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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Boston Legal:Julie Bowen and Rene Auberjonois return,S05E03 Sneak Peek

by Michael Ausiello,

Julie Bowen and Rene Auberjonois will appear in this season's 10th episode -- two shy of the show's series finale. Unlike Bowen, Auberjonois never technically left Boston Legal -- or at least his character, Paul Lewiston, never did. When last seen in December '07, Paul had begun scaling back his duties to focus on raising his daughter's kid.Bowen made her last appearance in May '07 when Denise left to be a mom.

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U.S Box Office September 26-28

Title Sep 26 - 28 Sep 19 - 21 % Chg.
Weeks AVG Cumulative

1 Eagle Eye $ 29,150,721

1 $ 8,305 $ 29,150,721
2 Nights in Rodanthe 13,418,454

1 4,962 13,418,454
3 Lakeview Terrace 6,966,711 15,004,672 -53.6
2 2,824 25,667,507
4 Fireproof 6,804,764

1 8,111 6,804,764
5 Burn After Reading 6,196,269 11,028,257 -43.8
3 2,339 45,567,391
6 Igor 5,383,912 7,803,347 -31.0
2 2,300 14,222,701
7 My Best Friend's Girl 3,882,912 8,265,357 -53.0
2 1,473 14,611,423
8 Righteous Kill 3,709,480 7,424,479 -50.0
3 1,232 34,711,327
9 Miracle at St. Anna 3,477,996

1 2,935 3,477,996
10 The Family That Preys 3,125,620 7,271,899 -57.0
3 1,949 32,761,276

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Kenneth Branagh Directing 'Thor'!

By Elisabeth Rappe,Cinematical
September 29,2008

See, kids? Superhero movies are classy now! According to Variety, the man of many parts, Kenneth Branagh, is set to direct Thor for Marvel Studios. I am pretty confident no one saw this choice coming -- there has been nary a whisper on the project since Matthew Vaughn left, and I really thought he'd probably swing back to it after Kick-Ass.

But somehow, this actually seems like the right fit for Branagh, who's taste has often leaned towards the bombastic. After all, scriptwriter Mark Protosevich told the Daily Herald last year that he saw the story of Thor in Biblical terms: "It's going to be like a super hero origin story, but not one about a human gaining super powers, but of a god realizing his true potential. It's the story of a Old Testament god who becomes a new Testament god." That takes a Shakespearean sort of eye, and while Branagh's directorial resume is middling, his best (Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet) suggests he might just be able to deliver on the action and wit Thor calls for.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul Newman dies at age 83

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Paul Newman, the Academy-Award winning superstar who personified cool as an activist, race car driver, popcorn impresario and the anti-hero of such films as "Hud," "Cool Hand Luke" and "The Color of Money," has died. He was 83.

Newman died Friday after a long battle with cancer at his farmhouse near Westport, publicist Jeff Sanderson said. He was surrounded by his family and close friends.

Newman is survived by his wife, five children, two grandsons and his older brother Arthur. Read more!

I Am Legend Prequel

By Chris Tilly,IGN UK
September 25,2008

It looks like Will Smith will face the apocalypse for a second time, with the news that Warner Bros is developing an I Am Legend prequel.

Smith will reprise his role as scientist Robert Neville, who roamed the streets of New York as the perceived last man on earth in the original.

According to Variety, the prequel will chronicle humanity's final days before the deadly virus hit.

Francis Lawrence will return to direct, while DB Weiss, who is currently adapting Neil Strauss's The Game for the big screen, will write the script.

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Lethal Weapon 5 still in the works

By Nicole Sperling,
September 24,2008

When reports surfaced this week that writer-director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) had signed on to direct Universal's Cold Warrior, it threw Lethal Weapon fans into a tizzy because they feared another installment of the beloved franchise would never come to pass. Truth is, the delay has nothing to do with Black, who wrote the first Lethal script and has penned a long treatment for a fifth iteration. (In fact, he plans to take over the director's reins from Richard Donner.) Lethal number 5 still hinges on Mel Gibson, who's currenlty filming Edge of Darkness in Boston. Longtime Lethal producer Joel Silver has been trying to nail down approval from Gibson about Black's approach, which includes introducing a pair of young NYPD cops.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Disney's upcoming slate of pics:Pirates 4,Cars 2 and more

By Marc Graser,Variety
September 24,2008

Johnny Depp is the main man at the Mouse House.

