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'American Horror Story': Where did Rubber Man get his trademark suit? -- Exclusive Video

18 November 2011 2:44 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Next week’s American Horror Story episode, appropriately titled “Rubber Man,” reveals pretty much everything about the infamous character (and EW cover star). Before the opening credits, viewers will know who’s behind that rubber mask, and lemme tell ya it’s a doozy. The wild episode also reveals why Rubber Man has impregnated Vivien as well as the origins of his suit. In this exclusive clip, Zachary Quinto’s Chad goes shopping for some fetish gear to spice up his love life with estranged boyfriend Patrick (Teddy Sears). His purchase will be familiar to fans of American Horror Story, »

- Tim Stack

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Sucker Punch

25 October 2011 9:55 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

You know your movie is in trouble when Danny John-Jules gets top billing. If you don't know who that is, congratulations, you're not nerdy enough to be a fan of Red Dwarf, the BBC's long-running sci fi sitcom. In it, John-Jules played a sentient humanoid cat who dressed and talked like James Brown. For the most part it was more believable than this movie.

Sucker Punch is a remake of the Charles Bronson/James Coburn boxing movie Hard Times only in the way that a bunch of kids throwing rocks at each other is a remake of The Godfather. It has a dark horse fighter (Gordon Alexander) coming back into the London underground no-holds-barred boxing circuit, where he is soon taken under the wing of a sleazy fight promoter (John-Jules), who gambles away whatever they earn. The bad guy this time around is the beefy northern England Ufc fighter Ian "The Machine" Freeman, »

- David M. DeLeon

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Tura Satana in Astro Zombies at Super-8 Movie Madness

17 October 2011 7:28 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

 

I’ve been collecting the condensed Super-8 Sound editions of movies for about 15 years now and am always thrilled when some odd title pops up for sale that I had no idea was ever released in the format. The Beast Must Die, The Klansman, and To The Devil A Daughter are a few of the titles that never appeared in the Castle Films (or any other) catalog, but I’ve managed to unearth, released on some obscure film labels (often in Europe – Grizzly, Star Crash, Hard Times, and Mandigo are other oddball titles I’ve found dubbed into German). I host the monthly Super-8 Movie Madness show at The Way Out Club here in St. Louis the first Tuesday of every month where I show about 14 of these films from my vast collection. The hard-drinking crowd of movie buffs always appreciates films with the cheesiest aesthetics and there are few movies cheesier than Astro Zombies. »

- Tom Stockman

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And So the Oscar Hype Begins! Silent Film "The Artist" Wins Big at 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival

17 October 2011 3:08 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

I am very intrigued by "The Artist." It's a silent film after all (which is pretty cool!), but it's generating enough Oscar buzz that I cannot simply ignore it! But the road to the Oscars is still quite long and tumultuous even though the preeminent Academy Awards vote-getter, the Weinstein company, is behind the Michel Hazanavicius movie. Still, it would be awesome for "The Artist" to score a Best Picture Nomination! The last time a silent film scored a victory was in 1929 with "The Patriot."

The French film (or does language even matter since it's silent?) stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo and takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1931. It has "A Star is Born" story, if you may, that talks about a relationship between a declining male star and a rising actress. It also talks about the end of the silent film era and the beginning of the talkies. »

- Manny

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Quick Shooter: A Clint Eastwood Profile (Part 3)

11 October 2011 11:41 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the third of a five-part feature (read parts one and two)...

“You’ve got to keep stretching out and trying other stuff,” observed actor and director Clint Eastwood. “I could have chosen a lot of scripts that were different than Bronco Billy [1980], that were less of a challenge but it was worth trying.” The native of San Francisco, California explains, “It’s about the American Dream, and Billy’s dream that he fought so hard for. It’s all the context of this outdated Wild West show that has absolutely no chance of being a hit. But it’s sweet. It’s pure.” The subject matter resembles the work of two legendary Hollywood filmmakers. “My first thought was that Frank Capra [It’s a Wonderful Life] or Preston Sturges [Sullivan’s Travels] might have done it in their heyday. It has some values that were interesting to »

- flickeringmyth

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Best in Blogs: China Activist Lawyer Reveals Details of Detention

15 September 2011 6:32 AM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Greg Baker/Associated Press In this Friday, July 17, 2009 file photo, Chinese lawyer Jiang Tianyong looks at the half empty office of the Gongmeng rights group’s legal research center after it was closed down by Chinese authorities in Beijing, China.

