April 16, 2014

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What is the future of ‘Jersey Shore’?

HollywoodNews.com: Now that ‘Jersey Shore’ star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is pregnant and getting married, it seems pretty unlikely that she will return to the reality TV show that made her famous.
However, it seems that the future of ‘Jersey Shore’ is pretty unknown at this time as the fifth season is currently airing, states People. “No decision has been made yet on a sixth season of ‘Jersey Shore,’” an MTV spokesperson commented.
Snooki is currently working on a new reality TV show with castmate Jenni “JWOWW” Farley.
What do you think will happen to the show?
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Olivia Wilde talks about getting labeled for being sexually open

HollywoodNews.com: Olivia Wilde has done a lot at a young age and that apparently included becoming comfortable with sexuality which has apparently been misinterpreted by some.
Wilde recently opened up to ‘British GQ’ about being sexually mature at a young age as she was able to talk openly about it, states UsMagazine.com. However, it wasn’t always seen as a good thing by others.
“I was very comfortable with it and talking about it, and once someone hears a young woman speak candidly about sexuality, it’s like, ‘Whoa!’ You get labelled,” Wilde commented.
Do you agree with her?
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Megan Fox doesn’t get to watch ‘Beverly Hills, 90210′

HollywoodNews.com: You would think Megan Fox would have watched ‘Beverly Hills, 90210′ at some time in her life as her husband, Brian Austin Green, was on it, but that is apparently not the case.
Green recently revealed that she isn’t allowed to watch the show because of a rule the two have in their relationship, states UsMagazine.com. “We have a rule: We don’t watch each other’s stuff,” Green revealed.
But that hasn’t stopped Fox from trying to watch little bits here and there: “She tries to sneak them on SOAPnet, and then she gets in trouble for it.”
What do you think about this rule?
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John Carter is sci-fi fantasy done wrong

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: I understood Brian DePalma’s Mission: Impossible the first time I saw it in theaters. I had no trouble following Chris Nolan’s brain-twister thrillers (Memento, The Prestige, Inception). It was work, but I more-or-less ‘got’ the core narrative beats of LA Confidential and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. But by golly John Carter is a confusing muddle of a movie. There has been all kinds of hand-wringing about the film’s rather large budget and its lousy marketing campaign.

I’ve taken the film to task for representing Disney’s obsessive desire to ditch their core female audience while spending untold millions on boy-friendly franchises that don’t pay off (HERE). But putting all of that aside, Andrew Stanton’s visually ambitious and cheerfully innocent boys’ adventure film does indeed have a few moments of visual splendor and gee-whiz action. But it is saddled by a needlessly convoluted narrative that goes nowhere slowly, and that further strains patience by telling its story through cryptic exposition as well as inexplicable casting and costuming choices that renders a large chunk of the supporting cast indistinguishable from each other at key junctures.
The plot, such as it is, concerns John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), a bereaved Confederate soldier who ends up transported to Mars through sci-fi happenstance and ends up embroiled in a civil war. That’s the gist of the story, but the film spends nearly an entire act getting him to Mars and much of the film establishing and then explaining the various complications that I’m sure were in the original novel but feel like needless padding in the cinematic adaptation. It may not be fair to compare John Carter with other recent fantasy franchises, especially as the Edgar Rice Burroughs 1912 novel is seen as a major influence on the last 100 years of genre storytelling, but Stanton and his team make a key mistake in the construction of this film. In short, instead of giving us complex and/or nuanced characters in a relatively simple (but engaging) story, they give us simple and visually confusing characters in a needlessly overwrought and distracted narrative that spends most of its time merely establishing the ‘scientific proof’ of what we saw before our eyes in the opening reel. Yes, John Carter is from Earth and yes some weird otherworldly force (represented by the always villainous Mark Strong) has given one [...]