Depp has agreed to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in a fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" pic and play Tonto in a bigscreen adaptation of "The Lone Ranger," both produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. He will also star as the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s version of "Alice in Wonderland."

The roles come after Depp helped Disney earn a combined $2.6 billion at the box office with the three pics in the "Pirates" franchise, also produced by Bruckheimer.

"Alice in Wonderland," skedded for 2010, will be shot using 3-D and performance capture technology similar to that used for "Beowulf."

Depp’s casting deals closed a full day Wednesday at the Kodak Theater, where Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook touted the Mouse’s upcoming slate of pics during a showcase event for exhibitors, media and other industry insiders.

Toons provided the company’s other big news.

Disney-Pixar’s "Cars" has proved such a major moneymaker for the Mouse House that Disney is moving the release of the sequel up a year to summer 2011.

In addition to shifting the date for "Cars 2," studio also announced that it will produce a series of animated short films starring Mater and other characters from the first feature.

Shorts will air on TV, including the Disney Channel, and in theaters in front of films.

"You’ll see them everywhere," Cook said. "We’re going to keep this ‘Cars’ thing going."

"Cars," which was released in 2006 and went on to earn $462 million worldwide, has become a runaway hit in merchandise sales for the studio. Pic will also be prominently featured at a revamped California Adventure in Anaheim; "Cars Land," a 12-acre section of the park, opens in 2011. Move of the sequel from 2012 now times it to coincide with the attraction’s launch.

Before a full screening of Disney’s upcoming toon "Bolt," Cook also touted the studio’s commitment to 3-D animation, saying the company has released more pics in the format than any other studio.

Cook even managed a playful jab at DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg, who has long championed the format and is readying to roll out a slate of 3-D toons.

"I heard that Jeffrey may finally release his first 3-D movie next year," Cook quipped.

Disney has five live-action and animated pics set to unspool in 3-D next year and a slate of 16 in development.

Although several sequences in "Bolt" weren’t yet completed, the fast-paced pic, produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios but showing off considerable Pixar touches, played extremely well with the Kodak crowd, with Rhino, a hamster going around on a wheel, generating considerable laughs.

The Walt Disney Studios Showcase has essentially turned into a splashy, ShoWest-like event in Hollywood for the company to parade out stars and screen extended clips for a couple thousand attendees in various sectors of the biz to promote its future projects. Last time it held the showcase was in 2005, also at the Kodak.

In addition to Depp, who took the stage dressed as Jack Sparrow while wearing the Lone Ranger mask, this year’s event also featured the cast of "High School Musical" plus Dwayne Johnson, Miley Cyrus, John Travolta and Robin Williams. Adam Sandler appeared in a pretaped sequence with the studio chairman. And Cook even had a conversation with the four-legged star of "Beverly Hills Chihuahua."

Bruckheimer and Nicolas Cage announced a third 'National Treasure.' Although talkshow queen Oprah Winfrey wasn’t present, it was announced that she will voice the mother of the princess in hand-drawn toon "The Princess and the Frog," set in New Orleans.

Cook called the upcoming pics for the rest of this year and 2009 "the most creative slate of films in Disney history" and showed sequences from "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," "Bedtime Stories," "Race to Witch Mountain," "Hannah Montana: The Movie," "Old Dogs," "The Princess and the Frog," Robert Zemeckis’ "A Christmas Carol" and Pixar’s next pic, "Up."

During an intro for "HSM 3," Cook teased that he would sing a song from the first bigscreen installment of the runaway Disney Channel franchise but quickly backtracked

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Guillermo Del Toro Set To Pen Vampire Novels

Moviemaker Guillermo Del Toro can add novelist to his resume - he is set to release a trilogy of vampire stories.

The Hellboy director will collaborate with revered crime writer Chuck Hogan on the three tales, with the first - entitled The Strain - due to hit stores next summer.

