August 31st, 2010

Hunger Games post, y'all

EW.com Poll: Cast Your Vote: Who should play Katniss (and Peeta, Gale, Haymitch and Effie) in "The Hunger Games"?



When we asked last week who’d make the perfect Katniss, we got inundated with responses. What’s more, lots of you cast the rest of the books as well. As for myself, I’m still dithering over Katniss since it’s the most critical role (and the one that would be easiest to screw up–get Katniss wrong and none of the movies will work). In my mind’s eye she’s like a young Lisbeth Salander, wiry, dark, and fierce. Maybe Saoirse Ronan with dark hair? I’m less conflicted when it comes to Peeta (Lucas Till) and Gale (Drew Roy). But I have no idea how to choose among the actors suggested for Haymitch and Effie. In their own way, each one seems pitch-perfect.

So, Hunger Games fans, cast your votes! We’ll put up our results later in the week.

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More Chatter About The Fantastic Four Reboot



While no official casting has been announced by 20th Century Fox, rumors of contenders for roles in the Fantastic Four reboot have been making their way online, with names previously mentioned as top possibilities for three of the main heroes, Mr. Fantastic (Adrien Brody), Invisible Woman (Alice Eve) and Human Torch (Kevin Pennington).

Now here's someone being linked to The Thing: Bruce Willis. According to ComicBookMovie.com the Die Hard star is wanted to play Ben Grimm on screen during the opening credits sequence, which will quickly present the team's origins, and then voice the orange, rocky character after his transformation. Another idea, heard by Screen Rant, is for Kiefer Sutherland to handle the mainly vocal gig. As we'd heard before, The Thing will be entirely CGI rather than an actor in a suit, a la Michael Chiklis' portrayal in the prior two FF installments.

ComicBookMovie.com has additional inside info about Fox's interests in the casting of villain Doctor Doom and choice of director. The lead candidate for the former is True Blood star Stephen Moyer, who if signed could then have more in common with his newly wedded bride (X-Men's Anna Paquin), than just starring opposite her in the popular vampire series.

 Three directors have been reportedly shortlisted as potential helmers of the reboot, Joe Carnahan (The A-Team), David Yates (Harry Potter) and James McTeigue (V for Vendetta). All are perfectly capable of making a comic book movie, though their talent does vary.

If you have a preference, now is the best time to make it known, since the only thing spreading rumors like these is good for is to provide feedback for the studios, which definitely pay attention to the online fan chatter. Here are my thoughts on the Thing casting: Willis has a better look for the quick glimpses of the human Grimm, but Sutherland's voice is a lot more fitting for the voice work, given that The Thing's speech should sound rather gruff. Willis' voice would be more distracting, especially since we'll keep thinking the character sounds like the baby from Look Who's Talking. Sutherland, on the other hand, did the perfect Thing voice as the general in Monsters vs. Aliens. He'd definitely sound a lot better shouting, "it's clobberin' time!"


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FanExpo organizers exploit fans yet again. Fans cry moar by expressing frustration online.

Fan Expo organizers, activate your force fields: a revenge of the nerds is brewing.



Hundreds of gamers, superfans and sci-fi geeks are fuming after a mismanaged weekend at Fan Expo Canada, a popular annual convention celebrating pop culture.

Eventgoers say this year’s three-day convention was marred by hours-long lineups. On Saturday afternoon, crowds became so unmanageable organizers had to shut down door sales and temporarily lock out ticket holders, prompting hordes of frustrated fans to start chanting for refunds.

While the Fan Expo has always seen its share of organizational glitches, loyal attendees say this year’s convention was by far the worst.

“This is very hard for me to admit: I wanted to cry in frustration,” said 28-year-old Mike Dodd, who covered Fan Expo for his website, This Week in Geek. “Sure there’s been hiccups previous years but this was a friggin’ joke.

“I’ve never seen people so demoralized. A sad nerd is not a good thing.”

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Unfortunately, Hobbystar has pulled stunts like this for years. Their exploits are well documented (illegal weapons bust and harassing rival conventions, to name a few). Until people stop rewarding Hobbystar by attending their events, their bullshit will continue.
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Bar Bar Refaeli Tweets Warning About Scary Skinny Teen Models

Is that why Leo DiCaprio’s on-again girlfriend Bar Refaeli, 25, tweeted moments ago on Aug. 30, “I get so sad when I see 15-year-old pale extremely skinny models at the agency looking all shaky and hungry…. when will it end?!?!?

We’re assuming Bar is referring to the model agency that reps her — One Management in NYC and that the 15-year-old skinny models are starving in preparation of their booking appointments with different designers — hoping to land runway spots.

Yay to you Bar for speaking out against the scary skinnyness that sadly still rules too many runways — god knows why. Neither women — who are supposed to buy the clothes — nor men — like that shaky, hungry look.

Bar’s tweets are repeatedly outspoken about the dangers of plastic surgery, drugs, alcohol and unhealthy living, “Some people are addicted to drugs and others addicted to alcohol. Me? I’m addicted to pomegranate juice,” she tweeted yesterday

“Seriously… plastic surgery is not helping your impact on young women or your looks,” she also pointed out.

As for the Fashion World. How about your addiction to pin thin? Can we check you into rehab?
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Vanishing on 7th Street trailer.



