Friday, August 31, 2012

Japanese porn TV network holds 'breast squeeze' event for charity

We've seen some crazy television shows come out of Japan, but this has to qualify as the craziest. Paradise TV, a Japanese satellite porn channel, recently hosted an unusual charity event: a breast squeeze benefit.

You read that correctly. The breast squeeze event was part of its "Erotica Will Save The World" event, a 24-hour live-streamed event late this month in Tokyo.

The event went down as follows: after making a donation and sanitizing their hands, participants over the age of 18 were allowed to squeeze the breasts of one of 10 Japanese adult video actresses. A limit of two squeezes per hand were allowed.

If another squeeze was desired, donors had to ante up again.

All the money raised at the charity breast squeeze went to benefit STOP!AIDS, an organization aimed at promoting AIDS awareness, treatment and prevention. It is not affiliated with the Stop AIDS Project that is run by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Although this was for charity, don't let Paradise TV fool you. One of the network's most popular shows is called "I Will Lose My Virginity," which is a two-hour live broadcast of a woman ... well, losing her virginity.

According to the Tokyo Reporter, "Weeks in advance, a promo asking subscribers whether they would want to see the first experience of a certain female virgin, who receives a proper introduction during the spot, is interspersed within Paradise’s programming." If demand, as signified via phone calls and e-mails, is high enough, the show will proceed.

So far over two dozen girls have lost their virginity on Paradise TV.

No surprise: Courtney Stodden's mom expected the flood of adult film offers

As if adult film companies don't have enough choice in terms of possible "stars," what with Prince Harry being offered $10 million to star in a movie, how about Courtney Stodden?

You might wonder, who exactly is Courtney Stodden. She is the wife of 52-year-old Doug Anthony Hutchison, who is an American actor known for his roles as corrections officer Percy Whitmore in "The Green Mile," Eugene Victor Tooms in "The X-Files," Horace Goodspeed in "Lost," and Davros in "24." He also owns the production company Dark Water Inc.

The big deal here is that Stodden just turned 18. Hutchison is 52, as we said. They were married in Las Vegas when she was 16, with her mother signing a consent form permitting the marriage. Stodden is Hutchison's third wife.

In addition, Stodden is obviously a beautiful girl (at her age, it's hard to call her a woman). And now that she's turned 18 (just this week), she's been inundated with offers to do adult films.

Her mother, Krista Stodden, based on Courtney's buxom appearance, was expecting it.

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“In the back of my mind, I knew that would probably happen when she turned 18. We’re used to this. For some reason, people are really just fascinated with her.”

That statement "for some reason" should really be "for two reasons." Take a look at her official website, and you'll see the obvious reasons for the (male) fascination.

While she feels that her daughter will not opt for adult films, she added, “Playboy, we have a lot of respect for. There have been a lot of wonderful women who posed for Playboy that have gone on to do really great things. [Courtney's] not ruling that one out at all.”

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Eddie Murphy shopping 'Beverly Hills Cop' TV project

The heat is on ... and it might be on the small screen, too. It's being reported that Eddie Murphy is shopping around a project to put Axel Foley on the small screen.

Sony Pictures Television, Shawn Ryan, executive producer of "The Last Resort," and Eddie Murphy are shopping a small-screen version of Paramount's "Beverly Hills Cop," The Hollywood Reporter said.

THR said they had confirmation, in fact, of the story, first reported by Vulture. The project will be shown to broadcast networks on this coming Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday.

Murphy starred in all three of the "Beverly Hills Cop" films. While he is attached to the project as an actor, the report said that Murphy would only appear in the pilot and a few episodes throughout the first season, according to Vulture.

The series would be "starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit." In the "Beverly Hills Cop" films, Foley was a sly Detroit detective who was working outside his jurisdiction in Beverly Hills. Looser than the local cops he "partnered with," Foley not only brought in the bad guys, he got the local cops, played by Judge Reinhold and John Ashton, to become a little less straight-laced.

Speaking to Rolling Stone in November, Murphy said the following:

"What I'm trying to do with Beverly Hills Cop now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit. I'd do the pilot, show up here and there. None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force this premise. If you have to force something, you shouldn't be doing it. It was always a rehash of the old thing. It was always wrong."

It is unclear if the pitch to be made this coming week is identical to the idea that Murphy related to Rolling Stone in 2011.

Murphy would be the third big name considering a return to the big screen recently.  First Michael J. Fox saw his project green-lighted by NBC, sans pilot, then rumors of Robin Williams returning to series comedy emerged, just this week.

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Robin Williams mulling full-time return to television

Robin Williams is eying a return to the small screen, according to reports, leading some to wonder, why? Williams began his career as a stand-up comic, but then hit it big when his guest shot as the alien Mork from Ork on the classic TV series "Happy Days" led to a spin-off series, "Mork & Mindy."

Co-starring Pam Dawber as Mindy McConnell. In its first season, it outdid its parent, "Happy Days," finishing 3rd overall while "Happy Days" finished fourth. However, in a counter-programming move, ABC moved it up against "Archie Bunker's Place" and "The Sunday Big Event." This move, coupled with changing the focus of the show away from Mork's adjustment to Earth and to a love story with Minday, doomed the show, although it lasted three more seasons.

Now, Williams, who became extremely successful in films, wants back onto the small screen. On Thursday, Deadline reported that Williams is looking at starring in a new workplace comedy series on CBS from David E. Kelley, creator of "Picket Fences," "Ally McBeal," and "The Practice."

The yet-untitled series project would be set in the world of advertising, with Williams playing an ace advertising executive, working at the same company as his daughter.

There was a recent "feeding frenzy" when Michael J. Fox decided to come back to series TV full-time. NBC won the fight over the series, which is expected to premiere in the fall of 2013.

In this case it appears Kelley is in control and isn't shopping the project to multiple networks. It's unclear if, should Williams sign on, CBS would opt to send the project straight to series, as was done with Fox's show.

Hot Toys unveils super-realistic Anne Hathaway Catwoman figure

Hot Toys, which showed off its Hulk action figure earlier this month, has released images of its Anne Hathaway-based Catwoman from "The Dark Knight Rises," showing off amazing detail and realism.

