems out of the question for the couple to get back together. That may change, but for now, Pattinson is reportedly very hurt. There are rumors that he wants a “man to man” chat with Sanders, and that Stewart is penning an apology letter to Sanders' wife, Liberty Ross.

Summit releases a new set of 'Breaking Dawn, Part 2' promotional images

Much of the discussion of late around the upcoming film "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2" has been around the stars, not the film, and not in a good way. That said, Summit Entertainment has just released a set of stills promoting the new film (as though it needs more promotion).

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2" stars Kristen Stewart (Bella), Robert Pattinson (Edward), and Taylor Lautner (Jacob). As you probably know, to save Bella's life, Edward was forced to "turn" her; she's now a vampire in the final film.

As you probably also know, actress Kristen Stewart has admitted to cheating on co-star and boyfriend Robert Pattinson with Rupert Sanders, her director on "Snow White and the Huntsman." Whether or not that dalliance included actual sex or just necking [talk of necking while referring to a vampire film is ironic] isn't clear, but to Robert Pattinson, it's the lack of trust that really hurt's he's reportedly moved out.

With that, you can bet any promotional appearances will be quite awkward.  You can see a slideshow of images here.

The Bill Condon-directed adaptation of the Stephanie Meyer book opens in theaters on November 16.

Seven clips unveiled from 'Avengers' Blu-ray release, including ... Thanos

Marvel Studios has released a lucky number - seven - video clips of scenes from the film "The Avengers" for those who are waiting for the Blu-ray / DVD release so they can relive

Among them, and the very first one in the series, is the mid-credits scene that got everyone talking (about what's coming next for Marvel's super-hero group, and it would appear to be Thanos).

Marvel's Thanos could be considered - on a power level - at about the same as DC Comics' Darkseid. While he seems set for whatever movie next features "The Avengers," Marvel Comics has canceled a comic series prequel, "Thanos: Son of Titan."

There's little that needs to be written about the super-hero film. It gathers together a number of Marvel Comics characters (those which belong to Walt Disney Pictures, anyway). "The Avengers" was written and directed by Joss Whedon, and stars stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), and Stellan SkarsgÄrd (Dr. Erik Selvig).

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The film has earned a huge $1.46 billion at the worldwide box office and it stands as the No. 3 film of all time, both globally and domestically. Ahead of it are "Avatar" and "Titanic," which - globally, at least - have a several hundred million dollar lead over "The Avengers."

"The Avengers" will be available as a 2D Blu-ray Combo Pack, a 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on September 25th.

Paramount issues second teaser for full 'Paranormal Activity 4' trailer

Teasing, teasing and more teasing, as Paramount Pictures continues to increase the hype around the full "Paranormal Activity 4" trailer that is scheduled to be released on Wednesday.

The full trailer for "Paranormal Activity 4" is due out on Wednesday, August 1st, and Paramount Pictures released a "teaser" on Monday. Teaser two was released on Tuesday.

Paramount has been trying its best (and doing a good job of it, too) to keep the plot a secret. However, it's known that Brady Allen will play a character named Robbie and that Katie Featherston will also reprise her role as Katie, still possessed from the ending of the first two movies.

With all that secrecy, the full trailer will probably be hammered on YouTube and other sites when it is launched.

The last film, "Paranormal Activity 3," was a prequel. It was set 18 years prior to the events of the first two films, and was released in theaters on October 21, 2011.

It set several records when it hit movie theaters, including records for best midnight opening for a horror film ($8 million), best domestic opening day for a horror film ($26.2 million), highest opening box office take for any October film, highest opening for a film in the fall (September through October). It also set  a record for the best opening weekend of any film in the franchise ($52.6 million).

'Matrix' director Lana Wachowski shows off results of gender transition

You may have noticed that references to "Larry" Wachowski now all refer to Lana. That's because she has "transitioned," becoming the first major Hollywood director to publicly come out as transgender.

Despite completing the transition, according to Wikipedia, after Speed Racer (2008), she hasn't really appeared publicly since then. Finally, in a new clip promoting the upcoming film "Cloud Atlas," Lana has gone public.

In the this video clip (embedded), Lana introduces the film with her brother, Andy Wachowski, and director Tom Tykwer. Hair styled in pink dreadlocks, she says, "Hi, I'm Lana." She did not address her transition.

It was a long-standing rumor that Lana, then Larry, was either transitioning gender or a cross-dresser. These first spread in the early 2000s.

