Friday, April 29, 2011

In case you didn't wake up early, here are some of my favourite images from William and Katherine's wedding!

Princes William and Best Man Harry

Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice lead the hat parade

Here comes the future Duchess of Cambridge.  Amazing dress by Sarah Burton!!!
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smile following their marriage at Westminster Abbey
One of two kisses!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Where Witches Talk: Pagans Tonight Radio Reaches 500th Episode

Magic is everywhere, and Pagans Tonight Internet Radio discovers it all, sharing the unusual, extraordinary and amazing world of Witches, Wiccans and Pagans with a global audience. 

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Ever wonder what Witches, Wiccans, and Pagans think about? 

Every night on the show Pagans, Witches, Wiccans and Magickal folk share their views and speak their minds about a variety of subjects. Fans can listen live, join in the chat room discussions, and call in with their questions and ideas as well. The Internet Radio Show Pagans Tonight covers all the issues and subjects that intrigue and fascinate their listeners. On April 26th, 2011 Pagans Tonight will broadcasted their 500th episode. This show continues to add new hosts and interesting guests that offer an insider’s look at the Pagan community today. 

Episodes on Blog Talk Radio, Pagans Tonight cover an amazing array of subjects. Topics range from how to use magick and the ethics of spell casting, to lifestyle issues such as relationships, polyamory, and discrimination against Pagans, gays and trans-genders. Other discussions include arts and crafts, gardening, music, and interviews at live events. Every subject that touches the Pagan community is open for discussion by the Pagans Tonight hosts, and listeners are encouraged to write in with topics they want to hear more about.
Past shows from Pagans Tonight have featured amazing guests and interviews with dignitaries of the community including Oberon Zell, Selena Fox, Patrick McCollum, Raven Digitalis, Raven and Stephanie Grimassi, Lady Brigid Eldar, Bronwen Forbes, Phaedra Bonewits, Jason Pitzl-Waters, Raven Kaldera, Lon Milo Duquette, David Wood, Lori Dake, Terry ‘The Stone Lady’ Milton and many more. The show offers insights into how these leaders interact with not only members of the Pagan community, but also with other religious leaders worldwide. Pagans Tonight is constantly offering the views of Pagans from across the community, and allows their audience a way to interact with people they read and learn about through books and the Internet, allowing for a more intimate conversation. 

This nightly look at all things Pagan is the work of an amazing group of hosts, who bring a diversity of views and practices to the show. The team is led by Traci Wood and Ed Hubbard, and also includes Larry ‘Zaracon’ Sodders, Maryann Kay, Rev. Don Lewis, Liz Hamilton, Terry Powers, Shauna Aura, Mark Mandrake and Daniel Young. They come to live from locations throughout the United States including Chicago, Salem, Mass., and even from a hidden bunker in the state of Wyoming. Many of the hosts travel to other locations to bringing the very latest news from Pagan events as they happen. Together this team brings their global news, great guests, and fascinating interviews. 

To hear the show and discover the world from a Pagan point of view, tune in to our nightly conversation of everything Pagan. The show airs at 10 pm Eastern, 9 pm Central at Every one of the 500 shows is available at To become a guest or find out more about the show, please send an email to: Paganstonight(at)gmail(dot)com .


Industry Shocker: 'Insidious' Is the Most Profitable Film of 2011

The Hollywood Reporter

They say lightning doesn't strike twice. Don't tell that to the Paranormal Activity team of Jason Blum, Oren Peli and Steven Schneider, whose microbudgeted horror film Insidious is crossing the $50 million mark globally and is on to track to gross as much as $80 million or $90 million at the worldwide box office.

That would give the indie horror pic, made for under $1.5 million, the best cost-to-gross ratio of the year, a good measurement of profitability.

Insidious has already taken in $44.5 million in North America and roughly $4.5 million more in Russia and two smaller territories (final figures are still being determined). It now begins rolling out in a number of other foreign markets, beginning this weekend in the U.K. and Brazil. Based on its performance so far, those involved with the film say Insidious should reach $90 million globally, and probably more.

In terms of profitability, Insidious is the darling of 2011. The key players who backed the film stand to make millions, considering its nominal production budget. While it won't make the $193 million grossed by Paranormal at the global box office in 2009, no one is complaining.