Del Toro says, "The idea is epic in scope. The trilogy advances in unexpected ways and each book contains unique and surprising revelations about the history, physiology and lore of the vampiric race, tracing its roots all the way back to its Old Testament origins."

It is not known whether Del Toro plans to adapt the trilogy for the big screen.

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'Unbreakable' Sequel?

Published by Casey Seijas,splashpage.mtv
September 18,2008

Love his work or hate it, there’s no denying that M. Night Shyamalan always seems to be one step ahead of the curve with his films — from the twist no one saw coming in “The Sixth Sense,” to finding new ways to scare the crap outta moviegoers with “Signs” and “The Village.” And he was even years ahead of the current comic book movie boom (for better and for worse) when “Unbreakable” hit theaters in 2000.

So that being said, is it time for Shyamalan to take a step back for a change and revisit his superhero/supervillain film with a sequel, given the rampant popularity of the superhero genre?

“I tell you I get asked about it all the time, so it’s not [an idea] I ever forget,” Shyamalan told MTV News. “I genuinely just asked this question the other day — should I make ‘Unbreakable 2’?”

If Shyamalan does indeed decide to revisit “Unbreakable,” he’ll have at least one of the original film’s stars ready and willing to join up — Samuel L. Jackson, who played the very-breakable villain, Elijah Price, in the movie.

“Every time I see [Shyamalan], he says, ‘I’ve written this thing for you,’ so I say, ‘why are you always doing these movies I’m not in?’” said Jackson.

According to both Shyamalan and Jackson, “Unbreakable” was originally intended to be a trilogy, but a series of bad reviews as well as fan and film critic misconception of Shyamalan’s work quickly tabled the idea of a possible franchise. As Jackson put it, “He was a victim of what Quentin [Tarrantino] was a victim of. ‘Jackie Brown’ is a great movie, but it’s not ‘Pulp Fiction 2.’ ‘Unbreakable’ is a great movie, but it’s not ‘I see f**king dead people.’”

Likewise, Shyamalan has his own take on the lack of a sequel. “I made the mistake of getting caught up in the hype of the immediate reaction of the movie, which, experience has shown me, is not accurate to any of my movies,” he explained. “And If I had been more confident and said ‘I believe in that movie, I love that movie, and I should just go start writing the second one,” that would’ve been the right move. I’ve still been thinking about it a lot and wonder if it’s too late.”

Shyamalan even sat down with Jackson during the film’s production to discuss where his character could and would go had the film spawned a sequel.

“Back then we talked about what the rest would entail,” recalled Jackson. “I broke out of the mental institution. I’m out there doing stuff and ["Unbreakable" co-star Bruce Willis' "David Dunn" is] after me. It’s very cool. He still wears that rain thing, that windbreaker.”

So the idea seems to be there, and Jackson’s ready to break out the funky hair-do(n’t) and purple suit, so — bottom line — will we see an “Unbreakable 2,” Mr. Shyamalan?

“I do love the [comic book movie] genre, I just wanna make sure that I’m able to express who I am,” explained Shyamalan. “I don’t want to get so lost in the subject that I have to neuter everything that’s me in it, so maybe ‘Unbreakable’ is the comic book thing I should do — I keep coming back to that.”

We’ll take that as a solid “maybe.”

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Nielsen Tv Ratings Monday,September 22

-Terminator:The Sarah Connor Chronicles:5.816 million viewers,adults 18-49:2.3 rating/ 6 share

-Gossip Girl:3.350 million viewers,adults 18-49: 1.6 rating/ 4 share

-Prison Break:5.929 million viewers,adults 18-49: 2.5 rating/ 6 share

-One Tree Hill:3.100 million viewers,adults 18-49: 1.5 rating/ 3 share

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U.S Box Office September 19-21

# Title Sep 19 - 21 Sep 12 - 14 % Chg.
Weeks AVG Cumulative

1 Lakeview Terrace $ 15,004,672

1 $ 6,090 $ 15,004,672
2 Burn After Reading 11,028,257 19,128,001 -42.3
2 4,151 36,135,221
3 My Best Friend's Girl 8,265,357

