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With ‘The Choice,’ the Nicholas Sparks Movie Empire Grows Close to Marvel Size

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There’s some obscure (and possibly occult) law that if enough people sob at a movie, their tears will fertilize a new film empire. It’s why James Cameron stopped making regular action movies and started putting out three-hour epics like Titanic and Avatar, all designed around jerking as many tears as possible. This would also explain the alleged reports that Cameron showed up during random screenings of Titanic to dab at people’s tears with a wad of hundreds and chuckle menacingly to himself. Nicholas Sparks did the same thing with The Notebook. He got the requisite number of sobs, and now he’s set for life. Along with this year’s The Best of Me and next year’s The Longest Ride, yet another film based on one of his novels is now in the works. Variety reports Sparks’s novel “The Choice” will be adapted into a feature by Ross Katz, whose »

- Adam Bellotto

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Ross Katz Will Make The Choice

11 hours ago | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

You might think that Marvel are the masters of building movie franchises, but Nicholas Sparks’ romance novels and the industry around them is a rival in terms of output. The latest film to be adapted from one of his stories is The Choice, and Ross Katz has been hired to direct it.Katz, who recently made his second film (this year’s comedy drama Adult Beginners, following Kevin Bacon-starring TV movie Taking Chance), will put aside the various other projects he has in development to focus on the latest output from the Sparks production line.The Choice hit shelves in April 2009 and focuses on Travis Parker, a man who would appear to be living the perfect live. He has a good job, great friends and the ideal living situation in a beautiful waterfront North Carolina home. Where women are concerned, he’s quite content to be the love-‘em-and-leave- »

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The X Factor drops over a million for first Sunday show on ITV

1 September 2014 4:27 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor dropped over a million viewers for its second show on Sunday (August 31), overnight data reveals.

The ITV competition's first Sunday edition of the year dipped from Saturday's 9.03m to 7.55m on average from 8pm, with an audience share of 32.2%. A further 643,000 (2.9%) tuned in on +1.

This is down from last year's first Sunday show ratings of 9.21m. On ITV2, The Xtra Factor entertained 1.02m (4.6%) at 9pm (149k/0.9% on +1).

On BBC One, Nature's Miracle Orphans brought in 3.86m (21.0%) at 7pm, followed by Countryfile with 5.13m (21.8%) at 8pm. The Village continued with 3.78m (17.2%) at 9pm, and Match of the Day 2 scored 2.65m (21.5%) at 10.35pm.

BBC Two's Equator with Simon Reeve interested 1.21m (6.6%) at 7pm, while Dragons' Den appealed to 1.54m (6.5%) at 8pm. Two Amigos: A Gaucho Adventure gathered 1.30m (5.9%) at 9pm, and Him & Her's final series BBC Two premiere amused 511k (2.8%) at 10pm.

On Channel 4, Time Team attracted 832k (3.5%) at 8pm, »

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The Summer of Butts: An exhaustive booty trend timeline

29 August 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Ah, the summer of 2014: It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times. Though mostly, let’s face it, it was the worst. Yet even as horrific violence and heartbreakingly premature deaths and hemorrhagic fevers have marred the past few months, there have also been a few spots of levity. And most are thanks to butts.

True, the humble hiney is no stranger to celebration, especially when it’s warm outside. (You may, however, be shocked to learn that Sisquo’s “Thong Song” was actually released in January.) But this summer went above and beyond, prominently featuring ladies’ posteriors in movies, »

- Hillary Busis

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Kevin Bacon Dreaming of Being in Tremors Reboot

28 August 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Sounds like Kevin Bacon is really wanting to saddle up and reprise his role of Valentine McKee from the 1990 classic Tremors. How do we know this? Well, we heard it straight from the horse's mouth, and now you can too!

During a fan interview on The Huffington Post, Bacon was questioned about the cult favorite hit. His answer was pretty surprising. "I have a real dream right now. I want to reboot [Tremors]," says Bacon of the film which is getting the reboot treatment from Don Michael Paul (Lake Placid: The Final Chapter).