In 2002, when Lana filed for divorce from wife Thea Bloom; he was also photographed in a notorious L.A. S&M club, The Dungeon. She then purchased a $2.7 million San Francisco mansion under the name Laurencia.

In 2003, a date that the then Larry Wachowski took to the Cannes Film Festival told British tabloids that he was a "cross-dresser." Also in 2003, the Gothamist reported in a column that Wachowski was in the process of undergoing a "sex change".

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"Every indication I have says that Larry Wachowski is now in the process of changing his sex," movie journalist Dave Poland wrote. "Dressing in public like a woman, taking female hormones and yes, having a sex change operation."

"Cloud Atlas" is scheduled to be released on October 26, 2012 in the United States, and stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, among others.   The first extended trailer was released a few days ago, linked above.

First trailer released for movie version of Frank Miller classic, 'The Dark Knight Returns'

Although the acronym TDKR probably translates to "The Dark Knight Rises" to most, DC Comics' animation division has been hard at work on a TDKR of their own: an adaptation of Frank Miller's classic "The Dark Knight Returns" comic book limited series.

"Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1" will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on September 25 and is described as follows:

"... it’s been a decade since Bruce Wayne hung up his cape, following most of the other superheroes who had been forced into retirement. Facing the downside of middle age, a restless Bruce Wayne pacifies his frustration with race cars and liquor – but the bat still beckons as he watches his city fall prey to gangs of barbaric criminals known as The Mutants.

"The return of Harvey Dent as Two-Face finally prompts Wayne to once again don the Dark Knight’s cowl, and his dramatic capture of the villain returns him to crime-fighting – simultaneously making him the target of law enforcement and the new hope for a desolate Gotham City. Particularly inspired is a teenage girl named Carrie, who adopts the persona of Robin and ultimately saves Batman from a brutal attack by the Mutant leader. Armed with a new sidekick, and re-energized with a definitive purpose, the Dark Knight returns to protect Gotham from foes new...and old."

Peter Weller is providing the voice of Batman / Bruce Wayne; sadly, we do not get Kevin Conroy, arguably the quintessential Batman voice.

Weller will be joined by David Selby as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter as Carrie / Robin (yes, a girl Robin), Wade Williams as Two-Face and Michael McKean as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper. The film is directed by Jay Oliva, written by Bob Goodman and executive produced by Sam Register and Bruce Timm.

"Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2" is expected in early 2013.

As promised, new trailers released for 'Skyfall'

As promised, the new "Skyfall" trailer was released on Tuesday morning, and actually, there were two of them released. The first one, posted to Yahoo, starts very much like Monday's teaser, released to hype the trailer, with Bond searching a room. This trailer (embedded), though, is a full trailer, two and a half minutes in length.

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In that trailer, we see one of those patented "top of train fights," and we also see Naomie Harris ("28 Days Later"), whose role as "Eve" has been the source of much conjecture, "take the shot" when ordered by M. Who does she shoot? Bond, but don't worry, he comes back later (it's his franchise, after all).

The new trailer also gives Bond fans a first good look at Javier Bardem's villain, "Silva."

The second is begins differently, with M (Judi Dench) doing her own computer work. She's looking at a computer file on - who else - Bond, James Bond (Daniel Craig). It does contain much of the same footage, though.

"Skyfall" is the 23rd movie in the James Bond series. It's being released in the 50th anniversary year of the initial movie in the long line of Bond films, "Dr. No."

The plot of the movie, Wikipedia says, is as follows:

"M becomes the subject of a government review when MI6's active case roster is leaked, compromising the identities of every single undercover operative the agency has placed in terrorist networks around the world. When the agency itself is attacked, it falls to James Bond to seek out and eliminate the threat regardless of the cost to himself — but as he follows a trail from Istanbul to the South China Sea, Bond soon finds his loyalty to M challenged over secrets from her past."

Aside from Craig, Bardem, Dench (her seventh outing as M), and Harris, also starring in the movie are Albert Finney as Kincade, and Ralph Fiennes as Mallory.

Monday, July 30, 2012

New video clip from 'The Campaign' spotlights finance reform

With less than 100 days to go until the actual 2012 elections, Warner Bros. has released a new clip from Jay Roach's political comedy "The Campaign," starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.

The film's blurb from IMDB reads as follows:

"In order to gain influence over their North Carolina district, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady by putting up a rival candidate. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center."

