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Jennifer Hudson Turned Down Role of Precious In Lee Daniels' Oscar Winner

26 December 2011 8:30 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Casting .what if. stories fascinate me. What would Back to the Future have looked like with Eric Stoltz in for Michael J. Fox? Could Dougray Scott have done a better job as Wolverine than Hugh Jackman? And my favorite . Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones! But here.s one I haven.t heard before, and it raises several questions: Did you know that American Idol contestant and eventual Oscar nominee Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) was offered the lead role in Lee Daniels. Precious, but turned it down? The singer-actress reveals that poor career choice in her latest book, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down (according to Uptown Magazine). At the time, Hudson was coming off the grueling Dreamgirls press circuit, which traditionally accompanies an Oscar run, and was told by the Precious director that she.d have to pack on additional pounds to play »

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Fan Made: Stop-Motion Animated Opening Scene to Raiders Of The Lost Ark

18 December 2011 5:16 PM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

This is a shot for shot remake of the amazing first six minutes the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark! There may not be better opening sequence in an action movie ever. Fun fact: Harrison Ford's role of Indiana Jones was offered to Tom Selleck of Magnum P.I. fame, but he wasn't able to take the part because of contractual obligations to his television show. »

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Watch Early Makeup Test for Green Goblin in Sam Raimi’s Spider-man

16 December 2011 12:48 PM, PST | | See recent news »

One of my favorite facets of moviemaking is hearing stories of the “could have been’s” and “almost’s”; like Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones or Stuart Townsend in The Lord of the Rings. Today we’ve got a pretty cool “could have been” by way of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. The movie was a ginormous hit when it opened in 2002, landing the highest grossing opening weekend of all-time ($114 million seems almost quaint now). Willem Dafoe’s portrayal of the Green Goblin was central to the movie working as a whole, and an early test for how Raimi planned to portray the classic villain has now come to light. It’s loads different than the final version, relying more heavily on makeup and prosthetics. It doesn't entirely fit in with the Spider-Man universe Raimi created over his three entries in the franchise, but it sure is neat. Hit the jump to see for yourself. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Quigley Down Under Blu-ray Review

15 December 2011 11:04 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Movie Pool grows out a brostache for the Tom Selleck western Quigley Down Under on Blu-ray!

Blu-ray Specs

Release date: November 1, 2011

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Audio: English 2.0 Surround DTS-hd Master Audio, Spanish Mono, French Dolby Surround

Subtitles: English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish, French

Special Features: "Rebirth of the Western" documentary, TV spots, Theatrical trailer

The Set-up

Legendary sharpshooter Matthew Quigley travels to Australia, only to find his potential employer is an Outback rancher planning to exterminate the Aborigines living near his land. Rather than join him, Quigley joins the natives in a fight for survival.

Directed by: Simon Wincer

The Delivery

This very underrated 1990 movie starring Tom Selleck was not a commercial success, but it is an entertaining flick that will hopefully gain new fans with its first-ever Blu-ray release. Set against the gorgeous Australian Outback, Selleck plays Old West sharpshooter »

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DVD Playhouse December 2011

11 December 2011 5:07 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—December 2011

By Allen Gardner

The Rules Of The Game (Criterion) Jean Renoir’s classic from 1939 was met with a riot at its premiere and was severely cut by its distributor, available only in truncated form for two decades until it was restored to the grandeur for which it is celebrated today. A biting comedy of manners set in the upstairs and downstairs of a French country estate, the film bitterly vivisects the bourgeoisie with a gentle ferocity that will tickle the laughter in your throat. Renoir co-stars as Octave. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Introduction to the film by Renoir; Commentary written by scholar Alexander Sesonske and read by Peter Bogdanovich; Comparison of the film’s two endings; Selected scene analysis by Renoir scholar Chris Faulkner; Featurettes and vintage film clips; Part one of David Thomson’s “Jean Renoir” BBC documentary; Video essay; Interviews with Renoir, crew members, »

- The Hollywood

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Alternate-history Spielberg: Who Almost starred in his most famous movies?

8 December 2011 10:53 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Behind every movie you love, there is a story about how it almost became something entirely different.

In Steven Spielberg’s recent EW Interview, he revealed plot changes and alternate casting that might have made some classic movies virtually unrecognizable. Everyone knows Tom Selleck was his first choice to play Indiana Jones, though Selleck couldn’t get released from his Magnum P.I. contract to film it.

There are many more lesser-known stories about similar switches. Click through to see how E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Hook, and even Jaws might look in an alternate Spielbergian universe…

1941: In the late ‘70s, »

- Anthony Breznican

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Gay Girl’s Goggles: "New Girl" SnapCap (1.08) – "Bad in Bed"

7 December 2011 8:17 AM, PST | | See recent news »

When New Girl premiered I spent about twenty hours shaking my fist at Fox shouting about, "This better not morph into some kind of misogynistic 'boys fix the girl' thing, I swear to Sappho!" And even though it looked like the show was leaning that way in the early days, it righted itself after a few episodes. Last night, the writers veered dangerously close to those waters when Jess begged her roomies to give her a 15-minute crash-course in good sex — but the payoff of Jess' sexual insecurity was the funniest, sweetest episode yet.