A release date for Vanishing on 7th Street has not been announced; however, a new trailer for the feature shows characters Luke (Hayden Christensen), Rosemary (Thandie Newton), Paul (John Leguizamo), and Briana (Taylor Groothuis) in a world where most of the population has mysteriously disappeared. This includes airline pilots (think about this for a sec'). These characters struggle to stay away from the darkness and mysterious creatures, who hope to snuff out their light. Have a look at this first trailer for Brad Anderson's ("Fear Itself") Vanishing on 7th Street below.

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Eddie Izzard Joins 'United States Of Tara'



In his first US series gig since his starring role on FX's The Riches, Eddie Izzard is joining the third season of the Showtime comedy United States of Tara in a major recurring role. United States of Tara stars Toni Collette as Tara Gregson, a wife and mother who struggles with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Izzard will play Tara’s brilliant psychology professor who starts as a DID skeptic, but becomes fascinated with Tara as a subject, leading him to explore the condition further. Collette won an Emmy for her role on the show, whose third season will begin production mid-September in Los Angeles for a 2011 premiere.

British actor and standup comedian Izzard, repped by UTA and the Collective, was recently nominated in the best nonfiction special Emmy category for the documentary BELIEVE: The Eddie Izzard Story, which ran on EPIX.

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First Song from "The Social Network" Score - "Hand Covers Bruise" MP3 included



As previously reported, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor did indeed score David Fincher‘s The Social Network. Working with The Book of Eli‘s Atticus Ross, we have the first proof of that score as Sony just launched the official site for The Social Network. /Film has gathered the 46 new photos from the site if you want to check them out.

You can stream the track below via our player or download it here (right click + save as): Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Hand Covers Bruise (no piano)

Reznor wasn’t kidding when he said it was “dark.” The score is minimal and brooding. I can’t wait to see how it fits into the film. If you haven’t already seen, Peter Travers said it was “the movie of the year that also brilliantly defines the decade.” Scott Foundas also had an extremely positive first review.

Only a few hours ago I got my New York Film Festival press accreditation and I’ll be seeing the film early Friday morning on Sept. 24th. It opens wide Oct. 1st.

What do you think of the first piece of music from The Social Network?

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Four-year-old Violet was sporting a T-shirt that read, "Seraphina's Big Sister" as she and her baby sis and their parents Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck headed into Toscana restaurant in Brentwood, California for dinner this evening (August 30).

The Garner-Affleck crew are back on the West coast after having spent some time in New York where Jen was working on her upcoming film Arthur.

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Soundtrack Details for Sofia Coppola's 'Somewhere' Revealed

On the eve of its Venice premiere, the Italian distributors of Sofia Coppola's forthcoming "Somewhere" starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning have unveiled a host of new photos as well as soundtrack details for the film.

Bookended by Phoenix's previously revealed "Love Like A Sunset" and tracks by composer William Storkson (who also contributed to "Lost In Translation"), the highly eclectic mix spanning from the likes of The Police, Bryan Ferry and The Strokes to Gwen Stefani and Amerie is pretty, well, Coppola-esque. Also included is the Strokes' demo "I'll Try Anything Once" featured in the trailer, but whether they all make the cut on an official soundtrack release remains to be seen. 

 

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Girls on Film: Lara Stone, V Magazine, September 2010

Details about the latest issue of V Magazine have been revealed and it includes this gorgeous shoot.

Karl Lagerfeld shot Lara Stone, Javier de Miguel and Baptiste Giabiconi as '70s icons Antonio Lopez, art director Juan Ramos and Jerry Hall. This edition has been named "The New York Issue", and these are just two images from the 10 page shoot.

I think Lara makes a great Jerry and there are definitely similarities between the two. Do you like this shoot?





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Ryan McPartlin: I Had to Dress Up in a Kilt!



Ryan McPartlin pairs a John Varvatos tee with Levi’s in this new spread for August Man magazine’s September 2010 issue.

Here’s what the 35-year-old Chuck actor had to share:

On what he did before he got his big break:
“I remember reading about Brad Pitt dressing up like a chicken to wave at people into El Pollo Loco, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck searching the couch for spare change to eat at Sizzler, etc. For me, I had to dress up like a British guard with a kilt at a Tanqueray party and if I remember correctly, my agent at that time attended the party…very humbling.”

On being a former Abercrombie & Fitch model:
“When a poster of your half naked body is spread across every A&F store in the country, people in your circle who have known you as this big goofball look at you a little differently. I just started to date my wife at that time and I think it was fun for her because she was at college but I didn’t think it was a big deal.”

On what it’s like working with the cast of Chuck: “The cast of Chuck is as close to me as any group I’ve been around. I sincerely love these people and hope to have a lot more time with them.”

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Kim and Kourtney reveal K-Dash by Kardashians



Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian are releasing a clothing and accessories collection exclusively fro QVC called K-Dash by Kardashian, and today Kim and Kourt posted exclusive photos of themselves rocking the collection.

"The clothes are very wearable, lots of pieces that will take you from day to night and key wardrobe staples," writes Kourtney on her blog.

"It’s a dream come true to have our own clothing line and we’ve worked really hard to make sure we’ve created gorgeous pieces at affordable prices… I just know you guys are going to love it!" writes Kim on her blog.



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DO YOU WANT TO SEE THIS MAN HAVE SEX WITH A LOW BUDGET KIM K??


Apparently, Montana Fishburne wasn't the only celebrity inspired by Kim Kardashian's sex tape. New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes just made a real low-budget knockoff of the Kim/Ray-J experience. Complete with bad lighting and bad camera angles, it must be the worst sex tape ever.

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Call him "Mr. Bankable!!"