As you might expect, Will Ferrell plays Cam Brady, and Zach Galifianakis plays Marty Huggins.

An earlier trailer proved to be mostly alternate versions of footage seen earlier in "The Campaign's" fake campaign ads. It could be seen that Ferrell was doing a tweaked version of his famous George W. Bush riff.

Of course, as the real world swirls in campaign ads full of lies and misquotes, fake campaign ads seem natural. Notably, the trailer also included a slo-mo punch of a baby by Brady.

The new clip focuses on a sore subject in this age of Citizens United: Finance Reform.

"The Campaign" is scheduled to be released on August 10, 2012, a week from Friday.

'G.I. Joe's' Jon Chu in discussions to direct live-action 'Masters of the Universe'

"He-Man!" That name might reverberate through Castle Greyskull again, with Jon M. Chu at the helm, if things work out.

Deadspin reports that Chu is in talks to helm "Masters Of The Universe," a(nother) live-action film based on the signature Mattel toy line that seems to finally be coming to fruition at Sony Pictures and Escape Artists.

Chu is directing "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," and is currently in the middle of a 3D conversion of the movie, which has been pushed back to a March 29, 2013 release by Paramount. He is also reported to have to shoot new footage for the sequel to "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra."

Meanwhile, "Masters of the Universe" and He-Man have been around for quite some time. In addition to the Mattel toys, there have been multiple cartoon series and a spin-off cartoon, "She-Ra: Princess of Power."

There was also a poorly received 1987 live-action film titled "Masters of the Universe," which starred Dolph Lundgren. In a very early role in her career, Courteney Cox of "Friends" was also saddled with a part.

He-Man is a sort of barbarian-type character; in most variations of the story, he is the alter-ego of Prince Adam, who turns into the powerful He-Man (at least in the first cartoon series) by raising his sword over his head as he says "By the power of Greyskull."

He-Man and his friends defend the realm of Eternia and the "secrets of Castle Grayskull" from the evil forces of Skeletor, who has his own allies.

Rumors of a new live-action film have been around for some time. Escape Artists’ partners Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch are producing, according to Deadspin.

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Victims wear Batman garb to James Holmes' court hearing

James Holmes, 24, the alleged "Dark Knight Rises" shooter, was charged on Monday with 142 counts, including 12 counts of first-degree murder and 12 counts of first-degree murder with extreme indifference, in connection with the July 20 massacre. He was also greeted by many images of "The Bat," as many of the attendees wore Batman T-shirts.

The garb was a strong reference to "The Dark Knight Rises," the Christopher Nolan-helmed Batman film that was being screened in a midnight premiere at the Century Aurora 16 in Aurora, Colorado when the massacre took place. Twelve were killed, and 58 injured.

After his capture, Holmes referred to himself as "The Joker," an arch-villain in the Batman comic books, and the main antagonist in the film which preceded TDKR in Nolan's trilogy, "The Dark Knight."

Don Lader, 32, was one of those who was at the Century Aurora 16 that morning. He and his wife escaped with minor scrapes, and on Monday he wore a Batman shirt emblazoned with the words "A Fire Will Rise." Lader said, "He attacked us out of cowardice but we will attack back in strength."

Lader added that he bore no ill will against the movie industry, which has come under fire from some, including one survivor, Torrence Brown, who has sued over the shooting.

Brown was uninjured, but saw one of his best friends shot and killed. Brown has sued the Century Aurora 16, Holmes' doctors, and Warner Bros.

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"There was evidence that he was a Batman fan, but it didn't have anything to do with it," Lader said.

Meanwhile, another has died as a result of the shootings, but one who cannot be counted as a victim based on Colorado law. Ashley Moser, whose six-year-old daughter was killed in the shooting, suffered a miscarriage on Saturday. However, prosecutors cannot charge Holmes with the death of the unborn baby because homicide charges in Colorado apply only to those “who had been born and alive” at the time of the crime.

'Skyfall' trailer preview teases full trailer on Tuesday

Nowadays it's not enough to just post a trailer, you have to also post a preview for the trailer a day or so ahead of time, to increase the hype. Thus, we have today's "Skyfall" trailer preview.

"Skyfall" is the latest - and 23rd - James Bond film, and is being released in the 50th anniversary year of the Bond film series, which began with 1962's "Dr. No."