"It shows that there is still a market for quality genre movies, and that it is possible to make film on a micro-budget," Blum tells THR.

For years, studios have tried in fits and starts to make genre movies at a nominal cost. But it's been a challenge. Paramount's microbudget division Insurge Pictures had great success earlier this year with Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, which cost $13 million to produce and has grossed $94.9 million worldwide. Paramount formed Insurge after the runaway success of Paranormal Activity, which Paramount distributed domestically.

Blum, Peli and Schneider produced Insidious via their Haunted Movies banner, which has a five-picture financing deal with Canadian distributor Alliance. Alliance finances the movies, retaining distribution rights in Canada, the U.K. and Spain (Alliance sister companies distribute in the latter two markets).

Stuart Ford's IM Global also plays a key role in Haunted Movies, handling foreign sales on all titles coming out of the banner, including Insidious.

In the U.S., Insidious has provided a fortuitous start for Peter Schlessel and Bob Berney's new distribution company FilmDistrict. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquistions Group picked up all U.S. rights to the film at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival for under $1 million. Sony Worldwide then gave the film to FilmDistrict through their partnership.

Insidious, opening last month, has been holding audiences better than almost any other 2011 film, pointing to great word-of-mouth and FilmDistrict's winning marketing and distribution campaign.

Directed by James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell, Insidious stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne. The producers were able to keep the production budget down by convincing the talent to take deferred payments. Marketing has probably been the biggest spend.

Insidious is a prime example of why the genre business can be so rewarding.

"It's not about cost, cast or special effects," Ford said. "It's about having a scary concept that's well-executed."

Early Reviews for 'Thor'

The early reviews are rolling in.  So far, it is at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes!

Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
"Delivers pretty much everything you could want from a Thor movie, thanks to a superb script, note-perfect direction from Kenneth Branagh, a terrific supporting cast and a charismatic, star-making central performance from Chris Hemsworth."

Giles Hardie - Sydney Morning Herald
"A magnificent space romp that will thrill even the most cynical viewer, and a fantastic and fantastical reason to make the trip to the cinema"

Jason Best - Movie Talk
"Forget Hamlet and Henry V, Kenneth Branagh puts Shakespeare behind him and gives us a hero with real clout."

Xan Brooks - Guardian UK
"Branagh has knocked his film together with a terrific, freewheeling gusto. It has its tongue in its cheek and the fun is infectious. For all of its faults, Thor's never a bore."


Daniel Radcliffe Tells J.K. Rowling He Is So Over Harry Potter

**This falls under the "Yeah, right" file - LOL!

At age 21, Daniel Radcliffe is so ready to hang up his Harry Potter wand.

When the actor heard rumblings that J.K. Rowling was writing another Harry Potter installment, he wasn't afraid to tell the author what he really thought of the idea...

"I was worried!" revealed Radcliffe.

"I texted her, ‘Look, is this true? Are you writing another book?!' " Radcliffe told Celebuzz at the Gotham magazine cover party in Manhattan on Monday.

Guess it pays (literally) to have Rowling's personal digits!

But Rowling made Radcliffe sweat, responding hours later and telling him that "she was so pleased with my performance in Harry Potter 7: Part 1 that as a reward, she promised to never write another book about Harry."

But with the lightning bolt soon to be washed off his forehead as the franchise ends this July with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Radcliffe says he is definitely ready to move on to more grown up roles.

"I've been so busy with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying that I haven't been thinking about Harry. In a few months, I'll have to flip the switch and get back into Potter mode for a few days, but right now there isn't time to be nostalgic about it," he told Celebuzz.

One big day Radcliffe isn't getting nostalgic over? The royal wedding.

"I won't be getting up at 4 a.m. to watch the wedding. I'll catch the highlights on CNN," Radcliffe revealed. "Back home apparently everyone is most excited for the four day weekend, not the wedding."

 We're just excited that you aren't planning on revealing yourself in Equus again, D.Rad.

That's it, I'm getting old...Punk Pioneer Poly Styrene of the X-Ray Spex Dead at 53

by for E News

She lived the punk ethos every day of her life and in doing so changed the face of music.

Poly Styrene, aka Marianne Elliot Said, the British punk rock icon whose dissonant rebellious yelp as the lead singer of '70s outfit X-Ray Spex cut through an era of conformity and influenced countless musicians, has died. She was 53.

