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Top 10 Reasons You Might Already Have Thought Nigeria Was Really Bad (And Sometimes It Really Is)

28 December 2009 6:00 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

I wasn’t sure what would drag me out of my seasonal slumber to actually get down to some blogging. Ok, maybe I can’t blame it all on Xmas, as I slowed down a few weeks before then, but still… Anyhoo, as the regulars among you will probably already know, I’m a Londoner of Nigerian descent and quite proud of my dual nationality -yes, both nationalities (even though they both have issues that annoy the hell out of me too). So it’s with rapt attention, shock and dismay that I’ve been following all/every news item on the foiled Christmas Day bombing of Delta Airlines flight 253.

As most of you will know, the perpetrator, who’s name I won’t even bother dignify here, was a 23 year old Nigerian man who had been “radicalised” while studying mechanical engineering at University College London between 2005 and 2008 (yay UK »

- MsWOO

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'Survivor,' 'Amazing Race' return in February

21 December 2009 9:57 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

CBS isn't playing around much with its schedule at midseason -- it's pretty solid, after all -- so the network's announcement amounts mostly to setting return dates for "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race."

Both shows will be back in mid-February. "Survivor's" 20th installment, an all-star "Heroes vs. Villains" game, will debut with a two-hour episode on Thursday, Feb. 11. The 16th season of "The Amazing Race" will follow three nights later on Sunday, Feb. 14.

Valentine's Day will also bring the time-period premiere of "Undercover Boss," which is getting a post-Super Bowl debut. It will follow "The Amazing Race" at 9 p.m. on Sundays, the spot previously occupied by "Three Rivers." "Cold Case" will slide back to 10 p.m.

CBS has also slotted a couple of specials for Thursday night in the run-up to the "Survivor" premiere. Jeff Probst's "Live for the Moment" will air Jan. 28, as previously announced, and on Feb. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Theater Etiquette: What Are Your Rules of Engagement?

20 December 2009 3:15 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Everyone seems to agree that movie theater etiquette has been on the decline for some time. The fact that people have come to treat theater auditoriums like their living rooms is no longer even worth pointing out: it's simply true, and generally acknowledged. A more interesting question is what you do about it. A couple of days ago, the gadget blog Gizmodo, perhaps as penance for the misery wrought upon moviegoers by the subjects of its obsession, ran a piece called "It's Time for Us to Fight Back Against Movie Talkers." It rehashes some more-or-less trite points (if you're going to speak, do it quietly; keep your cell phones in your pockets and purses), but also raised some good ones, such as: "Really, it's Ok to tell people to shut up."

This got me thinking: we frequent moviegoers know that fellow patrons can often be incredibly obnoxious -- talking, cell phones, »

- Eugene Novikov

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CBS schedules post-Super Bowl slot

20 December 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Guess which show CBS will air after Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7. Ratings phenomenon "The Big Bang Theory"? The all-star edition of "Survivor"? Procedural hit "The Mentalist"?

None of the above.

In a surprising move, CBS will premiere the new reality show "Undercover Boss" after the most-watched television event of the year.

"Boss" follows top executives as they anonymously assume entry-level jobs at their company and receive eye-opening perspectives on how their decisions affect lower-wage employees. Executives from White Castle, 7-Eleven, Hooters, Waste Management and Churchill Downs are on board for the first season.

It will be the first time since 2005 that a broadcast network has elected to air a new program after the Super Bowl. Fox aired the debut of "American Dad" after the game, but it was paired with veteran series "The Simpsons." One would have to go all the way back to 1995 to find a network airing »

- By James Hibberd

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part One

15 December 2009 7:47 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After such success with this last year, today comes the first in a multi-chapter look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2010.

Each 'Volume' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of around 25-30 films, and at present it's looking to run around nine volumes in length.

Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first official weekend of releases on January 8th.

