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Can we trade 'Idol' for 'X Factor' please?

31 August 2009 6:57 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Britain's "The X Factor" is way more interesting than "American Idol." Witness the latest "almost" star from Staffordshire, a man who puts to rest an ugly rumor that British men may be lacking in certain endowments. All over the Internet you will find 50 year-old "X Factor" contestant Steve, who has .a loving feeling deep inside. and a bulge to rival John Holmes. Judge Simon Cowell is much more palatable on the UK version of the similarly premised talent show. He is joined by Louis Walsh, and Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole round out the female judges. Here is Jamie Archer, a 33 year-old Londoner who made an impression in Birmingham auditions; he rocks a Kings of »

- April MacIntyre

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Wtf: 'Terminator Salvation' Bobble Head Doll

30 May 2009 3:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Don't get me wrong. I'm a big fan of strange movie tie-in merchandise. I have the Reservoir Dogs cutting-the-cop's-ear-off playset. My go-to ruler on my desk is a 13-incher from Wonderland, the 1993 movie about John Holmes. Hell, I still have my Fargo snow globe.

But ... this is just bizarre. The Terminator Salvation Bobble Head, bringing an unstoppable killing machine from the future to wacky, head-nodding life.

I don't really get the whole bobble-head phenomenon, anyway. It seems to be about taking iconic, recognizable figures, blowing their heads way up out of proportion, then sticking 'em on springs so that they waggle around. They're ugly, and their function is ... well, stupid. How are these fun toys?

And when you make one out of something that's already scary? Now they're just perverse. And you know, if Terminators were real, as soon as they saw these they'd hunt down the people who make them and, »

- Dawn Taylor

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Marilyn Chambers

13 April 2009 2:07 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Marilyn Chambers, known for her erotic films of the 1970s, died Sunday at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Canyon Country. She would have turned 57 on April 22. The cause of death is still unknown; Chambers was found by her daughter. Born Marilyn Ann Taylor (or Marilyn Ann Briggs) in Westport, Connecticut, in 1952, former Ivory Snow soap-box girl Chambers became an adult-film superstar after appearing in the 1972 production Behind the Green Door, which became a sensation of sorts because the actress was seen having sex with a black man, Johnny Keyes. Directed by Artie and Jim Mitchell, Behind the Green Door became one of the first sexually explicit films to be widely released in the United States. Among Chambers other sex films are Resurrection of Eve (1973); Beyond De Sade (1979); Insatiable (1980), with John Holmes; and A Night on the Town (1983). Additionally, she had the lead in David Cronenberg’s 1977 [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Backstage battle over 'H&A' lesbian plot

30 March 2009 11:28 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A backstage battle has erupted between Seven Network executives over Home and Away's controversial lesbian plotline, reports The Australian. The newspaper's Media Diary blog reports that Seven's drama chief John Holmes had begged the producers of current affairs programme Today Tonight not to air a story about the storyline which gave a platform to anti-gay groups, but was overruled by Seven news executive Peter Meakin. (more) »

- By Darren Rowe

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Australian conservatives put pressure on "Home and Away"

30 March 2009 2:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Several international news sources have reported that Australian television network Seven Network buckled under pressure from conservative groups and will show a watered down version of a same-sex kiss between police officer Charlie Buckton deck hand Joey Collins tomorrow night on soap opera Home and Away.

Esther Anderson (Charlie) and Kate Bell (Joey)

However, according to, a Home and Away fansite, the kiss will air as planned.

As we reported earlier this month, Charlie and Joey’s relationship was slated to develop from platonic to romantic over the course of five weeks. Although we will not know whether the uncut version will air until tomorrow, there is no question that news of the upcoming kiss has caused steam to fly out of some conservatives’ ears.

Seven's current affairs show Today Tonight did a story that featured a conservative lobby group called Pro-Family Perspectives complaining about a so-called gay agenda. »

- gracechu

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Get Ready for the Hellbinders

30 March 2009 1:51 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

What do you get when you pair Darth Maul and a former Power Ranger in a comic book style supernatural action flick about hired guns out to prevent hell on earth? It might look a little something like Hellbinders.

"A soulless mercenary, an elite assassin, and the last remaining member of the long dead Knights Templar must overcome their innate mistrust of each other and join forces to defeat Legion before it opens the gates of hell itself and overruns the entire world.

Hellbinders is a fast paced comic book style action/horror film, super charged with a frenetic blend of Eastern action and Western mythology.

Hellbinders stars Max, (Ray Park - Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode 1, Toad in X-Men, and Snake in G.I. Joe) as a slick, fast talking mercenary willing to risk everything for the almighty dollar. Now he may have met his match when he »

- Foywonder

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Funny or Die on L.A. comedy shorts fest lineup

11 February 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The inaugural L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival will take place March 5-8 at the at the newly renovated Downtown Independent Theatre, 251 S. Main Street, in Los Angeles.

The festival will run in conjunction with the L.A. Comedy Scripts Screenplay Competition, sponsored by the Write Brothers.

The fest's opening night will include a pre-reception, followed by a screening of shorts by the fest's celebrity participants, hosted by Aisha Tylor.

Web site Funny or Die will present world premieres and exclusive vintage shorts, including its first-ever Web movie, "Don Dolmes, The Smallest C*ck in Porn," a mockumentary that spoofs the legend of John Holmes, and "Craigslist Penis Photographer," starring Bob Odenkirk.

Lacsff directors Gary Anthony Williams and Jeannie Roshar will present their film "I Own You," starring "Reno 911's" Cedric Yarbrough.

The program also will include "Nowassitall," a music video written by, directed by and starring Tyler; "Head, Heart »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Discuss: Have We Entered a New Wave of Hollywood Politics?

9 February 2009 9:32 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

By now you've probably heard: Val Kilmer is considering running for governor of New Mexico in 2010. It seems that he's "looking for ways to be contributive," and if he can make "a substantial contribution," he'll run. And if he decides that there's a big contribution to be made ... well, he's determined to win: "If I run, I'm going to be the next governor." At least he's mastered the art of positive thinking.

THR also notes that if he runs, it won't be a conventional campaign. Kilmer says that it's all about getting out and listening to people, but will that also include shepherding in a new generation of politicians? When ol' Ronnie Reagan was entering the political world, he was coming out of a restricted Hollywood. Being an actor might have been a surprising twist, but Reagan didn't reveal much in his Hollywood work. But now: We've got terminators, professional wrestlers, »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Scenes We Love: Boogie Nights

5 February 2009 10:45 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

There are a lot of things I love about Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights (the sight of Don Cheadle in a Stevie Wonder wig is worth the price of admission alone), but if I simply had to choose, the scene of a botched drug deal with Rahad Jackson (Alfred Molina) probably ranks as one of my favorite movie moments of all time. Why? Between the Night Ranger soundtrack and the sounds of Cosmo's cherry bombs going off in the background, I was right there with Reed Rothchild (John C. Reilly) on the couch wanting to get the hell out of that living room. I get film geek goose pimples all over as the camera settles on Dirk (Mark Wahlberg), watching his face gradually realize how far he'd fallen. At the time, it even managed to convince me that Wahlberg might be an honest to goodness actor -- a notion »

- Jessica Barnes

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