After carrying "Takers" to the #1 spot at the box office, producers are begging Hayden Christensen to replace random, less-talented actor in "The Cold!"

 

Movies about Wendigos are quickly becoming as bountiful as bigfoot flicks. Every time we turn around there seems to be another flick detailing the exploits of this American Indian spook tale of a flesh eating creature. The difference here with this latest film? It stars Darth friggin' Vader!

Well, not, Vader proper, but word has come in that star Hayden Christensen is set to be replace Jesse Bradford in upcoming supernatural thriller The Cold.

Director Daniel Calparsoro is getting set to spin the tale of what happens when seven friends go on an annual hunting trip and soon realize that the only thing being hunted are themselves. They are terrorized by an unseen beast - but what is stalking them? Is it the cold, starvation or has The Wendigo come to hunt them down?

Look for more soon!

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I had to rush out last minute and scoop up as many matinee tickets as possible to help "Takers" edge out "The Last Exorcism" at the box office. As I picked up my non-butter popcorn and diet coke, the lady at the register told me that everyone was R A V I N G about Hayden's oscar-buzzed performance!! She also complimented my hair!

Debbie Gibson Compares Herself To Taylor Swift And Avril Lavigne

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FORMER teen pop princess Debbie Gibson has compared herself to Taylor Swift and Avril Lavigne.

The singer — whose hits include Only In My Dreams, Foolish Beat and Shake Your Love – says Taylor and Avril refuse to be put into a music industry mold — just like herself.

“At that time they were all like ‘put her in a little black dress and put on heels’. They were trying to vamp me up because it’s an easier sell,” Gibson said about the beginning of her career.

“I always said ‘I’m not comfortable with that. That’s not me, let the other girls do that’.

“I look at Avril Lavigne or I look at Taylor Swift. You know, they still wear high-tops with their gown to an award show. That was me.”

Debbie says she isn’t a fan of music’s other sexed-up pop divas — because it’s an image they will have to live with long after the teen years end.

“When you put that image out there, you get a very different perception and treatment by men and people on the streets and in the industry,” she said. “You’re not equipped at that age to back that up, so why kind of play dress up and go there? Wait until you come into your own as a woman.”

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Rick Fox’s ‘Dancing’ Secret Weapon: Eliza Dushku



Rick Fox has a secret weapon helping him get ready for the Season 11 premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” – his girlfriend – Eliza Dushku.

“It’s been amazing — talk about a partner that’s made sure that my body’s on track to be prepared for September 20,” Rick told Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson of how the actress, who attended the Season 11 cast announcement in LA on Monday night, has helped him limber up for the competition. “I’ve been doing exercises that I didn’t know existed – Pilates… [And we’ve been working on] creating flexibility at home.”

The former basketball star, who played for both the Celtics and their arch rivals, the Lakers during his professional career, told Shaun he’s been looking at mistakes of past competitors on “DWTS” and has his game frame on.

“I’ve been working on the hip action… my frame and dancing down to my partner, who is obviously not 6’ 7,” he said, referring to his height.

In addition to celebrity competition from Florence Henderson, Jennifer Grey and David Hasselhoff, Rick will face off against another professional athlete on the dance floor in search of the mirrorball trophy – recent football retiree – Kurt Warner.

“As soon as I retired, the call came pretty quickly,” the former Arizona Cardinals quarterback told Shaun of his invitation to Season 11. “We thought about it and thought about the different challenges to it and the different things we’ve got going on [and we] thought it ‘d be a great opportunity to reach out to a different audience.”

Kurt said he’s got the phone numbers of former “DWTS” competitors Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin, but has no immediate plans to bend their ear for advice.

“I definitely had their numbers… but early on, I’m gonna try to feel it out on my own,” he said.

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Joan Cusack replacing Allison Janney in "Shameless" remake



Joan Cusack has joined the cast of Showtime’s new drama series Shameless. Cusack, who will appear in all 12 episodes of the new series, will play the role of Sheila, an agoraphobic Chicago housewife with a sexually active teenage daughter who strikes up a special friendship with William H. Macy’s character, Frank Gallagher. She replaces Allison Janney, who played the role in the pilot but had to pull out because of her commitment to ABC's Mr. Sunshine after the producers of Shameless decided to make the character more prominent than originally planned. Production on the on the series begins in mid-September for a January 9 premiere .

Cusack, nominated for an Oscar for Working Girl and In & Out, most recently reprised her role as the voice of Jessie in Toy Story 3. Shameless, from John Wells and Paul Abbott, is based on the long-running hit UK series and stars William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum. Macy plays a far-from-stellar working-class patriarch of an unconventional Chicago brood of six motley kids whose eldest daughter (Rossum) keeps the home afloat while he’s out drinking and carousing. The series co-stars Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Cameron Monaghan, Jeremy Allen White and Laura Slade Wiggins.

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The original HBIC Sheila Jackson.
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Man Having Sex Change Operation To Look Like Lady Gaga



A Bulgarian man is going so gaga for Lady Gaga that he wants to become her.

Penio Daskalov, 24, plans to have a full sex change operation and is enlisting cosmetic surgeons to turn him into a double of Lady Gaga, which he thinks will help him launch a career in music, RadarOnline.com has learned.

"I really admire the way she has created herself, so when I've had my operations I won't be quite a man or quite a woman," Daskalov said.

"I've already contacted her management and told them what I am doing and how I'd like to record a duet with her," he concluded.