The announcement came on Hot Toys' Facebook page, just as their Hulk announcement did. In the company's post, it said:

"Following the great response of The Dark Knight Rises movie and our movie-accurate collectibles, Hot Toys is proud to present the highly anticipated female character - the 1/6th scale Selina Kyle/ Catwoman Collectible Figure from this movie.

"The collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Anne Hathaway as the prominent character Selina Kyle/ Catwoman, highlighting the movie-accurate head sculpt, hair implantation, highly detailed costume and accessories. "

Although a blockbuster film, "The Dark Knight Rises" fell short of its predecessor, "The Dark Knight." In fact, it didn't even come close. The film is currently No. 9 all-time in terms of domestic box office gross, while hitting No. 15 overall internationally.

"The Dark Knight" sits at No. 4 domestically, all-time, and No. 12 internationally, all-time.

Hot Toys didn't reveal pricing or date for the release of the new collectible, but anything less than a release in time for the holiday shopping season would be stunningly poor timing.

You can view a slideshow, here.

First two promo spots for 'American Horror Story: Asylum' revealed

FX has released a number of short teasers (OK, eleven so far) for the second season of "American Horror Story: Asylum," but on Thursday the network released the first two promotional spots for the upcoming season. These are full TV ads, and feature (finally) the cast of the second season.

Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk created the "American Horror Story" concept, which runs as a self-contained storyline over one season.

Season one of “American Horror Story” garnered 17 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, which tied it for first among 2012 nominations. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto and Tim Minear are the co-executive producers of “American Horror Story: Asylum” for 20th Fox Television.

The first season focused on the Harmon family: Ben (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton) and their daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga), who move from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien had a miscarriage and Ben had an affair.

Season two takes place at an East Coast institution for the criminally insane and stars Jessica Lange as a nun. The series is based in the 1960s.

This season's cast include Jessica Lange (returning but as a completely different character), Joseph Fiennes, James Cromwell, Adam Levine, Zachary Quinto, Chloe Sevigny, Evan Peters, Britne Oldford, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Chris Zylka and Lizzie Brocher.





New featurette, full soundtrack released for 'Dredd 3D'

We are now three weeks away from the official launch of the Judge Dredd reboot, "Dredd 3D," into theaters. With that, on Friday Lionsgate released a new featurette on "Dredd 3D" (embedded).

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This is the third Dredd featurette to be released by the studio. Earlier, we saw a featurette which gave us insights into Dredd as he was created for the comics. Another gave us a look at Slo-mo, the drug at the center of the film's action.

This one doesn't really add that much.  It's mostly applause around Dredd and the day that we are shown, when he takes a new Judge, Anderson, under his wing.

The summary of the film is as follows:

"The future world is an irradiated wasteland. Off an eastern coast, lies Mega City One - a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called 'Judges' who possess the combined powers of judge, jury, and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge -- a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of 'Slo-Mo' experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.

"During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture - a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute-turned-drug lord, Ma-Ma (Lena Headey), and her ruthless clan.

"When they capture one of the clan's inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound's control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival."

"Dredd 3D" opens in theaters on Sept. 21. It stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Headey, and was scripted by Alex Garland and directed by Pete Travis.

You can now also listen to the full score by Paul Leonard-Morgan (Limitless), here.


Clint Eastwood's RNC performance called 'bizarre, loopy': Watch it, read transcript

When many think of Oscar-winner Clint Eastwood, they think of his roles as tough guys, including "Dirty Harry." Some, however, after watching his "performance" at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night, might prefer to have him star in the 1974 car chase film "Dirty Mary Crazy Larry" with the title changed to "Dirty Mary Crazy Harry."

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Eastwood's appearance at the RNC was as a surprise "mystery agent," though it wasn't much of a secret. What was a secret, though, was his actual speech, which many called a rambling, "loopy" engagement, one done mostly with an empty chair that was supposed to represent U.S. President Barack Obama.

Some called it a bizarre performance. It was unscripted, as his teleprompter was blank. The San Jose Mercury News said that "Backstage, stern-faced Romney aides winced at times as Eastwood's remarks stretched on."

Looking at comments from both sides of the aisle, it wasn't good for Eastwood, or for Romney. Howard Kurtz, host of CNN's "Reliable Sources," tweeted that "Clint's empty chair act" was the "weirdest convention moment I have ever seen." Joe Scarborough, the conservative host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," declared "a great night for Mitt Romney just got sidetracked by Clint Eastwood. Wow. That was bad."

The video of the "performance" is embedded below. Also below is a transcript of the speech, starting after his introduction. Transcript courtesy of the Federal News Service.

CLINT EASTWOOD: Thank you very much (cheers, applause). Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Chanting.) We want (Clint/Mitt)! We want (Clint/Mitt)! We want (Clint/Mitt)!

MR. EASTWOOD: (Chuckles.) Save a little for Mitt (Laughter). Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, what's a movie tradesman doing out here? You know, they're all left-wingers out there, left of Lenin (laughter). At least that's what people think, but that's not really the case. There is a lot of conservative people, a lot of moderate people, Republicans, Democrats in Hollywood. It's just that conservative people, by the nature of the word itself, are -- play it a little more close to vest. They don't go around hot-dogging it.

So -- but they are there. Believe me, they are there. And I just -- I think, in fact, there's some of them around town. I saw Jon Voight. There's a lot of people around here -- (inaudible). (Cheers, applause.) Jon's here, an Academy Award winner, terrific guy. And these people are all like-minded, like all of us.

So I've got -- I've got Mr. Obama sitting here (empty chair). And he's -- I just was going to ask him a couple questions. But -- you know, about -- I remember 3 1/2 years ago when Mr. Obama won the election. And though I wasn't a big supporter, I was watching that night when he was having that thing and they were talking about hope and change, and they were talking about "Yes, we can." And it was dark and -- outdoors. And it was nice. And people were lighting candles, and they were saying, you know -- and I just thought, this is great. I mean, everybody's crying. Oprah was crying. And -- (laughter) -- I was even crying.

And then finally -- I haven't cried that hard since I found out that there's 23 million unemployed people in this country. And now that is something to cry for because that is a disgrace, a national disgrace. And we haven't done enough, obviously. This administration hasn't done enough to cure that. And whatever interest they have is not strong enough. And I think possibly now it may be time for somebody else to come along and solve the problem.

