Friday, February 20, 2009

Rihanna Beaten

So, news came out this morning that TMZ has obtained a photo taken of Rihanna following the incident with Chris Brown. The photo, which they have published, shows the singer badly bruised.

As a journalist I feel this crosses the line -- hence why there is no photo with this post. But I'd like to know what others think about this. Voice your opinion in the poll to the right.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Kutcher and Katherine together onscreen

Lately, Ashton Kutcher has been one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood with recently signing onto a slew of projects. The latest film is Five Killers for Lionsgate.

In the film, Kutcher plays one half of a couple who think they have found their soulmates and the perfect life. That all changes when they begin to believe their neighbors are assassins hired to kill them.

Soon to be departed Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl just signed on to the film. Helming the film is Heigl's The Ugly Truth director Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde, Monster-in-law). Luketic will be taking a departure from his romantic comedy resume to direct the thriller, which begins shooting next month.

A History of Violence at the multiplexes

What is wrong with America? Going to the movies to see the latest and greatest is one of our favorite past times. Lately, though, if you aren't packing heat you might not make it home.

First there was the case at Benjamin Button (in my hometown no less). Then Notorious ended badly -- for more than just Biggie. Now, a screening of Friday the 13th ended with a costumed man wounded in the hospital.

The movie theater this time turned the screening on Friday into an event, including an appearance by Jason Voorhees himself -- as played by Warrington Gillette, who played the villian in 1981's original sequel.

Well, a woman in the audience thought things were a little too real when Gillette came on stage wielding an axe. The audience member got overzealous and tried to wrestle it away from the hockey masked killer. In the process the actor got wounded by the axe and ended up in the hospital.

Come on, people let's try to play safely when going to the movies. Leave the action onscreen.

Possibly Fake Oscar Winners List Leaked

Okay, so of course the Academy is going to deny that it's the real list. I mean if they say yes this is the real thing who would really tune in to the show -- secret presenters or not. So take the list however way you want, but below find out who the supposed winners are:

Winslet's Ta-Tas are being tucked away for good

Oscar nominee Kate Winslet tells Time magazine that she is done flashing her chest onscreen.

The star of The Reader said, "I think I won't do it again: a) I can't keep getting away with it, and b) I don't want to become 'that actress who always gets her kit off.'"

Beat the Blogger...

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail should take on box office cake with ease, just like all of Perry's have previously. Expect the film to do about $22 million. Last week's number one film Friday the 13th is going to have a big drop off this week so it should settle nicely around $15 million in the number two spot. That will be followed by also rans He's Just Not That Into You, Coraline, and Taken. The other new film Fired Up! should do $5-7 million dollars.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wilson Wants to Know Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon is playing the lead in James L. Brooks' (As Good As It Gets) new romantic comedy. The film, entitled How Do You Know?, puts the actress in the middle of a love triangle between a baseball player and a business executive.

Witherspoon, who has been attached to the project for awhile now, looks to be joined by Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd as her would be suitors.

How Do You Know? is scheduled to lense this summer.

Deja Vu Anyone?

Okay, so I know that the whole Big premise isn't exactly new or anything. But when you have a movie coming out in a few weeks, like 17 Again, why would it be a good idea to make a similar sounding one already?

The newly announced Traded is like the Zac Efron movie meets Freaky Friday. In the film an NFL quarterback switches bodies with a 12-year-old. Along the way they learn valuable lessons, blah blah blah.

Traded will star Ashton Kutcher, per Variety.

Schwarzenegger books an acting gig

Is there any has been actor that Sylvester Stallone hasn't lined up to appear in his new film The Expendables?

The cast already consists of Dolph Lungren, Mickey Rourke (who's new again?), Jet Li, and Jason Statham. Eric Roberts is also replacing Ben Kingsley in the film.

The Governator will be taking a break from helping dig California out of debt to film a daylong cameo in the film. No word on what his cameo will consist of other than his character will have history with the one played by Stallone, according to AICN.

Filming is scheduled to begin later this month. The plot follows a group of mercenaries who go to South America to overthrow a dictator.

Hudgens going to be Dead@17?

High School Musical star Vannesa Hudgens is being courted to star in the film adaptation of Dead@17, based on the comic series.

The four part miniseries, created by Josh Howard, is about a girl who dies at 17 only to be resurrected to fight evil monsters.

Howard tells Comics on Comics that Mike Dougherty (who wrote X2, Superman Returns) is working on the script. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing.

Hammertime again...

A&E is further moving into the trash TV spectrum with the announcement that MC Hammer is getting a reality show based on his life.

J.D. Roth (yes, the former host of game show Funhouse) is the executive producer and describes the show as "similar to an unscripted version of the Huxtable family from “The Cosby Show.” Here’s a dad with five kids, married to the same woman for more than 23 years, living in the same place where he grew up and going to church every Sunday."

The network has agreed to an 11-episode tryout. Hammer's show will of course be known as ... wait for it ... Hammertime.

