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On Sunday's episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Nicole Napolitano and Amber Marchese turned the intensity up to 11 with the first real fight of the season.
How did things go from zero to sixty so quickly? Well, if you ask Nicole's twin, Teresa Aprea, the blame lies squarely on Amber's shoulders.
"Out of respect for Bobby and his home, I was actually quite calm when Amber approached me in full-blown phoniness," Teresa wrote in her Bravo blog.
"I calmly walked over to Nicole so that she and Amber would rectify this matter. All Nicole expected was for Amber to apologize. However, Amber lost control, raised her voice, snapped her fingers, and made demands for us to 'get upstairs.' Is she kidding? I will never be spoken to that way, nor will I ever respond to the verbal condescending abuse of a bully."
Teresa clarified some details of the physical fight, saying that "I saw what happened that night between them. Amber grabbed Nicole’s arm. Nicole pushed her hand off and pulled her hair. There was physical contact between them both."
We totally buy that the fight was physical on both sides — it certainly seemed that way on screen — but we're not as convinced that the escalation was all Amber's fault.
Amber was totally rude to snap at the other women, but leaving the room to talk things out was probably a good idea... But less fun for us viewers at home than what we got!
Gigi Hadid is speaking out against rumors claiming she flirted with Justin Bieber.
Months ago, Hadid, who stars alongside her mother Yolanda in Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, was photographed on a yacht with the singer and right away, rumors began swirling that the pair could be dating. However, Hadid claims that is far from the case.
“There are websites that are saying, ‘Justin Flirts With Gigi Topless’ and then you click on the picture and it’s me and Justin sitting on opposite sides of the boat,” Hadid fumed of the reports, according to an Aug. 6 post by Wetpaint Entertainment. “I’m looking one way and he’s looking another and he doesn’t have a shirt on because we’re on a boat. And flirting? What part of that picture says we’re flirting? Show me one sign that we’re flirting.”
Up until this past April, Hadid was in a committed relationship with singer Cody Simpson, but sadly, the couple broke up in order to focus on their careers.
After leaving the hit Bravo show in 2013 after three seasons -- and famously failing to show up at the reunion special taping -- the Palms Casino businesswoman tells Us she's finally ready to make a comeback on the reality show. "I was approached by the producers to come back," Maloof says. "I'm coming back in cameo roles," adds Maloof, who will join vets Lisa Vanderpump, Kim and Kyle Richards, Brandi Glanville, Yolanda Foster and newbies Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson.
So why exactly is the mom of three, who filed for divorce from her husband Paul Nassif after leaving the show, returning to the snakepit?
"It just made sense to maybe take this and come full circle from where I left off last time," she tells Us. "I’m coming back, also, a bit wiser. I know what to expect now. There were some unfinished situations that I felt the need to kind of mend and come full circle."
"A lot has happened in my life," she continues. "So with each experience, I think I’ve grown. I’m at a point now where it’s a new chapter. I can really focus and think clearer on what to expect, and there’s nothing like experience to kind of get you to where you know you want to be. And I know that I want to come full circle with the rest of the women, some closure, and I feel like I have a better grasp on how to do that now."
In an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Shannon Beador didn’t hold back when a viewer asked her who she thought was the “fakest” housewife in her season of Real Housewives of Orange County.
Despite taking a second to think about her answer, Beador answered definitively: “Sorry. I’m going to say Tamra.”
But Beador teased the final two episodes: “They’re jam-packed full,” she told eager Moss. But the show’s host gave a few more specifics.
“Some stuff goes down in the finale between your husband and Terry Dubrow that’s really fascinating,” he said.
sources: RadarOnline, USmagazine, Examiner, WetPaint
Wentworth Miller is a silver fox with his new grey hair on the set of his upcoming series The Flash on Wednesday afternoon (August 6) in Vancouver, Canada.
The 42-year-old actor will be playing the villainous role of Captain Cold, an enemy of The Flash. One of Captain Cold’s main superpowers is his ability to have a beam of cold that freezes anything it touches instantly.
It was just announced that another villain will be added to the show. In episode six, the recurring character of Tony Woodward aka Girder will be introduced, according to TV Line.
Here is a description of the character: “Woodward was a bratty steelworker who upon being dunked in a vat of molten metal that had been tainted by S.T.A.R. Labs waste emerged as a mass of iron, impervious to most anything.”
