Gulliver's Travels (1996– )
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,
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
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.
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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
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?
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
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
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,
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.
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
"[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
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.
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
The Bounty Hunter (Columbia Pictures/Relativity Media)
The Last Airbender (Paramount/Nickelodeon
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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