Given his next comments we can only assume that he wants to reprise his role and Not reboot the film as a director or what not. "To see the character 25 years down the line. Seeing what that guy may have become. When I started thinking about this, I hadn't seen the movie in 25 years so I went back and watched it recently. »

- Steve Barton

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Tsr Blog: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and the Gooey Racket of Nostalgia

24 August 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

There’s hardly a more potent neurochemical within the modern entertainment experience than that of nostalgia. It provides sanctity to that which can no longer be changed, the good ol’ franchises becoming even better as they are imbued with more purity and truth; in which we can refine past thoughts to be comparatively warmer to the cynicism we may feel for what we experience, in the present.

Nostalgia is an incredibly active force in contemporary films. In the form of references made in dialogue or through visuals, it is often how fantastical movies are able to buddy buddy their fictional characters with audiences, placing them within our active context. Guardians of the Galaxy deals heavy doses of nostalgia to its audience as its bid to be welcomed, but does so with such desperation that it panders to its original quality as an “offbeat” mainstream experience. Considering the creation of its lead human surrogate, »

- Nick Allen

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Indie Audax Outbids For David Weil Spec ‘Moonfall’

20 August 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Indie film financier-producer Audax has closed a deal for Moonfall, a spec script by David Weil. Audax had company for a film that centers on an FBI agent who travels to a moon colony to investigate its very first death. This marks the third feature film deal for Weil. Warner Bros just bought his “script-ment: for a seven-film franchise based on The Arabian Nights. Weil, who developed that story with his brother Matt Smolinsky, is in preproduction on his 2013 Black List script Half Heard In The Stillness. Anonymous Content bought his first pilot script, Consent.

Related: Warner Bros, 3 Arts Set Script-Ment For 7-Film Arabian Nights Franchise

Audax is run by Andrew and Walter Kortschak, whose films include Cop Car, the Jon Watts-directed pic that stars Kevin Bacon, and the critically acclaimed documentary Print The Legend, which Netflix acquired.

Moonfall marks new territory for Audax and interested us from »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Entertainment Geekly: When did superhero movies get so unsurprising?

15 August 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Lucy is a superhero movie that doesn’t know it’s a superhero movie, so it’s the most interesting superhero movie of the year. Lucy’s “origin story” is a kick to her stomach and a zero-gravity seizure, and in one scene Scarlett Johansson scarfs down a bunch of blue rocks like her life depends on it. (Lucy pays homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey and Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam—at the same time.) Without mythology to reference or fandom to service, Lucy is free to surprise you.

“Surprise” is something comic-book movies used to do. Think of The Dark Knight, »

- Darren Franich

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Critical Mass: Most 'Expendables 3' reviews not in on the joke

15 August 2014 8:58 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

The Expendables franchise still has some muscle, but its biggest challenge moving forward might be finding new recruits that can provide the same charge for fans of 1980s action movies. In the original film, the draw was the Big Three: Sly, Arnold, and Bruce Willis together, blowing things up old-school. This time around, they’re joined by Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, and Kelsey Grammer, among others. (Tom Selleck, limber up.)

But the latest Expendables adventure does have a secret weapon, a scenery-chewing villain who is worth a dirty dozen or more middle-aged action stars: Mel Gibson. “Whatever you might think of Gibson, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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1984 Retrospective: Dune

15 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

1984. The year that even the Olympics went to Hollywood is easily one of the greatest years in film history. 1984 is also the year that this writer was born…well, only just (my birthday is 31st December). This of course means that this is the year that I turn the big 3-0. Whilst having a mini wallow/mid-life breakdown I realised that many iconic movies came out during this year, meaning that they too turn 30. The year saw the likes of The Terminator, Ghostbusters, Splash, The Karate Kid, Police Academy and Gremlins welcomed into the world and our hearts. Having grown-up alongside many of these films I decided to perform an in-depth look into the films that shaped 1984 to see how they are holding up three decades later.

