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Mythological Drama Olympus Coming to Syfy

Syfy, Reunion Pictures and Great Point Media today announced the new mythological drama series, "Olympus," which will take viewers into the action-packed world of humans, Gods and monsters. The 13-part series of one hour episodes will premiere on Syfy in 2015. The team behind "Olympus" includes writer Nick Willing ("Tinman," "Alice," "Neverland") and legendary executive producer Robert Halmi Sr. ("Mr. and Mrs. Bridge," "The Odyssey," "Gulliver's Travels"). "Olympus" will tell the story of how a few brave men and women banished the Gods to the realm of the unconscious - a place they called the Underworld or the Kingdom of Hades. The series will follow the protagonist on his journey as he...
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Box-Office Oracle: 'Mission: Impossible 4' Looks to Top Christmas Weekend

Last weekend's Sherlock Holmes prediction fell extremely flat. The general public took a look at the offerings and figured, "Egh, we'll finish up our shopping and scoop up next weekend." So here we are, next weekend, with at least six tough predictions to make. This is why we play the games. Let's break it down! Laremy predicted the #1 movie correctly 2 Weeks In A Row Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol It's going to rock this weekend's box office like a hurricane. Last weekend it delivered $30k per theater from the 425 IMAX screens, which is clearly not sustainable, but I like a number around $13k per theater. For argument's sake last Christmas only saw $132m for the top 12, and I've penciled in $171m for the same range. What gives?

Well, they've backloaded this weekend in a very big way. There is something for every demographic, adults, kids, action, action-comedy, the works. Last year new releases True Grit,
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The Top 2 Jack Black Comedies Where He Gets Tied Up By Little Creatures Co-Starring Jason Segel of All Time

Nobody gets tied up by little creatures in comedies co-starring Jason Segel quite like Jack Black.

The funnyman first forayed into bondage at the hands of bantams with 2010's "Gulliver's Travels," and has since become Hollywood's go-to guy for mini-captivity in movies that coincidentally also feature Jason Segel.

In honor of the Jason Segel-starring "The Muppets," Black's latest tangle with entanglement, we count down his all-time greatest roles in which he's tied up by little creatures.

2. 'Gulliver's Travels' (2010)

Sure, it was conceived way back in the yesteryears of the early 18th century, but we all know what Jonathan Swift had in mind when he penned this future English-lit classic: Jack Black in 3-D. The "little guy with big dreams" (really?) goes on the nautical hunt for the Bermuda Triangle, but after falling asleep at the wheel, he wakes up in submission, roped up by the tiny inhabitants
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Mashed: 'Twilight' Mentions in Other Movies

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"Twilight": Love it or hate it (we know, you love it), you can't deny its relevance in the pop culture zeitgeist.

The books, the movies and its stars are everywhere – often even making cameos in other movies.

Just think about how many times you've caught a "Twilight" reference in a recent film trailer. A lot. We've compiled all these mentions – as well as a few unintentional but humorous ones – into one handy mashup edited by Avaryl Halley.

Movies Included (Click to Buy):

Vampires Suck | Life As We Know It | The Muppets | Crazy Stupid Love | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 | Bad Teacher | Wonder Boys | American Reunion | Gulliver's Travels | Dune | Twilight | The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
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Watch 'Scrat's Continental Crack-Up Part 2'

20th Century Fox has debuted a second Scrat short film in advance of next year's release of Ice Age: Continental Drift, which is set to hit theaters on July 13, 2012. This is the second in Scrat's Continental Crack-Up shorts, the first of which debuted online all the way back in January and played in front of Gulliver's Travels before that. This time around Fox is giving you the chance to watch the short online first as I suspect it will play in front of Alvin and the Chipmunks - Chipwrecked on December 16. This one picks up where the first one left off, but doesn't really have much to do with the continental crack-up from the first short. Instead it appears to be more of a preview of events to come in the fourth Ice Age film as Scrat finds himself aboard a curious pirate ship of sorts where Manny (voiced by
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The X Factor liveblog - sixth live show

Join me from 8.15pm for the 'Lady Gaga Vs Queen' theme – will Misha B or Marcus Collins go to The Edge of Glory?