13

Opens: 2010

Cast: Jason Statham, Alexander Skarsgard, Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent

Director: Géla Babluani

Summary: A remake of 2005 French thriller "13 (Tzameti)". A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Analysis: Remakes are very common, the same director remaking his own film in English is rarer but still not unheard of ("Funny Games," "Bangkok Dangerous," "The »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part One

15 December 2009 7:47 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After such success with this last year, today comes the first in a multi-chapter look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2010.

Each 'Volume' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of around 25-30 films, and at present it's looking to run around nine volumes in length.

Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first official weekend of releases on January 8th.

13

Opens: 2010

Cast: Jason Statham, Alexander Skarsgard, Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent

Director: Géla Babluani

Summary: A remake of 2005 French thriller "13 (Tzameti)". A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Analysis: Remakes are very common, the same director remaking his own film in English is rarer but still not unheard of ("Funny Games," "Bangkok Dangerous," "The »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part One

15 December 2009 7:47 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After such success with this last year, today comes the first in a multi-chapter look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2010.

Each 'Volume' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of around 25-30 films, and at present it's looking to run around nine volumes in length.

Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first official weekend of releases on January 8th.

13

Opens: 2010

Cast: Jason Statham, Alexander Skarsgard, Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent

Director: Géla Babluani

Summary: A remake of 2005 French thriller "13 (Tzameti)". A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Analysis: Remakes are very common, the same director remaking his own film in English is rarer but still not unheard of ("Funny Games," "Bangkok Dangerous," "The »

- Garth Franklin

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New Moon's Taylor Lautner cast as teen action hero Max Steel

6 December 2009 12:39 PM, PST | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

New Moon star Taylor Lautner will play teen action hero Max Steel in an upcoming Paramount Pictures film. Lautner, 17, became an international sex symbol after flaunting his rippling 8-pack abs in New Moon, the sequel to the 2008 blockbuster Twilight. In Max Steel, Lautner will play a 19-year-old extreme sports junkie who gets recruited by a secret agency after he gains superhuman powers following a bizarre accident. The film will produced by Joe Roth (Hellboy, Tears of the Sun) and is based on the hugely successful Mattel action figure. New Moon, which co-stars Robert Pattinson, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed and Kristen Stewart, is in theaters now. »

- schang@theimproper.com (Samantha Chang)

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Richard Gere’s “Brooklyn’s Finest” Trailer

6 December 2009 5:53 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Overture Films has debuted a trailer for Antoine Fuqua’s crime drama “Brooklyn’s Finest.”

Brooklyn’s Finest | Richard Gere and Ethan Hawke

The movie which stars Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle, Jesse Williams, Ellen Barkin, Wesley Snipes, Lili Taylor, Brian F. O’Byrne, Shannon Kane, Will Patton and Vincent D’Onofrio revolves around three unconnected New York cops who find themselves drawn to the same dangerous location.

Plot Summary: Burned out veteran Eddie Dugan (Richard Gere) is just one week away from his pension and a fishing cabin in Connecticut. Narcotics officer Sal Procida (Ethan Hawke) has discovered there’s no line he won’t cross to provide a better life for his long-suffering wife and seven children. And Clarence “Tango” Butler (Don Cheadle) has been undercover so long his loyalties have started to shift from his fellow police officers to his prison buddy Caz (Wesley Snipes), one »

- Fiona

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Brooklyn's Finest gets a trailer

4 December 2009 3:44 AM, PST | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

  The trailer for Antoine Fuqua's new film has hit the web. Brooklyn's Finest appears to cover similar ground to Fuqua's Training Day, which is no bad thing. The film follows three New York cops whose loyalties and morals are tested over the space of seven days. It looks like it could be a return to form for Fuqua after so-so movies Tears of the Sun, King Arthur and Shooter. Cheesy voiceover-man aside, the trailer shows a lot of promise, and looks like Ethan Hawke could deliver another decent performance for Fuqua. It might...

