Robbie Deans: Friend Or Foe To Australian Rugby?

Robbie Deans, coach of the Australian Wallabies for five years, and man that supposedly led to the downfall of Australian Rugby. This article is going to analyse whether Robbie Deans really flushed our Wallaby side down the drain, or whether he was just the victim of media backlash and under-education.

Robbie Dean’s coaching career began in 1997 with the Canterbury Club in New Zealand. A former player himself- Deans had a deep understanding about the ins and outs of Rugby and how that could be best translated toward a team that would win.

His mentality for the game and the team must have been enough because he was upgraded to coach of the Crusaders and Assistant Coach for the All Blacks themselves. This promotion showed the rugby world that Deans was a force to be reckoned with. During Dean’s time as assistant coach (from 2000-2003) the team themselves played a total of 37 games.
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James Bond at the Oscars: The Long, Shared History Behind the Academy's Tribute to 007

It's not clear yet what form the Oscars' tribute to the James Bond franchise will take. On Friday, the Academy announced it had booked Shirley Bassey for her first-ever Oscar show appearance, so at the very least, we're likely get to hear her belt out one or more of the three Bond movie theme songs she recorded ("Moonraker," "Diamonds Are Forever" and of course, "Goldfinger"). We also know Adele will be on hand to sing her currently nominated theme to "Skyfall." Beyond that, Oscar host Seth MacFarlane has made a promo clip where he plays a bartender who makes fun of James Bond (Pierce Brosnan, in an archival clip) for the distinctive way he orders his martini. Otherwise, there are few clues as to what shape the tribute will take, though there is a rumor that all six men who've played 007 -- Daniel Craig, Brosnan, Timothy Dalton, Roger Moore, George Lazenby
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Congrats to 'Umbrella,' Indiewire's Project of the Week!

Thanks to your votes, the drama "Umbrella" won this weekend’s Project of the Week contest! Congratulations to "Umbrella" directors John Mitchell and Christina Zeidler. The filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and the film is now officially a candidate for Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a consultation from the Tribeca Film Institute. Here's what the project's about: We have all had to deal with forgiveness in our life. But what if you were a witness to a woman being attacked, and despite your best efforts in helping her, wound up having your leg amputated as a direct result of the melee? How about learning from the police that the woman you attempted to save was raped? How could you live with yourself? What if your wife, unable to cope with the stress and pressure of the marriage, decided to take another man into your bedroom?
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Spend an Evening with Syfy's Being Human at The Paley Center on January 8th; First Shows Announced for PaleyFest 2013

The Paley Center for Media puts on PaleyFest every spring, and we have early info on what to expect in 2013 along with details of the Center's Evening with Syfy’s "Being Human" on January 8th.

As for PaleyFest 2013, it runs Friday, March 1st-Friday, March 15th at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. The first five shows announced are: "American Horror Story: Asylum," "Revolution," "Once Upon a Time," "The New Normal," and "The Newsroom." It also includes the first PaleyFest Icon Award, which will be given to Ryan Murphy ("Glee," "American Horror Story") at a gala on February 27th.

The full lineup will be announced on Wednesday, January 9th, and in the meantime you can keep tabs on things by following The Paley Center on Twitter. Already sure you want to attend? Then click here for a Showrunner Pass, which includes all 15 events with front-row seating, entry to the Icon Award celebration,
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Congrats to 'Portrait of a Serial Monogamist,' Indiewire's Project of the Week!

Thanks to your votes, the lesbian romantic comedy "Portrait of a Serial Monogamist" won this weekend’s Project of the Week contest! Congratulations to "Portrait of a Serial Monogamist" directors John Mitchell and Christina Zeidler. The filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and the film is now officially a candidate for Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a consultation from the Sundance Institute.s Here's what the project's about: Elsie Neufeld seems to have it all: a successful career as a television producer, a tight-knit circle of friends, and Robyn, her loving girlfriend and longest relationship to date. When Elsie breaks it off to pursue a younger woman, things begin to unravel. Her friends think she has a problem, her family thinks she’s making a mistake and Elsie’s new love interest might not be interested in a relationship. Worst of...
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2012 Presidential Debates: Oliver Stone 'surprised by the level of intelligence' after George W. Bush

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Academy-Award winning director Oliver Stone, an avid historian, whose latest goal is, "to generate a national conversation" with his upcoming Showtime documentary series, "The Untold History of the United States" is following every step of the presidential race, he tells Zap2it.