The plot of the movie is as follows:

"M becomes the subject of a government review when MI6's active case roster is leaked, compromising the identities of every single undercover operative the agency has placed in terrorist networks around the world. When the agency itself is attacked, it falls to James Bond to seek out and eliminate the threat regardless of the cost to himself — but as he follows a trail from Istanbul to the South China Sea, Bond soon finds his loyalty to M challenged over secrets from her past."

The trailer shows us that the leak occurred three months before. We also get to see "M" telling a female sniper to "Take the bloody shot," who looks to be Naomie Harris ("28 Days Later"), whose role as "Eve" has been the source of much conjecture.

Also starring in the movie are Judi Dench as "M" (her seventh outing), Albert Finney as Kincade, and Ralph Fiennes as Mallory.

Full 'Taken 2' trailer: revenge in Istanbul

Following on the heels of June's teaser trailer, 20th Century Fox has released a new full trailer for the movie, "Taken 2." The close to 2 1/2 minute long video takes us back to the world of Bryan Mills, first introduced to us in 2008's "Taken."

In the original film, "Taken," Liam Neeson played Mills, a former CIA operative who is forced to track down and save his daughter Kim (played by "Lost's" Maggie Grace) after she is kidnapped by human traffickers while traveling in France.

In "Taken 2," while in Istanbul, Mills and his ex-wife ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) are taken hostage by Murad Hoxha, the father of the kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter. It seems that Mills may have taken some time to "train" Kim after the first movie: according to Wikipedia, Mills "now has to rely on his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) to help them get out."

An interesting quote from the trailer, with Mills speaking to Hoxha: "If I kill you, your other sons will come and seek revenge."  To the affirmative response, Mills says, "Then I will kill them, too."

"Taken 2" is directed by Olivier Megaton from a script by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamenthe. The October 5 release stars Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Sherbedgia and Luke Grimes.

It's begun: day one of shooting on "The Wolverine" [VIDEO]

It's begun, the claws are unsheathed. Production has started on "The Wolverine," which returns Hugh Jackman to his role as Marvel Comics' adamantium-laced mutant.

Jackman is obviously anxious to get back to get into the persona of Logan (nee James Howlett AKA Wolverine). He Tweeted earlier today,

"We're on day 1 of shooting. Wolverine is back... feel so pumped about this one... never felt so ready!!!! will keep y'all posted!!!"

Nicely, Australia's 7News (the movie is being filmed in Australia) managed to catch some footage from the first day's shoot in Kurnell; you can view the action in the embedded player.

"The Wolverine" is being directed by James Mangold, from a script by Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback. The film is based on the 1982 limited comic book series, "Wolverine," by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.

"The Wolverine" sees Marvel's most famous X-Man involved in a forbidden romance in Japan. Mariko Yashida is the daughter of Shingen and a one-time fiancee to Wolverine. She is engaged to marry Noburo Mori, a corrupt minister of justice.

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Also starring in the movie are Will Yun Lee (as the Silver Samurai); Hiroyuki Sanada (as Yakuza crime boss Shingen Yashida); Hal Yamanouchi (Yashida, the head of the Yashida clan to which Shingen belonged); Tao Okamoto (Mariko); Rila Fukushima (as Yukio, one of the deadliest assassins in Shingen’s clan); and Brian Tee (as Noburo Mori) [it is nice to see filmmakers finally filling Japanese roles with "mostly" Japanese actors and actresses, but still annoying to see other Asians in some roles].

"The Wolverine" is scheduled to be released on July 26, 2013.

'Paranormal Activity 4' teaser released ahead of Aug. 1 trailer

The trailer for "Paranormal Activity 4" is due out on Wednesday, August 1st, but Paramount Pictures has released a "teaser" (embedded) of the official trailer to the Internet.

The last film, "Paranormal Activity 3," was a prequel. It was set 18 years prior to the events of the first two films, and was released in theaters on October 21, 2011.

Results of the film's release showed that interest in the series is not dying down. It set several records when it hit theaters, including a new record for a midnight opening for a horror film ($8 million), the best domestic opening day for a horror film ($26.2 million), the highest opening for any film in October, highest opening for a film in the fall (September through October), as well as setting a record for the opening weekend of any film in the franchise ($52.6 million).

The plot of the film is as yet undisclosed. However, it's known that Brady Allen will play a character named Robbie and that Katie Featherston will also reprise her role as Katie, still possessed from the ending of the first two movies.

The first film was released in 2007. Since 2010, a "Paranormal Activity" film has been released annually. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who also directed "Paranormal Activity 3," directed the fourth installment. It will hit theaters on October 19; the trailer will be shown ahead of "Total Recall," which premieres on Friday.