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This ageless sexy bastard.
In a continuation of the renewed "Weird Al" Yankovic fervor that has swept the Internet in the past few weeks, one fan has petitioned the NFL to consider Al for next year's Super Bowl halftime show, which will take place in Glendale, Arizona on February 1.
"Having him headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show would not only be overly accepted by the millions of views," the fan writes, "but it would remain true to the standards and quality of the show business we have come to love and respect out of this prestigious event." The petition has already amassed close to 4,000 signatures at publication time.
Last month, Yankovic released his 14th album, Mandatory Fun, alongside a series of accompanying music videos, including parodies of "Fancy" and "Happy," that set fans and new listeners abuzz. To commemorate the occasion, SPIN ranked all of the entertainer's videos in order.
And, in honor of the "Weird Al" petition, SPIN has put together a potential set list, with guests, for the NFL to consider.
SPIN's Dream Set List for a "Weird Al" Super Bowl Halftime Show:
"Perform This Way" with Lady Gaga
"Handy" with a new verse by Iggy Azalea
"Amish Paradise" with Coolio
"Eat It" with hologram Weird Al
"Another One Rides the Bus" with Queen as backing band and Adam Lambert as guest vocalist
"Girls Just Want to Have Lunch" with Cyndi Lauper
"Tacky" segues into "Happy" with Pharrell as all the special guests come out wearing the rapper's signature hat as a grand group finale. (ehhhhhh no)
This should happen.
With ladies of the evening losing inhibitions, decadent lechery abounds in the video, as the lyric "I keep bitches on a party bus" captions the aesthetic. Watch his behind the scenes video to get in the heads of the sorcerers who conjured this strange magic. Stay tuned for more music from Destructo, with his upcoming West Coast EP (Insomniac/Interscope) followed by the 'West Coast World Tour."
On tonight’s episode of “Teen Mom 2,” we see Jenelle faced with a scenario that leaves her a bit overwhelmed. Her boyfriend Nathan has been sent to prison for a DUI, and Jenelle, who is pregnant, must take care of his dog, and her own, plus her young son Jace— all at the same time. It’s a lot for one person to handle, and in the midst of it all, Jenelle finds herself very frustrated.
“What I learned from this experience is that you always need to be two steps ahead,” said Jenelle when I spoke to her about the incident. “You need to have your dogs trained well, and they need to listen to you as owners.”
When I asked Jenelle what advice she would give to “Teen Mom 2″ viewers about pet ownership, she said, “They should definitely make sure they can handle it — it is not as easy as it seems— and make sure to start out with one dog first, not two. What I usually do before I get a pet is go on Google and search for different breeds and see how they are around children — you want to make sure they are going to get along with all your family members.”
Speaking of family members, Jenelle pointed out that part of being a good pet owner is making sure your kids understand the responsibilities that go along with taking care of an animal.“You need to show your kids how many times you take the dogs out a day,” said Jenelle. “They need to appreciate you taking out the dog, so they know what it is like before they decide to get an animal for themselves. Kids can’t take care of pets by themselves, so if you get your child an animal, you need to be prepared to take care of it too.”
Jenelle said that she regrets the way she handled the incident, and that she wants people to know that she loves her dog. “He’s so loyal, so protective, he’s kind of goofy, and he’s so clumsy and dopey. He’s definitely part of the family.”
For those who haven't seen the episode, basically this article is damage control after airing footage of Jenelle screaming at her dogs and treating them badly. She kept them locked in crates that weren't big enough for them to stand up completely straight, she tried dragging one by the collar when it wouldn't cooperate and just kept screaming "I hate this dog so much" over and over. She kept two large dogs in one crate while she went out shopping to buy new ones, then flipped out because one dog bit the other while they were in there. Then out of frustration she opened the crate and let them both run out into the streets and basically said "bye" and "I'm not gonna look for you".
A win for a "Raging Bull" heiress also becomes a win for the Egyptian objecting to a sample in one of the hip hop star's biggest hits.
History might record Jay Z as being one of the first victims of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last May to allow Paula Petrella to sue MGM and 20th Century Fox over the Martin Scorsese film, Raging Bull.
What does Jay Z have to do with Raging Bull? It's summed up by one word: laches.