The X Factor results show liveblog

Hello there. No time for an elaborate greeting to this week's X Factor liveblog, I'm afraid. I have far too many important things to explain. You see, after last week's double elimination, we'll have to struggle through tonight's X Factor without The Risk or Johnny Robinson. But that's not all, because Frankie Cocozza has also gone, after combusting in an explosion of bad behaviour, worse hair and several pairs of Rod Stewart's old trousers.

But That's not all either, because now there aren't enough contestants to get X Factor through to Christmas. So, to make up the numbers, either James Michael, Amelia Lily, 2 Shoes or Jonjo Kerr from the first episode will be brought back into the competition tonight. Got all that?
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'Bachelor Pad': Erica is a creepy harasser, Michelle and Graham awesomely game the system

Hey, "Bachelor Pad" fans. Sorry about how late this is, I was driving home from getting married when it aired and it's been a busy week! But never fear, here we are for the penultimate episode.

Post-Elimination

Everybody goes inside as Chris Harrison tells them to pair up because starting tomorrow they compete, win and get voted off as a couple. He also advises to get to know their partner. Blake is immediately smirking at Holly, but she promised Michael - which she should also be happy about because for a "know your partner" competition, Holly would fare better with Michael than Blake.

And haha, Blake as the cheese stands alone has to pair up with Erica and she throatily says, "I feel like we should get to know each other." Heh. Erica is like if Melissa ate Kathleen Turner.

The couples who aren't actual couples in life are busy
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The rise of the Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

With Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes proving to be the surprise of the summer, Terence looks back and charts the highs and lows of the franchise...

The incoming movie, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, starring James Franco, Andy Serkis and Freida Pinto, opens a new chapter in the history of one of the most successful science fiction film franchises ever.

While Planet Of The Apes is not necessarily as instantly recognisable a brand as other recently successfully rebooted franchises like Star Trek, James Bond or Batman, it is still a potentially lucrative property with a proven box office track record.

The original 1968 film, Planet Of The Apes, starring Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter and Roddy McDowall, spawned four sequels, two TV series and a 2001 remake directed by Tim Burton and starring Mark Wahlberg.

The original Apes franchise was known for its use of the allegorical device of
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Mary Steenburgen joins 'Bored to Death': A brief history of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Danson acting together

Wherever Ted Danson goes, Mary Steenburgen will likely follow -- and vice versa. Such has been the case since the two actors married in 1995, becoming one of our favorite couples in Hollywood.

The AP reports that the latest collaboration between the two will take place during the next run of HBO's "Bored to Death." Danson confirms her appearance in a recent interview.

But who will she play -- and how many other times have they acted together? The answers to both of those questions lay in our brief, thorough history of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Danson's shared TV credits:

"Gulliver's Travels," 1996

It's been 15 years since we saw NBC's mini-series based on the Swift satire, but taking a look back at the early days of their romance, the "world-shattering special effects" and Danson's flowing extensions has pushed it to the top of our Netflix queue.

"Ink," 1996 - 1997

One of Danson's not-so-successful post-"Cheers" TV gigs,
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Where There's a Will

Tom Sturridge may fit right in the midst of his generation of dark-haired, handsome British actors, but he refuses to consider his colleagues as competition. "If a film is being made by an intelligent director, they're going to cast the right guy," says Sturridge. "I shouldn't be right for every role, because I'm not." Indeed, the actor says he thoroughly enjoyed himself during a two-year gap between roles. And he won't plot and struggle for his next role. "You can construct something and make decisions and do film after film to try and get to this place, and never get there," he says. "And you can do nothing, and then get a phone call randomly saying X has just seen you do an interview on the Internet and thinks you'd be perfect for this film, and suddenly you're in Brazil shooting the best film ever made. All of it is circumstance.
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Around-the-World Roundup:'Tangled' Edges Past 'Hornet' >