"Both parties made it clear they will enforce the old rules of the empire," Stone says.

After watching the first debates between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Stone -- who directed "W" the 2008 biopic of President George W. Bush starring Josh Brolin -- says, "I was surprised by the level of intelligence of both because I had become so accustomed to Bush."

Stone, never one to shy away from a controversy, takes a contrary view in the documentaries, which he made with Peter Kuznick, a history professor at American University.

"There is no one talking about what we are talking about," Stone says. "Maybe Dennis Kucinich, but the media is not listening.
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Paley Center For Media Sets Dates, Lineup For ‘Paleyfest: Fall TV Preview Parties’

PaleyFest: Fall TV Preview Parties will be presented September 5-11 at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The center, along with TV Guide Magazine, will host the following series and networks: NBC: The New Normal, Go On, Revolution, Animal Practice, Chicago Fire and Guys with Kids; CBS: Partners, Elementary, Vegas and Made In Jersey; the CW: Arrow, Emily Owens, M.D., and Beauty And The Beast; Fox: Ben and Kate, The Mindy Project, The Mob Doctor, New Girl and Raising Hope; ABC: Scandal, Malibu Country, The Neighbors and Nashville. See details below: What: The 2012 PaleyFest: Fall TV Preview Parties, is the Paley Center’s annual celebration of the fall television season featuring a week-long series of free preview parties with each night devoted to a single broadcast network. The events will include an interactive Q&A session with several members from the cast and creative team of participating shows,
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Celine Dion Responds To Kate Winslet's 'Titanic' Slam

'If she feels tired just hearing it, I'm glad she was not the one singing it,' Dion jokes of 'My Heart Will Go On.'

By John Mitchell

Celine Dion arrives at the "Today" show on Monday

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Celine Dion has finally responded to Kate Winslet's statement that "My Heart Will Go On," the theme song to Winslet's career-launching film "Titanic," makes her sick.

On the "Today" show on Monday, Dion took the criticism in stride — though the look on her face when the topic came up suggested she was maybe a little disappointed in Winslet's slight on the song — and even admitted to some empathy for the Oscar-winning actress, who told MTV News in March that the song still follows her wherever she goes.

"If I just count how many times I've sung it, maybe it'll get me sick," Dion joked to "Today" correspondent Savannah Guthrie.
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Mark Wahlberg Felt 'Forgiving' Toward Mila Kunis Movie Awards Heckler

'Some random heckler in the crowd said something vulgar to Mila, so that's why I got a little upset,' 'Ted' star tells MTV News backstage.

By John Mitchell, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg present at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards

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The 2012 MTV Movie Awards got off to an unexpected start when "Ted" co-stars Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg took the stage to present the night's first award, Best On-Screen Dirtbag.

"Throughout history, dirtbags have succeeded at rising to the top of their industry," Kunis started before being unexpectedly interrupted by a man in the audience. What he yelled was largely inaudible, however, the interference shocked the Golden Globe-nominated "Black Swan" starlet.

"Really?" she asked, clearly annoyed at having been interrupted.

That's when Wahlberg, never a man to be messed with, stepped in. "Excuse me," he said. Unsure what the man had yelled,
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Christian Bale Gets Emotional Seeing Heath Ledger In 'Dark Knight' Montage

Actor chokes up after seeing late 'Dark Knight' co-star Ledger in clip at 2012 MTV Movie Awards.

By John Mitchell

Christian Bale onstage at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards

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The cast of "The Dark Knight Rises" took the stage at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards to introduce an exclusive clip from the hotly anticipated summer blockbuster, but things took an unexpectedly emotional turn following a montage of director Christopher Nolan's first two "Batman" films, which included scenes of the late Heath Ledger's iconic performance as the Joker in "The Dark Knight."

At the clip's conclusion, Christian Bale, flanked by his co-stars Gary Oldman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, stepped up to the mic and said, "Wow, great to remember Heath at that moment. Wonderful to see Heath Ledger there."