Daskalov was a housemate on the Bulgarian version of Big Brother where he successfully tricked contestants on the show into thinking he was a woman.

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Zsa Zsa Gabor Rushed Back to Hospital

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TMZ has learned ... Zsa Zsa Gabor is being rushed back to UCLA Medical Center.
Zsa Zsa's husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, tells TMZ, "I just called an ambulance. She has to go back to UCLA."

The Prince says the 93-year old Zsa Zsa was unresponsive and clearly in distress.

An ambulance is on the scene after 911 was called.

No word yet on the nature of the emergency.

Story developing...

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*She was trying to reach her wheelchair to get out of bed but its brake wasn't on and it moved away, spilling her out of the bed, Blanchette said.

** Zsa Zsa Gabor has been taken to a hospital, but sources tell TMZ her condition is not life threatening. We've learned the person who called 911 from Gabor's house mentioned flu-like symptoms and body pain. We're told a private ambulance has taken Gabor to the hospital, without emergency lights flashing ... an indication her life is not in immediate danger.

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Paris Hilton is fond of shoving things up her snatch. Also: Bears shit on popes.


Longtime Pal of Paris Hilton Claims Heiress Went to Bathroom To Hide Illegal Cargo In Her Vagina

A longtime pal of drug felony charged accused the spoiled wildchild of using her vagina as a hiding place for her stash. “That’s why the first thing she asked the cops in Vegas was to use the bathroom,” the source named “Caroline” told IUC. “She knew it would be her only chance to hide the cocaine and avoid arrest. Paris is not as dumb as she seems. She’s one of the most clever and manipulative people one can ever meet. And she thinks quick, just like she did in Vegas. She has cat like reflexes.” The friend claims that Hilton has eluded airport security in the past by stashing the drugs in a lubricated condom before placing it in her vagina. “That’s what I’ve heard from a very good source, she’s a pro at it,” “Caroline” told IUC. “Paris travels all over the world and parties like a rockstar. I love her but she definitely needs professional help. It’s time she looks at herself in the mirror and realizes she’s not 21 anymore.” Could Paris’ recent arrest finally be the taming of the shrew?
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Her crabs must have been very disappointed when they didn't get their fair share of the good stuff
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Steelers Football Player Insures His Samoan 1B Wavy Hair For A Milli



Troy Polamalu’s hair is more than just a soft, silky handle by which to bring him down on a football field. It’s real and it’s spectacular.

It’s also now a magnificent, million-dollar mane. Lloyds of London has written a policy on the Pittsburgh Steelers safety’s locks, in the kind of publicity stunt that rises to the top of search engines on the week before real sports resume after Labor Day. There’s a serious reason for Polamalu’s ‘do: he has not cut it since 2000 and wears it as a tribute to his Samoan ancestors. But there’s a product tie-in on the insurance: Polamalu endorses Head & Shoulders shampoo, whose parent company sought the policy.

“They’ve created the first ever insurance policy to protect his iconic mane for the entire NFL season,” Procter & Gamble said in a statement.

Ugh, I love him and the STEELERS BITCHES. NGL, if I could buy that shit I would. Looks soft and bouncy as hell.

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Björk accepts the 2010 Polar Music Prize. Robyn covers Hyperballad



STOCKHOLM – Italian composer Ennio Morricone and Icelandic singer Björk have received the 2010 Polar Music Prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf.
The musicians accepted their awards at a glitzy ceremony in Stockholm on Monday. Each award is worth 1 million kronor ($136,000).
Björk said she was honored to receive the prize and that it "tickled" her vanity to be mentioned together with previous laureates such as rock band Pink Floyd and singer Joni Mitchell.
The Polar Music Prize is typically shared each year by a pop artist and a classical musician. It was founded by the manager of Sweden's legendary pop group ABBA, Stig Anderson, in 1989.

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Rachel McAdams: Hard At Work In Toronto




Continuing along with one of her many projects, Rachel McAdams was spotted on the set of “The Vow” in Toronto, Canada on Tuesday (August 31). Dolled up in a black dress and hat, the “Notebook” babe shot several scenes before retreating to her trailer for a much-deserved break.
 
“The Vow” is based on a true story of a newlywed couple (McAdams and Channing Tatum) who survive a car crash but struggle to keep their marriage alive after the wife loses memory of her husband. And according to the Hollywood Reporter, “Felicity” actor, Scott Speedman, is eying the role of the wife's ex-fiancé, who complicates things by rekindling their romance after the accident.

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Rachel, I love you, but those SHOES! D:

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Sherlock gets second series confirmed


Three more episodes of the BBC One show, which is a modern re-envisioning of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, are to be filmed.

The series, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the fictional sleuth, has been hugely popular and was well received by critics.

Co-creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat said: "There'll be baffling new puzzles, old friends and new enemies – whether on two, or four legs.

"And we might well be seeing the cold master of logic and reason unexpectedly falling. But in love? Or over a precipice? Who can tell?"

There will also be two two-hour specials of Luther, featuring The Wire star Idris Elba as the title character, and an adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' World War One novel Birdsong.

Other highlights for BBC One announced today are a conspiracy thriller co-created by novelist Ronan Bennett, a panel show fronted by comedian Rhod Gilbert and a documentary on child poverty in Britain.

The channel's controller Jay Hunt, who was speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival said: "These new commissions demonstrate the sheer range and creative ambition on BBC One.

"From adapting a modern classic like Birdsong to developing new talent across comedy and factual, the channel is continuing to deliver bold programming for audiences."