It's confirmed: 'The Hobbit' to be stretched to a trilogy

It's been confirmed: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" will be joined by another film.  Peter Jackson confirmed the new film on his Facebook page on Monday.

The rumors first started last week, although Jackson teased the idea at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con.

Here's what Jackson said on Facebook:
It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran, Phil and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie - and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.'

We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance. The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.

So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of “The Hobbit” films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three.

It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, "a tale that grew in the telling."


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When Jackson speaks of Fran and Phil, he's talking about writer-producers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.

Although an obvious reason for adding a third film would be money, from the earlier reports on the considered change, it was at least as much about adding story content and creating a better set of films than added box office.

We're sure the idea of added box office didn't hurt in selling Warner Bros. on the idea, though.

In order to complete a third film, though, the earlier report indicated that Jackson would need to head back to New Zealand next summer and do additional filming. Those cast members could include (depending on the scenes involved) Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Sylvester McCoy, Orlando Bloom, and more.

The first of the Hobbit movies, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," reaches theaters on December 14 of this year. "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" will follow exactly a year later, on December 13, 2013. The third film would presumably follow on Dec. 12, 2014, if the trend of one year offsets is followed.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

New 'About Cherry' trailer gives us a peek into adult films

"About Cherry" is an upcoming drama. It's also the directorial debut of Stephen Elliott, hence the "pops cherry" comment. The film, which premiered at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival, purports to show us the seamy - not steamy - side of the adult film industry.

A new trailer for the movie has been released.

In the film, Ashley Hinshaw plays a young woman who, at the suggestion of her then boyfriend, sells nude pictures of herself. She uses that money to move to San Francisco, along with her best friend - and future new boyfriend - Andrew (Dev Patel).

Eventually she enters the porn industry. Starting with girl - girl pictures, she eventually decides to do a boy - girl film, which pays considerably more, and the reaction from Andrew is as you might expect.

"About Cherry" is expected to open in early 2013, with a specific release date yet to still unconfirmed. IMDB does note that the film will open on Christmas Day of this year in Norway.

Watch the trailer (embedded).

'A Good Day to Die Hard' 'official' trailer, NMA style

The official "A Good Day to Die Hard" trailer has been released - sort of. It's the official Next Media Animation version of a movie trailer for what is essentially "Die Hard 5."

Starring Bruce Willis as John McClane (again), the movie is the sequel to the others in the "Die Hard" series, "Die Hard, "Die Hard 2: Die Harder," "Die Hard with a Vengeance," and "Live Free or Die Hard."

In the film, "Now, McClane faces his greatest challenge ever, this time on an international stage, when his estranged son Jack is caught up in the daring prison escape of a rogue Russian leader, and father and son McClane must work together to keep each other alive and keep the world safe for democracy."

It is scheduled to be released in theaters on Valentine's Day (February 14), 2013. No "real" official trailer has been released (there are some on YouTube, but they have all the wrong stars listed), but NMA has done its bit.

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NMA lampoons current events with videos that feature SIMs-style animation. The studio "covers" the news in a humorous way. Examples of news they've lampooned were the death of Apple CEO Steve Jobs and the Arnold Schwarzenegger "Sperminator" scandal.

In this case, we have a "trailer" for the upcoming Bruce Willis blockbuster. The clip starts with Christmas music as McClane sits on a couch, drinking and smoking. He answers the door, to find a masked man that hands him an envelope.

McClane calmly takes the message, and kills the man with a head shot - but calmly. The rest of the video follows the "plot" above, but in NMA's typically humorous way.

Watch it (embedded).

'Dark Knight Rises' lags behind 'Dark Knight' in ten day box office total

Box office numbers were off sharply on Friday, with the effects of the 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies felt, as well as lingering fears after the "Dark Knight Rises shootings."

The weekend saw much improvement though, as "The Dark Knight Rises" rose nearly 40 percent on Saturday. Even a superhero, though, couldn't help save new films "The Watch" and "Step Up Revolution."

"The Dark Knight Rises" easily won the weekend box office race, as it grossed $64.1 million for a nice 10-day domestic total of $289 million. Worldwide, the amount will finish the weekend with worldwide box office receipts above $500 million.

