Sunday, September 30, 2012

Celibacy pact to save Kristen Stewart, Rob Pattinson's relationship?

Will celibacy save the relationship of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart? That's a good question, since the issue at hand is still Stewart's osculation escapades with her director Rupert Sanders ("Snow White and the Huntsman"), which would imply a desire for some frisky activity.

On Sunday, the Mirror reported that the couple has signed onto a "no-sex" agreement. A source close to the couple said: "Sex is going to have to wait. The plan is that the two of them concentrate on each other and rebuilding their relationship."

One would have to think that a couple this young might have trouble with such a pact, but that's what the tabloid said. Stewart is 22 while Pattinson is 26.

That's just one tabloid's opinion, though. Other gossip sites don't agree, and are calling BS on the story, with one source saying “It’s just absurd (the story).”

It's not the only "no sex" story about Pattinson and Stewart to have hit the tabloids recently. Just a couple of days ago, The Sun reported that Pattinson has been convinced by Stewart that she and Sanders never had sex.

He was convinced when she gave him the passwords to both her voicemail and email accounts.

While Stewart may not have made love with Sanders, the kissing is, to some, just as bad. Many considering kissing more "intimate" than the actual act itself. It's said to be for that reason that many prostitutes are OK with sex, but not kissing.

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Milk doesn't do Justin Bieber 'good,' as he vomits twice onstage (Video)

Milk does a body good, went the old slogan from the National Dairy Council. Don't tell pop superstar Justin Bieber that, however. Justin Bieber premiered his "Believe" tour Saturday night in Glendale, Arizona, but milk did him in, as he vomited on stage not once, but twice.

The first, captured by a fan and embedded below, was the most visually graphic. While certainly not as disturbing as Fox News airing a man's suicide, live, those who have had too much milk might react the same way as Bieber, upon viewing the clip.

Bieber first threw up about halfway through the concert, during a dance performance of "Out of Town Girl." The 18-year-old Canadian superstar suddenly turned around with his back to the front of the stage and doubled over in distress; his dancers continued to dance and his backing track continued to play.

Bieber vomited, than ran offstage. The dancers completed the song, and a DJ took over momentarily while a stagehand cleaned up the mess.

When he returned, Bieber said, "I'm sorry, I'm going to slow things down." A few songs later, though, Bieber was ill again, and was forced to run offstage during "Beauty and a Beat," a duet he was "singing with Nicki Minaj" via a pre-recorded video.

Upon his second return, Bieber said, "It's hard for me, you know, not feeling great and throwing up in front of a bunch of people. Will you love me even though I'm throwing up on stage?"

It was really a rhetorical question, but the shrieking response showed that his fans answered a loud "Yes."

Bieber tweeted a photo showing himself in bed, "getting better" for his next concert. As for milk being the culprit, tweeted the following message to his fans: "And .... Milk was a bad choice! Lol."

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Kim Zolciak to leave RHOA for own spin-off

According to TMZ, mother-of-four - including a new boy, Kash Kade, that she gave birth to just last month - Kim Zolciak is getting her own Bravo spin-off reality TV show.

A "Real Housewives of Atlanta" staple in seasons one through four, when she was missing from the new RHOA ads that Bravo debuted recently, speculation grew that Zolciak had been axed from the fifth season. Instead, with her own show, she's getting the equivalent of a "promotion."

Apparently Zolciak will be in the fifth season of RHOA, but only in a limited role. Due to her pregnancy, producers made arrangements for her to be used sparingly in the show, and - in addition - when the promotional shots were done, she was about ready to give birth, which explains her absence.

The spin-off was reportedly the result of her mini-series "Don't Be Tardy For the Wedding" being a ratings smash. The show, which aired on Bravo earlier this year, documented her wedding to Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann.

The new show doesn't have a title yet, but Biermann will certainly play a role. In addition to being the father of newborn Kash Kade, he is also the father of their other son, KJ.

New bottomless photos of Kate Middleton emerge

The topless photo incident involving the former Kate Middleton, now Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, has been topped, and by a bottom no less. On Saturday, it was reported that a Danish magazine, Se Og Hor (See And Hear) had printed a 16-page layout of photographs. In this case, though, the magazine went deeper than prior photo spreads, including three images of the Duchess of Cambridge changing her bikini bottoms, taken from the front.

On Monday, Kate and Prince William won an injunction to stop further publication of the images, which were taken as Kate sunbathed topless at a chateau in the South of France. However, that injunction only applied to France.

At the same time, however, Se Og Hor denied rumors that it had published "fresh" photos of Kate. Instead, the magazine claimed, the images that were rapidly spreading on Saturday came via a set the magazine published on Sept. 20.

When asked about the latest reports concerning Se Og Hor, a St. James's Palace spokeswoman said: "As we've said, we will not be commenting on potential legal action concerning the alleged intended publication of the photos save to say that all proportionate responses will be kept under review."

No British newspapers have published the topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge.

The bottomless images from the magazine can be found here.

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Ellen scares Selena Gomez twice with movie monster surprises

Perhaps Ellen DeGeneres had some inside information before planning this stunt on her show on Friday. It seemed like she knew about guest Selena Gomez's discomfort with scares when she sprung a pair of Halloween monsters on the twenty-year-old actress-singer.

Speaking about her relationship with boyfriend Justin Bieber, slightly, Gomez admitted that "We go to Disneyland a lot; he likes it, but we go to Knott’s Scary Farm [which is a seasonal event at Knott's Berry Farm] because that’s my favorite.

"I'm the kind of person that likes to get scared - but I'm covering my eyes and ears the entire time."

It was time for scaring, right then, as the audience could see a Leatherface ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre") imitator sneaking up on Gomez and Ellen.