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3D at home still a tough sell

Even if "Piranha 3D" has a modestly successful box-office debut this weekend, it could in the long run do more damage to the hopes of 3D TV makers than good.

The more 3D movies available, the better is what the consumer electronics industry's strongest proponents of 3D would say. After all, the more opportunities to demonstrate the technology to people and sell the 3D Blu-ray copy later is in their interests. But a horror movie starring three-dimensional carnivorous fish, and similarly schlocky uses of the technology could be a setback.

The industry that's trying to convince people to buy TVs and Blu-ray players capable of re-creating the 3D theater experience at home are already fighting the perception that 3D is a short-lived trend, a rehash of past failed technology, and worse, a gimmick.

 

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Kate Moss for Topshop is Ending



Kate Moss has been designing for Topshop since 2007 and will launch her 14th collection in October which has been confirmed to be her last. The model had created six collections a year at one point, but can no longer commit to working with the store. Sir Phillip Green explained to The Times, "It has been fantastic for us and fantastic for her, but [the designs] take more and more time and she cannot do this full-time any more."

Kate is thought to have made at least £3 million from the collaboration, but rumours suggest that it was "running out of steam".

The final full collection is due to hit stores and online on 25th October and it will include popular pieces from her first clothing line. Green has confirmed that they will still do small collections with the model of about 12-15 items, "That will be easier for us, we’ll do something fun."

The excitement surrounding Kate's design efforts definitely seems to have decreased in recent seasons, so it seems to make sense to quit while they're ahead.

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Lea Michele's Secret Side Gig? Animal Rescue!



Lea Michele may seem a lot like Rachel Berry, the ambitious girl with a killer voice she plays on the hit show Glee, but she definitely has a softer side, one that isn’t often in the spotlight. Michele, who got her start on Broadway, doesn't just warm up her vocal chords during her downtime — she has also managed to find time to rescue a few animals!

The Emmy-nominated actress and singer tells PEOPLE, in its upcoming Glee special issue, that she once saved six stray kittens she found on the Paramount Studios lot.

"They probably would have been eaten, so I rescued them," she says. She gave three of the kittens to one of the show's directors, another one to Heather Morris, who plays Brittany, and kept two for herself. Morris named her cat Zach, while Michele named hers Claude and Sheila.

But the rescue efforts didn't end there. Michele tells PEOPLE that during a shoot at a Long Beach, Calif., school, she spotted a dog left tied to a fence. "I made the people at Glee send the dog to the vet, and we had him cleaned up," she says.

The dog, now named Charlie, found a home with Michele's co-star Harry Shum, who plays Mike Chang on the show.

"I'm a really big animal lover," Michele adds. "My mother always said, 'Stand for something, or [you'll] fall for everything.' I feel like [animals] don't have a voice."

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Wait...WHAT?


'Black Swan' and 'The Wrestler' originally envisioned as one movie
You would think that the only similarity between the gritty redemption tale of "The Wrestler" and the supernatural ballet world thriller "Black Swan" is that they're both directed by Darren Aronofsky. But MTV caught up with the director who revealed that not only do the parallels run much deeper, both films were sprung from an original script idea that he later broke into two films.

"At one point, way before I made 'The Wrestler,' I was actually developing a project that was about a love affair between a ballet dancer and a wrestler, and then it kind of split off into two movies," Aronofsky said, adding "I realized pretty quickly that taking two worlds like wrestling and ballet was much too much for one movie."

And being birthed from the same kernel of an idea, Aronofsky expects audiences to see parallels between the two films. "I've always considered the two films companion pieces," he said. "They are really connected and people will see the connections. It's funny, because wrestling some consider the lowest art — if they would even call it art — and ballet some people consider the highest art. But what was amazing to me was how similar the performers in both of these worlds are. They both make incredible use of their bodies to express themselves."

But if its been a while since you watched "The Wrestler," you could Netflix the film to get re-acquainted or, failing that, perhaps your local arthouse will be compelled to follow up on Aronofksy's dream of both films on a double bill. "....I guess my dream is that some art theater will play the films as a double feature some day." C'mon arthouse programmers, get on this.

"Black Swan" which centers on the relationship between a veteran ballet dancer (Natalie Portman) and a rival, played by Mila Kunis who may or may not be a figment of the dancer's imagination co-stars Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel, Sebastian Stan and Barbara Hershey. The film will hit TIFF and make its way to theaters on December 1st. Piledrivers not included.

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Billie Piper films Secret Diary as Sarah Harding misses out



Billie Piper had a giggle as she filmed Secret Diary of a Call Girl in London yesterday. She started shooting the latest series last week, and is reportedly being paid £400,000 for this fourth season, which is due to air in January.

It's reported that Sarah Harding auditioned for a part in the show, but producers didn't think she was right for the role.

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Some redneck stans some flop



Miley Cyrus was on an MTV Hits special, counting down her top 50 after party tunes. #3 on the list? Dirrty by Christina Aguilera. Here's what she had to say about the iconically-floptastic hasbeen:

I love Xtina and I love her new video Not Myself Tonight. I love that she's always stepping out of the box and I think people talk about her but only because we're so infatuated with her because she is the original, she's the one who started it all so actually she didn't copy anyone, other people copy Xtina!

Lolwut?!

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Miley Cyrus, that is all.

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Having arrived into town the previous afternoon, Miley Cyrus was spotted making her way around New York City on Tuesday (August 31).