How does China really treat its political prisoners? Who is alleged rogue trader Kweku Adoboli? And can Harvard help you and your kids eat better? A look at the most interesting posts from the Wall Street Journal blogs.

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- Christopher John Farley

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A New Action Flick from ... Walter Hill! Yes!

24 August 2011 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Mention the name Walter Hill to a film freak of a certain age and you'll almost certainly be regaled with wild-eyed tales of manly, sweaty, frequently insane action flicks. The man hasn't done a feature since 2002's Undisputed, but he did direct some sections of great TV westerns like Broken Trail and Deadwood. So anyway, here's a very brief history lesson on Walter Hill: he wrote, directed, and/or produced films like The Getaway, Hard Times, The Driver, Alien, The Warriors, Southern Comfort, 48 Hours, Brewster's Millions, Streets of Fire, Extreme Prejudice, Red Heat, Aliens, Johnny Handsome, Trespass, Geronimo, Wild Bill, and Last Man Standing. That's a lot of testosterone. So here's the good news: Variety reports that Mr. Hill's Bullet to...

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- Movies.com

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MTV Castrates The Hard Times of R.J. Berger

12 August 2011 5:40 PM, PDT | TV.com | See recent TV.com news »

... MTV has pulled out of its commitment to The Hard Times of R.J. Berger, going soft on the original comedy that you could say was in the same vein as Boogie Nights, as it was about a kid with a huge dong. In terms of overall audience, the comedy just couldn't keep it up, dropping below one million viewers per episode at the end of Season 2. It looks like Hard Times got the shaft, but it was up against some stiff competition. Penis. [Deadline Hollywood]

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- Tim Surette

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Lollapalooza 2011: Kids These Days Makes a Splash

6 August 2011 9:39 AM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

YouTube Screen grab from Kids These Days video “My Days.”

One of the surprises of the opening afternoon at Lollapalooza 2011 was Kids These Days, an eight-piece band whose three horns spice its blend of hip-hop, funk and free jazz. With only an Ep to its name, the group drew a large crowd to a small side stage yesterday, performing in Chicago’s Grant Park at the same hour as White Lies and the Kills.

Some in the crowd were no »

- Jim Fusilli

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Holly Madison Attacks Crystal Harris On Twitter!

20 June 2011 12:27 PM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Holly Madison defends her infamous ex Hugh Hefner by calling out his ‘runaway’ bride Crystal Harris for spending her ‘wedding day’ in Vegas!

The original Girl Next Door star Holly Madison proved her love for the iconic playboy Hugh Hefner was more than just a publicity stunt when she took to Twitter to voice her opinions about Crystal Harris. When Crystal spent Saturday, June 18 (her planned wedding date) in Vegas, Holly couldn’t keep her opinions to herself!

“That’s disgusting and whoever booked her is tacky!” tweeted Holly in response to a reporter talking about Crystal’s arrival at The Wet Republic.

The Peepshow star also wrote, “That’s a new low!!!” in response to pictures of a bikini-clad Crystal living it up at the Vegas pool.

“Trust me, No One is interested in filming Crystal! She left Lifetime high and dry while filming a 2 hour special!” was Holly »

- Nicole Fukuoka

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Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart Having Hard Times Being Apart

16 June 2011 11:07 AM, PDT | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart having hard times being apart. According to Hollywood Life, a source is claiming that Twilight Saga stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are currently having a hard time being away from each other. Robert's currently working on his new Cosmopolis flick in Toronto,Canada,while Kristen is prepping for her new "Snow White and the Huntsman" movie gig in London as well as other things. A source for "In Touch" magazine claims, Robert and Kristen are used to spending every second together,working and living in the same place. The source went on to say, "Not being together has been hard."

Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart Having Hard Times Being Apart is a post from: ontheflix.com »

- Eric

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Boehner Tells Weiner to Evacuate Prematurely

14 June 2011 2:20 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

House speaker John Boehner has finally taken a hard stance on the Anthony Weiner scandal ... telling reporters the Congressman should resign. Boehner didn't expand on the subject -- he simply gave a one word answer when asked if Weiner should step down ... that one word being, "Yes." Which brings us to our very first, " Beat Our Headline Contest! " Submit your entries in the comments section from now until 5:00 Pm Pt today. Funniest submission wins »

- TMZ Staff

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'Switched at Birth': Meet Katie LeClerc and Sean Berdy, hearing-impaired stars

6 June 2011 5:06 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

ABC Family's "Switched at Birth" is pretty much what it sounds like - the tale of two teenage girls who discover that the hospital swapped up their ID tags when they were born.

One of them, Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) drives a BMW, lives in a mansion, and attends a fancy private school. The other, Daphne Vasquez (Katie LeClerc), went deaf after an illness in infancy, and has grown up in a less desirable neighborhood with her single mother.

While Marano is recognizable, particularly to "Gilmore Girls" fans, LeClerc is a newer face. She's has had small roles on "Veronica Mars" and "Hard Times of Rj Berger," but "Switched at Birth" is her first high-profile gig.

"To make this show real and genuine, we had to find hard-of-hearing actors," executive producer Paul Stupin says in a casting feature. "We were looking for a character who could be the lead of an ABC Family show, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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MTV Movie Awards On Par With Last Year, Up In Teens, So-So Premiere For 'Teen Wolf'

6 June 2011 3:36 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Last night's MTV Movie Awards drew 4.5 million viewers on MTV, down a fraction from last year's audience of 4.6 million. In MTV's core demographic of persons 12-34, it posted a 3.9 rating, down 5% from last year's 4.1 rating. Driven by Twilight, which dominated the awards show, the film's core female teen audience tuned in in droves for a 8.3 rating, up 46% from last year's 5.7 rating. On all 4 MTV networks that carried the Movie Awards, MTV, MTV2, VH1 and Logo, the awards show averaged 5.4 million viewers, down 7% from last year's 5.8 million. For a second straight year, MTV used the Movie Awards as a launching pad for a new scripted series. Last year it was The Hard Times of Rj Berger, this year it was Teen Wolf. The series remake of the movie starring Michael J. Fox drew a so-so 2.2 million viewers and a 2.1 rating in persons 12-34. That was down from Hard Times' 2.6 million »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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New at Tfh: Brian Trenchard-Smith on The Battle Of The Bulge

3 June 2011 12:21 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Brian Trenchard-Smith gets suitable lengthy and (as always) very thorough with The Battle of the Bulge.

The flat plains of Spain make a visually inaccurate backdrop for this sprawling but none too accurate recreation of one of the major operations of World War II, which took place across the forests of Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. It’s a nearly three hour Roadshow spectacle with the usual all star cast, efficiently showcased by director Ken Annakin.

 

Click through to watch and the read on to get a little bit of bonus content.

Now here’s a cool movie with a sprawling cast that even has some overlap to films from earlier this week, and Brian hits on a couple of actors in this commentary that we should have hit on Monday, when we weren’t singing the praises of Lee Marvin: Telly Savalas and one of the manliest manly men to ever live, »

- Danny

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The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Week

30 May 2011 5:55 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Coming to your screen this week: Nine series premieres, six season openers, three finales, two major sporting events, and a pair of rewatch-worthy comedy repeats. As but a supplement to the awesome features and original reporting TVLine has coming your way, here are 30 programs to keep on your radar.