Gomez recovered from that by discussing Bieber in (again) slightly more detail. She discussed visiting him on tour, but noted that Bieber's tour bus is "too much boys" and "blaring music" and too noisy for her.

However, Ellen didn't let Selena get off that easy. Before she left, she surprised Gomez with another movie monster, this time Dracula. "Enough! I'm never coming back," Gomez then joked.



New Line, MGM release new 'Hobbit dwarven scroll,' movie poster

The leaks keep coming and we don't expect them to stop anytime soon, with more than two months until the movie's release. New Line Cinema and MGM have released a new "Dwarven" character scroll for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," as well as a new poster.

The poster first emerged on Thursday, while the scroll was unveiled on Friday.  You can view the scroll here, but remember that you might have to click on the image to zoom in on it in a browser.

The new "Hobbit" trilogy is from Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson, who also helmed "The Lord of the Rings." The events of the "Hobbit," including the discovery of the "One Ring," lead directly into the events of "The Lord of the Rings," which occur some 60 years later.

The first film in the "Hobbit" trilogy, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," is scheduled to release on Dec. 14, 2012. The film has been shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second (fps). The trilogy of films will be released in High Frame Rate (HFR) 3D (limited theaters), other 3D formats, IMAX and 2D.

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" will be released one year later, on Dec. 13, 2013. The final film, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," will be released on July 18, 2014.

Starring in the film, some reprising their roles from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and some as new characters, are Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Barry Humphries, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O'Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, Aidan Turner and Billy Connolly.

All three films in the trilogy are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, with New Line managing production. The films are being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros., with select international territories as well as all international television licensing being handled by MGM.

Shriver angry, dissed by lack of involvement in Schwarzenegger '60 Minutes' interview (Video)

One of the biggest scandals to rock Hollywood in recent memory was the "Sperminator" scandal, involving former California governor and once-again movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger. On Friday, "60 Minutes" posted a short preview of an interview scheduled to air on its season premiere on Sept. 30, 2012 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, in which he discusses that scandal.

In mid-2011, Schwarzenegger admitted that he had fathered a "love child" with a former maide, Mildred Patricia Baena, thus earning him the rather unfavorable nickname which quickly circulated among tabloids and media. The appearance on "60 Minutes" will also promote his new book, "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story," which releases on Monday.

In the interview, "60 Minutes" reporter Lesley Stahl reminds Schwarzenegger that Maria Shriver gave up her career for him. She said:

"She gave up her television career for you. I mean, wow! Was this just the most unbelievable act of betrayal to Maria?"

To that, Schwarzenegger can be seen replying,

"I think it was the stupidest thing I've done in the whole relationship. It was terrible. I inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and unbelievable pain on the kids."

In the book, Schwarzenegger notes of the affair that resulted in a son named Joseph, but he also writes of another affair he has outside of his relationship to Shriver.

Schwarzenegger continued:

"She knows that it's about my whole life and that I would not write a book and kind of leave out that part and make people feel like, 'Well, wait a minute. Are we just getting a book about his success stories and not talk about his failures? ... I wanted to write a book about me.'"

That may be but sources familiar with the situation say that Shriver is not happy about the "60 Minutes" piece. Her anger is less about the piece overall and more about the fact that CBS did not contact her for comment until after the interview had been completed.

According to the sources, Maria had "no interest" in commenting, because of the difficulty of trying to force a short comment of hers in a lengthy interview. I addition, a close friend of hers told TMZ that the book is all about good PR for Schwarzenegger, who only now is beginning to enter the Hollywood scene.

"She knows the book is a big PR stunt to get back in the public's good graces."

Stan Lee announces a Tony Stark-like upgrade: A pacemaker

Comic book creator and arguable movie star Stan Lee, who created or co-created a number of iconic Marvel comic book super-heroes, has been fitted with a pacemaker, he announced on Friday. Lee turns 90 on Dec. 28.

Among the comic book super-heroes that Stan Lee has been directly connected with are the Fantastic Four, Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, and the X-Men. All of these, notably, have been turned into blockbuster movies, though with the somewhat complex ownership of Marvel properties, not all by the same studio.

Many of these heroes were co-created with his long-time collaborator Jack Kirby. Stan Lee was inducted into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995.

In this typically flamboyant way ("Excelsior!"), Lee released the following statement:

“Attention, Troops!

"This is a dispatch sent from your beloved Generalissimo, directly from the center of Hollywood’s combat zone! Now hear this! Your leader hath not deserted thee! In an effort to be more like my fellow Avenger, Tony Stark, I have had an electronic pace-maker placed near my heart to insure that I’ll be able to lead thee for another 90 years.

"But fear thee not, my valiant warriors. I am in constant touch with our commanders in the field and victory shall soon be ours. Now I must end this dispatch and join my troops, for an army without a leader is like a day without a cameo!"

The cameo reference is ironic. In terms of his movie stardom, Lee has a history of cameo appearances in films involving Marvel properties. This is reminiscent of the Alfred Hitchcock's cameo appearances in his own films, in which "Hitch" appeared in 39 of the 52 (surviving) films he directed.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fox News airs man's suicide live (Video)

Fox News broadcast a car chase on Friday, which in and of itself wasn't unusual. However, the end of the chase, and Fox News take on it was: the network continued to show footage of the chase all the way to its denouement, including the man's suicide.

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The faux pas took place despite a normal tape delay for such live video.

The chase took place in rural Arizona. Fox News had been following the high speed pursuit since slightly before 3:00 p.m. ET. The man, driving a stolen Dodge Caliber, weaved through traffic at speeds of up to 110 mph.

The man finally was cornered on a dirt road west of Tonopah. After leaving the Caliber, the man ran into an open field before pulling out a gun and shooting himself on live television.

