'American Idol' used to be the hottest show on television, but after thirteen years, it's starting to show its age. The show's ratings have slipped from regularly having 30 million viewers to now somewhere around 11 million. And though the show has had some different judges over the course of its run, it's now looking to ditch all four current judges to have a fresh face for Season 13.
When New Line tried to bring 'Dungeons and Dragons' to the big screen in 2000, it was coming a year after 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace' and a year before 'The Lord of the Rings,' and was done on a budget. Basically, it came at the right time and place to be totally forgotten and dismissed. But now, according to Warner Brothers, the time couldn't be more right for a reboot.
In one of the most public contract negotiations of the modern era, Robert Downey Jr. has let it be known that he finished his contractual obligations to Marvel and to playing Tony Stark and Iron Man. Which means his future involvement with both 'The Avengers' and 'Iron Man' will depend on how much Marvel is willing to pony up.
As all things must, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost's "Cornetto" trilogy is coming to an end this summer with 'The World's End.' This trilogy -- which started as something of a joke when 'Shaun of the Dead' came out -- is supposedly based on the three flavors of a British ice cream brand. And though we expect them to work together again, with Wright moving on to (possibly) 'Ant-Man' and Simon Pegg juggling his roles in 'Star Trek' 'Mission: Impossible' and possibly 'Star Wars,' it's hard to know when the band will get back together. In the interim, here's the trailer for their latest movie.
When Brett Ratner took over the 'X-Men' franchise from Bryan Singer, he was tasked with adding new mutants to the steady roster of actors who were in the previous two films. One was Ellen Page, who Singer has brought back for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' to reprise her role as Kitty Pride. Page recently turned up on set, and Bryan Singer took a picture.
In one of the strangest exits in recent memory, Al Pacino has left the production of 'Despicable Me 2,' which is set to hit theaters July 3. But it was just announced that Benjamin Bratt is replacing him. They'll have to work pretty quick if they want to hit theaters exactly two months from today.
Before they decided to get in the film business for themselves, Marvel used to license out their characters to different studios. And those studios can continue making movies about those characters as long as they have a film (or sequel or reboot) in production in the allotted amount of time. If they don't, the rights revert back to Marvel. With no sequels or reboots in active development, the rights to Blade and Ghost Rider have reverted back to Marvel.
It was well known that -- partly to appeal to an ever-growing global audience -- Marvel thought ahead and included Chinese actors for an extended cut of 'Iron Man 3' that was made specifically for the Chinese market. Now that the film has been released in China, the content of those additional scenes have been revealed, and it turns out that the rest of the world isn't missing much.
Following up both 'The Avengers' and 'Iron Man 3' is going to be tricky business for 'Thor: The Dark World,' but after this teaser trailer, it looks like they figured out what worked and what didn't in the first film and went from there. Slightly more grounded -- and with most of the set up out of the way -- this looks to be a much bigger and better 'Thor' movie.
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