1 3,174 8,265,357
4 Igor 7,803,347

1 3,336 7,803,347
5 Righteous Kill 7,424,479 16,288,361 -54.4
2 2,355 28,534,233
6 The Family That Preys 7,271,899 17,381,218 -58.2
2 3,513 28,128,159
7 The Women 5,417,780 10,115,121 -46.4
2 1,809 19,321,012
8 Ghost Town 5,012,315

1 3,330 5,012,315
9 The Dark Knight 2,915,174 4,128,153 -29.4
10 1,530 521,890,027
10 The House Bunny 2,662,650 4,154,427 -35.9
5 995 45,587,131

Source:Box Office Guru

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Revolutionary Road Trailer

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60th Annual Emmy Award Winners

Outstanding Drama Series Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Miniseries Outstanding Made for Television Movie
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Glenn Close for playing Patricia "Patty" Hewes on Damages (FX)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Special
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special
Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program
Outstanding Host for a Reality Show or Reality Competition Outstanding Writing for Nonfictional Programming

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The International Trailer

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Nielsen Tv Ratings Tuesday,September 16

-House:14.409 million viewers,adults 18-49:5.6 rating/ 16 share
-Fringe:13.363 million viewers,adults 18-49: 5.2 rating/ 13 share
-90210:3.355 million viewers,adults 18-49: 1.8 rating/ 5 share

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Trailers:Prison Break S04E05,Gossip Girl S02E04,Terminator:The Sarah Connor Chronicles S02E03

Gossip Girl

Terminator:The Sarah Connor Chronicles

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Nielsen Tv Ratings Monday,September 15

-Terminator:The Sarah Connor Chronicles:5.941 million viewers,adults 18-49:2.0 rating/ 5 share (-13%)
-Gossip Girl:3.726 million viewers,adults 18-49: 2.0 rating/ 5 share (+18%)

-Prison Break:5.887 million viewers,adults 18-49: 2.5 rating/ 6 share (-10%)

-One Tree Hill:3.355 million viewers,adults 18-49: 1.8 rating/ 4 share (+3%)

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Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic about Noah

By Elisabeth Rappe,Cinematical
September 14,2008

One of Darren Aronofsky's most intriguing ideas may actually come to fruition now that everyone with money likes him again. He wants to make a Biblical epic about Noah, who he calls "a dark, complicated character." Lest you think it has been forgotten between The Wrestler and Robocop, Aronofsky told /film that it's not only still on -- he's finished the script:

"I wrote it. Me and Ari Handel, the guy who worked on The Fountain. It's a great script and it's HUGE. And we're starting to feel out talent. And then we'll probably try and set it up ... [the budget] is big. I mean, Look... It's the end of the world and it's the second most famous ship after the Titanic. So I'm not sure why any studio won't want to make it. It's a really cool project and I think it's really timely because it's about environmental apocalypse which is the biggest theme, for me, right now for what's going on on this planet. So I think it's got these big, big themes that connect with us. Noah was the first environmentalist. He's a really interesting character. Hopefully they'll let me make it."

Now that he's in the spotlight again -- the deserved center of huge buzz and Oscar talk -- I suspect a studio may just make a grab for it. Surely, there has to be a studio president, somewhere, who really liked The Fountain, and wouldn't mind funding another epic by Aronofsky and Handel? We may actually live to see the day when a studio is dying to buy an Aronofsky movie.

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Vin Diesel and Rob Cohen Returning for XXX Sequel

Source: Variety
September 15, 2008

Columbia Pictures is in discussions with producer Joe Roth for XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, which would bring back Vin Diesel as star and Rob Cohen as director, reports Variety.

The duo teamed on the 2002 original, which starred Diesel as Xander Cage, an extreme sports enthusiast who gets drafted by the government for a dangerous mission.

Roth controls the property because the original film was made by his Revolution Studios, which was also behind XXX: State of the Union, a sequel that starred Ice Cube and was directed by Lee Tamahori.

While there is no script, both Diesel and Cohen have agreed to return.