Monday, May 30

9 pm Single Ladies (VH1) | Exec-produced by Queen Latifah, VH1′s first foray into scripted drama programming stars Stacey Dash (Clueless), LisaRaye McCoy (All Of Us) and Charity Shea (The Best Years) as a Carrie, Samantha and Miranda, Atlanta-style.

9 pm Law & Order: Ci (NBC) | The “final” season kicks off.

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- Matt Webb Mitovich

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'Detention of the Dead' brings 'Glee,' 'Twilight,' 'Greek' and 'Hard Times' alumni together

17 May 2011 2:02 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

If Disney's "Prom" was a tribute to John Hughes, then "Detention of the Dead" is its "Shaun of Dead" zombie counterpart.

  Still in the midst of filming out in Michigan, "The Hard Times of Rj Berger" star Jayson Blair made time to chat with Zap2it about his role in the upcoming Zombie flick.

"At it's core it's a huge tribute to John Hughes and all those '80s films like 'The Breakfast Club,'" he tells us about the film. "The characters are really, really, really modeled after all the characters in 'The Breakfast Club,' but with Zombies in a comedy sort of fashion."

Blair, who plays bully jock Max Owens on the MTV scripted comedy, joins an all star teen-favorite cast on the Gala Films project.

Among his costars are Jacob Zachar (Rusty Cartwright, "Greek"), Justin Chon (Eric Yorkie, "The Twilight Saga"), Alexa Nikolas (Nicole Bristow, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Summer arts calendar: Manchester

16 May 2011 4:57 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Diaries at the ready. . . we've asked arts bloggers around the UK to pick 10 of the best cultural events in their cities, starting with Creativetourist.com's Manchester highlights

Screenfields at Spinningfields, Thursdays to 1 September

When the weather cooperates – this is the Rainy City, after all – it's hard to imagine a better way to spend a Thursday evening than sprawled on the big lawn at Spinningfields watching The Breakfast Club (4 August) or Saturday Night Fever (25 August). Picnic blankets and deckchairs can be hired, but you can also bring your own. Do it properly and lay on a big posh picnic, or be lazy and stock up at the onsite barbecue and bar.

• screenings £2 each, season pass £9.99, spinningfieldsonline.net

Hard Times, 8 June-2 July, Murrays' Mills, Ancoats

The bright side of the Library Theatre Company losing its home at the city library is this site-specific run of Hard Times at Murrays' Mills, a well-preserved »

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'Hard Times of Rj Berger' first look: Max Owens returns with a bang

12 May 2011 10:29 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Max Owens (Jayson Blair) has been missing in action from Rj's (Paul Iacono) life for the past few episodes of "The Hard Times of Rj Berger," but he returns with a bang on the Monday (May 16) episode.

Zap2it has your first look at the coming episode, in which we see Max's triumphant return. We also spoke with Blair about the craziness that is about to ensue when it comes to his character.

"I come back in a big way getting a blowjob in the school parking lot," he tells us. "This episode picks up kinda where my character leaves off and it starts the descent into the craziness for the finale, which is going to be madness."

While Max doesn't play a huge role this week, it's the following episode where we will see some major changes. Blair tells us that a conflict between his character and Rj will »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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'Hard Times of Rj Berger': Rj and Miles talk 'The Hangover,' 'Ying 2 ur Wang'

5 May 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

While Rj Berger's (Paul Iacono) love life may be coming together for once, his home life is falling apart. Cue best friend Miles (Jareb Dauplaise) to provide distraction (or at least attempt to) for his distraught pal, as well as a little comedy that centers around something other than a love triangle.

On Monday's (May 9) episode of "The Hard Times of Rj Berger," viewers will continue to be treated to the hilariously uncomfortable romance involving Suzanne (Beth Littleford) and Coach Sinclair (Marlon Young), but we'll also check in with Miles as he takes on a new extracurricular activity. One that  does not involve crabs this time, but still ends in obvious misfortune.

Zap2it has an exclusive first look at the upcoming episode. In it, we see Miles attempt to cheer Rj up with a little joke about "The Hangover." As they both fall witness to some serious hallway Pda, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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