So, Mr. President, how do you -- how do you handle -- or how do you handle promises that you've made when you're running for election, and how do you handle -- how do you handle it? I mean, what do you say to people? Do you -- do you just -- (laughter) -- you know, I know people were wondering, you don't -- (inaudible) -- OK.

Well, I know even some of the people in your own party who were very disappointed when you didn't close Gitmo. And I thought -- well, I think closing Gitmo, why close that? We spent so much money on it.

But I thought maybe it's an excuse -- you know, what do you mean shut up? (Laughter.) (Inaudible.) OK. It just -- I thought it was just because somebody had the stupid idea of trying terrorists in downtown New York City. Maybe that was it.

I've got a -- I've got to hand it to you. I've got to give credit where credit's due. You did overrule that finally, and that's -- so now we're moving onward.



And I know in the -- I know you were against the war in Iraq, and that's OK. But you thought the war in Afghanistan was OK. You know, I mean, you thought that was something that was worth doing. We didn't check with the Russians to see how they did there for the 10 years. (Laughter, applause.) But we did it. And it was -- you know, it's something to be thought about. And I think that when we get to maybe -- I think you mentioned something about having a target date for bringing everybody home.

And you give that target date, and I think Mr. Romney asked the only sensible question on it. He said, why are you giving the date out now? Why don't you just bring them home tomorrow morning? (Laughter, cheers, applause.) And I thought -- I thought, yeah, there's a -- I'm not going to -- shut up. It's my turn. So anyway, we got -- we're going to have -- we're going to have to have a little chat about that.

And then I just wondered, these -- all these promises. And then I wondered about, you know, when the -- what? What do you want me to tell Romney? I can't tell him to do that. Can't do that to himself. You're crazy. You're absolutely crazy. You're getting as bad as Biden. Of course, we all know Biden is -- Biden is the intellect of the Democratic Party, so -- (inaudible) -- we have a -- just a kind of a -- kind of a grin with a body behind it, you know -- (inaudible).

So anyway -- but I just -- I just think that there's so much to be done. And I think that Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan are two guys that can come along. I -- see, I never thought that it was a good idea for attorneys to be president anyway, because it's -- yeah.

I think -- I think attorneys are so busy -- you know, they're always taught to argue everything and always weigh everything and weigh both sides, and they're always -- you know, they're always -- Mr. Devil's advocating this and bifurcating this and bifurcating that -- you know, all of that stuff. But I think it's maybe time -- what do you think -- for maybe a businessman. How about that?

A stellar businessman, quote-unquote, a stellar businessman. And I think it's that time. And I think if you just kind of stepped aside and Mr. Romney can kind of take over -- you can still use the plane -- (laughter) -- though maybe a smaller one, not that big gas guzzler that you're driving around when you're going around to colleges and talking about student loans and stuff like that. I think -- you're an ecological man. Now, why would you want to drive that truck around? OK.

Well, anyway -- all right, I'm sorry. I can't do that to myself, either. Anyway, OK.

But I'd just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen, something that I think is very important. It is that you -- we own this country. Thank you. Thank you. Yes, we own it. And it's not you owning it and not politicians owning it -- politicians are employees of ours, and -- so they're just going to come around and beg for votes every few years.

It's their same old deal. But I just think that it's important that you realize that -- and -- that you're the best in the world. And whether you're Democrat or whether you're Republican or whether you're libertarian or whatever, you're the best, and we should not ever forget that. And we -- when somebody does not do the job, we've got to let them go. (makes a throat-slashing motion, which was cut from the NYT version of the video). Let them go (inaudible).

OK. Yeah. OK. Just remember that. And I'm speaking out for everybody out there. It doesn't hurt we don't have to be --

I don't say that word anymore. Well, maybe one last time. We don't have to be -- what I'm saying is we don't have to be masochists and vote for somebody that we don't even really want in the -- in the -- in office. We -- just because they seem to be nice guys or maybe not so nice guys, if you look at some of the recent ads going out there. I don't know.

OK. You want to make my day, eh? All right. I -- all right. I'll start it. You finish it.

Go ahead.

AUDIENCE MEMBERS: (We want Mitt)!

MR. EASTWOOD: Thank you. Thank you very much.



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The 'Seven Psychopaths' red-band trailer released to the Internet

Following up the earlier green-band trailer for "Seven Psychopaths," CBS Films has now released the red-band trailer for the upcoming R-rated comedy.

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A red band trailer, for those unaware, is a trailer that is approved only for "restricted" or "mature" audiences. These sorts of trailers can only be shown before R-rated, NC-17-rated, or unrated movies. They may include nudity, profanity or other material deemed inappropriate for children.

The "red band" referred to by the term indicates that an all-red graphic will be played before the trailer begins. A green band trailer for "Bachelorette" was released a few weeks ago. As you might expect, a green band trailer is approved for all audiences, and has a green band displayed before the trailer begins.

These are the sorts of "banded trailers" that you will normally see in front of most movies.

The plot is as follows:

"Marty (Farrell) is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay, 'Seven Psychopaths.' Billy (Rockwell) is Marty’s best friend, an unemployed actor and part time dog thief, who wants to help Marty by any means necessary. All he needs is a little focus and inspiration.

"Hans (Walken) is Billy’s partner in crime: a religious man with a violent past. Charlie (Harrelson) is the psychopathic gangster whose beloved dog Billy and Hans have just stolen. Charlie is unpredictable and extremely violent and wouldn’t think twice about killing anyone or anything associated with the theft. Marty is going to get all the focus and inspiration he needs, just as long as he lives to tell the tale."

The film stars Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Olga Kurylenko, Tom Waits, and Gabourey Sidibe. Mickey Rourke was originally in the cast, and even dropped out of "The Expendables 2" for the film. However, he later left after disagreements with Martin McDonagh, who wrote, directed and co-produced the movie. He was replaced by Harrelson.

It's unclear why Rourke would drop out of a sure-fire blockbuster hit ("The Expendables 2") for a riskier venture. However, it's been said that producer Avi Lerner would welcome Rourke back for a third film in the series.

"Seven Psychopaths" opens in theaters on Oct. 12.