According to a statement on the Spex website, Styrene passed away peacefully in her sleep after a battle with breast cancer on Monday evening.

Born on July 3, 1957, in the London borough of Bromley to a British legal secretary and a Somali-born aristocrat, this biracial girl ran away from home at age 15 and hitchhiked around various music festivals.

After stumbling upon an early gig by the Sex Pistols, she formed the punk band X-Ray Spex, which released its first album, Germ Free Adolescents, in November 1978 to critical acclaim. Fans hailed Poly for her brash, distinctive voice, trademark braces and Day-Glo clothes, which rejected any attempt to mold her into a sex symbol and instead fashioned her as a feminist punk pioneer.

With anthems like "Oh Bondage Up Yours!" the Spex tackled anticonsumer and anticapitalist themes as well as the subject of racism, all with a wit that won them many admirers. They also helped spark the underground feminist movement in the U.S. known as Riot Grrrl, which gave the world such bands as Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill. But after a three-year run that included numerous festival performances and a residency at New York's CBGB's, the group split up after a fight over money and Poly went solo.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Chrissie Hynde, Debbie Harry, Viv Albertine, Poly Styrene, Siouxsie Sioux, Pauline Black.

Her 1980 debut, Translucence, traded loud guitars for a more nu jazz/electro-infused sound that is credited with inspiring the Britpop movement of the 1990s, including such bands as Everything But the Girl. She followed up in 1986 with the EP Gods & Goddesses, which drew from Eastern spirituality.

After briefly reforming in the 1990s and releasing their final work Conscious Consumer, in 2008, she and X-Ray Spex reunited for a sold-out show at London's Camden Roundhouse. Her final record, Generation Indigo, came out this March and included the song "Black Christmas," which she wrote with her daughter, Celeste.

No funeral plans have been announced.

Monday, April 25, 2011

'Avengers' starts filming today; Joss Whedon writes a letter to his fans

Image Credit: Marvel Comics

The Avengers officially begins filming today, according to a letter posted yesterday by writer-director Joss Whedon at Whedonesque. “Tomorrow we start shooting,” writes the geek auteur, before adding, “I THINK I’m legally permitted to say that.” Whedon doesn’t offer any hints about the plot of the movie, although he does say that they’ll be shooting “the pivotal death/betrayal/product placement/setting up the sequel/coming out scene,” which is probably a joke, but a boy can dream, can’t he? (Elsewhere in the letter, Whedon says that he’s pretty sure the movie is about the Justice League.) The Avengers, currently slated for a May 4 release next year, will unite the lead characters from Marvel’s Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, and Thor into one mega-adventure. (And remember: If everything goes according to plan, The Avengers will also inspire a few franchises of its own.)

RIP Sathya Sai Baba

By Mark Magnier Los Angeles Times

NEW DELHI--Sathya Sai Baba, a Hindu holy man who was considered a living god by millions of followers around the world, died Sunday of multiple organ failure in a hospital near his south Indian ashram. He was 84 and left behind a trust worth billions of dollars. 

Sai Baba was known for conjuring jewelry, food and "vibhuti," or sacred ash, out of the air, which devotees saw as proof of his powers and skeptics called sleight of hand.

Followers wept as his body was taken by ambulance from the hospital to his ashram, where it was placed in a glass coffin with gold plating. "The passing away of Sri Sathya Sai Baba is an irreparable loss to all," Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a prepared statement. "The nation deeply mourns his passing."

His gentle demeanor, disheveled, Afro-style hair and tolerance of other belief systems attracted an estimated 6 million active and 33 million passive followers, including former presidents, generals, Bollywood luminaries and sports stars. His group maintains more than 1,000 ashrams in 126 countries.

Hundreds of thousands of followers are expected to attend the funeral Wednesday. Authorities have marshaled some 10,000 security officers and issued rules on illegal assembly in case the crowds get out of control.

Sai Baba once predicted that he would live into his mid-90s, claiming he could choose the date of his passing.
His legacy is not without controversy. There were severalallegations that he sexually abused young male devotees. In 1993 six followers were killed in his ashram, four of whom allegedly sought to assassinate him. The incident was never fully explained. 
"India remains a country of faith," said Ravinder Kaur, a sociology professor at New Delhi's Indian Institute of Technology. "Even those reports about pedophilia didn't really dent his image. In this country, if you develop followers, they are very loyal. Nothing seems to shake it."