The "Hannah Montana" hottie once again showed off her maturing ways - as she sported short-shorts and heavy makeup while out with a few gal pals.
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As for Miss Cyrus's recent filming efforts, she just finished up shooting ""LOL: Laughing Out Loud" in Detroit with the crew now headed to the next filming locale, Chicago.

The movie is a remake of a French flick which also stars big Hollywood names such as Demi Moore and Ashley Greene.

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Charisma Carpenter to star in "Crash Site"

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Charisma Carpenter has booked the female lead in the independent thriller "Crash Site." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ty Olsson has booked the male lead role.

The story centers on a couple vacationing in the woods that must fight through injuries and wild animals after their Jeep crashes.

Jason Bourque is directing with Jack and Joseph Nasser producing. Principal photography is underway in Vancouver.

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In people you forgot existed news.....

 Vanessa Minnillo & Nick Lachey: Weekend Party Pals

Relaxing over the weekend, Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey were spotted at a friend’s party in West Hollywood on Saturday (August 21).

The “What’s Left of Me” crooner and his lovely lady arrived to show off a home-baked cake made my Minnillo herself

In career news, Vanessa has been working with the folks over at AXE Shower products to help motivate men to increase their personal hygiene.

Also, in an interview with OK! Magazine, he called her the “most special person I’ve ever known” and said: “She’s feminine and beautiful and sexy and she’s also probably the most powerful person I’ve ever had the opportunity to know… She and I are very much alike, two fiery people.”
The singer and TV presenter has been with Minnillo, who formerly hosted MTV’s Total Request Live, for four years now.

But Lachey admitted he hasn’t yet popped the question and said: “I’m sure at some point I will get engaged, but not even I know when that moment will be.”
He also didn’t rule out appearing in a reality show based on his relationship with Minnillo, as he did with ex-wife Jessica Simpson in the reality series Newlyweds.

He said: 'There’s nothing in the works right now. I think it would pose a unique set of challenges. I guess the positive is that I’m actually familiar with those challenges. The negative would be I’m also familiar with those challenges.
“It’s hard to say never to anything. You never know.”
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'Piranha 3D' Producer Strikes Back At James Cameron



Who’s up for some good old-fashioned, bareknuckle producer fisticuffs? After hearing last weekend that James Cameron was not especially pleased with the work Piranha 3D did with its three-dimensional coed-munchers, Movieline checked in today to see if the film’s producers might want to respond. And did they ever.


You might recall Cameron’s comments last week on VF.com, when he told interviewer Mike Ryan:
 

“I tend almost never to throw other films under the bus, but [Piranha 3D] is exactly an example of what we should not be doing in 3D. Because it just cheapens the medium and reminds you of the bad 3D horror films from the 70s and 80s, like Friday the 13th 3D. When movies got to the bottom of the barrel of their creativity and at the last gasp of their financial lifespan, they did a 3D version to get the last few drops of blood out of the turnip.”


This afternoon, a Piranha 3D rep dropped Canton’s nearly 1,400-word reply over the transom at Movieline HQ:

 
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(I can't wait for round 2 because we all know Cameron needs the last word)

Memorable Moments of the 2010 Emmy's

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Jimmy Fallon with guitar

''NBC asking the host of Late Night to come to Los Angeles to host a different show,'' host Jimmy Fallon talk-sang, while strumming his guitar at the top of the show. ''What could possibly go wrong?'' And the camera cut to Conan O'Brien, who gamely grinned.


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(So, whose the better host ONTD: Fallon or NPH?)

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True Blood Hits Another Series High

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It may have lost at the Emmys where it was nominated for best drama series, but airing against the awards show on Sunday, HBO's True Blood hit a new series high, drawing 5.4 million viewers. The vampire drama added another 1.2 million viewers with the 11:30 PM replay. Also on Sunday, HBO's comedies Hung and Entourage averaged 2.5 million and 2.9 million viewers, respectively, with Entourage hitting a season high.

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True Blood's Joe Manganiello Has a Stalker

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TRUE BLOOD rising star JOE MANGANIELLO is quickly learning the downside of fame - he's stepped up his security measures after experiencing his first "stalker" scare.

The actor has catapulted to fame opposite Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer on the hit U.S. vampire series, playing werewolf Alcide Herveaux.

But now he's extra cautious when he's out and about - because fans have started to follow him around.

He tells Usmagazine.com, "I've had to have my car checked for a tracking device - for a stalker. It's been a little interesting. You have to take the good with the bad."

And the actor is trying his best to focus on the good: "It has definitely been an overwhelming amount of support. I just can't believe how much people love my character on the show. And that has just helped me feel great!"

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Josh Groban Announces (sort of) Release Date and New Album Title

Thermal News from Josh Groban on Vimeo.



Singer Josh Groban lets his fans know via vlog that his new album, titled Illuminations, is set for release this November. The date seems to be flexible, but Entertainment Weekly reports it is due out on November 16th, but Groban clarifies that the release date could be anywhere between the week before or week after.

The album title, Illuminations, has only been publicly released to his "fan club," but screw that.

Under the cut: Some new promotion shots from his upcoming album.

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Kick-Ass 2 Officially Greenlit



It was inevitable that Matthew Vaughn's big-screen version of the John Romita Jr. and Mark Millar comic "Kick-Ass" would get the green light for a sequel. Today it's been confirmed apparently by Millar himself on a radio station in the UK who claimed that due to the wonderful DVD sales the sequel is a go.