The fifth and final episode of 'Pond Life' cast an ominous note as 'Doctor Who' premieres Saturday

The final webisode of the series seven prequel to "Doctor Who" has arrived, and "Pond Life, Part Five" continues the humorous Internet mini-series leading into the latest Matt Smith Doctor Who season.

This webisode, however, wasn't all that humorous. The Doctor lands near the Ponds, but they aren't home. He leaves them a voicemail, expressing his concern, but then uses his sonic screwdriver to erase it.

Then, Amy walks in just after the message is deleted, and says "We need you, Raggedy Man. I need you," in reference to The Doctor.

An ominous end to the "Pond Life" mini-series, leading into the first episode of series seven of the revamped Doctor Who series.

You can watch "Asylum of the Daleks," the first new "Doctor Who" adventure of this season, on BBC One on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 7:20 p.m., and on:
  • BBC America on Saturday Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET
  • Space (Canada) on Saturday Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET
  • ABC iView (Australia) on Sept. 2 at 5.10 a.m. AEST
  • ABC1 (Australia) on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7.30 p.m. AEST
  • Prime (New Zealand) -- Coming Soon
The prequel was titled "Pond Life" because of the Doctor's current companions. One of the Doctor's current companions is Amy Pond (Karen Gillan). In December of 2011, the BBC's Steven Moffat confirmed that Amy and husband Rory Williams will be leaving "Doctor Who" during this season, in "heartbreaking" circumstances, foretold by the poster released earlier by the BBC, above.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

'The Avengers' to return to theaters, but with or without previously cut scenes?

"The Avengers" has one more trick up its green, Hulkish, sleeve. The year's biggest blockbuster, third overall in the box office both internationally and domestically is heading back into over 1,700 theaters on Friday, Aug. 31.

The Labor Day weekend, of course, is the impetus for the timing of the renewed wide release.

One silly little nit to pick is that Marvel, who publicized the return of "The Avengers" on its Facebook page, also reminded people, "Don’t forget to stay through the credits..."

The problem is, Marvel included a picture of Thanos on the page. Now why would i want to stay through the credits if you've already shown me the hidden secret from the credits (which just about everyone knew already anyway)?

Unless ... is it possible that Marvel has added a few extras to the movie? After all, we've seen a number of deleted scenes from the Blu-ray DVD release leak already.

In addition, Joss Whedon, who scripted and directed the film, said that the deleted scenes were "tough to cut." Perhaps adding them back in would be relatively easy, then?

Note: even with a re-release, it will be tough for "The Avengers" to overtake the No. 2 film in terms of domestic box office.  That film, "Titanic,"  has a close to $41 million edge.

"The Avengers" is scheduled to be released on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD on September 25, 2012. The film will also be included in a 10-disc set entitled "Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One -- Avengers Assembled" which will include all of the previous films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

'Jersey Shore' to end after season six

It's dead, Jim. Rumors that the sixth season of "Jersey Shore" would be its last have proven true, as MTV announced on Thursday that the reality TV show about over-tanned, over-loud, over-drinking, and over-sexed housemates will be canceled after its current season.

"Jersey Shore" was the highest-rated show in the history of MTV. Some called that a sad commentary on the show's viewership. The hit nature of the show not only glorified behavior that most would shun, but turned folks like Snooki, The Situation, and Jwoww into celebrities who could gain entrance into places that others could not.

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, perhaps the biggest "star" of the show, confirmed the news on Twitter. “Yes, sadly it’s true. This upcoming season of Jersey Shore will be our last. But it was fricken INSANE. I will always love my roomies.”

In addition, Snooki won't be out of the spotlight, at least for one more season. Her "Snooki & JWoww" has been renewed for a second season.

The sixth and final season will begin on Oct. 4, as we already knew. In addition, MTV will air a retrospective special, “Gym, Tan, Look Back,” on Sept. 6.

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First TV spot for season three of 'The Walking Dead' released

We've already seen an extended, over four-minute-long trailer for season three of "The Walking Dead," but here we have the first TV spot. Released on Thursday, the spot, however, is little more than a 10-second tease.

It shows Rick moving along a dark corridor. We don't what he sees, but he encounters something. There's not much more than that shown, though.

The trailer, which was released earlier, is much more fascinating and revealing. We already know that season three involves "the Prison," Woodbury, the Governor, the return of Merle, and Michonne.

The four-minute-long trailer opens with newcomer Michonne (Danai Gurira) shown alone ... probably in a flashback ... entering a store, then having to take out two zombies. Cut to a chopper, and present day, with Andrea - whom Michonne rescued at the end of season two - along with Michoone and her "pet zombies" watching. The military chopper is seen crashing as the crew radios for help.

Meanwhile, if you remember the prison seen from afar in the season two finale, you'll figure that eventually our group of survivors will head for it. Despite its appearance as a safe haven, they won't find it unoccupied, though, and as shown in the video (linked above) they will have to work as a team to clear zombies from it.

It's rough, and "hand-to-hand," but as Rick says, there are weapons, food and medicine in the prison. Michonne and Laurie, though, are eventually captured by a group we will eventually learn are from a survivalist commune named Woodbury, which the Governor (newcomer David Morrisey) runs.

The commune seems almost normal, compared to modern life in the real world.

Eventually, the Governor finds the prison, and you can hear Rick say, in a voice-over, "I'm not giving up this prison. We took it; it's ours. We spilled blood."

We then see a lot more action, and see even Carol, who has not been much of a combatant until now, delivering a head-shot to a zombie.

The trailer says, "This October, fight the dead. Fear the living."

The video concludes with a shot of Merle, with his new right arm "apparatus" (a knife, as we know he had to cut off his hand to escape from a rooftop in the first season) and a handgun in his left hand, saying, "Now, how's about a big hug for your old pal Merle?"

Season three of "The Walking Dead" premieres Oct. 14.

BBC releases posters covering last five 'Amy Pond' appearances on 'Doctor Who'

BBC America has released five episode posters, each covering one of the five remaining Matt Smith Doctor Who episodes with his current companions.

It's already well-known that the travels of the Ponds ... or the Williams (Amy Pond and husband Rory Williams) with The Doctor are about to end. They will end after the fifth episode, in a "heart-breaking manner," the BBC's Steven Moffat has confirmed.