Fox News host Shepard Smith apologized quickly after the suicide was aired. The events unfolded on his , “Studio B with Shepard Smith.” In his on-air statement, which took place after a swiftly aired commercial break, Smith said:

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“We really messed up and we’re all very sorry. That didn’t belong on TV. We took every precaution we knew how to take to keep that from being on TV, and I personally apologize to you that that happened.”

The video can be seen below, via MediaIte. (WARNING: the footage is extremely graphic and disturbing; viewer discretion is advised.)



'Prometheus' Blu-ray trailer promises that 'questions will be answered'

Do you have questions about the movie "Prometheus?" Join the club. However, some of those questions will be answered, promises a new trailer for the Blu-ray edition. The trailer was released on Wednesday.

What questions will be answered? The trailer (embedded) listed the following, and actually answered them as well, teasing the possible other questions that might be answered on the Blu-ray:

Who created the alien? (an Engineer)
Is "Prometheus" set on the same planet as "Alien?" (in the original draft, the planet was LV-426, which is indeed the planet where Ripley and her crewmates first met the alien.

In addition, the Blu-ray will feature an alternate ending - and an alternate beginning, as well.

The details of the Blu-ray editions (to be released on Oct. 9) are:

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  • The Peter Weyland Files
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes that include an Alternate Opening / Ending
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Whoopi whomps Ann Coulter on 'The View'

Whoops! Conservative pundit Ann Coulter and "The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg got into it on Thursday, and the sparks flew.

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Coulter was there to promote her new book “Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama.” She went head-to-head with Whoopi Goldberg on the topic, with Whoopi telling Coulter she shouldn’t write about things she knew nothing about.

To be clear, here's how the book is described in the publisher's blurb at Amazon.com:
“This isn’t a story about black people—it’s a story about the Left’s agenda to patronize blacks and lie to everyone else.”

For decades, the Left has been putting on a play with themselves as heroes in an ongoing civil rights move­ment—which they were mostly absent from at the time. Long after pervasive racial discrimination ended, they kept pretending America was being run by the Klan and that liberals were black America’s only protectors.

It took the O. J. Simpson verdict—the race-based acquittal of a spectacularly guilty black celebrity as blacks across America erupted in cheers—to shut down the white guilt bank.

But now, fewer than two decades later, our “pos­tracial” president has returned us to the pre-OJ era of nonstop racial posturing. A half-black, half-white Democrat, not descended from American slaves, has brought racial unrest back with a whoop.
It is ironic that the blurb ends with the word "whoop," is it not?

Here's how the somewhat tense discussion went, approximately transcribed:
BEHAR: With 40 days until the election, Ms. Ann Coulter is back with a new book, "Mugged," where she claims that President Obama has abandoned black Americans and that the O.J. Simpson verdict was a great thing for America. Please welcome back the very controversial Ann Coulter.

Ann, I need you to tell me, what you are trying to say in this book. Because we don't know what you are trying to say.

COULTER: What I am trying to say is race mongering has been very bad for America, liberals use it to promote causes that nothing to do with blacks and in fact harm blacks. And that excellent lead in you just gave, with OJ, I think that was the movement, having lived near New York City in the 70s and 80s, which was the golden era, it was Trayvon Martin and Duke Lacrosse case everyday.

With the O.J. verdict, white America said that’s it, the white guilt bank is shutdown. And that ended up being the best thing that ever happened to black Americans.

GOLDBERG: What are you talking about?

COULTER: I meant that no longer ...

BARBARA WALTERS: He being acquitted was good for whom?

COULTER: Millions of white people watching with the equivalent of in New York, we use the Brooklyn juries who simply would not convict, even guilty black criminals.

GOLDBERG: You know what, hold up Ms. Coulter, please stop, please stop. If you’re going to talk about race, at least know what you’re talking about (wild applause).

COULTER: I write about the things I know.

GOLDBERG: Tell me how much you know about being black.

COULTER: This isn’t about being black.

GOLDBERG: You just made all these statements about how black people feel. Tell me how you know ...

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COULTER: No, I didn’t.

GOLDBERG: Yeah, you did.

COULTER: This isn’t a book about black people. It’s a book about white liberals, and I do know, and this is a fact, once for years, Republican policies on crime and welfare for example were called racist.

When they finally got implemented after the OJ verdict, implemented by Giuliani in New York, Reagan and Bush judges overall, tens of thousands of black lives were saved. That's a fact.

GOLDBERG: Your facts a just a little shaky. You're saying that because liberals have abandoned black people now because, what? I don't get it, I don't understand.

COULTER: I don't think that liberals ever cared about black people. 5 minutes after the civil rights act of '64, they start calling everything that doesn't have to do with black people a "civil rights issue."

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That remark set off a flurry of comments from everyone with all five "View" co-hosts attempting to talk over each other. Only one thing was clear: ABC bleeped Whoopi when she said that Coulter's comments that "Republicans were not segregationist" was bullsh*t.

Watch the events unfold in the embedded video.



Classic Osamu Tezuka anime now on official YouTube channel

Fans of the anime of Osamu Tezuka, rise and shine. A new YouTube channel featuring his works was unveiled on Thursday.

If you haven't heard of Osamu Tezuka, perhaps you have heard of one or more of his creations. For example, there is Astro Boy. Indeed, Astro Boy has been remade in more recent film versions, these are are classic versions that have subtitles thanks to collaborative subtitling hub Viki.

The channel currently hosts 16 full-length episodes of the Astro Boy series from the 1980s, with subtitles in English, Arabic, Romanian, Turkish, Spanish, French, and transcribed Japanese. Viki will update the videos as necessary when new translations are available. The channel’s videos are available for viewing everywhere except Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Italy and Spain.