Sai Baba was born Sathyanarayana Raju on Nov. 23, 1926, to a family in Puttaparthi, a village in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

In 1940 he declared himself the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba, a saint said to be a Hindu adopted by a Muslim family and considered by many a god, who had died in 1918.

The teenager attracted followers and donations, leading to the building of his main Prasanthi Nilayam, or Abode of Peace, ashram in 1950 near Puttaparthi.

Over the years, his base grew into a nearly 4-square-mile complex of hotels, a university, hospital, cricket stadium and airport.

As his fame spread, stories circulated about his early years. One said he was born by immaculate conception like Jesus Christ after a great sphere of blue light entered his mother. Another said he learned to recite Sanskrit after being bitten by a poisonous scorpion.

He also claimed to have raised two people from the dead and cured his followers of many diseases and disabilities.

Rationalists and skeptics who asked to study his purported miracles under scientific conditions were rebuffed. "If you want to understand the nature of spiritual power you can do so only through the path of spirituality and not science," he once reportedly said.

Sanal Edamaruku, president of the Indian Rationalist Association in Delhi, said his group called for an investigation into the source of the Sai Baba trust's funds, said to be over $9 billion, but got nowhere. It's unclear who will oversee the trust, with relatives and trust officials already maneuvering for control.

"I feel he's done great damage to India," Edamaruku said. "In the 1960s we were moving on the scientific path, including the Green Revolution, and he went totally against it. He said everything could be solved by miracles and became the model for hundreds of other god men."

But Sai Baba also inspired love and devotion among legions of powerful and powerless followers with an emphasis on education, public health and egalitarian values.

"He leaves behind values of peace, nonviolence and love," said Kunal Ganjawala, a Bollywood director and follower of 35 years. "Whether in the physical body, or after he leaves it, we should continue those teachings."
Some attributed his enormous popularity to beliefs largely free of dogma or doctrine that didn't require followers to give up previous religious beliefs.

In 1963 he suffered a stroke and four major heart attacks but survived. He made his only trip overseas in 1968, to Uganda and Kenya to meet with devotees, with one of his group's websites saying he ran over lions' tails in a jeep but suffered no attacks because he looked at them with love.

After 2005 he was in failing health and confined to a wheelchair. A year later he suffered a fractured hip after a student on a stool fell on him.

Over the years, several people alleged they were victims of sexual abuse during private audiences with Sai Baba.

In the 2004 BBC documentary "Secret Swami," filmmaker Tanya Datta interviewed two American male followers who said the guru had fondled their genitals, claiming it was part of a healing ritual.

Others from Sweden, Australia and Germany made similar allegations. A case against Sai Baba was reportedly filed in Munich but none was filed in India, which critics say reflects how well-connected he was here and supporters say is evidence that the allegations were baseless.


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Rupert Grint dating Angus Thongs star Georgia Groome

* I spied Harry Potter star Rupert Grint, AKA Ron Weasley, holding hands with Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging actress Georgia Groome at The Wheelbarrow pub in Camden on Thursday.

The pair were there for One Night Only frontman George Craig’s new LAD club night.

Rupes’ “sister” Bonnie Wright, AKA Ginny Weasley, pitched up to support her actor fiancĂ© Jamie Bower who was spinning tunes.

Rupert Grint (Pic:Splash)
Rupert tried to hide his ginger locks ­under a black hoodie, but the look made him stand out even more.
* Weird fledgling relationship alert! Muso DJ Calvin Harris is dating Tina Barrett formerly of S Club 7. Yep, you read that correctly.
The pair were spotted flirting in a corner at the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen last Thursday.

My source tells me: “Calvin’s friends are finding it amusing how into her he is. They looked really cute together and left holding hands.” Beyond random – but good luck to them!