The premiere episode of the new season stars The Doctor's greatest enemies. Titled "Asylum of the Daleks," it airs on Sept. 1.

The remaining "Pond episodes" will be "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", "A Town Called Mercy", "The Power of Three", and "The Angels Take Manhattan." It is "The Angels Take Manhattan" that is the ultimate Pond / Doctor Who episode, with Amy and Rory's heart-breaking farewell, including a race against time through the streets of Manhattan.

You can see the posters in a slideshow here.

The Ponds get a butler in Doctor Who's 'Pond Life, Part Four'

The latest webisode of the series seven prequel to "Doctor Who" has arrived, and "Pond Life, Part Four" continues the humorous Internet mini-series leading into the latest Matt Smith Doctor Who season.

In today's episode, we see Amy and Rory are adjusting to life with the alien the Doctor dropped off. Of course, the problem is that he seems to believe he is their butler, or at least acts that way.

Watch Asylum of the Daleks, the first new Doctor Who adventure of this season, on BBC One on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 7:20 p.m., and on:
  • BBC America on Saturday Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET
  • Space (Canada) on Saturday Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET
  • ABC iView (Australia) on Sept. 2 at 5.10 a.m. AEST
  • ABC1 (Australia) on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7.30 p.m. AEST
  • Prime (New Zealand) -- Coming Soon
It's titled "Pond Life" because of the Doctor's current companions. One of the Doctor's current companions is Amy Pond (Karen Gillan). In December of 2011, the BBC's Steven Moffat confirmed that Amy and husband Rory Williams will be leaving "Doctor Who" during this season, in "heartbreaking" circumstances.


Watch it: NSFW red-band trailer for upcoming comedy 'The To-Do List'

On Wednesday, CBS Films decided it was time to release a red-band trailer for the upcoming comedy film, "The To-Do List." Thus, they did.

Remember, as a red-band trailer, it's not necessarily safe-for-work.

It's a little different than a normal trailer. In it, star Aubrey Plaza ("Safety Not Guaranteed") reveals the release date of the film to be Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 2013 and introduces a number of clips from the movie.

Notably, she says the film is not a typical Valentine's Day film, but is a film about "love." Of course, the next slide says that it's really a film about "a list."

Here's how the film is described:

"Starring Aubrey Plaza, 'The To-Do List' follows the story of Brandy Klark (Plaza), a Type-A, overachiever who comes up with a 'to-do list' featuring all the risqué extra-curricular activities she missed out on in high school and wants to complete before college. Rachel Bilson, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Scott Porter, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover, Johnny Simmons, Sarah Steele and Alia Shawkat co-star in the film."

A red band trailer, for those unaware, is a trailer that is approved only for "restricted" or "mature" audiences. These sorts of trailers can only be shown before R-rated, NC-17-rated, or unrated movies. They may include nudity, profanity or other material deemed inappropriate for children.

The "red band" referred to by the term indicates that an all-red graphic will be played before the trailer begins. A green band trailer for "Bachelorette" was released a few weeks ago. As you might expect, a green band trailer is approved for all audiences, and has a green band displayed before the trailer begins.

These are the sorts of "banded trailers" that you will normally see in front of most movies.

SO what's NSFW about the trailer? Or perhaps a reference to "hand job, blow job, rim job - why so many jobs?" She imagines losing her "v-card" to a college guy. In a "family discussion," her father says "Not the back door. There's doors we don't do. The back door's one of them."

She also speaks of communication, which is translated to mean cunnilingus, and trying to "instruct" a guy on the right technique.

"The To-Do List" is written and directed by Maggie Carey. It launches into theaters on Feb. 14, 2013.



Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Lindsay Lohan's latest problem is an unpaid $46,000 hotel bill

It's pretty bad when a celebrity who should be in the One Percent either expects a freebie because of their celebrity, or instead opts to simply not pay. Thus, we have the tail of (still) troubled actress Lindsay Lohan, who is being accused of skipping out on a hotel bill for $46,305.04.

The information - and the amount - are via a letter from Chateau Marmont, a Sunset Strip luxury hotel. The letter from the hotel's general manager, Philip Pavel, was obtained and published by TMZ, unveiled on Wednesday.


The actress had been living at the hotel, but was ordered to leave by 12:00 p.m. on Aug. 1, after which she was banned from the entire property, until the bill is settled.

We're sure the 99 Percent would not be happy by the outrageous charges on the itemized list, some of which are listed below.

Minibar charges for the 47 days: $3,145.07. The highest daily tab ... July 1, $502.43. We were under the impression that Lindsay was trying to stay off the booze.

Cigarettes: $686. Well, at least her lungs are young, for now. The total inhaled was 49 packs in 47 days at $14 a pack.

Chateau Candle: $100;

Chateau restaurant: On July 4 alone Lohan racked up a $1,992.07 bill. She also spent $685.96 that day on room service, amazing considering her figure.

According to TV industry sources, speaking to the New York Post, Lohan claimed she thought that her stay at the Chateau Marmont was being paid for by the Lifetime cable network and movie producers. Her time at the hotel took place as the troubled actress filmed the Elizabeth Taylor Lifetime biopic “Liz & Dick.”

'Robocop' cast adds Michael Keaton, replacing Hugh Laurie

Michael Keaton ("Batman, Mr.Mom") has replaced Hugh Laurie ("House") in the "Robocop" remake. "RoboCop" MGM and Columbia Pictures film that reboots the 1987 version that starred Peter Weller. The new version will be directed by Jose Padilha.

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Keaton, meanwhile, will play the role Hugh Laurie had been negotiating for, until he dropped out late last week.

The new "Robocop" film stars Joel Kinnaman in the title role, with Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Kenneth Williams and Marianne Jean-Baptiste in supporting roles. The film will reportedly be a re-imagination of the original story, with "bits and pieces catering to fans of the original film."

In July of this year, a viral website for the fictional OmniCorp was launched to promote the film.

In a statement, Padilha said:.

“Michael is the final addition to the amazing cast we have assembled for this film, and it is so great to have the last puzzle piece in place. It is thrilling that everything has come together to bring this innovative new vision of RoboCop to life. We’ve got a great script, a great cast, some killer ED-209s, and I can’t wait to get Alex Murphy back on the streets."