So far in this series we have looked at Gremlins, Ghostbusters, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Police Academy, The Karate Kid and the Kevin Bacon classic Footloose. »

- Kat Smith

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11 August 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »


Directed by: John Michael McDonagh

Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aiden Gillen

Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: August 8, 2014 (Chicago)

Plot: A priest of a small town (Gleeson) has a week to live after being threatened by a random man during confession.

Who’S It For? Those who like dialogue-based films where the energy is in the ideas, and even its editing.


In Christopher Guest’s 1989 satire The Big Picture, Kevin Bacon plays Nick Chapman, nubile filmmaker who dreams of splashing into the world of directing by creating a rapturous black and white tome on life and death a la Ingmar Bergman for his first feature. Cherry-picked right from film school after making a hot short film, he attempts to create this supposed opus before the rest of The Big Picture’s narrative takes hold, in which Bacon loses creative control of his »

- Nick Allen

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10 Terrible Mistakes That Almost Ruined The X-Men Movies For Everyone

11 August 2014 11:01 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


The X-Men movie franchise has had its fair share of ups and downs but, on the whole, it has been a very successful endeavour for Fox.

Starting way back in the year 2000, along with Blade two years prior, it is generally considered to be the reason that the superhero movie genre is so enormously successful today.

The franchise has turned previously little-known actors like Hugh Jackman in to global superstars and boasts a plethora of top class acting talent that includes, or at least has included, the likes of Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Brian Cox, Kevin Bacon, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Peter Dinklage.

There have, however, been some fairly terrible errors and some near-misses that threatened to wreck the X-Men as a movie franchise along the way. Had the notoriously hard-to-please comic book movie audiences not been so surprisingly lenient, the franchise »

- Kev Stewart

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‘Lost’ Alum Zuleikha Robinson Joins ‘The Following’ as Series Regular

8 August 2014 4:33 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

True love is coming Ryan Hardy's (Kevin Bacon) way when Fox's “The Following” returns for Season 3. Zuleikha Robinson boards the bloody drama as Ryan's new girlfriend and a series regular, a show representative told TheWrap. The cast and producers discussed Robinson's role at San Diego Comic-Con. Also read: ‘The Following's’ Natalie Zea to Star on ABC's ‘Members Only’ “He will truly be in a better place in his life,” Bacon said. “He's open to real and lasting relationships. We jump ahead again and we see a man who's a little more at peace.” Robinson plays Ryan's new love Gwen, »

- Jethro Nededog

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Lost Alum Joins The Following Season 3 as the Love of Ryan's Life

8 August 2014 2:29 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

This can’t end well.

Lost actress Zuleikha Robinson, most recently seen in ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, is joining The Following‘s third season as the new girlfriend of Kevin Bacon’s Ryan Hardy, Deadline reports.

Related Fall TV Grid: What’s on When? And Versus What?

Robinson, who will be a series regular on the Fox thriller, will play Gwen, an ER doctor and single mom who is the love of murder-magnet Ryan’s life and his first real chance at a family and true happiness. Their relationship will be seriously challenged by the dark »

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1984 Retrospective: Police Academy

8 August 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

1984. The year that even the Olympics went to Hollywood is easily one of the greatest years in film history. 1984 is also the year that this writer was born…well, only just (my birthday is 31st December). This of course means that this is the year that I turn the big 3-0. Whilst having a mini wallow/mid-life breakdown I realised that many iconic movies came out during this year, meaning that they too turn 30. The year saw the likes of The Terminator, Ghostbusters, Splash, The Karate Kid, Police Academy and Gremlins welcomed into the world and our hearts. Having grown-up alongside many of these films I decided to perform an in-depth look into the films that shaped 1984 to see how they are holding up three decades later.