Other Osamu Tezuka creations available for viewing on the channel are The New Adventures of Kimba the White Lion (sadly, not the original TV series), Jungle Emperor Leo, Black Jack, Dear Brother, Don Dracula, and Marvelous Melmo.

Osamu Tezuka was born on Nov. 3, 1928 and died on Feb. 9, 1989. He is often credited as the "Godfather of anime."

You can see a slideshow of Tezuka and his creations here. An Astro Boy episode is embedded.



Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lil Wayne dethrones Elvis, but 'The King' still has his throne

My, how times have changed. Lil Wayne, the self-proclaimed “best rapper alive” has been proclaimed something by a third party: bigger than Elvis, at least statistically.

Billboard announced Lil Wayne's dethroning of Elvis on Thursday. Lil Wayne has surpassed Elvis Presley’s record of appearances on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, according to the magazine.

"The King" had held the record with 108 songs on the chart from its launch in 1958 to 2003. However, with Lil Wayne’s appearance as a featured artist on the Game’s new “Celebration,” Lil Wayne now has 109 songs that have appeared on the list.

There is an important caveat to that title, though, as even Billboard noted. Lil Wayne is not listed as the lead artist on most of his songs. That is decidedly un-Elvis-like as Presley was the lead singer on all of his songs.

"The King" is still the king in a direct comparison. Compared to Presley's aforementioned 108 songs in the Hot 100, Lil Wayne has just 42 singles on which he’s the lead. In that way, Presley is in no way even close to losing his throne.

Warner Bros. confirms 'The Dark Knight Rises' special 'Bat Cowl' collectible pack, home release dates

Revealed about a week and a half ago via a trailer (since removed) for the home edition, the earlier December release date for "The Dark Knight Rises" Blu-ray / DVD edition has been confirmed.

The final film in the Christopher Nolan-helmed Batman trilogy, "The Dark Knight Rises," the No. 2 grossing film this year, will be released on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and digital download on Dec. 4, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group said on Thursday.

The Blu-ray combo pack comes with a number of extras, including a documentary about the Batmobile, showing all five Batmobiles together for the first time, to "Ending the Knight," an in-depth look at the making of "The Dark Knight Rises," which includes 17 featurettes.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD include a featurette called "The Journey of Bruce Wayne."

The film will also be available in a limited edition Blu-ray Bat Cowl collectible package (image here).

"The Dark Knight Rises" was the final film in Nolan's Batman trilogy, as well as the final film starring Christian Bale as Batman / Bruce Wayne. It also starred, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle / Catwoman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as beat cop John Blake, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred, and Tom Hardy as Bane.

Former 'Happy Days' star Erin Moran homeless, living off dwindling lawsuit settlement funds

Despite a settlement with CBS over merchandising profits, one agreed to alongside fellow "Happy Days" stars Anson Williams, Don Most, the estate of the late Tom Bosley, and Marion Ross, former "Happy Days" star Erin Moran, 51, seems to have hit rock bottom. Moran was kicked out of the trailer she'd been sharing with her husband, Steve Fleischmann, after her mother-in-law tired of her hard-partying lifestyle.

The National Enquirer reported back in June that the couple had moved into the trailer park after losing their California home to foreclosure. In terms of the latest events in her life, "Erin was going out to bars and coming home at all hours of the night, sometimes with her rowdy bar friends, and Steve's mom just couldn't take it anymore," a source said.

In July 2012, the aforementioned past "Happy Days" actors settled their lawsuit with CBS. Each received a payment of $65,000 as well as a promise by CBS to continue honoring the terms of their contracts.

Now, Moran and Fleishmann are said to be living off that settlement, which is now rapidly dwindling. The couple is reportedly bouncing from one hotel to another and was most recently photographed outside the Holiday Inn in Corydon, Indiana.

According to the New York Post, "On several occasions the hotel management (in Corydon) warned Erin to curb her unruly behavior, but they finally had enough of her temper and demanded that she immediately leave the property."

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Universal releases new extended 'Les Miserables' TV spot

On Tuesday, Universal Pictures released an extended TV spot for the upcoming musical film "Les Miserables." Originally scheduled for Dec. 14, which would have put it up against "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the film was recently moved to Dec. 25, Christmas Day.

The new spot is called "Dream." It features the song "I Dreamed a Dream," sung by Fantine in the musical (Anne Hathaway). It is also the song famously used by Susan Boyle when she auditioned for "Britain's Got Talent."

Based on the musical of the same name, which is in turn based on an 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo, "Les Miserables" tells the story of Jean Valjean, a former prisoner who breaks his parole and becomes mayor of a town in France. Valjean agrees to take care of Cosette, the illegitimate daughter of Fantine, but must avoid being captured again by Javert, a police inspector.

The pursuit consumes both men's lives, and after two decades of life on the run, Valjean finds himself in the middle of the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris.

Among the stars in the film are Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert, Anne Hathaway as Fantine (who can be heard singing beautifully in the embedded video below), Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Samantha Barks as Eponine, Eddie Redmayne as Marius, Sacha Baron Cohen as Thénardier, and Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thénardier.

2012 San Diego Comic-Con 'Ant-Man' test footage re-created by fan art

A friend of a huge (ironically) Ant-Man fan has recreated the "Ant-Man" test footage shown off at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. Deviant Art user "Samurai Jack" recreated the test footage and uploaded it to YouTube, and blogged about it on Thursday.