The hip-hop star is involved in a lawsuit that's now seven years old over his sampling of "Khosara, Khosara," from the 1960 Egyptian film Fata Ahlami, used in his 2000 mega-hit song, "Big Pimpin." The plaintiff in the case is the nephew of late Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, who believes that Jay Z mutilated the original song.
The long-running case is a complicated one that has taken many twists and turns.
Last December, U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder affirmed that Osama Ahmed Fahmy couldn't claim copyright damages between March 30, 2001 and 2006. The first date is when "Big Pimpin" producers executed a settlement with EMI, which once asserted rights to "Khosara, Khosara" based on an agreement with the Egyptian outfit Sout El Phan. The latter date is when the deal between EMI and Sout El Phan expired.
Judge Snyder ruled that laches — or an unreasonable delay in pursuing a right or claim — barred Fahmy from challenging rights during this period. She allowed Fahmy to pursue discovery about whether Jay Z and other defendants (MTV, Paramount, Warner Music, etc.) were aware after 2006 that they were infringing plaintiff’s copyright. Evidence of willful infringement would beat a laches defense.
Here's where the Supreme Court's Raging Bull ruling comes in--
In May, in a 6-3 majority opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the high court ruled that in most instances, the equitable defense of laches can't be invoked to preclude damages claims brought within the applicable three-year statute of limitations. Petrella, the daughter of a man whose works allegedly became the basis of Raging Bull, was allowed to claim damages back to 2006 after filing a lawsuit in 2009. The decision seemed primed to usher in more copyright liability. Now, we've got proof.
In a new ruling that was issued in late July and entered on Monday (see here), Judge Snyder says the Petrella decision "represents a substantial change in the law governing laches," and applying it to the lawsuit over "Big Pimpin," opens the door to the Egyptian recovering profits from the recent exploitation of "Big Pimpin." She vacates her prior holding that laches bars plaintiff's claims.
The Supreme Court said that in "extraordinary circumstances," laches could still bar a copyright plaintiff from obtaining certain types of relief, but Judge Snyder rejects the defendants' arguments that the death of a key witness nor the substantial investment in "Big Pimpin" rises to that level.
Judge Snyder won't bar Fahmy from pursuing Jay Z's profits at this stage, but won't rule it out at a later stage after further investigation in the case. The seven-year-old case continues.
It's not all bad news for Jay Z. On Tuesday, he along with Dr. Dre and Rick Ross beat a copyright lawsuit from a gospel group alleging the song "3 Kings" improperly sampled a 1976 song. The judge ruled that co-defendant Universal Music was a co-owner of the older song and couldn't be sued for infringement.
I am sitting next to the a couple on their 1st date who met online and it's a conversation I have to live tweet about right now. Stay tuned— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
He's currently explaining to her the amount of women he's hooked up with after the first date...it's a lot— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
O god...he's still married— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
She keeps tossing her hair...I honestly think she's into it. They r now discussing name pronunciation...I have to secretly film this— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
She needs to speak up...now multiple ppl are trying to listen. I'm alone so I guess they have a one up on me but this needs to be documented— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
HE JUST CALLED HER THE WRONG NAME!!! After 30 mins of their date, he called her Terry...her name is Tracey— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
Awkward silence followed by a bathroom break on his part...I can't get a read on Tracey yet— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
Thk god he just peed...he's back. Cue Tracey leaving to the bathroom. Might I add, she didn't check her phone once, he just got on his— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
Let's just name him Dan...he looks like a Dan. I am now staying at dinner to see if his horrible lines work...why am I so invested?— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
Dan has a mullet...and a beard...2 things that could be love blinding Tracey...hurry the hell up Tracey, Jesus, the audience is waiting...— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
O shit...Dan is a director...should I make my presence known? #GodIhopeIgetIt— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
Seriously Tracey...seriously???!!! Why u gotta make this hard on me,speak up and NEVER lean in when Dan goes for the "arm around chair" move— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
They r currently talkin about their current/past relationships and I'm now getting sad that I'm putting this on display...ok not anymore— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
Dan just said "There's a girl here that I call my cousin...but she's not my cousin, she's my ex girlfriend." I'm dying laughing— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
U guys...I am now sweatin laughing. I'm a terrible person but he just said he dated his second cousin once. I SWEAR ON MY LIFE HE SAID THAT— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
Someone needs to turn Tracey's imaginary mic up cause Dan is bout to be the breakout star of this twitter show...— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