So far in this series we have looked at Gremlins, Ghostbusters, A Nightmare On Elm Street and the Kevin Bacon classic Footloose. Things »

- Kat Smith

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From the Step Up Franchise to Battle of the Year: 24 Dance Movies, Ranked by Danciness

7 August 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

This post was originally published in September 2013. On Friday, Step Up: All In will gather the dance-minded citizens of this great nation together once again. In honor of this occasion, please join Vulture as we revisit our definitive list of Modern Dance Movies, Ranked by Danciness. We repeat: by danciness (as opposed to, say, objective quality). Musicals do not count, as they are about singing as well as dancing. Cheerleading movies do count, because cheerleaders pretty much just dance. This is about movement, people. Movement, cheesiness, and a really dramatic final dance sequence. 24. Footloose Have you watched this recently? I have. And while that Kevin Bacon barn scene is a classic, this movie is mostly about … preaching. And small-town laws. And a dance ban, which means that people do not dance. This goes against everything I believe. (Plus it’s kind of boring.) 23. Battle of the YearThe »

- Amanda Dobbins

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Following Cast, EPs Vow a Return to Basics in Hardy-centric Season 3

4 August 2014 7:04 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Joe who?

Ok, Ok — The Following isn’t completely forgetting Seasons 1 and 2 villain Joe Carroll — but the Fox thriller’s upcoming third go-around “launches a brand-new story” with Kevin Bacon’s flawed hero at its center, according to creator Kevin Williamson.

The upcoming run of episodes are “going to be very focused on Ryan Hardy, his character and his life,” Williamson told Michael Ausiello during a stop at TVLine’s San Diego Comic-Con interview suite.

Related Following Ep Teases ‘Very Different’ Season 3

“We’re getting back to the roots of the pilot Kevin wrote,” added executive producer Jennifer Johnson, who »

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Kevin Bacon -- Everybody Cut Loose ... He's Singing Footloose

4 August 2014 3:41 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Watch your back Kenny Loggins ... Kevin Bacon performed the "Footloose" theme song on Sunday -- pretty awesomely we might add.Bacon -- who's the subject of a recurring joke in "Guardians of the Galaxy" -- and his brothers were jamming at the Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte, Nc when they busted out an acoustic rendition of the 1984 hit song.Not many people in the audience ... but that didn't stop the Bacon boys from putting on a solid show. »

- TMZ Staff

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Twitter Buzz: Guardians Of The Galaxy

3 August 2014 6:44 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Thank you everyone watching #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy this weekend! We're all so happy that people are loving it.... — chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) August 3, 2014 Hey @JamesGunn Just out of #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy it's nothing short of #Super Imho — Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) August 2, 2014 “@kevinbacon: Hey @JamesGunn Just out of #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy it’s nothing short of #Super Imho” I’m just like Kevin Bacon. — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 2, 2014 I have a new 2nd favorite super hero, Groot! Made me a tree hugger but can't beat Wonder Woman! #guardiansofthegalaxy — Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) August 3, 2014 It's in the elite Best Of class with the 1st Iron Man, Avengers, and Cap II. Groot 4eva. — Joe Hill (@joe_hill) August 1, 2014 Marvel should put Rocket Raccoon in Captain America 3 as extra ammo in the big opening day face off with Batman v Superman. — Eric Goldman (@EricIGN) August 2, 2014 Rocket Raccoon and Groot are going to »

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New Guardians Of The Galaxy Movie Received Mostly Positive Reviews From Major Critics

1 August 2014 1:35 PM, PDT | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios released their new super hero/action film, "Guardians Of The Galaxy," into theaters today, August 1st, and the top movie critics have turned in their reviews. And it seems to have resonated well with most of them, getting an overall 77 score out of a possible 100 across 44 reviews at The film stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Gregg Henry, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. We've posted blurbs from a couple of the critics, below. Elizabeth Weitzman from the New York Daily News, gave it a perfect 100 score! She stated: " To see an expensive, big-studio movie freed from creative constraints and directorial cynicism is always a rare and wondrous experience. In a season of bloated indulgence, it’s also fair to call it a marvel." Michael O'Sullivan over at the Washington Post, »

- Andre

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