He wrote:

"I was asked by a good friend; who is a huge Ant-Man fan. If I could draw up some storyboards of what I saw at this years Comic-Con (2012) since I was in Hall H when they showed the test footage. Since his birthday was coming up; I was more than happy to do my best and re-create the footage as close as possible while still leaving a few things to the imagination. So I sketched out some storyboards and he put them together in a slide show for his YouTube channel. What I didn't see coming was that so many people would check it out and have so many nice things to say about it. I am truly gratefull to say the least that it was recieved so well. Be sure to give it a look and browse around his channel if you get the chance. "

Not much is known about "Ant-Man" at this stage except that Edgar Wright is set to direct the film, and that he and Joe Cornish have co-written a scriptthat everyone is "really happy with."

However, there has been no information regarding the script, or casting, or a release date, either, despite the fact that a number of other films, including "Guardians of the Galaxy" have been dated.

Rumors are that Marvel Studios is looking at beginning production next year with a 2014 release.

Ant-Man is one of the earliest Marvel Comics super-heroes, but he's had many identities in the comics, including Henry Pym, Scott Lang, and Eric O'Grady. It's unclear at this point which of the alter-egos would be Ant-Man in a film version.



Samuel L. Jackson urges voters to 'wake the f*ck up' and vote for Obama

Famous for being perhaps the best person at emoting the word "f*ck" (as noticed by the resounding applause for the audiobook version of the parents' book "Go the F*ck to Sleep"), a new pro-Obama video reminiscent of the audiobook and starring Jackson was released on Thursday. The political video urged people to wake up and vote for Barack Obama.

The video is sponsored by the Jewish Council on Education and Research Super PAC.  It focuses on a middle-class family and their 2012 apathy toward the coming presidential election. Apparently, once front-line workers in the grass-roots movement to elect Obama in 2008, they have now, whether because of disappointment over his policies or their own troubles, lost the drive they once had.

The video begins:

“In the silvery moonlight that bathed every town / the people lie dreaming so safe and so sound. / They’re warm in their beds, snuggled up in their sheets / But four years before, they were out in the streets. / Now, it’s as if they don’t know what’s at stake / all except one girl, wide-eyed and awake.

"Little Susie is too worried to sleep. / She can't figure out why her family is so passive. / It's like they don't know that Romney and his veep / will remake the country in ways that are drastic.

"She read his platform / it scared her to death. / She's gotta do something / while there's still time left."

Susie then interjects with her concerns. She even voices them to her parents, who tell her that they are tired.

Jackson then appears in their living room, and says:

“Sorry, my friends, but there’s no time to snore. / An out-of-touch millionaire just declared war / On schools, the environment, unions, fair pay / we’re all on our own if Romney has his way. / And he’s against safety nets. / If you fall, tough luck. / So, I strongly suggest that you wake the f*ck up.

Susie then takes her entreaties to her brother, who was on the front lines of "change" in 2008, when Obama was first elected. He tells her "all politicians are the same," but then is whipped around in his chair by Jackson, who says:

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"They're all the same? Big brother, please! / Obama sent SEALS to Bin Laden's Place. / Romney sent jobs overseas. / How about that student loan overhaul? / It's going to save you thousands of bucks. / Mitt will cut that sh*t in a second. / My dude, Wake the f*ck up."

The pair, Jackson and Susie, then visit her sister and grandparents and remind them to get to work and "wake the f*ck up.”

The video concludes with:

“We’ve come a long way, but there’s still more to do. / And we need you all back in the fight till it’s through / Of course, you’re so busy at finding times rough / but you can sleep when you’re dead. / Right now, (Susie says this part) wake the f*ck up.”

To be clear, Susie's lips don't move when she says "f*ck," so the actress didn't really say it.

Watch the video, embedded.

'Paranormal Activity 4' trailer two released; fear your Kinect

On Thursday, Paramount Pictures released a second full trailer for "Paranormal Activity 4." The first full trailer for the film was released on Aug. 1.

The fourth installment in the is once again directed by "Paranormal Activity 3" directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman and carries the tagline "All of the [paranormal] activity has led to this ..."

Meanwhile, twenty-five cities around the world can win a screening of the highly anticipated film, before it hits theaters on Oct. 19, 2012, with an ongoing promotion. To do so, fans of the movie need to utilize a "Want It" application on Facebook.

All you need to do is go to the Paranormal Activity Facebook page and click the "Want It" button. “Want It” recognizes a fan’s geo-location according to their Facebook profile and automatically registers a vote to bring the film to their city first.

Voting ends on Oct. 11. Facebook-less fans can also vote at the film’s website, www.ParanormalMovie.com. The date and time for the special screening has not been announced yet. The only sure thing is that it will take place between Oct. 11 and Oct. 19.

The leaderboard shows that Lima, Peru is the top city in the voting. It also shows (above) that the PA4 Facebook page wasn't prepared for the sheer number of votes.

Watch trailer two for PA4, embedded.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Patrick Stewart teases his return to the role of 'Professor X

Sir Patrick Stewart is the quintessential Professor Charles Xavier, of that there is no doubt. Speaking at the Montreal Comic Convention as one of the guests of honor (along with William Shatner), Stewart said that - or rather, implied that - he would be reprising his role as Professor X in a future X-Men film.

Reports of his statements first surfaced on Wednesday. When asked directly by a fan about the possibility during a Q&A panel, the once-Captain Picard smiled and said, “I think there is every possibility.”

He then ran down the list of his female co-stars from past "X-Men" films ("X-Men," "X2," and "X-Men: The Last Stand"): “Halle Berry! Famke Janssen! Rebecca Stamos! (oops) Anna Paquin!”

He continued, saying “yes, I’ll be reprising...” but was then cut off by his son Daniel, who proceeded to throw out the names of some of his father’s male "X-Men" co-stars, Hugh Jackman and Sir Ian McKellen.