1. Tracey is prob gonna go home wit "Dan"— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
2. Ladies...don't go home with guys like "Dan"
3. Live tweet 1st dates without ppl knowin.
Dan just said "my feet hurt all the time"...TRACEY ASKED FOR THE CHECK!!! Hell yes Tracey!— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
Can I get a moment of silence to see how's this is gonna end...................shhhhh— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
No joke, I just followed them out (without paying yet) and Tracey just peaced out!!! Tracey-1, Dan-0!!!! Note to self: Do this more often...— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
Note to self: Consider online dating just to teach ppl how to date...wait...IM LIKE THE HITCH OF ONLINE DATING!!! Sell that @GBerlanti— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
Sorry Tracey and "Dan" but I just had to get that on record. Im payin my bill now with a smile on my face. Thk you!— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) August 7, 2014
I'M LAUGHING SO HARD OMG
If ‘90s star Tia Mowry thought she was hurt when Oscar-winning diva Charlize Theron was “mean” to her at a spin class recently, Mowry could have a more eye-opening experience in store, that is if Theron gets her way.
Toby is so adorable omw <3
The annual International Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List has been released — and no surprise here, Cate Blanchett and Lupita Nyong'o are among the famous faces to make the cut.
Blanchett (styled by The Hollywood Reporter's No. 1 power stylist, Elizabeth Stewart, this year) and Nyong'o (styled by THR power stylist Michaela Erlanger) are joined by the likes of Michelle Dockery (also styled by Erlanger), Emmy Rossum, Emma Watson, Pharrell Williams, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba and Neil Patrick Harris, to name a few, on the list.
Bianca Brandolini, Italian Socialite
Sophia Amaruso of NastyGal
Vanessa Getty, SF Socialite
Stacey Bendet of Alice + Olivia
This list — divided into the categories women, men, couples, originals, professionals and editors' pick — also includes Nasty Gal CEO Sophia Amoruso, Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet, and plenty of royal figures, with Kate Middleton named to the "Hall of Fame" category.
What do you think of VF's list? Let us know in the comments.
FULL LIST HERE--- http://www.vanityfair.com/style/the-international-best-dressed-list
Fashion Post y'all...
It’s been a long, frustrating ride for Terry Gilliam and his efforts to make a film inspired by Miguel De Cervantes' 17th Century Spanish classic Don Quixote. The one time he actually managed to get it on its feet, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote stumbled quickly thanks to a quagmire of issues. He’s announced several start dates in the years since, but talked up an early 2015 kick-off in May. Now he’s saying just after Christmas, and details to The Wrap how the film has changed.
The version that was to have starred Johnny Depp– chronicled in its misfortune via documentary Lost In La Mancha– followed an ad man who meets Quixote. Now? It’s more about the character himself, and just a smidge of the director... “I keep incorporating my own life into it and shifting it,” Gilliam says. “The basic underlying premise of that the version Johnny was involved in was that he actually was going to be transported back to the 17th century, and now it all takes place now, it's contemporary. It's more about how movies can damage people.”
And he knows whereof he speaks. “I've done it so many times — or not done it so many times — I'll believe it when I see it,” he laughs. “However, I'm behaving as if it's all going to happen as planned.” Just don’t tell God, or he’ll come down with the biggest fit of the giggles. So Gilliam’s going Meta – “Our main character actually made a Don Quixote movie a lot earlier in his history, and the effect it had on many people wasn't very nice. Some people go mad, some people turn to drink, some people become whores”– and he has the financing in place to crank the cameras in January. John Hurt has been mentioned as a potential new Quixote, but with cast discussions in that fraught negotiation stage, Gilliam can’t confirm anything. Meanwhile, we go on keeping our fingers, toes and eyes crossed that it finally happens.
More info about this mess at source.
Avengers: Age of Ultron star Josh Brolin has said in the past that he was contacted for the role of Batman which eventually went to Ben Affleck, but hasn't really commented beyond that.
The closest he came was acknowledging in a March interview with Total Film magazine that he and director Zack Snyder didn't see eye-to-eye on how Batman should be approached.
“Me and Zack had a conversation about it,” Brolin explained at the time, “and there were several reasons why we said it wasn’t the best idea on both sides. I had mine and Zack had his.”