Afterellen Bait

There wasn't anything specifically lezzy bait-y about "Bad in Bed," but I kind of think it's a universal human experience to freak out on occasion about all the things you don't know about having sex. I mean, if you peruse the forums for thirty seconds, you'll find at least a dozen threads where women are going, »

- Heather Hogan

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Tom Selleck's Daughter -- World Class Horse Jumper

5 December 2011 3:05 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Tom Selleck's 22-year-old daughter Hannah Selleck has serious horse sense -- representing the USA at an international equestrian competition in Paris this weekend, alongside the best riders in the world.She didn't take home a top prize at the Gucci Masters -- but she still did pretty damn well for herself ... placing in several events.Who knew? Read more »

- TMZ Staff

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Steven Spielberg: 'Wasn't Sure' About the End of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

1 December 2011 4:10 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News

Die-hard fans of Indiana Jones claim to know everything about the series -- even the stuff that happened off-camera. Trivia buffs probably know that Tom Selleck almost took the part before a 'Magnum P.I.' scheduling conflict got in the way; that the 10-second fight scene with the swordsman was motivated by Harrison Ford's real-life bout with dysentery; that 'Temple of Doom' is one of the main reasons Hollywood came up with the PG-13 rating; and that Sean Connery was cast in 'Last Crusade' as inside joke on the idea that James Bond was Indiana Jones' father. However! Here's a new piece of trivia that you may not know: remember the creepy, face-melting contents of the Ark of the Covenant in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'? Steven Spielberg didn't actually know what they were going to be when he shot the movie. »

- Moviefone Staff

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CBS's 'Blue Bloods' tops Friday night of reruns

26 November 2011 9:37 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

CBS's Blue Bloods commanded the biggest audience of Friday night, preliminary figures indicate. Starring Tom Selleck and Will Estes, a repeat of the police procedural attracted 6.5m (1.0) in the 10pm hour, prior to which the Tiffany Network's screenings of Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas (8pm),Elf On The Shelf (8.30pm) and CSI could only manage 3.7m (0.8), 4.3m (1.0) and 5.5m (0.9). Shrek the Third appealed to 4.3m (more) »

- By Paul Millar

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'Mummy's still looking after me'

25 November 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

When Gillian Lynne was 13, her mother was killed in a car crash. Remarkably, she turned a terrible loss into the catalyst for a hugely successful career in theatre, film and TV– and it was all inspired by her mother

Gillian Lynne's childhood ended when she was 13, on what should have been a carefree summer's day. She had spent it playing with four friends in a garden in Kent; the children were together because their parents, a group of four couples, had gone away together for the weekend, and the grandparents of two of the children were looking after all five. "We were up a tree, having a wonderful time," recalls Gillian, "when we saw our friends' grandparents walking across the grass towards us. That seemed odd, because they didn't usually come out into the garden like that. And then I noticed how strange they looked; and then they asked us all to come inside, »

- Joanna Moorhead

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Jason Segel on casting Walter the Muppet: 'My first choice was Michael Cera'

22 November 2011 10:09 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Walter, the pint-sized star of "The Muppets," made his late-night talk show debut Monday (Nov. 21) on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," where he learned that show business can be a rough game.

Walter and "Muppets" human star/co-writer Jason Segel were talking about how Segel cast Walter in the role, with both of them noting that it seemed like he was made for the part. But then Fallon asked Segel if Walter was his first choice for the role, and the young Muppet learned one of the lessons of the biz.

"Walter was close to my first choice," Segel says. "My first choice was Michael Cera. ... This wasn't originally a Muppet movie." (Segel is perhaps referring to the creation of Walter's character as detailed near the end of this New York Times story.)

It's Ok, though, Walter: Tom Selleck was almost Indiana Jones, and both he and the movies turned out just fine. »


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Nip Slips & Blood Slurpies: My Take on 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1'

18 November 2011 8:00 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

I'd like to amend two things I wrote in Wednesday's Dude's Guide To" Twilight."

First, I told men who are new to "Twilight" not to expect any blood and gore in "Breaking Dawn." Well, I was wrong. There is enough blood and gore during Bella's birth scene to satisfy any "Saw" fan. Drinking blood out of a Styrofoam cup through a straw? Check. Slicing (and biting) the fetus out of Bella's abdomen? Check. Newborn Renesmee covered in blood like some tiny version of "Carrie"? Check. I saw multiple people around me trying to watch through their fingers.

Second, I also told guys that there wouldn't be any Kristen Stewart nudity. Well ... I may have been wrong. Not to spoil anything for you, but director Bill Condon obviously listened to the thousands of Stephenie Meyer readers who were disappointed by the lack of Bella and Edward's honeymoon-sex description after three long books of waiting. »

- Ryan McKee

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Joe Schmoe and his Hot Wife Betty: A Sitcom Trope Investigated

17 November 2011 10:37 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

One of the most commonly accepted clichés of American television is the family sitcom with the schlubby husband and gorgeous wife. It’s so pervasive that a quick Google search brings up this entry on the topic from, which features 3,700+ words devoted to live action TV examples alone. Most TV fans look down on this conceit and series that use it, and yes, this sitcom stereotype has a basis in truth, but when did the trend start, and just how common is it? More interestingly, is there a connection between this aspect of a show and its quality or cultural significance? Here are 12 of the best and most influential American network sitcoms, along with a look at how each series plays into, subverts, or ignores the regular Joe/hot wife cliché.