Around-the-World Roundup:'Tangled' Edges Past 'Hornet' >
Update: Estimates placed The Green Hornet on top for the weekend, but Tangled moved ahead with a dramatically improved actual number to lead another underwhelming weekend at the foreign box office. Tron Legacy also bounced back with a strong opening in Germany, while Black Swan and The King's Speech held extremely well. Overall box office was once again down, as the Top Eight movies combined were unable to match Avatar's $95.2 million from the same weekend last year. Expanding to around 80 percent of the international marketplace, Tangled earned $17.2 million over the weekend. A little under half of this came from a huge $8.1 million start in the United Kingdom, which only trailed sequels Toy Story 3 and Shrek Forever After among 2010's animated offerings. Tangled also continued to score steady grosses in Australia ($1.4 million), Brazil ($1.3 million) and Germany ($1.2 million). With its $254.3 million foreign total, the movie is set to open in Spain,
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Tangled ends the reign of The King's Speech at the UK box office

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 28th - Sunday 30th January 2011.

Tom Hooper's Oscar-nominated historical drama The King's Speech was dethroned at the UK box office this past weekend as Disney's Tangled took the crown with an opening weekend of £5.1m. While Disney haven't had the best track record with their non-Pixar CG-animations, the $260m(!) budgeted Tangled - a retelling of the fairytale Rapunzel - more than doubled the opening of its last animated release The Princess and the Frog and looks good value for its money with global receipts of $421 to date. Meanwhile the rather more modestly budgeted King's Speech (£10m) is also enjoying a healthy run and pushes its four-week gross just shy of £25m despite slipping to second place.

Along with Tangled there are three other new entries this week, the highest of which is the Jason Statham actioner The Mechanic.
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This one bought the rights and flew right over The Green Hornet's nest

Do Seth Rogen et al have the moral right to do whatever they please with a story, simply because they own the rights?

Since first appearing on the radio back in the 1930s, The Green Hornet has appeared in many different media. There have been comic book versions, movie serials, novels, even a nifty little French fan-flick as well as what was, until now, probably the best known one; the 1966 TV series. Now we have the Michel Gondry movie version which, while vaguely adhering to the basic premise and keeping the three main characters (the Hornet, Kato and the car Black Beauty) pushes almost everything else aside to make room for tolerance-testing amounts of mugging by the film's star and co-writer Seth Rogen.

While it's perfectly acceptable that film-makers, comic book creators, et al want to put their own stamp on things, they are still trading on a name, riding
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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Green Hornet' Stings Top Spot, 'Hereafter' Saves Face

After losing out to Tangled in its opening weekend, The Green Hornet added a few major new markets and moved to the top of the foreign chart. After flying under the radar for a while, Hereafter had impressive launches in France and Spain. Black Swan flew in to third place with healthy debuts in the United Kingdom and Germany. Overall business was likely down again from last year, as Avatar's $108.3 million was once again greater than this week's Top Ten combined. The Green Hornet made $18.5 million from 45 markets to bring its foreign total to $37.5 million. That included strong first place starts in Australia ($3.1 million) and Mexico ($2.5 million), along with a decent third place debut in Japan ($1.7 million). It also added $2.7 million in Germany and $1.6 million in France. On Sunday, the superhero comedy crossed $100 million worldwide (domestic plus foreign).While its $32.8 million haul made it a bit of a disappointment on the domestic front,
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Harvey Weinstein Considers PG-13 Cut of "The King's Speech"

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Harvey Weinstein Considers PG-13 Cut of
As King George VI might say in one of his profanity-laden stuttering rants, his movie's about to get buggered. The Los Angeles Times reports that Harvey Weinstein is considering recutting "The King's Speech"after the Academy Awards in order to get it a PG-13 rating:

"[He wants to re-edit] the movie to excise coarse language and secure a lower rating that will open "The King's Speech" to a broader audience. Weinstein, whose New York-based studio The Weinstein Co. released the film, said he is talking with director Tom Hooper about trimming the profanity that earned the film an R rating in order to attain a PG-13 or even PG. He is eyeing the success of the movie in Great Britain, where a 12-and-over rating has helped it to top the box office chart for the last three weekends, beating such bigger-budget pictures as "Gulliver's Travels" and "The Green Hornet."

