Show me the Money! Disney is going to acquire Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion! Wow, this is an interesting move by Disney but I believe it is definitely going to prove to be a profitable one in terms of the future of the company. Here is an excerpt from the press release (via Comingsoon.net):
“This transaction combines Marvel’s strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney’s creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties, and a business structure that maximizes the value of creative properties across multiple platforms and territories,” said Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “Ike Perlmutter and his team have done an impressive job of nurturing these properties and have created significant value. We are pleased to bring this talent and these great assets to Disney.”
Does this mean all of the Marvel themed rides in the Universal Theme Parks will be changed to “Disney Presents: Spider-man the ride”? On the same note, will Marvel rides be added to the Disney Theme Parks? Hmm…definitely something to look out for in the future. Read the full article here.
The summer is almost over and with that comes the Fall. Leaves changing and cool breezes, but hopefully the Fall will bring on the heat in the box office. The month of September is a mix of genres. Early in the month we have Sandra Bullock’s latest rom-com “All about Steve” with “Hangover” star Bradley Cooper. Bullock is a stalker who is obsessed with Steve played by Cooper. Just based on the trailer, I have a feeling it is either going to be a hit or a miss. Gerard Butler switches back to the action genre and stars in the “Gamer” where it isn’t just a game, but the players fight to survive. The animated Sci-Fi thriller “9” comes out this month as well. The film was produced by Tim Burton (“Sweeny Todd”) and “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov. Toward the middle of the month we have a few horror films with “Jennifer’s Body” written by Academy Award winner Diablo Cody (“Juno”) starring “Transformers” star Megan Fox and Amanda Segfried (“Mamma Mia”). Also “Sorority Row” promises to scare audiences but it kind of looks like “I Know What You Did Last Summer” but with sorority girls. The family pick of the month would be “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” which is going to be in 3D. Hmm…3D meatballs falling from the sky, I don’t know if that it is scary or just plain funny. At the end of the month the remake of “Fame” hits theaters which could be a hit with the growing popularity of dance shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars”. Then there’s Bruce Willis’ latest film “Surrogates”, which is a Sci-Fi film where people don’t live their lives, machines surrogates live life for them.
My spotlight picks of the month go to “The Informant!” starring a big-boned Matt Damon and “Extract”. Damon gained thirty pounds for the role and it looks like it is going to be funny. The film is directed by Academy Award winning director Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic”) who also directed “Ocean’s Trilogy”. “Extract” was written and directed by”Office Space” creator Mike Judge. Could “Extract” be the Fall’s “Hangover”?
So that’s my recap of the September movie releases. Keep reading in order to see the complete list of movies coming out this month.
Click to Continue Reading: Fall Movie Season: September 2009
Comingsoon.net has obtained 5 character posters of the Volturi in “New Moon”. In addition to the character posters, there are 3 additional images posted on their site. Click here to see the hi-res images from “New Moon”. For more information on “New Moon”, visit the official website.
Zooey and Emily Deschanel - Image courtesy of InStyle
Source: EW – Ausiello Files
It only took about 5 seasons, but it looks like it will finally happen. No, I’m not talking about Booth and Brennan finally getting together (although I hope that will happen soon) – I’m talking about Zooey Deschanel stopping by for a guest spot. According to Entertainment Weekly, Z.Deschanel may guest star on an episode of “Bones” this December. Here is an excerpt from the article from EW:
“We’ve been looking for an opportunity to get the Deschanel girls together,” notes exec producer Hart Hanson, “but Zooey’s rockin’ career kept getting in the way.”
How exciting! For now, you can catch Zooey Deschanel in “(500) Days of Summer”, which was awesome. You can read my review of “(500) Days of Summer” here and at the same time you can watch a Behind-the-Scenes featurette on the movie.
Brandon Routh - Image courtesy of "The Insider"
Source: EW – Ausiello Files
Season 3 of “Chuck” hasn’t even started yet and the excitement level for the anticipated new season has just turned up a few notches with Brandon Routh (“Superman Returns”) joining the cast of “Chuck” for a multi-episode arc according to EW’s Michael Ausiello. Here is an excerpt from the exclusive scoop by Michael Ausiello:
“Routh’s character, Shaw, is a mysterious new spy who takes control as the new leader of Operation Bartwoski, becoming a mentor to Chuck and a rival in his affections for Sarah.”
Click to Continue Reading: Superman meet “Chuck”
Angelina Jolie as Fox in "Wanted" - Image courtesy of MTV.com
“Wanted” is a story about a normal guy named Wesley (James McAvoy, “Atonement”) who is recruited by a secret band of assassins. Angela Jolie’s character, Fox, trains Wesley and transforms him from a zero to a hero. “Wanted” is loosely based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones. In my opinion it is not a question of how but will Angelina Jolie come back to reprise her role of Fox for the sequel of “Wanted”?
Click to Continue Reading: Jolie “Wanted” back for sequel
It’s on! In Episode 2 of “Shaq vs.”, Shaquille O’Neal takes on 2-Time Olympic Gold Medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh in a game of Beach Volleyball. The rules were 3 games to 11 points with rally scoring using a Women’s regulation Volleyball net. The height of the net in a women’s regulation game is 7’3″. Shaq is 7’1″ so when he challenged Misty and Kerri, he said that he didn’t need any handicaps (seeing as that he had the height advantage) unlike the premiere episode with Ben Roethlisberger where Shaq asked for a distance handicap. The stakes are if Shaq loses, he has to wear a pink speedo that says “Shaq” on the rear and parade them around so to speak (basically he has to take a walk on the beach with them on). Before this match, it was mentioned that Kerri & Misty had won 108 consecutive matches. So who will win this “battle of the sexes” match?
Click to Continue Reading: Shaq vs. Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh Rundown
Now that the cast of Season 9 and their partners have been revealed, who will you be cheering for? Upon first glance, I would say that Mya and Dmitry will be the pair to watch. Mya’s dance background combined with Dmitry’s choreography will certainly be something to watch. In fact, Dmitry is nominated for an Emmy award this year for “Outstanding Choreography” for an Argentine Tango he choreographed on Season 4 of “So You Think You Can Dance”. Click here to watch Dmitry’s Emmy nominated piece which was performed by SYTYCD Season 4 winner Joshua Allen and DWTS own Chelsie Hightower.
As for the other contestants, I wouldn’t misjudge the power of the mirrorball trophy. Cheryl Burke and Mark Ballas have both earned 2 mirrorball trophies, can one of them add a third? Derek Hough has one mirrorball trophy under his belt, can he get a 2nd win this season? Don’t forget that Alec Mazo was the first DWTS champ, so maybe with an Olympian on his side he can achieve another win. I also wouldn’t rule out the power of a fan base. In the last few seasons Derek, Julianne, Mark, and Lacey have emerged to be the audience favorites on more than one occasion, so I wouldn’t expect any of them (minus Julianne since she is taking a break this season) to leave the competition too early.
Entertainment Weekly ranked the Season 9 pairs and they chose Donny Osmond & Kym Johnson for the win. I think it is too early to tell seeing as we haven’t seen any of the pairs dance yet, although I’m not sure if I agree with Donny Osmond as being the Season 9 winner. Check out EW’s DWTS rankings here. Tune in on September 21, 2009 for night one for the 3-night “Dancing with the Stars” premiere.
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For a limited time, you can listen to Whitney Houston’s new album, “I Look to You”, in its entirety online. Click here to listen to the whole album. Whitney’s new album will be released on August 31, 2009. Also visit Whitney Houston’s official website for more news and updates including upcoming appearances.