Review - Sanctuary

Guest Blog by Ron Ford of 'Open Wheel Mini'

'Sanctuary' (Monday nights on SyFy) is a series caught somewhere between the X-Files, X-Men, and Bring ‘em Back Alive, for those who remember that short lived Bruce Boxleitner series. Those who tune in to see Stargate’s Amanda Tapping may be disappointed, as she plays Helen Magnus, who runs The Sanctuary, a halfway house for abnormals, mutants, and freaks. It’s a character far removed from her Capt. Carter counterpart, who was compassionate, Magnus is calculated and distant, and her bad British accent grates on some.  But for those who like the idea of an HG wells-esque world where the likes of Nicolai Tesla, and Dr. Watson, match wits with mermaids, witches, and Gods there is a lot to enjoy here. While characters like the witty Twilight reading Sasquatch played superbly by Christopher Heyerdahl, and the loveable werewolf Henry, played by Ryan Robbins may grab some of the spotlight, the real star of this show are the settings. It’s shot 90% green screen, most settings are CGI and beautifully done. The stories are seamlessly woven and told through the eyes of the skeptic Will Zimmerman, played by Robin Dunne, an ex NYCP forensic doctor who is recruited by the sanctuary for his open mind. It is one of two series where a laser battle with vampires inside the great pyramids would not be out of place, and this series has several loveable complex doctors.

Who Will Be The Wicked Witch Of The East In Oz: The Great And Powerful?

Shiz! We think BOTH of these ladies would do a great job!

Sam Raimi is apparently at odds with Disney producers over the casting of the Wicked Witch of the East in his upcoming production of Oz: The Great and Powerful starring James Franco in the title role, as the former is determined to secure Hilary Swank and the studio wants Michelle Williams!

Meanwhile, Mila Kunis is widely expected to take the part of the Wicked Witch of the West!
Hot damn, this cast is going to be sick, regardless of which one is offered the East part! 

Who do U think should get it? Hillary or Michelle?
[Images via WENN.]

British Actor Rob Kazinsky Bows Out Of ‘The Hobbit’ For Personal Reasons

Indie Wire

Man down on Peter Jackson‘s “The Hobbit.” Though we must say, that “curse” talk is somewhat unsubstantiated. Yes, the labor strike woes were difficult, but all big endeavors take a long time to get to the screen. OK, this particular birth hasn’t been exactly easy, but it is the eight-years-after-the-fact prequel to one of the biggest, and most beloved, tentpole films of all time.

Anyhow, Jackson has reported on his Facebook page, where the director seems to be making all his personal ‘Hobbit’ updates, that “EastEnders” actor Rob Kazinsky has dropped out of the film due to personal reasons. Kazinsky would have played one of the thirteen dwarves and the character Fili, the second youngest dwarf, the brother of Kili (Aidan Turner) and the nephew of Thorin (Richard Armitage).
Peter Jackson’s Facebook statement and Kazinsky’s Twitter statements below.
Jackson’s Facebook statement:
I am sad to report that Rob Kazinsky, who was cast in the role of Fili, is having to leave The Hobbit and return home, for personal reasons.  Rob has been terrific to work with and his enthusiasm and infectious sense of humour will be missed by all of us. I should say that Rob’s departure will not affect ongoing filming of The Hobbit, nor will it impact work done to date, as we had yet to film much of Fili’s storyline. At the moment we are shooting scenes featuring Bilbo without the Dwarves, which will give us time to find a new Fili. I’ll keep everyone posted with updates as they come.
Cheers, Peter J
Kazinsky’s Twitter:
Thanks for all your support, Peter and team have been the most wonderful and supportive team to work for and it’s with a truly sad heart that things have turned out this way. The Hobbit will go on to be as great as i’ve seen and I will miss the family and friends that i’ve here, From every disaster i’ve tried to make an opportunity. “john d rokerfeller”
“The Hobbit” stars Martin Freeman, includes original “The Lord Of The Rings” cast members Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm (probably in a smaller cameo role), Elijah Wood (in a bookend role), likely Orlando Bloom and Hugo Weaving, plus many, many more. The first installment of “The Hobbit” is dated for December 19, 2012. Part two will arrive during December 2013. We imagine you’ve already seen it by now, but in case you haven’t, below is Peter Jackson’s first video blog entry from the production. It’s 10 minutes long, but pretty interesting and may even hit you with waves of nostalgia if you’re a particularly big ‘LOTR’ fan.
[via TheOneRing]

Weekend Report: 'Rio' Edges Out 'Madea' Over Easter

by Brandon Gray for BoxOffice Mojo

Rio remained perched atop the box office over Easter weekend, edging out another strong start for a Tyler Perry movie and a solid beginning for Water for Elephants.