"The British numbers are huge
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The King's Speech leads Black Swan in dance to the tune of £2.76m

The almighty success of Tom Hooper's film could have boosted the ballet psychodrama's takings via extensive exposure of its trailer

The marvel

Exactly two years ago, Slumdog Millionaire pulled off the rare feat of going up on both its second and third weekends, setting it on a journey that would take in the best picture Bafta and Oscar wins and a cumulative gross of £31.66m. The King's Speech didn't quite manage to repeat that trick, rising 32% on its second weekend but edging back 4% on its third.

On every other comparison, however, The King's Speech emerges the winner. Slumdog Millionaire never managed a weekend above £3m: its best frame was £2.86m. The King's Speech, on the other hand, has never experienced a weekend below £3m: its worst frame was £3.30m. After 17 days, Slumdog Millionaire had grossed £10.24m. After the same period, The King's Speech stands at £18.31m – 79% ahead of the earlier film.
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How movie posters reflect Hollywood's falling confidence in 3D

Just a year ago, 3D was being trumpeted loud and proud on movie posters. But now? Hollywood appears to be less convinced that 3D is the selling point it once was. As these posters show…

3D has, since Avatar put it at the top of movie studios' agenda a little over a year ago, gone on something of a dramatic journey. We've seen studios stumble over themselves to slap 3D on their movies, even if they weren't shot with that in mind. And we've seen sloppily executed 3D, if not murdering the potential golden goose, then at least chopping one of its legs off.

And as such, there's still an ongoing 3D backlash. Cinemagoers have rightly questioned why they have to pay a premium for their ticket for little obvious benefit (latest case in point: The Green Hornet), while sales of 3D televisions have demonstrated little enthusiasm from consumers to
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2011 Razzie Award Nominations

2011 Razzie Award Nominations
The 31st Annual Razzie Awards announced their nominations, with sequels, remakes, and rip-offs dominating. The so-called "winners of the worsts" will be awarded on Hollywood's Barnsdall Gallery Theatre on Saturday, February 26. Razzie repeat offender M. Night Shyamalan 're-imagined' the faux-anime TV series The Last Airbender into a jumbled, jump-cut mess of a movie that fans of the TV show hated even more than critics did (if that's even possible!). In addition to Worst Director and Worst Picture, the film is up for Worst Remake, Worst Screenplay, Worst Screen Couple/Ensemble (the entire cast) and a brand-new Razzie category for 2010, Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D." The Twilight Saga: Eclipse also received 9 nominations. All three of the principal characters of Eclipse are individually nominated for their acting, and the entire cast is also up for Worst Screen Ensemble.

Worst Picture

The Bounty Hunter (Columbia Pictures/Relativity Media)

The Last Airbender (Paramount/Nickelodeon
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'Gulliver,' 'Persia,' 'Narnia' Rank Among 2010's Big Botches

With a year chock full of lackluster movies, whittling down a list of 2010's biggest disappointments is a more daunting task than selecting the most impressive. It's easy to kick movies like Jonah Hex and Extraordinary Measures, which realistically never stood a chance. Some movies' box office performances (Robin Hood, The Wolfman) were unfairly maligned, and perhaps only disappointing to the producers who spent too much to make them. Quite a few movies were so fundamentally off the mark that it's hard to imagine that their producers expected to attract large numbers (Furry Vengeance, Repo Men, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole). The following are some of 2010's lowlights. As with the most impressive movies, these disappointing performers were determined mostly by how effectively the movies courted audiences in regards to their premises, genres, predecessors, release dates and marketing hype (budget size was a tertiary concern,
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The King's Speech: it's a box office phenomenon – so why are popcorn sales down? | Charles Gant

Audiences were expected to increase slowly. But older viewers have flocked to The King's Speech, and while they haven't patronised the concession stall, they have tipped off the youngsters

The favourite

In the UK, the assumption has always been that the older audience takes its time to embrace a film, unlike younger cinemagoers who are much more apt to show up for the latest blockbuster on opening weekend. But when The King's Speech opened with £3.52m, analysts scratched their heads: the older upscale audience was, after all, capable of rushing out in the first three days of a film's release. This particular title, the consensus agreed, probably wouldn't perform like The Queen, whose slow-burn success finally delivered a cumulative total that was 11 times its opening weekend of £856,000.

Now all the calculations are changing once again. Despite the stellar opening – unprecedented for a British period drama – The King's
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