Although Famke Janssen's character, Jean Grey, was killed in "X-Men: The Last Stand," she could still return for another film. The sequel to "X-Men: First Class" is already known to be "X-Men: Days of Future Past," which as a story partly based in an alternate future, could still include Jean Grey.

It's possible this storyline means that the "elder" X-Men would take subordinate or even cameo roles, while the central cast includes the younger versions of Professor X and Magneto. Their older, future, counterparts could appear in the "alternate future" portion of the film.

There's a lot still unknown about the upcoming film, so this is hardly as solid as if the script was teased, but it is something.

Warner Bros. unveils two new 'Cloud Atlas' TV spots

Two new TV spots for the upcoming and highly anticipated film "Cloud Atlas" were released on Wednesday. As we said when the first TV spot was revealed, it's difficult to describe a movie as wide-spread and encompassing as this, consisting of six nested stories that take the viewer from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future in a short TV spot, but the ads do their best.

It's tough to encapsulate all that detail into 30 second TV spots, so if you want more information, and haven't seen it before, a longer, more descriptive version of a trailer can be seen in the nearly six minute long extended trailer that was revealed in late July.

"Cloud Atlas" is adapted from the award-winning 2004 novel by the same name, written by David Mitchell. The storyline centers around six tales that progress through time, interlinked by having the prior "chapter" either read or observed by the main character in the next story, with, of course, the exception of the final tale.

The film co-stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry headlining an ensemble cast. Others in the film are Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D'Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant.

The film was co-written and co-directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski (the "Matrix" trilogy) and Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run"), who adapted the screenplay from Mitchell’s novel.

The IMDB synopsis for the film reads as follows:

"An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. "

"Cloud Atlas" is due out in theaters on Oct. 26.



Legendary 'Moon River' crooner Andy Williams dead of bladder cancer at 84

Legendary crooner Andy Williams has died after a long battle with bladder cancer, at the age of 84.

In a statement released to media, his rep announced that "Legendary singer Andy Williams passed away last night (Tuesday) at home in Branson, Missouri following a year long battle with bladder cancer."

Andy Williams announced his diagnosis with bladder cancer last November, on the stage at his Moon River Theatre in Branson. That night he said, "I do have cancer of the bladder. But that is no longer a death sentence. People with cancer are getting through this thing. They're kicking it, and they're winning more and more every year. And I'm going to be one of them."

He vowed to fight, and to make it to his September and October shows, planned for this year. Earlier this year, on July 19, 2012, the Moon River Theater announced that Andy Williams had returned to Branson following cancer treatment and was "in good spirits and getting stronger every day." It added that he hoped to take the stage as scheduled in September.

The singer had a string of hits in the 1950s and 1960s, including "Can't Get Used to Losing You" and "Butterfly." However, Williams is best known for his version of "Moon River" (embedded). He earned 18 gold and three platinum albums during his career. He had his own Emmy-winning TV variety show from 1962–71. He opened the Moon River Theater in Branson in 1992.

Williams is survived by his wife Debbie and his three children from his earlier marriage to Claudine Longet, Robert, Noelle and Christian.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

'Snooki Law' proposed to regulate reality TV filming

Oh the ignominy of it all. On the other hand, since she is a reality TV "star," we doubt Snooki will mind much.

On Monday, Ocean County New Jersey Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (R) introduced legislation for a Snookiville Law. Also being dubbed the "Snooki Law," which rolls off the tongue much more easily than "Snookiville," the bill would, if passed into law, require TV crews to pay for additional police officers to assure public safety while filming.

Although nicknamed for the reality TV diva, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, who rose to fame on the reality television show "Jersey Shore," the bill sounds like it would cover any time of TV location shooting.

However, Dancer said in a statement that New Jersey has become a desirable setting, of sorts for reality shows such as "Jersey Shore," "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," and "Cake Boss." He said,

"These shows can attract crowds, which can benefit local businesses and challenge a community's resources. This bill will permit local officials to make sure taxpayers don't get 'Snook'-ered or public safety is compromised when reality stars such as Snooki or J-Woww come to town."

Dancer's district includes parts of Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex and Monmouth counties.

The final season of "Jersey Shore" will begin airing on Oct. 4.

Snooki and "Jersey Shore" co-star Jennifer "JWoww" Farley have been filming a spinoff series called "Snooki & JWoww" in Manchester, which a few miles inland from Seaside Heights, where most of the seasons of "Jersey Shore" were filmed. Authorities there have thus far reported no problems with the filming.

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Evangeline Lilly as 'Tauriel' shown off in first image

Many of the characters in "The Hobbit" trilogy, including this December's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" are familiar to those who saw the original "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Some, are not, such as Radaghast the Brown (Sylverster McCoy), first shown earlier via a calendar.

On Tuesday, another new character was revealed, the elf Tauriel (played by Evangeline Lilly). Note: don't bother looking in Wikipedia for the character: Tauriel is not a character from any of J.R.R. Tolkien's books, but an original character created by the screenwriters.

The image comes via a snapshot made by OneRing.net. That site focuses on Tolkien-centric news.

There has been some controversy around Tauriel because of that, with some die-hard Tolkien fans objecting to the inclusion of an original character. The image of Tauriel appears via a toy package, which is going to be the way some of these new characters are going to be found, at first, akin to the calendar.

The new "Hobbit" trilogy is from Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson, who also helmed "The Lord of the Rings." The events of the "Hobbit," including the discovery of the "One Ring," lead directly into the events of "The Lord of the Rings," which occur some 60 years later.

The first film in the "Hobbit" trilogy, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," is scheduled to release on Dec. 14, 2012. The film has been shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second (fps). The trilogy of films will be released in High Frame Rate (HFR) 3D (limited theaters), other 3D formats, IMAX and 2D.

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" will be released one year later, on Dec. 13, 2013. The final film, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," will be released on July 18, 2014.