He seemed to suggest that Snyder's take on the character was a bit too "cool" for him, valuing big moments and clever lines. That wouldn't be too far off-target, given the fact that Snyder has repeatedly cited Frank Miller's Batman, who enjoyed a little of that style depiction, as his muse.
In a new interview with IGN, though, Brolin takes what's pretty transparently a pot shot at Snyder's past as a music video director, suggesting that Marvel's movies are better because their filmmakers are more focused on substance than style.
"First and foremost, I have a really good friend who I've known for years who's the co-president of Marvel, Louis D'Esposito. I knew Louis as a first AD, and he's the one who initially called me, and then [producer] Jeremy Latcham. Then I talked to Kevin Feige, ultimately," Brolin explained. "But there's something about them that's so insular and so geeky and so real. I loved it -- because I've turned down a lot of those types of movies. Not Marvel, but I've turned down a lot of those types of movies. When they started telling me the story about them getting together in Palm Springs, nine of them flipping burgers and talking about what Thanos was going to do and going, 'What do you think?' like, 'Captain America's going to show up here!' Then, 'Oh my God, what if the Hulk came in at that point?' and all that -- .I love that s--t. I love it, because those guys are absolutely saturated with that world, and they love story Another thing that I really loved is, they said that they didn't use directors that did music videos and all that in the past. They would always look for people who had done stories. If you look at James Gunn's oeuvre, he's done even web series, but they're all stories."
Zack Snyder, of course, got his start doing music videos for Soul Asylum, Morrissey and others. He hasn't done them regularly since he got his feature film break in Dawn of the Dead (written by Gunn, ironically enough), but he returned to the form in 2009 to direct My Chemical Romance's "Desolation Row" music video for Watchmen.
While top Marvel management has typically remained respectful of the competition, both at Warner/DC and otherwise, actors seem to have a bit looser rein to take their shots. During the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice/Captain America 3 release date kerfuffle that finally wrapped up yesterday, Anthony Mackie repeatedly took pot shots [lol bless] at the other film, although his seemed mostly to be in the spirit of good-natured carnival barking, where Brolin's comments here seem to indicate a real frustration with Warners' approach.
ONTD, is Batman serious business or VERY serious business?
It’s been a good year for Marvel. Correction: It’s been a great year for Marvel. First, Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened huge in April and remains the biggest blockbuster of the year so far, outgrossing its 2011 franchise-starter around the world by 92 percent! Then, last week, Guardians of the Galaxy delivered a giant weekend, vindicating Marvel’s long-range plans for deep-cut superheros. The outside-the-box space epic is even ahead of Winter Soldier‘s box-office pace after five days. And if that wasn’t enough to celebrate, yesterday, Marvel received perhaps its most enjoyable gift of all: Warner Bros. announced that it was moving Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice off its May 6, 2016 release date, avoiding a potential opening-weekend showdown with the next Captain America sequel.
The news was met with hoots of derision: Warner Bros. and DC Comics had blinked. “Bawk bawk bawk!!!! WB is chicken!!!!” screamed the always eloquent internet. “Notice that they waited until one week after Comic-Con to make this announcement so they could avoid the mocking Marvel fanboy laughter,” sneered another EW commenter.
That Warner Bros. then immediately unveiled release dates for nine untitled DC superhero movies through 2020 didn’t exactly help matters. “There was a collective eye roll,” says an industry source familiar with Marvel’s thinking. “It’s almost like DC’s trying to create this fictitious PR war or this fictitious date war, but they’re coming to a gun fight with a knife. Guardians was Marvel’s 10th No. 1 movie, and it broke the mold. It’s a raccoon and a bunch of misfits. So Monday, of course, Sony comes out with their female superhero message, and then DC comes out with untitled dates until 2020—on the heels of Time Warner kicking Fox out of bed and announcing their earnings this week. Don’t think that’s all a coincidence.”
That might all be true, but here’s the thing: moving Dawn of Justice up to March 25—a month traditionally considered a box-office dead zone—might just be a brilliant maneuver. “There’s that perception [that Warner Bros. retreated], but I think at the end of the day, he who wins is just the one who’s smart,” says Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for Rentrak. “They’re going to have an incredible amount of playing time before the Marvel movie kicks off. Putting this movie on a non-conventional date is going to pay big benefits for Warner Bros., for the theater owners—who love films that have legs—and for the audience. [Customers] will have a really cool movie to go out and see in March.”