"Robocop" is scheduled to hit theaters on August 9, 2013.

Internet rises to defend gym after Gabby Douglas interview on OWN

Gabby Douglas appeared on Oprah Winfrey's OWN show "Oprah's Next Chapter" on Sunday night, but the interview created an online firestorm, after Douglas told Winfrey of racism she experienced while training at Excalibur Gymnastics.

In the interview, embedded, Douglas said,

"I was just, you know, kind of getting racist jokes, kind of being isolated from the group. So it was definitely hard. I would come home at night and just cry my eyes out.

"One of my teammates was like, 'Can you scrape the bar?' And they were like, 'Why doesn't Gabby do it, she's our slave?'"

"I definitely felt isolated. Why am I deserving this (I asked myself)? Is it because I'm black?," she added.

Since then, the gym's defenders have come out strong. They have not necessarily been directly affiliated with the gym, either.

Randy Stageburg, a former Senior International Elite and National Team member spoke to Gymnewstics.com on Monday. In part, she said,

"This is absolutely ridiculous. I trained at Excalibur gymnastics for 8 years and I personally trained with gabby for 2 of those years. The accusations that are being made against the gymnasts and coaches are just sickening. I watched dena (former coach Dena Walker)  and Gustavo put so much of their time and effort into gabby and the other athletes, no matter their race.

"Gabby was never a victim, in fact many would say she was one of the favorites. I am not saying that she never felt bullied because when you are in a sport with a bunch of girls it is bond to happen. However, anything that she may have felt was never about race and I can assure you everyone at some point has felt bullied. I never once heard her complain about girls being mean, funny how it is just now coming up. Also, not only does she owe the gym thousands of dollars but she owes dena thousands as well."

Also speaking to Gymnewstics.com on Monday, Gustavo Moure, President and CEO of Excalibur said,

"We have, indeed, provided an environment where all our gymnasts can thrive. Gabby’s remarks were hurtful and without merit. We’ve had more African Americans in elite and on the national team than any other gym in the country. Her African American former teammates will answer this serious accusation. We are good people. We never were knowingly involved in any type of bullying or racist treatment, like she is accusing Excalibur."

Moure also spoke to E!, and on Tuesday, he added,

"Is Gabrielle a credible person just because she is an Olympic Champion? She is not giving any names or dates, leading us to believe that the accusation is fake. This wouldn't be the first time that the media has made up a story. Thousands of gymnasts and families have supported our good conduct and our professionalism during the last 30 years."

Kim Hedeland, who is the mother of one of Douglas' former teammates, went directly to the Excalibur Gymnastics' Facebook page to defend the gym, posting:

"I don't claim to know everything that happened in the situation with the gym and its gymnast who is now an Olympic athlete, but I do know that my daughter loved her (Douglas) like a sister for 7 years."



Alexa Vega reveals more or, er, about, her sexy KillJoy character

Slightly more than a month after revealing her grown-up curves to the public, via an image of her character KillJoy in the upcoming "Machete Kills" movie, Alexa Vega, who turned 24 two days ago, has revealed more of the character. Unfortunately for many who might have wanted to literally see more of the character, she just gave insights in the character's background and how she signed up for the movie.

Alexa Vega played Carmen Cortez in Robert Rodriguez's original "Spy Kids" trilogy, which gave her a connection to "Machete Kills," via writer-director Robert Rodriguez, who directed, wrote, and co-produced "Spy Kids," all the way from 1 through 4.

When she unveiled her "look" from the movie, Vega tweeted "RR gave the ok for a sneak peek… @machetekills KillJoy." She posted the image on both Twitter and Instagram.

She didn't give any more details about her outfit, but she told The Hollywood Reporter that it "pushes the boundaries." Clearly, we can already see that. She added that walking out in front of a crew she had worked with since "Spy Kids" was the "weirdest thing" because she "grew up with this crew, so it was like being surrounded by a bunch of parents."

"Machete Kills" is a sequel to "Machete," which was itself developed from a faux trailer in the 2007 movie "Grindhouse." In addition, the character Machete came from the "Spy Kids" films.

Rodriguez and Vega have been good friends since the first "Spy Kids" movie in 2001. "Every time he comes to town, we hang out," she said. "One day he told me, 'I have a role for you, but I don't know if you're ready to do this.'" Apparently, she was.

"This was all about owning my sexuality," Vega said about performing in the character of KillJoy, who she called the "bodyguard of a whorehouse." She added, "I worked really hard for it in a way that I never had to work hard for something before."

"Machete Kills" is scheduled to hit theaters sometime in 2013.

Birth of Snooki's spin-off 'Enzo' to appear on Snooki's spin-off TV show: confirmed

The birth of Snooki's spin-off will be shown on Snooki's spin-off. Some originally thought that the birth of Lorenzo Dominic LaValle ("Enzo"), newborn son of Snooki Polizzi and fiance Jionni LaValle would appear in season six of "Jersey Shore," which launches on Oct. 4.

However, a source said that a camera crew from 495 Productions was there, filming the birth, in what we assume will be a PG fashion (considering that women giving birth are known to produce expletives, ahem). The source said,

“There was a camera crew from 495 Productions, which produces 'Snooki & Jwoww,' and they were in Snooki’s hospital room in the hours leading up to her birth. Viewers will see Snooki in labor and the camera crew was kicked out as she was about to give birth. However, Snooki’s fiance, Jionni LaValle, was using a personal camcorder and he carried on filming.

"Jionni only filmed at Snooki’s head though, so viewers will most likely see very little footage of the actual birth. Lorenzo was ready for his proud parents to show him off to the world and was filmed hours after the birth. It was done very tastefully and with respect to Snooki and other patients at the New Jersey hospital.”

Notably, though, 495 Productions is not only behind "Snooki & Jwoww," also "Jersey Shore" and the other spin-off from the original show, "The Pauly D Project." It never made sense, though, for the birth to be shown on "Jersey Shore," especially since the show wrapped production for season six long ago.

MTV has already confirmed a second season of "Snooki & Jwoww," but has not announced a date for the new season.