All three films in the trilogy are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, with New Line managing production. The films are being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros., with select international territories as well as all international television licensing being handled by MGM.

Lung infection reports prove wrong; Lindsay Lohan hospitalized for asthma

Lindsay Lohan is "doing fine" after being rushed to a hospital. No, it wasn't over another car accident, but rather was reportedly due to asthma.

Earlier reports stated that Lohan had been hospitalized on Sunday for a lung infection, but were incorrect.

"Lindsay was treated and released," her rep said. "And is doing fine," he added.

In June, headlines screamed that Lohan had been found unconscious in her hotel room, and had been rushed to the hospital. Her rep later said she had been treated for exhaustion and dehydration while filming the Elizabeth Taylor biopic "Liz and Dick" for the Lifetime television network.

Last week, Lohan spoke out about her latest arrest in New York City which occurred over allegedly leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident with a pedestrian. She called it "absurd, completely unfair and unjust." She added that she thinks she is being "set up."

Lohan has vowed to fight the issue, which would be a good thing for the actress, currently on probation. The incident could trigger a probation violation, landing her in jail again for the typical one to two hours (or less) for a celebrity.

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HCSD rep tells Fiona Apple to 'shut up and sing'

Fiona Apple, who issued a highly-publicized - and somewhat bizarre - public statement regarding her recent drug arrest via a pronouncement at her Houston concert last Friday, hasn't scored any points with the authorities.

On Monday, Hudspeth County Sheriff's Dept. (HCSD) Public Information Officer Rusty Fleming fired back at Apple. In her rambling statement made to her fans last Friday, Apple had said that she would make the people who mistreated her "f*cking famous" any time they wanted. His response: hold on, little lady, we're already plenty famous.

Through Fleming, HCSD issued the following non-rambling statement.

"First, Honey, I’m already more famous than you, I don’t need your help. However, it would appear that you need mine.

"Two weeks ago nobody in the country cared about what you had to say, -- now that you’ve been arrested it appears your entire career has been jump-started. Don’t worry Sweetie, I won’t bill you.

"Next, have you ever heard of Snoop, Willie or Armand Hammer? Maybe if you would read something besides your own press releases, you would have known BEFORE you got here, that if you come to Texas with dope, the cops will take your DOPE away and put YOU in jail.

"Even though you and I only met briefly in the hallway, I don’t know you but I’m sure you’re an awesome and talented young woman and even though I’m not a fan of yours, I am sure there are thousands of them out there, and I’m sure that they would just as soon you get this all behind you and let you go back to what you do best—so my last piece of advice is simple 'just shut-up and sing.'

"Sincerely, Rusty Fleming"

Fleming didn't let it sit there, either. He also took the time to call TMZ and lay into Apple there, as well (video embedded).

Patrol officers turned up .01 pounds of marijuana and .01 pounds of hashish in Apple's tour bus last Wednesday. Apple was taken to Hudspeth County jail, and was later released the next day, Sept. 20, after posting a $10,000 bond.

Since then the only public statement Apple has made was at her Houston concert (video of concert statement here). Apple, 35, "freely admitted" the hashish and marijuana on her tour bus were hers.



Monday, September 24, 2012

Flavor-flav mistakes Miley Cyrus for Gwen Stefani (Video)

And the aftereffects of Miley Cyrus' new pixie cut hair style continue to reverberate through the music industry. Either that, or Flavor Flav just wasn't paying attention.

At the iHeartRadio Music Festival, Flavor Flav met up with the newly shorn Ms. Cyrus. The problem is that he was convinced he was meeting Gwen Stefani. Just a mistake, "No Doubt."

As he meets Cyrus, in the embedded video, Flav blurts out "Gwen Stefani!" Kindly, Miley goes with the flow, and doesn't correct him. Instead she just smiled and gave him a hug.

Then Flav calls her Gwen again. However, someone Flav's entourage then pulled him aside and apparently tells him it's actually Miley Cyrus, not Gwen Stefani. After first experienceing denial, Flav finally realizes his mistake and turns to Cyrus and says, "Do me a favor. Smack me."

Of course, there is some resemblance, or at least more resemblance between the two celebrity divas, now that Cyrus has shorn her locks, but the resemblance isn't that great.

In addition, Cyrus is 19, and Stefani is 42.

You can see the encounter in the embedded video.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Amanda Bynes jets off to New York City

Amanda Bynes, who seems to have trouble finding a limo driver, has left the sunny shores of California for the Big Apple, according to a new report. It may be a good move since those living in New York City will admit it's far easier to live without a car than it is in California.

Witnesses spotted Amanda in New York City, "wandering aimlessly." It's unclear exactly what that means, but the events unfolded on Saturday.

The sources added that the 26-year-old actress told friends that she headed for New York City because - unlike Los Angeles - she doesn't get followed all the time in the Big Apple. Additionally, Bynes is reportedly telling her friends that she intends to leave L.A. forever.

That may not sit too well with her parents, who recently moved from Texas to California to be nearer to their daughter.

This might just be an impulsive move on Bynes' part. After all, Friday was a seriously bad day for Amanda Bynes: not only was she dropped by her agent, publicist, and entertainment lawyer, she was charged on two counts of driving on a suspended license.

The license, of course, was suspended because of earlier driving faux pas on Bynes' part.

The Friday incidents - because she was stopped twice - came less than a week after Bynes was spotted smoking something what looked like pot in the same car. She also had impounding also followed a DUI arrest in April and two alleged hit-and-run incidents in April and August.

Two new lawsuits filed over 'Dark Knight Rises' massacre

Two more lawsuits were filed in Denver on Friday by victims of the deadly shooting at a midnight July 20 premiere screening in Aurora, Colorado of "The Dark Knight Rises." The new lawsuits accuse operators of the Century 16 Aurora of negligence over security, it was reported.