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- Total Film

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Uwe Boll Gets Serious: Darfur Trailer

5 November 2009 8:54 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

For a guy whose funding is supposed to have dried up, Uwe Boll is still making a hell of a lot of movies nowadays. His latest is “Darfur”, which looks a lot like a serious attempt at getting some respect. The trailer has shown up online, and you can judge for yourself if it’s just a cheaper version of the Bruce Willis actioner “Tears of the Sun” or if this is something that will change your mind about Uwe Boll. Of course, it probably doesn’t help too much that the whole thing starts off looking like a somber documentary about the Darfur genocide before devolving into generic gunplay towards the end. And the presence of Billy Zane, Edward Furlong, and familiar Uwe Boll muse Kristanna Loken probably doesn’t help, either. American journalists in Sudan are confronted with the dilemma of whether to return home to report on the atrocities they have seen, »

- Nix

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CBS orders more 'Accidentally'

3 November 2009 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CBS has picked up five more episodes of the Monday night comedy "Accidentally on Purpose."

The CBS TV production has been a solid performer on a night where the ratings bar is set very high. Though "Accidentally" has been the lowest-rated performer of the lineup, it has improved on retaining its "How I Met Your Mother" lead-in and on Monday night, hit a season high among total viewers.

The less-than-full season order for the show is mainly due to CBS still having episodes of "Rules of Engagement" for later this season. »

- By James Hibberd

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Perry Shops New TV Show To Networks

13 October 2009 5:16 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former Friends star Matthew Perry is hoping to return to primetime TV - he's writing, producing and starring in a brand new sit-com.

The actor, who played Chandler Bing in the longrunning series, is set to pitch his new show to network bosses this month, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The untitled project will see Perry play a sports arena manager, who is looking to reevaluate his life as he hits 40.

Perry has teamed up with Rules of Engagement writer Alex Barnow in a bid to land a hit.

He joins his former Friends co-stars Matt LeBlanc and Courteney Cox, who have both recently secured new U.S. TV series. »

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Matthew Perry eying TV return

12 October 2009 10:52 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Matthew Perry is hoping to join fellow "Friends" co-stars Courteney Cox and Matt LeBlanc back on the small screen.   According to The Hollywood Reporter, Perry is developing a single-camera comedy for Sony Pictures TV. He'll star in, co-write and executive produce the pilot, which will be pitched to networks this week.   The untitled comedy will be co-written by "Rules of Engagement" and "'Til Death" veterans Alex Barnow and Mark Firek, who have a deal at Sony.   Joining Perry is Thomas Schlamme, serving as director and executive producer on the pilot. Perry and Schlamme worked together on "Friends" and »

- HitFix Staff

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Matthew Perry develops single-camera project

11 October 2009 9:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Matthew Perry is returning to broadcast television with a single-camera comedy.

The "Friends" alum is set to star in, co-write and executive produce the untitled project produced by Sony Pictures TV.

Perry, who turned 40 in August, conceived the comedy, in which he will play a self-involved manager of a second-rate sports arena who begins to re-evaluate his life on his 40th birthday.

After meeting with a number of writers, Perry teamed with Sony-based Alex Barnow and Mark Firek, who will pen the script with him and exec produce.

Thomas Schlamme, who worked with Perry on "Friends," "The West Wing" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," is on board to direct and exec produce.

The project also is exec produced by Sony TV-based Jamie Tarses, the former broadcast exec credited with the development of "Friends" who was the inspiration for Amanda Peet's character on "Studio 60" and served as a consultant on that show. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Antoine Fuqua Set To Take ‘Prisoners’

30 September 2009 10:27 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Risky Biz Blog is reporting that Training Day director, Antoine Fuqua, is in negotiations to helm Prisoners, (no longer “The Prisoners”) a film taken from a “hot spec script” written by Aaron Guzikowski. The script was said to have created a stir when it first appeared earlier this year, with high-profile actors Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg once attached to star, X-Men helmer Bryan Singer eyeing the director’s chair and a number of different studios looking to pick up the project.