It's not really a surprise when you think about it. Sure, it didn't perform incredibly well like people thought it would in the box office, but it seemed destined to be one of those comic book flicks that would find it's audience on home video. Since this is all up and running, now it's a matter of the studio bringing back Vaughn and the cast to the new project.

At the moment Matthew Vaughn is in the middle of filming "X-Men: First Class" for 20th Century Fox which acts as a '60s set prequel, out in theaters on June 3rd, 2011. "Kick-Ass" star Aaron Johnson will be appearing next in Sam Taylor-Wood directed film "Nowhere Boy". Chloe Moretz is in the middle of filming her role in Martin Scorsese's "Hugo Cabret" and will be seen in Matt Reeves' "Let Me In" this October 8th.

YAY!! I loved the first one.
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My bb Snafu joins "Breaking Dawn;" I jump out window



While Rami Malek celebrated the Outstanding Miniseries win for The Pacific on Emmy night, the actor revealed that he has joined the cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Malek will play Benjamin, a member of the “Egyptian Coven” who has the ability to control the elements: water, earth, fire, and air. (“Long ago, the four nations lived in harmony…”)

This won’t be the first time Malek has been tapped for his Egyptian heritage: he played the pharoah Ahkmenrah in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Malek will next be seen in Tom Hanks’ Larry Crowne. Breaking Dawn: Part 1 opens on November 18, 2011, while Part 2 drops a year later on November 16, 2012.

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HBIC to return to Mad Men, we all weep rainbow tears of happiness



We asked for it in our photo flashback on the stars of Mad Men, and it looks like our wish may come true: TVguide.com is reporting that Bryan Batt will return to the hit AMC drama as closeted art director Salvatore Romano before the end of the current season.

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FUCK YES I LOVE THIS FABULOUS MAN!! He and Ken. Cosgrove. Accounts! can ~hook up~


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Single greatest film memorabilia lives to see another day


 Fans of movie classic GONE WITH THE WIND have raised over $30,000 (GBP20,000) to preserve the costumes from the film.

More than 600 individuals from 44 states and 13 countries have contributed to the effort to preserve five original costumes that are part of the David O. Selznick film collection at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas.

The outfits, all worn by actress Vivien Leigh, include her character Scarlett O'Hara's burgundy ball gown and wedding dress.

The costumes had been exhibited frequently before they arrived in Austin in the 1980s, and, as a result they were in a fragile condition. At the Ransom Center, the outfits have been kept in humidity and temperature-controlled conditions in acid-free tissue paper.

Film curator Steve Wilson tells WENN, "These generous donations confirm that the film's legions of fans care."

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Ambiguous 'Last Exorcism' Ending Causes Controversy

Though the faux-umentary horror flick "The Last Exorcism" raked in a healthy $21 million this past weekend -- landing it a hair's breadth from winning the weekend box office -- the movie seems to have royally ticked off a lot of viewers.


"Exorcism" got a strong start on Friday, but apparent toxic word of mouth led to a striking 24% drop in ticket sales by Saturday night. According to the market research firm CinemaScore, audience members gave the "The Last Exorcism" a D.


So what was the problem? Perhaps it's the film's jarringly abrupt ending. John Young from EW.com reported that when he saw "Exorcism," the audience was audibly annoyed when the credits rolled, shouting profanities at the screen. So what was it about the ending that ticked off so many people?
 

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"Fantasia For Real" Season 2 Description - VH1 - September 19



Fantasia was out of the game for a while.
Two and a half years to be exact. And the rumor mill was working overtime: foreclosure, diva behavior, dropped by her label, fired by her management, dumped by "The Color Purple." It was an awesome burden to bear, especially for a 24 year old rags to riches success story who was singlehandedly supporting a family of six while struggling to rebuild her career.

But what a difference a year made.

Now Fantasia is back in the game -- for real. Look out world. Fantasia is a Phoenix reborn and a force to be reckoned with. She's releasing her first new album in three years and she's determined not to blow it. As she strives for international stardom she hopes this new musical effort will put her back on top of the charts where she belongs.

Her free-loading family is finally out of the house, but the threat of everyone returning to her nest is always looming. When the last of Teeny's crazy schemes fail and her brother Rico ends up homeless, will they come knocking on her door again?

Fantasia still has her sights set on getting that GED. Will she pass the test or will she go to the back of the class? Tabloid rumors and internet gossip will push the family to question Fantasia's moral compass. When she falls for the wrong man, will she pay the price with her career? And with her estranged father back in her life comes some shocking news that may tear the family apart!

How will Fantasia handle it all? Like she always does. With a bit of grit, a dash of determination and a whole lot of prayer.

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Ryan Gosling Tries To Charm Michelle Williams In EXCLUSIVE 'Blue Valentine' Clip

Ryan Gosling has a hard time getting dates. Or at least that's what movie makers would like us to believe of his characters. For instance, in the seminal Nicholas Sparks flick, "The Notebook," Ryan's Noah Calhoun dangles precariously from a Ferris wheel, risking life and limb, simply to convince Rachel McAdams' Allie Hamilton to accept a date. (We'd never make you go to those lengths, Ryan!) While there are no zipping carnival rides to be found in this exclusive clip from Ryan's upcoming film "Blue Valentine," it does look as though he'll once again have to turn on the Gosling charm to win the girl.