Still, that's a 60 percent drop from week one, and doesn't compare well with its predecessor, "The Dark Knight." That film took a 53 percent drop in its second weekend with a gross of $75 million and a 10-day cumulative gross of $314 million. Let's not forget, as well, to factor in inflation and higher 2012 ticket prices.

Among the new arrivals in theaters, the comedy "The Watch" opened in third place with $13 million. Despite the weight of its stars (Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, among them) the total was in-line with was expected for the film, after a summer in which R-rated comedies - except for "Ted" - have fared poorly.

Meanwhile, the dance sequel ‘‘Step Up: Revolution’’ opened at No. 4 with $11.8 million. That was lower than estimates, which had pegged the film as reaching the low teens. Earlier movies in the series had opened in the $15 million to $20 million range.

In second place for the weekend was Fox's "Ice Age: Continental Drift." It finished the weekend with $13.3 million.

Closing out the top five was Seth MacFarlane's "Ted." It finished with $7.35 million, respectable for a movie out for five weeks, especially with such high profile movies as "The Dark Knight Rises" debuting.

Watch it: 'Total Recall' TV spot 5

August 3rd can't get here soon enough for fans of Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and / or Jessica Biel. Ah, yes, and for fans of non-stop action. On Aug. 3, 2012, the remake of "Total Recall" launches in theaters.

With less than a week left before the launch, Columbia Pictures is continuing its onslaught of TV spots, with the latest one (No. 5) just released.

Much like the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger version, this new version of "Total Recall" is only loosely based on the classic Philip K. Dick story, "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale."

Although the movie itself is generating much buzz, so is a single minor character. Since the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, actress Kaitlyn Leeb has been the subject of viral search trends. The reason: her character is the three-breasted woman, returning from the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger version of "Total Recall." With new prosthetics, her accoutrements look real, enough so that she has been asked if she had surgery for the part.

Watch "Total Recall" TV spot No. 5, embedded.

Warner Bros. exploring the idea of a prequel to 'The Shining'

We have seen a remake of "The Shining," which was totally unnecessary, as it seems - and honestly, was - impossible to remake Stanley Kubrick's version, one of the greatest horror films of all time (and on TV, no less)? Now comes more news that fans might find "horrifying." Warner Bros. is exploring the possibility of a prequel to “The Shining.”

According to an anonymous source, WB has asked writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis ("Avatar") and her partners Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt to explore a new tale of fright at the Overlook Hotel, one taking place before Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and son Danny (Danny Lloyd), arrive.

Fans of the original film, which was based on a Stephen King novel, may be excited - or angry - at the news. It is, after all, considered a classic.

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Still, as well as being an uncredited writer and executive producer on James Cameron's mega-hit "Avatar," Kalogridis wrote and executive produced Martin Scorsese's 2009 thriller “Shutter Island.” That experience could be perfect for this scenario.

Really, though, can anyone do justice to a prequel to "The Shining?" It's hard to say, but the report added that a WB spokesperson emphasized that the idea is still in the very nascent stages, so early that it is not even considered in formal development.

King, on the other hand, is moving forward, rather than backward in time, and is writing a sequel to "The Shining" called "Doctor Sleep." The book will be released in 2013. It's unknown if a film adaptation will be made, but based on King's pedigree, the odds are good.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

No sex in Kristen Stewart fling? Does that still count as cheating?

The damning US Magazine pictures showed Kristen Stewart, 22, and her director from "Snow White and the Huntsman" Rupert Sanders, 41, kissing and hugging. But is that all that happened? Was there no actual sex (and yes, that includes "Bill Clinton" sex)?

That's what sources are saying. Of course, there's no way to confirm or deny the claim. The kisses were passionate though.

A powerful older man, a beautiful younger woman, and passionate kisses, but nothing else happened. It's hard to believe, but it's possible.

Some are asking if a kiss constitutes cheating. Here's a simple way to answer that question: although Stewart is not married, Sanders is, to Liberty Ross, 33. Not only that, the couple has two children.

So, in effect, Stewart is "the other woman." Indeed, that was cheating, at least in our opinion, and in the opinion of most who took that poll.

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It's also unclear that the "fling" was as fleeting as Stewart claims. RadarOnline has a set of photos showing Stewart and Sanders dining on May 15 at Monsieur Vuong restaurant in Berlin, Germany.

According to the site, the pair seems to be entranced with each other, unable to take their eyes of the other person. It's hard to tell from still images; video would be far better, but it's possible they are correct.