Most random bandmates ever

I don't know how they met, but Taylor Hanson, James Iha (guitarist of Smashing Pumpkins), Adam Schlesinger (bassist of Fountains of Wayne) and Bun E. Carlos (drummer for Cheap Trick) have joined forces to create "supergroup" Tinted Windows.

The band, which according to, has been together for a couple of years have been keeping a low profile. That is all going to change once they play their inaugural show at SXSW next month.

Following the performance the guys will be releasing their debut album in the Spring.

Can anyone tell me how the quartet met and got together? Inquiring minds want to know.

Kevin Connelly Gets All the Hot Chicks -- Seriously

Okay, so first he got Emmanuelle Chriqui as Sloan and now he is getting my current crush, Alexis Dziena. With this knowledge, Kevin Connelly is one damn lucky guy for having scored his role of E on Entourage.

The Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist co-star will be joining the hit HBO show on a recurring basis, according to EW's Michael Ausiello.

Her role with be that of a non-Hollywood girl, who seems to good to be true -- especially considering that she is going for Eric. But hey, weirder things have happened right? I mean The King of Queens was on for how many years with Leah Remini married to Kevin James.

If nothing else, at least with Dziena on the show I will start watching again which hasn't happened in like 3 years.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Britney Spears is hard at work on her video for the controversial single "If You Seek Amy." With each piece of behind the scenes footage that comes out, I am more and more confused as to what is going on. Below is a video from of her dancers showing some of the moves on display in the video:

The above photos are all behind-the-scenes looks from the set. The first is also courtesy of The video is being described as "provocative" despite the appearances from the above photos.

2/3 of the Three Night Wolverine Promos

Below are promos that Fox aired to promote the upcoming X-men Origins: Wolverine film.

XMO Wolverine Spot #2 from sam c on Vimeo.

Enjoy. The third part aired tonight during American Idol

Giamatti down with being the Penguin; hasn't Batman movies

Despite admitting that he hasn't kept up with the Batman franchise, actor Paul Giamatti has commented on rumors that he is in the running for the role of the villianous Penguin.

The role that was last played by Danny DeVito in Batman Returns, has had Giamatti's name surrounding it and the actor is hopeful the whispers are true. "That would be fantastic. I'd love to do that," Giamatti said to MTV News.

The Big Fat Liar star admits that he is most familiar with the interpretation done by Burgess Meredith. "You know, I'm still stuck back in the Batman TV show days. That's what I grew up watching, so I never followed the more current stuff. But the Penguin would be great to do."

Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is someone who is knows how to campaign for a role.

Gossip Girl Bites of Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway should be either really flattered (if she's a fan of the show) or ready to bitch slap the writers (if she hates it) of Gossip Girl. The reason? GG is doing a take on her very public relationship with Raffaello Follieri -- the man convicted of fraud, money laundering and pretending to know the Pope.

In the season ending story, Serena (Blake Lively) will get into a love triangle with a European socialite named Gabriel. The role is being played by Armie Hammer, who was previously in the running to be apart of Warner Bros. defunct Justice League film.

According to Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello the storyline is going to go much darker than the real life counterpart and it will also be the catalyst to bring back everyone's favorite bad girl Georgina (played by Michelle Trachtenberg).

Salacious I tell you...

p.s. how hot is the cast on the cover of that mag?? (sorry)

Madonna Wants Some Twilight Action

Okay, the joke about everyone being rumored to be involved in New Moon is appearing more and more true.

The latest rumor: Madonna wants to be involved with the Twilight sequel. The rumor states that her manager Guy Oseary is producing so she has a clear way into the mix.

There is no word on how the Maternal Girl would be involved -- whether it is through an actual role in the film or just contributing to the soundtrack.

Let's hope that she doesn't campaign for the role of Heidi, like someone else.

In other Twilight news, Robert Pattinson has been named as a presenter at the Oscars this year. It's surprising he was announced since the academy has said they were planning to keep the presenters a secret -- even going as far as having them not walk the red carpet.

NIN Going Six Feet Under?

On Nine Inch Nails' website, , Trent Reznor writes that it might be time to take a break.

On the website, Reznor writes, "In NIN world, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of our first releases. I've been thinking for some time now it's time to make NIN disappear for a while. Last year's "Lights in the Sky" tour was something I'm quite proud of and seems like the culmination of what I could pull off in terms of an elaborate production. It was also quite difficult to pull off technically and physically night after night and left us all a bit dazed. After some thought, we decided to book a last run of shows across the globe this year. The approach to these shows is quite different from last year - much more raw, spontaneous and less scripted. Fun for us and a different way for you to see us and wave goodbye."

It'll be hard to imagine nin being gone for good. Maybe this will be just a temporary haitus instead of one forever.

Paris Raps...And an Angel Loses its Wings

Check out Paris Hilton and Snoop in a rap battle. This is definitely putting an end to any music career the heiress may have wanted.

Monday, February 16, 2009

U2 replaces Paul on Letterman

Irish rockers U2 are going to be taking up a mini residency at The Late Show with David Letterman for a weeklong stay. For the week of March 2, U2 will be the musical guest each night.

Hopefully they will provide a more rockin' performance than that on the Grammys. Just sayin'.