'Pond Life, Part Three' as Rory finds an unexpected visitor in an unexpected place

The seventh season (series) of the rebooted "Doctor Who" launches on Saturday, Sept. 1 in both the U.K. and the U.S. This week, though, the BBC is giving fans a early start with a five-part web series on YouTube, "Pond Life."

A new episode will debut every day of this week. Part one is available here.

"Pond Life" is described as follows:
'Pond Life' is the new five-part mini-adventure, with a new part every day, featuring the Doctor, Amy, Rory and some surprise familiar faces! En route to visit the Ponds the TARDIS' Helmic Regulator malfunctions, leaving the Doctor popping up everywhere in time and space. Will he ever make it back to them?

This episode, number three, shows Rory uncovering an unexpected guest in an unexpected place: the bathroom.

Watch Asylum of the Daleks, the new Doctor Who adventure, on BBC One on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 7:20 p.m., and on:

BBC America on Saturday Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET
Space (Canada) on Saturday Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET
ABC iView (Australia) on Sept. 2 at 5.10 a.m. AEST
ABC1 (Australia) on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7.30 p.m. AEST
Prime (New Zealand) -- Coming Soon
It's titled "Pond Life" because of the Doctor's current companions. One of the Doctor's current companions is Amy Pond (Karen Gillan). In December of 2011, the BBC's Steven Moffat confirmed that Amy and husband Rory William will be leaving "Doctor Who" during this season, in "heartbreaking" circumstances.

Jenna-Louise Coleman will debut as the Doctor's new companion, Clara, in this year's Christmas Special.

The current doctor is played by Matt Smith. He is the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor, who can regenerate his body when he is critically injured, but in doing so gains a new physical appearance and personality. This is, naturally, used whenever the series must change the actor who portrays the Doctor.

Smith is scheduled to portray the Doctor through at least 2014, which would carry the character past the show's 50th anniversary.



'S.H.I.E.L.D.' TV pilot greenlit; Joss Whedon to write, possibly direct

Here we go. When rumors that ABC and Marvel were discussing a live-action TV series "based in The Avengers' universe," we immediately speculated that the obvious choice would be one based on S.H.I.E.L.D. Word is that ABC has ordered a pilot for the series, and yes, it does revolve around S.H.I.E.L.D.

The series will come from "The Avengers" writer/director Joss Whedon, Marvel TV and ABC Studios. "Starring" Marvel’s peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., which in the film universe stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division (in the comics, the acronym first stood for Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division, and was later changed in 1991 to Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate).

The pilot for "S.H.I.E.L.D." will be written by Joss Whedon, along with his brother Jed and Maurissa Tancharoen (the trio will also executive produce, along with Jeffrey Bell and Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb). Schedule permitting, Joss Whedon will direct the pilot.

Production on the pilot will start immediately, according to the report. "S.H.I.E.L.D." is the first live-action Marvel TV project to receive a green light.

A timeframe is unknown; in addition to "S.H.I.E.L.D," Marvel TV also has a Hulk series in the works.

Although said to be in the works for some time, "S.H.I.E.L.D." was definitely helped by the blockbuster 2012 movie "The Avengers," in which S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury (Samuel J. Jackson), recruits a number of super-heroes to stop an invasion of Earth. In terms of box office receipts (not adjusted for inflation) "The Avengers" is No. 3 all-time both domestically and internationally, behind only "Avatar" and "Titanic."

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

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

No charges filed against Lindsay Lohan in $100,000 jewelry theft

Movie star Lindsay Lohan looked to be in hot water for a time on Tuesday, but it now seems she is in the clear. The actress, who had been mentioned as a suspect in a jewelry theft involving $100,000 worth of stolen watches and sunglasses from her multimillionaire friend, Sam Magid.

The troubled actress was named as a suspect in a criminal investigation sent to the Los Angeles District Attorney. The police investigation was spread over ten days, but despite yielding some evidence of theft of sunglasses, watches, cash, and other belongings at Magid's home on Aug. 18, there was insufficient evidence for a felony filing, a district attorney worksheet obtained by the New York Daily News said. In addition, Magid decided to forgo pursuing charges in the case.

This would have been her second jewelry "heist." On Feb. 9, 2011, Lohan was charged with the theft of a necklace reported stolen from a jewelry store in January. After pleading no contest, she was sentenced to 120 days in jail and 480 hours of community service for misdemeanor theft and probation violation (for her 2007 double DUI case). Her jail sentence was cut short due to "overcrowding."

However, the Santa Monica Police Department still wishes to question Lohan, 26, about a June car accident in which she rear-ended a big rig on the Pacific Coast Highway with her Porsche, and then allegedly claimed her assistant was behind the wheel.



Sgt. Richard Lewis of the Santa Monica Police said,“It’s still an open investigation. Investigators reached out to contact her and ask a couple questions last week. They spoke with her attorney.

“There’s a statement that she at one time said she wasn’t driving.  We know she was driving. She was probably scared, but to lie to us is a whole different story.”



Lewis was clear: as of this point, the investigation does not involve any charges.  It's possible, though, that the actress could face jail time if any criminal charges are filed during her still ongoing probation.

First clip unveiled from Frank Miller's 'The Dark Knight Returns, Part One'

With less than a month to go before Part One of the film adaptation of the classic Frank Miller mini-series, "The Dark Knight Returns," we have the first clip from the film, embedded.

"Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1" will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on Sept. 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."

The first trailer from the film was released in late July.

Peter Weller provides 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.

The Blu-ray combo pack of the film will feature more than two hours of bonus content including:
  • Standard and high definition versions of the feature film
  • UltraViolet
  • Sneak Peak at Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
  • Featurette – “Her Name is Carrie … Her Role is Robin” – An all-new featurette. Experience the role of Robin, through the eyes of a female warrior.
  • Featurette – “Batman and Me: The Bob Kane Story” – A documentary comprehensively chronicling the remarkable life of the creator of Batman.
  • Two bonus episodes from Batman: The Animated Series handpicked by producer Alan Burnett: Two-Face, Parts 1 and 2
  • Digital Comic – “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” (digital comic with cover art and three full comic pages)



'The Avengers' alternate opening begins at the end, with authorities looking for a scapegoat

"The Avengers" might have begun at the end, rather than at the beginning. It also may have shown authorities looking for a scapegoat. On Tuesday, a deleted scene from the upcoming Blu-ray release of "The Avengers" was released, one showing the film beginning with the aftermath and ruin of the battle in New York City.

