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Paramount Purchases John Hughes Script

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Paramount bought the rights to a John Hughes script that was never made into a film.  It is entitled ‘Grisby’s Go Broke,’ and it is about a family that is forced to move after losing their money to bad investments.  Though the script may ultimately be rewritten, it will still be Hughes’ story.  It is unclear from the story whether this script was sold by John Hughes while he was alive and it was just never made, or if it was pulled from his personal files after his death.  I will update when I find out more details.  This story does make me happy though, as Hughes is one of my favorite directors of all time.  I must have watched ‘Pretty in Pink’ and ‘The Breakfast Club’ over a thousand times each.  

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Julianne Moore Will Return to ‘As the World Turns’

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As the World Turns debuted in 1956, and it will end its run in September of this year.  Julianne Moore got her start on the show in 1985, and she will make an appearance to pay her respects.  I think that George Clooney set a precedent for this when he returned to ER before it went off the air.  It’s sad that soap operas are getting canceled, but with so many women working now, it is hard to get valuable numbers.  See a clip of  Julianne Moore on ASWT below.  She won a daytime Emmy for her role on the show.

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Can Hollywood Please Stop Making Movies About Cancer?

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James Mcavoy pulled out of Seth Rogan’s new film, ‘I’m With Cancer,’ due to scheduling conflicts, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is taking his place.  Here’s my question: does anyone actually want to see this film?  Gordon-Levitt will play a young cancer victim.  It’s based on the life of screenwriter Will Reiser.  How many movies about cancer can Hollywood make?  Here are some ones that immediately come to mind: Stepmom; Life as a House; A Walk to Remember; My Sister’s Keeper; Sweet November; The Family Stone; and the list goes on and on.  Maybe I am just cold-hearted.

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The ‘Hurt Locker’ is Under Attack

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Recently, I was chatting with a close friend of mine, who returned not too long ago from serving our country in Afghanistan.  He saw my post about ‘Hurt Locker,’ and he went off.  He said that the film “is the worst portrayal of Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams that [he’s] ever seen.”  When I asked why, he said “they don’t just drive around alone like that and they sure as shit don’t drop all of their gear to dismantle a bomb.”  Well it turns out that my friend is not the only serviceman to feel this way.  Several active EOD serviceman have complained, saying that the main character is too “John Wayne like,” and his behavior would be akin to “a firefighter going into a building with a squirt bottle.”  To make matters worse, it has been revealed that the military adviser for the film decided not to work with the filmmakers after the Army was informed that certain scenes were being filmed that were not in the original script.  I suppose the Army did not want to be associated with a project that they did not have access to in its entirety.  Probably a wise choice.  The writer for the film is whining about artistic license.  I certainly believe in an imagination, just not when you portray a film to be accurate and the audience is mislead.  Especially with so important a topic. 

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Blockbuster is Charging Late Fees Again

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Remember the glorious olden days when blockbuster was a monopoly, and they would charge you over a $100 for that forgotten DVD that fell under your bed?  Well, blockbuster is bringing those dreaded late fees back.  To clarify, it is not quite the nightmare from the past.  They are reducing the rental period from 7 days to 5 days, and charging $1 per day for 10 days.  As a sidenote, Netflix is doing better than ever.

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Jay Leno Beats Letterman in the Ratings

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The Tonight Show is back with Jay Leno and it returned with huge numbers.  He beat Letterman by almost two million viewers.  To be fair to Letterman though, this was Jay’s first day back, and I am sure there was a large curiosity factor involved.  Next week will be a more relevant comparison.

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Dancing With the Stars Reveals Partners

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I am pretty excited about this.  I was initially a little disappointed by the star selection, but now that they are paired up I am looking forward to it.  Personally, I am rooting for Maksim this year.  He’s never won and he’s pretty to look at, so I want him there as long as possible.  Here is the lineup:
Kate Gosselin & Tony Dovolani
Pamela Anderson & Damian Whitewood
Chad Ochocino & Cheryl Burke
Shannen Doherty & Mark Ballas
Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough
Niecy Nash & Louis Van Amstel
Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya
Aiden Turner & Edyta Sliwinska
Buzz Aldrin & Ashley Costa (formerly DelGrosso)
Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Jake Pavelka & Chelsie Hightower

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James Cameron Screens Avatar for the Troops

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Is there anything that this guy does not think of?  James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, and Michelle Rodriguez, flew to Bahrain to screen Avatar for the United States military.  Cameron’s brother is an ex-marine.  Cameron stated that this was a “once-in-a-lifetime experience” and “to do something for the men and women who serve our country was a great privilege.”