It’s a strategy that is unusual, but hardly unprecedented. In March 2012, the first Hunger Games opened to $152 million and ultimately grossed more than $408 million—proving to the industry that “summer movies” don’t need to play in the summer or holiday season. Adding fuel to the argument was the recent performances of Warner Bros. films like Gravity and The LEGO Movie, two hits that soared within unconventional corridors (October and February, respectively). Throw in the proven advantage of being the year’s first “summer movie” (see: Iron Man 3; Winter Soldier), and the short-term shame in backing down might be drowned out by a loud chorus of cha-chings in March 2016.
“The reality now is there really isn’t a bad week to open a movie,” says Dan Fellman, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution. “If you look at the summer box office this year, you can see that there were so many movies, one after the other. You can start with Spider-Man, two weeks later Godzilla, and then Maleficent, and then Edge of Tomorrow, and then Jump Street and Transformers. And the one thing they all had in common, not one of them did over $250 million. We’ll be the first one up [in 2016], which is very important, and we’ll have six weeks before Captain America comes in.”
Warner Bros. could’ve saved themselves from the game of chicken in the first place by not being so confrontational. Marvel had announced May 6 first, but initially it was reserved for an untitled superhero film. Warner Bros., armed with its two biggest comic-book characters meeting for the first time on-screen, didn’t hesitate to trespass when it pushed back Dawn of Justice‘s original release date from July 2015. “In terms of going back and reviewing the situation, it looked to us—and maybe our reconnaissance wasn’t great—that they were not going to have a movie [ready] on that date,” says Fellman. “Just that they held onto it and they might not be able to deliver. But they took another position.”
That other position was solidified when Winter Soldier opened to critical accolades and more than $713 million globally, surpassing the total take for Man of Steel. Once Marvel announced that Cap 3 was the MCU film set for May 6, the showdown got serious—and potentially very costly for both sides. “Nobody wins in that scenario,” says Dergarabedian, and in fact, Warner Bros.’ recent date change might realistically make both camps richer by $100 million or more than if they stubbornly had stuck to their guns and fought it out in May.
So DC and Marvel will live to fight another day. Marvel is sitting pretty, with a string of blockbusters that has reshaped the industry. DC has a lot riding on Dawn of Justice, obviously, with the pressure to establish a super-superfranchise on par with The Avengers (or even Guardians of the Galaxy). Fellman says that some of those untitled DC movies should begin to be announced later this month—Shazam?—and that the first real Justice League adventure might be closer than you think. Might they build on the momentum of Dawn of Justice in 2016 with a quick sequel incorporating more classic characters, rather than waiting the traditional two or three years? “While it hasn’t been officially announced,” teases Fellman. “I think it’s a pretty good bet.”
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Ned Benson's "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" was a sensation with audiences at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival when it screened as it was intended -- as two films (one titled "Him," the other "Her") played back to back. "Him" takes on the perspective of the James McAvoy's character, who's dealing with a rough breakup, while "Her" centers on that of his ex, played by Jessica Chastain.
Well, our prayers have been answered. Today comes news that they will open "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her" on October 10 in select theaters.
Which version do you plan on checking out?
The Weinsteins doing the most.
Cuidado, Acapulco! The Mexican versions of Snooki, JWoww and The Situation are coming to town.
Acapulco Shore, based upon popular U.S. reality show Jersey Shore, will highlight eight young Mexicanos living in and around the beach resort town. MTV Latin America and bilingual U.S. network Tr3s will debut the show simultaneously in September 2014.
The latino version follows the other adaptations made in the U.K. (Geordie Shore), Poland (Warsaw Shore) and Spain (Gandia Shore).
"Drama, friendship, and partying -- the hallmarks of the MTV franchise are all encapsulated in Acapulco Shore," said Maria Iregui, Brand Manager of MTV Latin America. In other words, fans can expect a lot of boozing and fighting.
The good news doesn't end there, MTV fans. A planned Mexican re-version of MTV’s comedy clip show Ridiculousness is not in production yet but Catfish Colombia is currently in production and slated for a September premiere across MTV Latin America.
Mad Max: Fury Road has certainly started to rev its marketing engine. Earlier we saw the first trailer for the George Miller directed Mad Max reboot and now we've got some more images to show you.
VH1 blurs out breasts and genitals, but butts they can (and do) show by galore. What a treat!
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