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U.S Box Office September 12-14

# Title Sep 12 - 14 Sep 5 - 7 % Chg.
Weeks AVG Cumulative

1 Burn After Reading $ 19,128,001

1 $ 7,215 $ 19,128,001
2 The Family That Preys 17,381,218

1 8,397 17,381,218
3 Righteous Kill 16,288,361

1 5,168 16,288,361
4 The Women 10,115,121

1 3,415 10,115,121
5 Tropic Thunder 4,183,405 7,230,710 -42.1
5 1,429 102,974,069
6 The House Bunny 4,154,427 5,512,870 -24.6
4 1,504 42,008,459
7 The Dark Knight 4,128,153 5,515,119 -25.1
9 1,884 517,792,764
8 Bangkok Dangerous 2,592,656 7,783,266 -66.7
2 977 12,723,787
9 Traitor 2,131,639 4,274,297 -50.1
3 1,058 20,734,170
10 Death Race 2,056,415 3,710,915 -44.6
4 1,025 33,232,495

Source:Box Office Guru
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Monday, September 15, 2008

Fall-Winter 2008 Movies Release Schedule

U.S Release Dates

-September 19
Lakeview Terrace

Appaloosa (Limited)

Battle in Seattle (Limited)

-September 26
Eagle Eye

The Lucky Ones

Miracle at St. Anna

Blindness (Limited)

-October 3
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Rachel Getting Married

How To Lose Friends & Alienate People

-October 10
Body of Lies

-October 17
Max Payne

-October 24


-October 31
Zack and Miri Make a Porno


-November 7

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

-November 14
Quantum of Solace

The Road

-November 21

The Soloist

-November 26

Transporter 3

-December 3
Crossing Over

-December 5

Punisher: War Zone

-December 12

The Day the Earth Stood Still


-December 19
The Wrestler

Nothing But the Truth

The Brothers Bloom

Revolutionary Road

Seven Pounds

-December 25
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


The Spirit

The Time Traveler's Wife

-December 26

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Really is Back

By Jim Vejvoda,IGN
September 11, 2008

"I'll be back," indeed. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been photographed and videotaped chatting with actor Christian Bale on the set of Terminator Salvation, the fourth installment in the franchise that began with Schwarzenegger starring as the titular cyborg.

Ever since T4 became a reality, fans have wondered whether the Austrian Oak would be involved with the sequel given his political commitments. According to a scooper for Latino Review, which has posted a snapshot of Schwarzenegger and Bale having a casual conversation on the set, the "premise of Arnie's involvement is to have a fully rendered digital face of Arnie replacing the recently cast Roland Kickinger (The younger version of Arnie)."

The site adds, "It seems the Director Mc G will in no doubt try all he can to ensure the Governator has some sort of involvement and as a result Arnold was on set providing key ADR (Voice over) for the visual effects guys to reference during post production."
Video footage of Schwarzenegger and Bale on set can be seen at You Tube.

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Comic Franchises For Fox?X-Men spin-offs and Daredevil reboot

by Orlando Parfitt, IGN UK
UK, September 10, 2008

has let slip some interesting gossip regarding Fox's plans for future superhero movies.

In an artcle about the studio's less than-profitable summer line-up, it reveals that Fox has decided to look into the remaining comic book characters they have the rights to in an effort to replicate their rival's success.

Aparently one idea is a Young X-Men project that, similar to the animated series X-Men: Evolution, will follow the main characters as teenagers.

A second idea is a spin-off based around Deadpool -- the wisecracking mercenary from the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine (which Fox will release next summer) to be played by Ryan Reynolds.

The final possibility mentioned by the trade mag is a reboot of the Daredevil franchise, which ground to a halt after only one instalment when Ben Affleck played the blind superhero back in 2003.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Trailers:The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,The Brothers Bloom,Doubt

The Brothers Bloom


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The Future of Iron Man

By Elisabeth Rappe,Cinematical
September 12,2008

And it sounds glorious! Jon Favreau is doing a lot of press for the upcoming Iron Man DVD, and he sat down with CHUD to give an interview so long, it's been split in twain. Naturally, talk turned to plans for Iron Man 2 and 3, which Favreau is deep in the process of writing. Among the highlights:

-- War Machine is likely to be in the sequel, as Terrence Howard's Col. Rhodes had too little screen time in the first film. They want to make up for that, and give him a crack at wearing the suit.