The Oscar-winning actor then lowered his head and appeared to get choked up as the audience applauded for Ledger, who
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'Hunger Games' Claims Best Fight At MTV Movie Awards

Katniss and Peeta's battle against the cruel and cunning Cato beats out 'Harry Potter' and more in Sunday night's most violent category.

By Josh Wigler and John Mitchell

Alexander Ludwig and Josh Hutcherson win at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards

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Two killers against one — not exactly the fairest of odds, no, but it certainly sets the stage for one of the coolest fights we've seen on screen all year long.

It's only fitting, then, that "The Hunger Games" took home Best Fight at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards Sunday night (June 3), gifting both Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson with their second Golden Popcorn statuettes of the night, and bad boy Alexander Ludwig with his first.

The award was presented by "Prometheus" co-stars Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender, who thought his Irish heritage and famous and much-discussed manliness meant he could handle the duties himself.

"I was thinking since I'm Irish,
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Ciara Wants To Make You 'Sweat' On One Woman Army

'This is almost like a journal,' she tells MTV News of next album during Movie Awards Sneak Peek Week.

By John Mitchell, with reporting by Jim Cantiello


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Before she took the stage Wednesday night during Movie Awards Sneak Peek Week with her "That's My Boy" co-stars, R&B-pop princess Ciara hit the pre-show red carpet and revealed details of her much-anticipated new single and album.

"I'm so excited about this new record. I'll tell you guys because I love you guys so much, and what would it be without MTV?" Ciara told MTV News on the carpet. "My new album, I'm almost finished with it, and the album title is called One Woman Army."

Army will be the "Goodies" singer's first album at her new label home of Epic Records.

Ciara parted ways with Jive Records in early 2011 following a falling-out over the promotion and support of her last effort,
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'Prometheus': The (Early) Reviews Are In!

Critics love the effects and praise Michael Fassbender's performance, but some feel the sci-fi flick gets lost in its own high-mindedness.

By John Mitchell

Michael Fassbender as David 8 in "Prometheus"

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One of the summer's most anticipated films, director Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," doesn't open until June 8, but early reviews for the sci-fi blockbuster are already trickling in, something many studios would fear so far ahead of a film's release — that is, if they weren't as universally positive.

So far, the consensus is clear: "Prometheus" is a flawed film with a lot of great things going for it, most notably a breakout scene-stealing performance from Michael Fassbender ("Shame"), inspired and amazing 3-D effects and plenty of "jolt and amaze" moments that all but assure filmgoers "will be right back for seconds" when 20th Century Fox releases the film next Friday.

Critics have nothing but praise for the performances of Charlize Theron,
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MTV Movie Awards Debut First-Ever Live Social Voting Category!

Fans can cast their vote in the new Best Hero category using hashtags on Twitter associated with the nominees — now through the June 3 show.

By John Mitchell

Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2"

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Fans of onscreen heroics should get their fingertips ready to tear up Twitter because that's where they'll be voting for their favorite onscreen do-gooder in the new category of Best Hero for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.

Beginning Tuesday (May 29) and right on through to the live show on June 3, fans can vote and track the nominees for Best Hero, presented by Sprint, via Twitter using hashtags associated with the nominees. Is your favorite hero a contender?

Check out the nominees:

»Harry Potter, "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (#votepotter)

»Katniss Everdeen, "The Hunger Games" (#votekatniss)

»Thor, "Thor" (#votethor)

»Captain America, "Captain America" (#votecaptain)

»Jenko, "21 Jump Street" (#votejenko)

The new nods for "Harry Potter,
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'Dark Shadows' Brings Out Best In Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer

The film works most of the time, but its conclusion is sure to leave fans divided.

By John Mitchell

Eva Green and Johnny Depp in "Dark Shadows"

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finally hit theaters Friday (May 11), and let me tell you, it's a doozy. There's a lot to admire about Tim Burton's reimagined "Shadows" (and there are some problems as well), but the question that has lingered with me most since seeing the film is who exactly Tim Burton made it for.