However, soon after the producers of Prisoners sold the film to Alcon, reconfigured the project to have a lower budget (around the $30-40 million mark) and went forward without a cast for the time being, so that they could get things in motion faster. And it appears that the approach is working; the film is on the fast-track, and may go into pre-production shortly, with a “likely” January »

- Ross Miller

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Revenge Thriller Prisoners Gets Fuqua Up

29 September 2009 8:57 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Aaron Guzikowski’s hot spec script “Prisoners” was supposed to have the hottest cast and the hottest director. Supposed to, anyway. The script has since lost its two would-be A-list actors, but the good news is that it’s replaced one A-list director with another. Out goes Bryan Singer, in comes Antoine Fuqua of “Training Day” and “Tears of the Sun” fame. THR reports that the revenge thriller, written on spec by Guzikowski, will start shooting as early next year for a Fall 2010 release. Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale were originally interested in playing the film’s two male leads. The film is now without a cast. “Prisoners” would have starred Wahlberg as a father in a small town who abducts and holds prisoner the man he believes is responsible for the abduction of his daughter and her friend. Bale would have played the big-city cop who shows up to »

- Nix

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'Surrogates' displays the two sides of Bruce Willis: Which do you prefer?

22 September 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Bruce Willis is actually two people. Superman Bruce is the cocksure, single-minded hardass who plays high-ranking military officers, professional hitmen, and world-rescuing oil drillers; he ruined Die Hard 4. Everyman Bruce is the emotionally bruised anxiety case who plays divorced alcoholics, blue-collar joes, and former heroes gone to seed; for me, he made Die Hard 3 the last great '90s action film, pre-Matrix. Both men are featured prominently in Surrogates, a documentary about career schizophrenia which opens this Friday. Okay, Surrogates is really a sci-fi shoot-em-up. But we can agree that there's a clear divide running throughout Willis' career between the action-god star persona seen in movies like Armageddon, Hostage, and Hart's War, and the messy, emotionally traumatizing performances he gave in films like 12 Monkeys, Pulp Fiction, and In Country. Based on the trailer, it seems that Surrogates is intentionally addressing this contrast. I certainly wouldn't put it past director Jonathan Mostow, »

- Darren Franich

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The 10 Most Promising New TV Shows of Fall 2009

1 September 2009 5:31 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Satire (“Glee”), family comedy (“The Middle”), animation (“The Cleveland Show”), a remake of a soap classic (“Melrose Place”), and three medical dramas (“Mercy,” “Trauma,” “Three Rivers”) - this Fall TV season attempts to offer something for everyone. But is any of it worth watching? Is there another “Lost,” “Pushing Daisies,” or even a “Grey’s Anatomy”? Let us guide the way.

For the first time in years, there’s some excitement surrounding the new Fall TV season. We’ve been under the shadow of the writer’s strike for the last few seasons with very few breakout hits after Fall 2007 was cut short by the strike and Fall 2008 was underdeveloped because of its fallout.

The new comedy for the aspiring underdog in all of us premieres Wednesday, Sept. 9 (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) on Fox. Pictured Top row L-r: Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Weekly TV Wrap Up - May 21st, 2009

21 May 2009 8:27 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Welcome to Screen Rant’s weekly TV Update.

It seems that I’ve reported most of the developing TV news throughout the week.  I’m exhausted but I still dug up a few more bits about the Gossip Girl spin-off, a Chuck tidbit, the move that Smallville is making.

And I’ve got the usual set of numbers for the ratings from last week.

Onward, my fair readers.

 

Gossip Girl Spin-off

The news is fickle and iffy that the Gossip Girl spin-off, tentatively titled Lily will happen.  Over the front half of the week, sources say it’s dead in the water.  Yet on Wednesday other sources are saying it’s not dead yet.  We’ll find out for sure today (Thursday).

The source that says it is dead has been pretty accurate this week, so for the moment, I am leaning towards Doa.

Sorry folks.

Sources:  EW, KorbiTV

Chuck »

- Bruce Simmons

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