-- The Mandarin is the overarching, behind-the-scenes villain, but he comes with a lot of racial and superpower baggage that is difficult to put on screen. Starships, dragon aliens, and ten magic rings that can upset the power of the universe don't really fit into the realistic universe Favreau has aimed to put Iron Man in. And yes, Favreau is concerned about how the various Avengers will fit into that world, too. Hulk and Captain America are feasible (and the cross-over has pretty much been forced on the former), but he's not sure about Thor. (Who is?)

-- The recent hostilities between Russia and the U.S. have made a lot of Iron Man's arch enemies current again -- and we might actually see Crimson Dynamo pop up. (I vote yes, so we can get the Black Widow introduced to audiences.)

-- Demon in a Bottle is coming. Expect to also see some elements of Matt Fraction's Iron Man run pop up -- the movie and his work have a real symbiotic relationship going on. There may even be a partnership forming ...

Now, isn't that a nice way to start the weekend? There's more where that came from on CHUD.

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Friday, September 12, 2008




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Elisa Cuthbert returns in 24

By Jason Hughes,Tv Squad

According to EW's Michael Ausiello, Kim Bauer will be reunited with Daddy Dearest come 2009. That's right, Elisha Cuthbert has signed a contract to reappear on FOX's 24 this upcoming season. When we last saw her during the fifth season she was being whisked away from Los Angeles by her much older boyfriend, Barry.

She's not expected to return until toward the end of the upcoming seventh season and while she won't be "with" Barry, she will be with a child. Or at least have a child. I'll bet she didn't even tell Jack that he was a grandfather. In fact, is it a sign that 24 is getting a little long in the tooth that our action hero is a grandfather now? Read more!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Trailers:The Soloist,Madagascar:Escape 2 Africa,Twilight

Madagascar:Escape 2 Africa


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Most overpaid actors/actresses

CANBERRA, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Nicole Kidman won the illustrious honors of being dubbed the most overpaid celebrity thanks to her films earning $1 for every Washington the actress is paid. Even if you're not a gambler, you know those aren't good odds.
The rankings come from the second annual list of least bankable stars by U.S. magazine Forbes, with Kidman taking the top slot from fellow Australian Russell Crowe, who "won" last year.

Kidman's films were estimated to only earn $1 for every dollar the Oscar-winning actress was paid compared with $8 a year ago.
"The Invasion," a remake of the 1956 classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," even lost $2.68 for every dollar earned by Kidman who was reportedly paid $17 million for her role.
"Despite winning an Oscar for her performance in 2002's "The Hours," Kidman has become the most overpaid celebrity in Hollywood," said Forbeslm, adding that her upcoming movie "Australia" could give her a boost.

Second in the list came Jennifer Garner, whose movies including "The Kingdom" and "Catch and Release" have underperformed at the box office. Her movies were calculated to earn $3.60 for every $1 she was paid.

Kidman's ex-husband, Tom Cruise, came third in the list with a $4 return for every dollar he was paid, mostly because of the failure of last year's movie "Lions for Lambs." For every dollar the star earned the film returned only $1.88.
Forbes said the ranking was compiled by looking at a star's past three movies and dividing their total earnings by the films' gross income to get the actor's payback figure.

Making up the top 10 of overpaid Hollywood celebrities were Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Nicolas Cage, Drew Barrymore, Will Ferrell and Cate Blanchett.
The actor whose bankability improved most over the past year was Crowe, who was ranked the most overpaid celebrity last year when Kidman was in second plce.
Last year, Forbes estimated the movie "Cinderella Man" earned $5 for every dollar that Crowe was paid.

But this year, he was the 18th best earner on a previously issued list of which actors were worth their paychecks, with a return of $6.88 for every dollar he earned.
This bump was attributed to last year's movie "American Gangster" with Denzel Washington, for which Crowe returned a healthy $10.80 for every dollar he was paid.

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Fringe 1x02 trailer

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