I'm not sure it was "Shadows" purists, those who ran home from school to soak up the strange, dark and wonderful late-'60s soap opera and who still have a strong connection to the style and feel of the original. It's probably not for fans of Burton and Johnny Depp's earlier collaborations either, even though the trailers and TV spots sell it like it's supposed to be.
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Robert Pattinson Charting Familiar Path With Post-'Twilight' Roles

With two small films in the works, the heartthrob proves he's planning a future beyond the franchise that made him, experts tell MTV News.

By John Mitchell

Robert Pattinson and Tom Cruise

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Robert Pattinson knows that the shelf life of a Hollywood heartthrob is short. Teen dreams have a tendency to come and go with shocking regularity, which is why the actor is intent to do everything he can to break out of the mold.

The success of the "The Twilight Saga" has alternately put Pattinson in the best and worst position an actor can have in the business. He's become a superstar on the back of a franchise, but since he was a relative unknown when cast, it also defines his career up to this point. We know him for that role — and not much else.

Of course, Pattinson is aiming to change that with a series of upcoming roles,
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Tim Burton 'Never' Considered 'Dark Shadows' A Comedy

Director also opens up on 'Beetlejuice' sequel and whether he'd return to 'Batman.'

By John Mitchell, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

Johnny Depp in "Dark Shadows"

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Fans of the classic late-'60s soap "Dark Shadows" were surprised when the trailer for the film made it seem like director Tim Burton had reimagined his subject matter as a farcical comedy rather than the dark, Gothic soap opera fans remembered. Since then, there have been whispers that the film is far darker than it is being marketed, so we went straight to the source to find out what is really up with the buzzed-about film.

At CinemaCon 2012, MTV News asked Burton if he felt the trailer is reflective of his film, which hits theaters May 11, and while he admits there are humorous elements to the film, he said he doesn't believe it can be classified as a comedy.
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'Girls': The Reviews Are In!

Critics praise HBO show while questioning whether it will connect beyond urban audiences.

By John Mitchell

Lena Dunham in "Girls"

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HBO's new comedy "Girls" is easily the most buzzed-about series debut so far this year. From the almost uncomfortably realistic sex scenes and sharp dialogue to series creator/producer/writer/star Lena Dunham's Louis C.K.-style multitasking — not to mention the show's similarities to and differences from that other landmark show about four single females in New York — people cannot stop talking about "Girls." Luckily for everyone involved, most of the things being said range from good to rave.

"Girls," which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO, has critics using words like "groundbreaking" and "revolutionary" to describe the series, about four friends (Dunham and co-stars Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet) in their early 20s trying to get their lives off the ground in NYC.
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J.K. Rowling's 'Blackly Comic' Post-Potter Book Gets Release Date

'The Casual Vacancy,' Rowling's first adult novel, will be released on September 27.

By John Mitchell

J.K. Rowling

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It's been five long years since J.K. Rowling published "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," and now we finally have the name and release date for her first adult novel. "The Casual Vacancy" will be released by Little, Brown Book Group on September 27.

When Rowling signed her deal with Little, Brown in February, few details about the novel were made public, but now we know it is the "blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising" tale of what happens in an idyllic English village after a parish councilmember dies unexpectedly leaving a hotly sought after seat on the town council open.

"When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock," the official synopsis reads, going on to describe "a town at war.
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Betty's Weight Gain Has 'Mad Men' Fans, Critics Divided

'Still fixated on fat Betty Draper, almost 12 hours later,' one viewer writes of polarizing character's transformation.

By John Mitchell

January Jones in "Mad Men"

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After sitting out last week's "Mad Men" season-five premiere, Betty Draper (January Jones) returned on Sunday night looking, well, a bit different. And that new look has been dominating the water-cooler conversation on Monday morning (April 2).

The normally svelte and sexy Jones was pregnant with her now-six-month-old son, Xander, during filming and, rather than write her pregnancy into the show's story line, series creator Mathew Weiner and the show's writers decided to saddle Betty with an unexpected plot twist: They gave her character a significant weight gain and a major potential health crisis to help explain it.

To some, the cancer scare subplot immediately made Betty, who is known for her chilly demeanor and questionable mothering skills, more relatable. "Did you watch Betty
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