Out December 26, "Blue Valentine" follows married couple Dean (Ryan) and Candy (Michelle Williams) as they attempt to save their marriage by vacationing at a themed hotel. While there, they relive their entire love story. This clip shows where it all began: their first meeting. I don't want to say too much to spoil the scene, so I'll just add that it includes my new favorite pick-up line courtesy of Dean: "I make money—money I can take girls out on dates with. Just so you know." Oh, Ryan, you get us every time!

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Oilers' G Khabibulin ordered jailed for 30 days in DUI case


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Nikolai Khabibulin will spend 30 days in jail for his conviction in a drunken-driving case, an Arizona judge ordered Tuesday. Reports indicate Khabibulin, an Edmonton Oilers goalie, has appealed the sentence.

The sentence handed down by Scottdale, Ariz., judge B. Monte Morgan is the minimum allowed by state law. Khabibulin must also complete an alcohol program and pay fines and surcharges of $1,507.60, the Edmonton Journal reports. That program might be handled through the NHL Players' Association.

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Disney's "Secretariat" poster revealed!



Disney has just unveiled the latest one-sheet for their upcoming Secretariat, hitting theaters on October 8th.

Based on the true story of the 1973 Triple Crown winner, Secretariat stars Diane Lane as Penny Chenery, an unlikely mother and housewife who teams with trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich), forever making history in the world of professional racing.


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Movie Billboards Offer "Help For Virgins" And Cause Nationwide Controversy

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A nationwide billboard campaign asking “Still A Virgin? For Help, Call 888-742-4335” is creating controversy in a growing number of cities. TV news stations in Louisiana, Miami, San Diego, and Arizona have so far covered the brouhaha as local politicians demand the billboards' removal. Turns out those huckleberrys are being duped by a flash marketing campaign to create awareness for The Virginity Hit, the "R"-rated feature comedy from Sony Pictures which is secretly sponsoring the billboards. The movie is about three guys who try to get their virgin pal laid and memorialize it on camera. So what happens if you call the phone number? A recorded message from the movie's cast members gives an array of semi-humorous options for virgins, then offers a link to the film’s website.

Such guerrilla marketing campaigns have been employed to great results on The Last Exorcist, Paranormal Activity, Exit Through the Gift Shop, to create awareness despite tiny promotional budgets and no stars.
But this is a major motion picture from a major studio. It'll be interesting to see what blowback there'll be, if any. Laughing all the way to the bank in anticipation already are Gary Sanchez partners Will Ferrell and Adam McKay and Chris Henchy who produced the film with Principato Young’s Paul Young and Peter Principato. The film will be released in college towns on September 10th, with a wider rollout planned for the subsequent two weekends depending if it catches on.

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Kelly Ripa's looking more ripped than her husband on the beach



TV host Kelly Ripa showed off her rippling muscles at the weekend as she enjoyed a family trip in New York.

The 39-year-old mum of three has a more toned physique than her actor husband Mark Consuelos.

Kelly and her family enjoyed a water filled day on the beaches of The Hamptons and revealed what her daily gym sessions has done for her body.


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Sam Ronson’s Bulldog to Be Put to Sleep?

Sam Ronson’s Bulldog Might Die Because She Attacked A Puppy!

Sam’s doggie, Cadillac, fought with and accidentally killed a Maltese yesterday -– and now Sam might lose her best friend!

Sam Ronson might be hearing some horrible news soon now that her beloved bulldog, Cadillac, attacked and killed another dog –- a Maltese — in LA yesterday. The LA Department of Animal Care and Control investigating the incident, which could mean that Sam might be charged as a criminal and her pooch might be put to sleep. So sad!

“It’s a pending criminal prosecution. The attack was substantial,” Deputy Director Michelle Roache of the Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control told E! News.

Sam, 33, is so upset that she’s even shipped Cadillac to New York to be away from all the drama – but the distance won’t help to save his life.

“It’s all up to the courts whether or not a person is going to lose the right to own the dog, or that the dog be euthanized, or that there’s restrictions against the dog,” Roache says, adding, “They vary from [sentences where] the person can’t own any dogs in the county of Los Angeles, to the court demanding the dog for euthanasia, or a lot of times they have to pay a fine. I haven’t seen people jailed for an incident like this.”

Investigations like this one can take anywhere from three to four months.


FORBES: Hollywood's most profitable actors



In order to create our list we looked at the top 36 earners in Hollywood. To qualify, each actor had to have starred in at least three movies in the past five years that opened in more than 500 theaters. Movies that opened after June 1 of this year are not counted. We did not include animated films because the actors aren't really the draw and they tend to take pay cuts for voice work.

We then used data gathered for our annual Celebrity 100 list to calculate each star's estimated earnings on each film (including upfront pay and any earnings from the movie's box-office receipts, DVD and TV sales). We then looked at each movie's estimated budget (not including marketing costs, which are susceptible to accounting chicanery) and box-office, DVD and television earnings to figure out an operating income for each film.

We added up each star's compensation on his or her last three films and the operating income on those films and divided total operating income by the star's total compensation to come up with each return on investment number. The final number represents an average of how much a studio earns for every dollar paid to the actor.

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So basically, if you're a big enough star to demand a huge salary, it's practically impossible to make the list (with the exception of one pirate). So this list shouldn't be confused with the most bankable actors (because I see no Fresh Prince on this list). Films like Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Transformers, Alice in Wonderland, Marvel superhero movies, etc. have such built-in audiences that some of the actors listed were entirely irrelevant to the success of the film. Eh. Doesn't say much, IMO, other than most of these actors (with the exception of two or three) happened to star in movies that were probably gonna make bank anyways.

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