Whether or not anyone else thinks it's cheating, what matters most is what Robert Pattinson thinks. The revelations on Stewart came out on Wednesday; by Thursday, Pattinson had moved out of the home he had been sharing with Stewart.

'Modern Family's' kid actors set to re-negotiate their contracts

If you have been wondering why the "kid actors" on the hit TV show "Modern Family" haven't been renegotiating their contracts, as their elder brethren did, the answer is: they will ... soon.

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Negotiations are not expected to be as contentious as with the seven elder stars (Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara and Ed O'Neill). At least three of the child stars appear to be planning a united front, though.

It's common for series contracts to be renegotiated after three seasons, THR has previously said.

Sources say that reps for at least three of the child stars have had talks about banding together. These would be Rico Rodriguez, 13, who plays Gloria Pritchett's far-older-than-he-looks son Manny; Nolan Gould,13, who plays the Dunphys' somewhat addled son Luke; and Ariel Winter, 14, who plays the Dunphys' younger (of two) daughter Alex.

Sarah Hyland, 21, who is sort of lumped in as a "kid" because of her age when compared to the "adults" who have already come to new terms, plays the Dunphys' college-bound daughter Haley. While she will also renegotiate her contract, much like Ed O'Neill, who had been being paid more than the other adults, she came to "Modern Family" with a longer acting resume than the others, so she is said to already command a higher salary than her younger co-stars.

Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, 5, who joined the show last season as as "new" Lily (the adopted daughter of same-sex couple Mitchell and Cam), has a lesser role and is not expected to receive a hefty raise.

It's expected that any new deal would include an additional eighth season, just as the new contracts the "adults" signed did.

The "kids" are all expected to arrive for work next week as production on the Emmy Award-winning show's fourth season begins on the Fox lot.

Jason Bateman Tweets pics from the set of the revived 'Arrested Development'

"Arrested Development" is no longer in the custody of the television graveyard. Jason Bateman, who plays show protagonist Michael Bluth, has given those of us who are "Arrested Development" fan(atic)s some teasers from what looks to be filming that is already underway.

Using Twitter to spread the good word, Bateman first Tweeted, "My son, arriving yesterday," attaching a photo of his TV son, the now grown-up Michael Cera. Now 24 and a movie star, Cera was 15 when the series began.

Bateman then Tweeted another photo of Cera, posting, "A grandson, looking for his Gangee."

"Arrested Development" was one of those shows that critics loved, but viewers never embraced, at least not in numbers large enough to keep it on the air. Running for three seasons from 2003 to 2006, the series won six Emmy Awards.

Earlier in the week, executive producer and narrator Ron Howard Tweeted a photo of a script, with his name watermarked on it, saying "Very very funny :-) Lots of lines for the narrator too!"

Although he is executive producer, Howard did the narration for the pilot. He meshed so well, it was decided he would narrate the series, as well.

Long dead, with its stars moving on, fan demand and past critical success won the show a second life on Netflix, with ten episodes to be streamed in 2013, starting in the first half of the year. These will lead up to a feature film.

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Charlie Sheen's dad Martin to join 'Anger Management'

Dad's going to be here to help. While no final decision has been made on the fate of Charlie Sheen's new "Anger Management" show, FX President John Landgraf said said that the show's performance so far has given "every indication" that additional episodes will be ordered.

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In addition, he added that Charlie Sheen's real-life dad Martin will become a series regular in season two if the show is picked up. Martin Sheen is already slated to appear in an upcoming episode, playing the father of Charlie's character.

When "Anger Management" was announced, FX ordered 10 episodes. The network said that if the ratings were up to snuff, it would pick up another 90, for a total of 100. The show stars Charlie Sheen as (what else) Charlie Goodson, Shawnee Smith as his ex-wife Jen, Daniela Bobadilla as their OCD-plagued daughter Sam, and Selma Blair as Dr. Kate Wales, Charlie's FWB.

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The comedy premiered in June to huge ratings, but those first two shows (the series debuted with back-to-back episodes) are going to be tossed when determining if the show hits the numbers FX wants. Since, ratings have dropped off significantly, but are still quite respectable for a basic cable comedy.

Along with Landgraf's vote of confidence, things look "very possible" in terms of a 90-episode pickup. "Anger Management" airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. CT on FX.

Too much commercialization? James Bond escorts the Queen to the Olympics as 'Skyfall' nears

It's the Opening Ceremonies of Olympics, which means millions of people are watching, so why not advertise a homegrown hero and a similarly homegrown movie franchise. It's sad, though, to see such an event turned somewhat of a mockery by commercializing it.