Dirty Dancing the Stage Show?

Am I the only person who didn't know Dirty Dancing was turned into a musical and has been playing in both Canada and London? Hopefully not.

Anyhow, news has come out the Canadian production is closing after 850 performances. The London production has been playing to strong sales since 2006. The following year, the Canadian production began and producers say began to turn a profit this past December.

The show is expected to move to Broadway in the Fall.

While I've never been a fan of the movie (even I have a limit as to how girly my film viewing can go), but there are plenty of people I know who will probably be all about seeing the musical adaptation.

But I declare a boycott if there is no watermelon dancing onstage... and maybe Jennifer Grey can get some work, or publicity from the upcoming opening.

Is Emily Blunt leaving Iron Man 2?

Talk is turning that actress Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) might be bowing out of appearing in the upcoming sequel to last year's megahit, Iron Man. Scheduling conflicts are the reasons being given.

While Blunt and her handlers are trying to work out her schedule to appear in both Iron Man 2 and Gulliver's Travels.

Despite their being no official withdrawal from the project, Marvel Studios is already talking to a possible replacement. So who would take over the role of Natasha Romanoff a.k.a The Black Widow?

None other than Scarlett Johansson is the actress in talks to step into the role should Blunt bow out, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Superman reboot...again

Almost everyone seemed to have problems with Bryan Singer's 2006 Superman Returns, which was supposed to make Superman cool again. Instead we got Brandon Routh doing his best Christopher Reeve impression, an answer to the Super-sperm theory, and a campy Kevin Spacey/Parker Posey duo.

For the last three years talk has been going back and forth how to proceed with the next film. Well, it appears Warner Bros. is looking to do another reboot with the Wachowski Brothers in the director's chair.

While hopefully this might make a Superman movie that we can be tolerated, it's unfortunate because they will probably start with a fresh slate. This means everyone will probably be cut, even Routh who (in my opinion) was too harshly criticized in the role because he wasn't able to do anything in role other than a tribute.

Could Lipstick Jungle Be Alive??

NBC is in a unique position next season, with Jay Leno moving to 10 p.m. that is going to cut a good chunk out of their programming schedules. So a number of on the bubble shows might have to find new homes.

Among those shows is the struggling Lipstick Jungle.

, which wrapped up its second season at the beginning of the year, has been bounced around the schedule multiple times throughout the year it was on NBC. When word came that it was being pulled fan reaction was able to keep it on longer and that fan support may keep it alive.

Earlier this month, Lindsay Price told E! Online's reporters that the plan is to move it to another NBC Universal owned network. The deal is being compared to that of Friday Night Lights this season. About the status of the deal, Price said, "Bravo or Lifetime...That's what they're saying..."

Dollhouse Opens to Mediocre Numbers

Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) had one of the most anticipated new shows when Dollhouse was announced last year. But the news since then has only gotten bleaker for the ambitious show. First it slated for a midseason premiere -- instead of opening at the beginning of the season -- and then news came that Fox was putting it on Friday night.

The premiere, which was this past Friday, drew 4.7 million viewers. For a Friday show, that isn't horrible -- but considering most shows fall from their premieres it's not exactly the best news. The possibly cancelled Lipstick Jungle was averages 3+ million on Friday night.

The Week in Review

A look at what I've been watching, listening to and enjoying over the past 7 days. Share what you've been doing in the comments section or if there are things that I missed and shouldn't have..

The Grammys were kind of ho-hum and with Gossip Girl a repeat this week some of the joy from television was missing. The Big Bang Theory had a hilarious outing with Christine Baranski guesting as Leonard's therapist mother. In series premiere news, Dollhouse started on Friday and the show didn't necessarily leave me wanting more. Perhaps one more episode to give it a second chance.

Friday the 13th was just alright (despite cleaning up at the box office).

While I plan to check out some of the winners from the Grammy Awards, my week was a little crazy. Coming to Terms by Carolina Liar is an album that has been flying under the radar, despite the band's music appearing in television shows and films throughout the last year. Finally listening to it this week makes me understand why it's keeps chugging along. Check out their myspace page to sample their music.

Stewart Runs Aways with Joan Jett biopic

Rocker Joan Jett is more than happy with the selection of Twilight actress Kristen Stewart to play her in a new biopic. The new film, entitled The Runaways, follows the band that Jett was apart of in the 70s.

About the Stewart, the singer said, "When her hair is cut and with the right make-up, Kristen should make a good me."

The actress even impressed the music legend when the pair got together to play. "She has the passion for it, which you can't really be taught."

The Runaways is scheduled for release next year.

Beat the Blogger Results

Talk about over/under. Friday the 13th debuted much higher than expected with a record setting $42 million dollars between Friday and Sunday. The film only cost $16 million to produce, which was recouped by the end of business Friday.

Coming in at number 2 is He's Just Not That Into You with just under $20 million dollars. Coming in third place was the extremely durable Taken. Debuting in fourth, under the expectations I gave, was Confessions of a Shopaholic at $15 million. That was barely ahead of last weekend's Coraline.

The International
debuted in seventh place with an expected $10 million.