The only Avenger shown on film is Captain America, shown with his mask off and a shield covered in soot and dirt.

Meanwhile, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) is shown being interrogated. She says, "You want to know what went wrong? How this horror, this catastrophe could have been averted?"

An interrogator answers, "A lot of people are dead, Agent Hill. Somebody has to answer for that."

"A lot of people have to answer for that," Hill says.

Another interrogator asks, "Nick Fury?"

"That man," answers Hill.

"You filed several reports criticizing Director Fury's actions, since you joined S.H.I.E.L.D."

"Because he's reckless. We're at war and he thinks about superheroes," Hill answers.

"The Avengers?"

"God. Who would bring those people together and not expect what happened?"

Cut to a scene of an angry Hulk, and then back to Hill, sitting at the interrogation table.

There's little that needs to be written about the super-hero film. It gathered 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 Skarsgård (Dr. Erik Selvig).

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


Here's what you would have gotten if Pixar had made 'The Expendables 2'

What with the success of "The Expendables 2," which completed last weekend at the top of the domestic box office rolls for the second time since its release, the question should be asked: what if Pixar, which has a number of (expected) blockbusters in the queue, made its own version?

The kind folks at IGN created the video, a mash-up of "Toy Story" scenes and images and "The Expendables 2" plotline.

The faux trailer, approved by the Fake Motion Picture Association of America or FMPAA), makes sure you know it is fake. It even links to www.thisisnotarealthing.com.

The funniest tidbit may have been Buzz Lightyear crying out in Arnold's voice, "I'm back!"

"The Expendables 2" stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. There's already talk of a "3."

Among the voices in the "Toy Story" series are Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles, Michael Keaton, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, Estelle Harris, and Jodi Benson.

Distributed by Lionsgate, "The Expendables 2" reached theaters on Aug. 17, 2012.



Sony's Screen Gems releases behind-the-scenes 'Resident Evil: Retribution' featurette

With the theater release of "Resident Evil: Retribution" nearing, Screen Gems has released a second featurette (embedded) on the new zombie horror film. The earlier one focused on Alice's life, thus far; the new featurette takes a look behind-the-scenes.

It does start by showing us a very young-looking Milla Jovovich (remember that the first film in the series was released in 2002, ten years ago). The new video also shows us Michelle Rodriguez as Rain Ocampo, finally returning.

Ocampo was killed off in the first movie, but writer / director Paul W. S. Anderson, who has been trying to get Rodriguez back in the series for years, came up with the age-old "clone" idea. Ocampo returns as clones, with an "s." One clone is "good" and one is "bad."

Once again starring Milla Jovovich as Alice, a character not seen in the video games that the movie series is derived from, the new installment also features Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Colin Salmon, Shawn Roberts, Boris Kodjoe, Johann Urb, Oded Fehr, Kevin Durand and Li Bingbing.

"Resident Evil" Retribution" hits 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters in a little more than a month, on Sept. 14.

Watch 'Pond Life, Part Two' as the new season of Doctor Who approaches

The seventh season (series) of the rebooted "Doctor Who" launches this Saturday, Sept. 1 in both the U.K. and the U.S. However, the BBC is giving fans a early start with a five-part web series on YouTube, "Pond Life."

A new episode will debut every day of this week. Part one is available here.

"Pond Life" is described as follows:

"'Pond Life' is the new five-part mini-adventure, with a new part every day, featuring the Doctor, Amy, Rory and some surprise familiar faces! En route to visit the Ponds the TARDIS' Helmic Regulator malfunctions, leaving the Doctor popping up everywhere in time and space. Will he ever make it back to them?

"Watch Asylum of the Daleks, the new Doctor Who adventure, on BBC One on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 7:20 p.m., and on:

"BBC America on Saturday Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET
Space (Canada) on Saturday Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET
ABC iView (Australia) on Sept. 2 at 5.10 a.m. AEST
ABC1 (Australia) on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7.30 p.m. AEST
Prime (New Zealand) -- Coming Soon"

Why is it dubbed "Pond Life?" One of the Doctor's current companions is Amy Pond (Karen Gillan). In December of 2011, the BBC's Steven Moffat confirmed that Amy and husband Rory William will be leaving "Doctor Who" during this season, in "heartbreaking" circumstances.

The current doctor is played by Matt Smith. He is the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor, who can regenerate his body when he is critically injured, but in doing so gains a new physical appearance and personality. This is, naturally, used whenever the series must change the actor who portrays the Doctor.

Smith is scheduled to portray the Doctor through at least 2014, which would carry the character past the show's 50th anniversary.



Monday, August 27, 2012

Robin Roberts to begin leave for MDS treatment after Friday's 'GMA' broadcast

"Good Morning America's" Robin Roberts will begin a medical leave of absence from the show following Friday's broadcast, she announced on Monday's show.

In June, Roberts revealed that she had been diagnosed with myelodisplastic syndrome (MDS), which is a rare form of leukemia. Speaking of the diagnosis on-air in June, Roberts said she was informed of her MDS on the same day in April that her show beat out NBC's "Today Show" in the ratings for the first time in nearly 16 years. "Talk about your highs and lows!," she said.

MDS can be brought on by chemotherapy and radiation, which, as Roberts noted, are treatments whe underwent after her 2007 breast cancer diagnosis. "Sometimes the treatment for cancer can cause other serious medical problems," she said. However, she is fortunate to have an available bone marrow donor: her sister, Sally-Ann Roberts. In June, Roberts added that "My doctors tell me I'm going to beat this -- and I know it's true."

Roberts took a several week leave of absence for RAR beginning at the end of July; she returned on August 20.

It was already known that, following the bone marrow transplant, Roberts would need another leave of absence.  On-air Monday, Roberts detailed how the procedure would begin: "I'll begin the process (next Tuesday).  It still takes about 10 days after being admitted because there are some things you have to go through before the transplant actually occurs."


GMA announced on Monday that during this, her last week prior to her leave of absence, special tribute will be paid to the 51-year old host with a segment called "Robin's Journey."

The first segment of "Robin's Journey" is embedded.

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