The animated comedy drew an estimated $26.8 million (57 percent of which from 3D presentations), down 32 percent. It made less than How to Train Your Dragon's $29 million on Easter weekend last year and grossed more than Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! on Easter weekend 2008, though its ten-day tally trailed both titles. With an $81.3 million haul so far, Rio extended its lead over Rango and Hop through the same point, which each had around $68 million. However, in terms of estimated attendance, it's a dead heat, considering Rio's 3D inflation.

Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family landed smack dab in the middle of his last two Easter debuts. The third Madea-titled movie mustered an estimated $25.8 million at 2,288 locations, grossing more than Meet the Browns ($20.1 million on Easter 2008) but less than Why Did I Get Married Too? ($29.3 million) last year. It also declined from the previous Madea movies: Madea Goes to Jail opened to $41 million in 2009, while Madea's Family Reunion started at $30 million in 2006. Big Happy Family's dip could be attributed to its presentation as just another Madea movie and its titular similarity to Family Reunion. Distributor Lionsgate's exit polling indicated that Madea's Big Happy Family's audience was 72 percent female, 69 percent 25 years of age and older and 81 percent black, which was normal for a Perry movie.

Water for Elephants corraled an estimated $17.5 million at 2,817 locations, which was within the mid-pack range of comparable titles. It was a far cry from Dear John and was even behind The Time Traveler's Wife, but it more than doubled the first weekend gross of the last non-Twilight Robert Pattinson vehicle Remember Me. Adjusted for ticket-price inflation, Water for Elephants' start was on par with A Walk in the Clouds and The Notebook, albeit with more locations. The movie was marketed as a lush romantic drama, bolstered by its best-selling novel basis and its striking circus backdrop. Pattinson batted in his lovelorn wheelhouse, but Reese Witherspoon had top billing and the movie's audience seemed to skew older. Distributor 20th Century Fox's research showed that 70 percent of the audience was female and 70 percent was 25 years of age and older.

The weekend's other new nationwide release, African Cats, nabbed an estimated $6.4 million at 1,220 locations. Its Disneynature predecessors, Earth (2009) ($8.8 million) and Oceans ($6.1 million), weren't precise apples-to-apples comparisons because they had mid-week launches. The franchise always debuts on "Earth Day" April 22, regardless of the day of the week. That being said, African Cats seemed weaker than Oceans because it didn't burn off any demand prior to the weekend.

Thanks to its Easter theme, Hop bounced back by 16 percent to an estimated $12.5 million. That lifted its total to $100.5 million in 24 days, and it became the third movie of the year to cross the $100 million mark, following Rango ($119.5 million) and Just Go With It ($102.4 million).

On the other hand, Scream 4 bled 62 percent to an estimated $7.2 million for a soft $31.2 million total in ten days. The second-weekend drop was more severe than any prior Scream or Scary Movie, but it was fairly typical for a horror movie. Atypical for horror, Insidious eased 20 percent to an estimated $5.4 million, increasing its sum to $44.2 million in 24 days. The underdog is now certain to maintain its gross dominance over Scream 4, even if it won't ultimately be as exceptional in the supernatural horror context.

Several other pictures held well in addition to Insidious. Soul Surfer dipped 23 percent to an estimated $5.6 million, lifting its total to $28.7 million in 17 days. Hanna retreated 28 percent to an estimated $5.3 million for a $31.7 million sum in 17 days, while Source Code fell only 19 percent to an estimated $5.1 million for a $44.7 million tally in 24 days.

SPOILERS - Doctor Who: Episode 6.1 ‘The Impossible Astronaut’ - A+

Opening scene - the Doctor (Matt Smith) appears to be the 17th century. An angry man is waving a sword and has two men behind him, yelling for the Doctor.  We then see a painting of the Doctor, sans clothes. The three men burst into the room to see a Lady with a paintbrush and a guilty look. The man asks again “where is the Doctor”, and her reply is “Doctor Who?” Then a cough and everyone looks down at her skirt.  The angry man takes his sword and lifts up the front of her skirt, and we see a naked Doctor, who says “you know this isn’t nearly as bad as it looks.”  So sets the scene for the return of the Doctor in ‘The Impossible Astronaut.’ 