I Love Lucy



I Love Lucy centers on main couple Lucy and Ricky (Lucille Ball »

- Kate Kulzick

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'Indiana Jones' Documentary 'Raiding The Lost Ark' Puts First 17 Minutes Online

17 November 2011 10:17 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

There are some classic geek movies that we just can't get enough of. "Back to the Future." "Jurassic Park." The original "Star Wars." And, of course, the "Indiana Jones" films. So when Jamie Benning announced that he would be tackling Steven Spielberg's classic "Radiers of the Lost Ark" for his latest filmumentary -- a documentary set against the backdrop of the actual movie it's discussing -- we were absolutely thrilled.

Benning has uploaded the first 17 minutes of "Raiding The Lost Ark" to Vimeo (via Wired) to give fans a taste of what's in store. He has spliced a number of interviews previously conducted with Spielberg, George Lucas, Alfred Molina and many of the production staff in with the footage from the movie to give a sort of walking commentary of the flick. In addition, he has added some behind-the-scenes shots like Spielberg trying to find the right mountain for »

- Terri Schwartz

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Movember Mustache Movie Madness: Stellar Science-Fiction 'Staches

16 November 2011 8:46 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

by Jim Gibbons

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, they may not have had Movember—the men's health charity event where blokes grow mustaches to raise funds for the Livestrong and Prostate Cancer Foundations—but they certainly had facial hair. And where razors are needed, there are brave and bold gentlemen willing to take their whiskers where few dapper, masculine men have gone before.

From the far-flung future to the other side of the universe, here are some of sci-fi's finest mustaches.

Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian in the original Star Wars trilogy

You can't have a list of great sci-fi 'staches without lauding the luscious upper lip hair of the smoothest guy in the Star Wars galaxy! Lando Calrissian—a gambler turned administrator turned military general—was one of the greatest heroes the Rebel Alliance had in the fight against the Galactic Empire. A notorious ladies' man as well, »

- MTV Movies Team

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Blue Bloods Review: On the Hunt

12 November 2011 3:27 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

The "Lonely Hearts Club" sent Jackie into harms way as she hunted down a serial killer taking out pretty, brunette prostitutes.

Jackie's got a plan. Since they've got no leads and she bears a striking resemblance to the victims, Jackie went undercover to lure out the killer. The surprising part was Danny's visceral reaction to stop her because, if the roles were reversed, you knew Danny would have had the same plan.

Even Linda called out her husband for being overprotective and pointed out that it seemed easier for him to watch his little brother go undercover than his female partner. Was it simply a male reaction or a fear of losing his partner? Danny explained that he'd lost more than one partner. How and how many? Why was Danny's luck so bad? I hope they delve back into this at some point because I'm curious.

It seemed odd that »

- (C. Orlando)

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Celebrity Staches -- Yay or Nay?!

12 November 2011 12:15 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

From Og mustache kings like Tom Selleck & Burt Reynolds to wannabe scruffy hipsters like James Franco , the '70s porn stache craze has taken over Hollywood. Check out to see who looks good with facial bush and who should get an upper lip Brazilian. Read more »

- TMZ Staff

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Top 10 Mustaches On TV – Movember Special

11 November 2011 6:04 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

This month is Movember. Not November, but Movember. The month when blokes grow some outstanding facial hair to raise awareness and a few quid for men’s health charities. The key messages of Movember are such things as check your nuts for lumps. I am myself growing my Mo and raising some dough for a good cause so have a read of my top 10 moustaches on TV and whether you agree or not please give generously to charity by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

10. Garth Knight (David Hasselhoff) – Knight Rider

In at number 10 is the terrible tash sported by Garthe Knight off of Knight Rider. It’s complicated as to how and why Garthe Knight came about, but the jist is that the guy who ran the team that created Michael Knight had an estranged son who became a villain. Michael Knight’s face was reconstructed »

- D.J. Haza

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Tom Selleck Hates Magnum P.I. Poster

24 October 2011 3:31 PM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Actor Tom Selleck is haunted by a Magnum, P.I. poster he still wishes he hadn't agreed to be photographed for - because it's the one fans seem to want signed more than any other. The ageing hunk admits he was reluctant to pose for the Hawaiian hammock-themed shoot but signed on to be "a nice guy". And he's regretted his decision ever since. He explains, "They put me in a hammock between two palm trees and I had on a purple Hawaiian shirt... and they gave me one of those pineapples that are cut off with a big straw and an umbrella. "I said, 'I don't wanna do this', and they said, 'Oh, come on, just be a good sport'. "Now, everywhere I go, that poster comes up or that picture comes up and I have to sign it." © WENN »

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