Universal teases The Flintstones a year in advance…

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: It was no secret that Universal was planning a big-screen adaptation of The Flintstones for the summer of 1994. I remember actually being on the Universal lot while visiting a cousin in the winter of 1993 so I could shoot portions of a Bar Mitzvah movie (long story… another time) and being told by the Universal guy that if we got caught to say “We’re here working on stuff for The Flintstones… nobody knows what the plot is yet anyway.” But a six months later, as my dad and I watched the lights go down for our advance-night 10:00pm screening of Jurassic Park (arguably the best single movie going experience of my life… ask me about it next summer), we were stunned that Universal had already cooked up a teaser for the seemingly un-shot and certainly unfinished Flintstones feature. As you can see, it was basically just a bouncing ball version of the theme song, climaxing with an in-costume John Goodman screaming ‘Yabba-dabba-doo!’ at the top of his lungs. Let me tell you, the entire audience roared with applause and I admit I was caught up in the infectious excitement for a project I couldn’t really care less about. That was the start of something new.
I saw that preview on June 10th, 1993, just under a full year before the May 27th, 1994 Memorial Day weekend release date. I’m sure there were cases in the 1970s and early 1980s of big movies being teased well in advance because they weren’t being released wide to every theater at the same time. But in the wide-release, ‘coming soon to theaters everywhere’ era, this was a first. It was a calculated marketing campaign that started a year before the film was to be released. The Flintstones were the first to try such a long-dart shot, but they were not the last. Sony debuted the first Godzilla teaser with Men In Black over the 4th of July weekend in 1997, just under a year before the film’s Memorial Day 1998 debut (ironically, they would not debut a real trailer until April 3rd, 1998, attached to prints of Mercury Rising, just 6 weeks before the film’s release). Disney debuted a powerful and moving teaser for Pearl Harbor a year before its Memorial Day 2001 release, attached to prints of I [...]

‘Glee’s’ Lea Michele on being an edgy homebody

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Glee’ star Lea Michele may seem like a good girl, but she is revealing that she does have a little edge to herself that many don’t know about.
Lea Michele opened up to ‘Prestige’ magazine about how she is slightly edgy, but not necessarily a wild party girl, states UsMagazine.com. “I do have 14 tattoos, but I also do come home every single night and watch reality TV with my cat,” Lea Michele revealed.
Do you think she’s more of a party girl than she admits?
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Zac Efron learned guitar skills from Taylor Swift

HollywoodNews.com: Zac Efron and Taylor Swift both lent their voices to characters in ‘The Lorax,’ but she also lent Efron some musical tips.
Efron and Swift have been busy promoting their film together, and it seems that time has given him the chance to convince her to teach him some guitar skills, states UsMagazine.com. “We were all running around doing different interviews [for The Lorax] but I caught her for five minutes and told her my resolution was to learn how to play guitar,” Efron revealed about her then offering to teach him.
And it seems he couldn’t have asked for a better teacher: “Everything that just comes across in her music — the warmth, her personality, her charm — is just who she is.”
Who would you want to learn guitar from?
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‘Jersey Shore’s’ Snooki, JWOWW’s show reportedly one last party

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Jersey Shore’ stars Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWOWW” Farley are working on their spin-off reality TV show, but while it is rumored that Snooki is pregnant, that leaves some wondering what the new show will be about.
It is now rumored that the reality show will sort of be “the last hurrah” for the girls who have become good friends over the years of living together, states TMZ. Now, the two will allegedly focus on making adult transitions in their living situations and relationships.
Snooki and JWOWW’s boyfriends will reportedly have a bigger role on this show as the girls try to move forward with their men.
Will you watch this spin-off?
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Oprah Winfrey reportedly interviewing Whitney Houston’s daughter

HollywoodNews.com: Oprah is apparently still the queen of television as she will reportedly be interviewing Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, and other family members for her network, OWN.
Oprah will reportedly interview Bobbi Kristina, Patricia Houston (Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager) and Gary (Whitney’s brother) for her show ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter,’ states TMZ. The episode is allegedly scheduled to air next Sunday.
Oprah was invited to the funeral that took place a few weeks ago.
Will you tune in for the interviews?
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On the Set: Kiefer Sutherland Returns to TV in Touch

HollywoodNews.com: KIEFER SUTHERLAND is returning to TV with Touch. Launching March 18 in a unprecedented global rollout premiering in over 100 countries worldwide, it is sure to take audiences by storm.
On the Set: Kiefer Sutherland Returns to TV in Touch
by David Hochman
Inside his trailer on the set of his new Fox series Touch, Kiefer Sutherland can’t stop thinking about numbers: 12,000,000… 318… 100…
“It boggles the mind,” he says. “It’s become a huge part of my life.”
No, Sutherland hasn’t become obsessed with patterns like his son on the show. Touch tells the story of Martin Bohm (Sutherland), a once promising journalist who’s now a widower unloading baggage at JFK. His 11-year-old special-needs son, Jake (David Mazouz), scribbles strangely prescient numbers into notebooks but has never uttered a word. In each episode of the drama, Jake connects those numbers to seemingly unrelated people and situations all over the world in ways that totally freak out his dad and his social worker. Meanwhile, Jake loses it if anyone touches him or his book of numbers.
TV Guide Magazine has the complete interview with Kiefer Sutherland and creator Tim Kring in this week’s issue, on newsstands today.

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