I can honestly say this is my favourite season opener since Christopher Eccleston said, “Run!”  I will not give any major details, but after a VERY major death in the first 5 minutes, I was hooked and horrified!  The aliens in this episode are amazingly creative, thank you Mr. Moffet.  I have not been that frightened by an alien since those ^#%^%$@ weeping angels.  They are probably so effective as a foe because as soon as you take your eyes off of them you forget you ever saw them. With the discovery of the tunnels and their story, they will go down as an instantly classic.  The fact that Amy keeps seeing the aliens means that her special gifts are again coming into play.  I wonder how her big news will come into play in future episodes?

The whole episode, however, is centered on the continued development of the enigmatic River Song, who with all her talk of spoilers may have let on more than she intended.  The Doctor does not trust her, but is drawn to her.  Is she the Femme Fatale or is she the hero?  We have to wait and see…

If you missed this first episode, then you have missed an exceptional start to what will be an excellent season.  Watch it on On Demand or ITunes, if you dare.

Doctor Who airs on BBC America on Saturdays at 9e/p.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ian Holm WILL Return As Older Bilbo Baggins In The Hobbit!!!

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ian holm will play older bilbo baggins in the hobbit
Lord of the Rings fans, rejoice! Bilbo is back!
Back in October, we were excited to learn that Love Actually/The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy star Martin Freeman had been cast as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit!

Now, we're EVEN MORE excited to report that Ian Holm will return as an older version of Bilbo in the epic LOTR prequel films.
Here's what Peter Jackson said about it on his Facebook page:
One comment that came up from the recent video blog was the Bilbo voice at the end—many of you assumed it was Sir Ian Holm. Whilst Ian will be returning as the older Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, that recording was actually Martin Freeman's voice, taken from a script read through we recorded when the cast first arrived. I have to admit, I wasn't sure who it was when I first heard it, either. Cheers, Peter J
Such great news! We think both Bilbo actors will be wonderful!
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Glee's Chris Colfer Talks About His New Pilot!

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Chris Colfer Opens Up About Projects
We let you guys know about Chris Colfer's upcoming projects recently, and most specifically his new show pilot The Little Leftover Witch for the Disney channel!
Now, he's talking about it!
Here's some of what the young 20-year-old actor has to say:
My agent’s husband bought the rights to the book [Florence Laughlin's The Little Leftover Witch]. They brought it to me and told me they were in talks with Disney and knew that I was a hidden writer and asked me to adapt it into a screenplay. I said, “Yeah, absolutely.” I got the book on a Friday night and I adapted the screenplay by Sunday night. I got so into it. I wrote like a 102 page screenplay in two days. The story was just so cute about this little witch that falls and gets lost on Halloween night and gets stuck with this family. I just totally fell in love with the story and the characters and then added a bunch of stuff and made it my own. Disney bought the screenplay and then asked me to develop it into a TV series.
What! A full adaptation in two days?? That's so impressive, Chris!
What's it about?
Yes. It’s basically about a neglected witch [who] winds up crashing into this family’s life and the little daughter — her name is Lucy — finds a new best friend. They both fill a void in each other’s life. It’s like one of those “Oh, I finally found a best friend” kind of stories.
I think everyone wishes for some kind of powerful, imaginary best friend to pop in when they’re younger and lonely. I mean, I certainly did. It’s just a cute story and anyone can relate to it.
That sounds super cute, no joke! We really can't wait to see what comes of it, it's cool that we're aware of it at the ground level so we can watch it grow!

You're so busy! It's a wonder when you have ANY time to remember lines, let alone write a full script in one weekend! We're kinda in awe about that!

Don't burn yourself out though, we want you to be around for a long time!
[Image via WENN.]

Thursday, April 21, 2011

GLEE News! - Chris Colfer Sells The Little Leftover Witch Pilot


Glee star Chris Colfer will be busy over his hiatus, shooting a pilot he sold to the Disney Channel entitled The Little Leftover Witch.

Chris Colfer wrote the pilot based on the children's book series by Florence Laughlin. The story centers on a young witch who crash lands her broom and is taken in by another magical family. Production is said to start soon on the pilot, although it isn't clear if casting decisions have been made, or if Chris Colfer will also star in the pilot.

This is turning out to be quite the busy summer for Chris Colfer. We reported in January that the actor will star in Struck by Lightning, which also starts production this summer. Chris Colfer also wrote the screenplay for Struck by Lightning.

Chris Colfer will return for Glee's third season this fall on Fox.