Friday, during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Queen Elizabeth II entered the stadium, which was expected. However, she was escorted by Daniel Craig - not as himself, mind you, but as James Bond (video embedded).

The 23rd movie installment of James Bond, "Skyfall," is coming on October 26 in the U.K. and to the U.S. on Nov. 9, after all. It wouldn't be a good idea to pass up a great moment to publicize the film, now would it? (This installment also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Bond film series, which began with 1962's "Dr. No.")

In addition, a new ad spot for "Skyfall" debuted during the Olympics' Opening Ceremony. Directed by Sam Mendes, the film features Daniel Craig's third outing as James Bond and features Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film's villain.

The plot of the movie is as follows:

"M becomes the subject of a government review when MI6's active case roster is leaked, compromising the identities of every single undercover operative the agency has placed in terrorist networks around the world. When the agency itself is attacked, it falls to James Bond to seek out and eliminate the threat regardless of the cost to himself — but as he follows a trail from Istanbul to the South China Sea, Bond soon finds his loyalty to M challenged over secrets from her past."

Also starring in the movie are Judi Dench as "M" (her seventh outing), Albert Finney as Kincade, and Ralph Fiennes as Mallory.

NBC chooses to air Michael Phelps interview instead of live '7/7' Olympics memorial

Although NBC's Bob Costas made a point to harangue the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for failing to honor the victims of the 1972 "Munich Massacre" - on-air, mind you. However, perhaps he and NBC need to swiftly extract foot from mouth: the U.S. network cut away from an important part of the opening ceremonies: a nearly six minute long tribute to the victims of the 2005 7/7 terror attacks which took place less than a day after London's selection as host the 2012 Summer games.

The 7/7 attacks are dubbed thus because they took place on July 7, 2005. They consisted of a series of co-ordinated suicide attacks in London which targeted civilians using the public transit system during the early morning rush hour.

The BBC broadcast, embedded, shows the ceremony. The prepared BBC statement aired during its broadcast was:

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“Ladies and gentlemen, please pause silent for our memorial wall for friends and family who can't be here tonight. The excitement of that moment in Singapore seven years ago when England won the games was tempered the next day with sorrow from the events of July 7th that year. A wall of remembrance for those no longer here to share in this event.”

The ceremony took place just before the parade of nations. Instead of seeing the ceremony, U.S. viewers were treated to the "obviously more important" Ryan Seacrest interview with Michael Phelps.

If you were a U.S. viewer, you can watch the memorial ceremony you missed, embedded.

On-air, Bob Costas calls out IOC for refusal to honor the 'Munich Massacre'

NBC's Bob Costas fulfilled a promise he had made: during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he took the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to task for not memorializing the "Munich Massacre" during the opening ceremonies.

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Costas had vowed to acknowledge the tragic events of the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, when Palestinian terrorists murdered 11 Israeli coaches and athletes on-air. He had been quite vocal of his disdain of the IOC's decision. On camera, he said,

“The Israeli athletes now enter behind their flag-bearer Shahar Zubari. These games mark the 40th anniversary of the 1972 tragedy in Munich, when 11 Israeli coaches and athletes were murdered by Palestinian terrorists. There have been calls from a number of quarters for the IOC to acknowledge that, with a moment of silence at some point in tonight’s ceremony.

"The IOC denied that request, noting it had honored the victims on other occasions. And, in fact, this week [IOC president] Jacques Rogge led a moment of silence before about 100 people in the athletes' village.

"Still, for many, tonight, with the world watching, is the true time and place to remember those who were lost, and how and why they died.”

Costas then paused for more than 10 seconds - a silent period which on TV is an eternity - as the 39-person Israeli delegation, clad in the blue and white colors of their country's flag, continued their march into the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium.

He then cut to a commercial break as he said, “We’re back to London after this.”

You can see a video of the incident, at least until it is forced down from YouTube, embedded. The audio portion of the video is extremely low, however, and it is likely that NBC will pull the video as soon as it finds out about it.

Viewers watching the video might notice that flag-bearer Zubari, who is a windsurfer who won a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has the Star of David shaved into the side of his head.

Costas' vow was highly publicized as the Games approached. Although the IOC did not change its mined, many media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Enquirer, The Atlantic, New York Daily News and Jerusalem Post applauded his planned actions.