The lawsuits claim there were no guards on duty for the screening, when 12 people were killed and more than 50 injured. James Holmes, 24, is in custody and has been accused of the crime.

In addition, the suit alleges that the doors used by Holmes had no alarms, and the parking lot behind the theater, where Holmes is believed to have prepared for the attack, was not monitored by theater staff.

As noted by one of the two lawsuits:

“Any person who wished to make a surreptitious and unauthorized entry into the theater could easily determine that the lack of security personnel and lack of any alarm on the door ... would allow them to leave the theater, and re-enter without fear of being discovered.”

The suits, filed by Joshua Nowlan, Denise Traynom and Brandon Axelrod, who were injured in the shootings, target Cinemark, the parent company of the Century Aurora 16.

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The first lawsuit over the shooting was filed less than a week after what has been dubbed the "Dark Knight Rises movie massacre."

Filed by Torrence Brown, Jr., who was uninjured during the shootings, but who saw one of his best friends shot and killed, that lawsuit listed the Century Aurora 16, Warner Bros., and Holmes physicians.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fiona Apple bizarrely explains her drug arrest at her Houston concert

The "lucky" audience at Fiona Apple's Friday night Houston show were "treated" to the first public statement the singer has made since her arrest on Wednesday for drug possession.

When she was stopped at the Sierra Blanca checkpoint and the drugs were discovered, Apple, 35, "freely admitted" the hashish and marijuana on her tour bus were hers ... at least, that's what the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office has said.

Patrol officers turned up .01 pounds of marijuana and .01 pounds of hashish, according to police. Apple was taken to Hudspeth County jail, and was later released the next day, Sept. 20, after posting a $10,000 bond.

The statements she made Friday night were somewhat bizarre, not just because the claims of mistreatment were bizarre, but because of the way she says she "handled" the "evidence."

"Now, most of the people were very nice to me. There are four of you out there, and I want you to know that I heard everything you did. I wrote it all down with your names and everything you did and said stupidly thinking that I couldn't hear or see you. I then ripped the paper up, but not before I encoded it and ... I got two lock boxes.

"We'll call them 'holding cell one' and 'holding cell two.' In 'holding cell one' is the encoded version of the sh*t that you did that I know was inappropriate and probably illegal. In 'holding cell two" is the decoder. I'm the only one who holds the key, and you and I will be intimate forever because I will hold that secret forever.

"Unless of course the celebrity that you had so much interest in, but you wanted to accuse me of bringing up while you laughed at me all night? Unless you're interested in being a celebrity, I'll make you f*cking famous any time you ask and I'll open those boxes. So why don't you stay in your f*cking holding cell?"

You can watch the video, embedded. Obviously taken with someone's smartphone, remember that it is still the first public pronouncement Apple has made since the arrest.

First 'Cloud Atlas' TV spot revealed

The first "Cloud Atlas" TV spot has been unveiled. It's difficult to describe a movie as encompassing as this, consisting of six nested stories that take the viewer from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future, in a mere 30 seconds, but the spot does its best.

It's tough, so if you haven't seen it before, the longer, more descriptive version can be seen in the nearly six minute long extended trailer that was revealed in late July.

The film co-stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry headlining an ensemble cast. It was co-written and co-directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski (the "Matrix" trilogy) and Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run"), who adapted the screenplay from David Mitchell’s award-winning 2004 novel "Cloud Atlas."

The IMDB synopsis for the film reads as follows:

"An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. "

"Cloud Atlas" is due out in theaters on Oct. 26.

Waterman Entertainment confirms 'Mister Ed' feature film

We remember somewhat fondly the movies that centered on "Francis the Talking Mule," six of which featured Donald O'Connor and one featuring Mickey Rooney. Ah, but our heart really goes out to Mister Ed, the talking horse from TV in the 60s.

Now, Mister Ed is about to reach the big screen, joining Francis as a talking equine movie star.

The project was first rumored late last year, but on Friday, Waterman Entertainment officially announced their plans for a Mister Ed feature film.

Cooper Waterman said, “We are identifying properties that have had success with multiple generations of parents who feel comfortable and have excitement about reintroducing the characters and storylines to their own kids and grandkids. While each property remains independent of each other, they will share the commonality of addressing social values, morality lessons, and characteristics that are clearly identifiable for kids with comedic elements for all age groups.”

Tucker Waterman added, “When we develop properties we don’t limit them solely to the big screen. They are iconic characters and brands that have appeal far beyond movies. We will be utilizing both traditional and new methods to bring these characters to audiences in a myriad of platforms.”

The original series ran for six seasons, and celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. It first aired in syndication from from January 5 to July 2, 1961, and then on CBS from October 1, 1961 to February 6, 1966.

Starring Alan Young as Wilbur Post, the series portrayed Post as an architect who winds up owning a talking horse, Mister Ed (voiced by Allan Lane) that will only speak to him. That fact, similar to Francis, puts his owner into embarrassing and awkward situations.

Ed is expected to be a real horse using CGI lip movements. In the original serie, the lip movements of the horse were first said to be "encouraged" by peanut butter. Later, though, Alan Young said:

"Al Simon and Arthur Lubin, the producers, suggested we keep the method a secret because they thought kids would be disappointed if they found out the technical details of how it was done, so I made up the peanut butter story, and everyone bought it. It was initially done by putting a piece of nylon thread in his mouth. But Ed actually learned to move his lips on cue when the trainer touched his hoof. In fact, he soon learned to do it when I stopped talking during a scene! Ed was very smart."

You can watch the Mister Ed opening, embedded.