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First, because this is important: ‘Phantom of the Opera’ sequel due in 2009. OH HALE NO.

UNHAPPY NEW YEAR! Time Warner Cable To Yank MTV, Nickelodeon & Comedy Central Off The Air In NY, LA, Everywhere:
As a result, we are sorry to say that for Time Warner Cable customers our networks will go dark as of 12:01 on January 1st, denying Time Warner customers shows like Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, and The Hills. Ultimately, however, if Nickelodeon, COMEDY CENTRAL, MTV and the rest of our programming is discontinued – over less than a penny per day - we believe viewers will see this behavior by their cable company as outrageous.
Man, I'm glad I have Charter right now.

'Operation Filmmaker' Airing on PBS Tonight! In which "a young Iraqi film student is invited to work on the set of Liev Schreiber's Everything is Illuminated and how that experience begins to unravel for all involved -- [documentarian Nina] Davenport included (and that's not to mention appearances from Elijah Wood and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson as themselves!)."

NYPD fears Jonas Brothers "Mob Scene" on New Years Eve. I'm torn between an earnest hope that no one is actually injured and a great deal of lol.

Her Cateness fierce in Vanity Fair; Reigning Cate; A Hollywood Elusive.

What If 'The Happening' Was A Novel? (And Quite Good?) [Book Review]

The Moon's A Balloon [Space Porn].

Evolution demands more Facebook drunkfail. My love for this headline is unending.

Images: Paramount and DreamWorks Pictures 2009 Picture Preview (Hotel for Dogs; The Uninvited; I Love You, Man; Monsters vs. Aliens; The Soloist; Star Trek; Imagine That; Transformers 2; GI Joe; Dance Flick; The Goods: The Don Ready Story); Official US Poster for Thai Martial Arts Movie 'Chocolate' (love the tag line); Fan Made: Movie Posters as Public Service Announcements.

Trailers and clips: EXCLUSIVE: We Scare Up The First Clip From ‘My Bloody Valentine 3-D’!; The Teaser for Jerry Bruckheimer's 'G-Force'; Watch The New Lost Promo! NOOOOO DUN SPOIL MEEEE!

‘Watchmen’ Wars Heat Up As Fox Seeks To Delay Film’s Release; Why We'll See 'Watchmen' on March 6th; 'Watchmen'Gate Update: Warner Gambles, Geeks Revolt; Is There Any Reason Not To Boycott Fox Next Year? [Rant].

ETA: "Fox" has a Twitter feed: "@michael_bay: Please keep your schedule open once you wrap Transformers 2 - you are on our short list for Watchmen re-shoots/edits." LAWL.

("Oh, and if you're wondering, we'll be sitting on the rights to the Halo movie for 20 years too.")

Could This Be The Face Of The Next Penguin? [Batrumor] It's not. No, it's not. No, it's not. None of the early mockups of Heath Ledger were real, either (or half as good as what we ended up with). Last I heard, Christopher Nolan didn't even have a story idea. IT'S NOT.

(Speaking of which: You know what's a bad idea when actors are in the audience? A "Heath Ledger impression.")

New High Res "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" CineLive Photos; New HBP scans from Empire magazine; Jason Isaacs Talks Deathly Hallows, Lucius "Half-Blood Prince" Cameo, Politics, "Good" and More; Could the Harry Potter Series End Early?; Bloomberg: Hollywood Looks to Potter in 2009 to Stem Decline in Movie Attendance. Asked and answered!

Speaking of 'Good': Exclusive: Jason Isaacs is 'Good'; 'Good' is a misnomer for this war story. O SNAP.

Vaguely related: War drama 'Defiance' meets with resistance. Man, Holocaust movies are just not doing well this year.

Iron Man 2 To Focus On Tony Stark: Be Afraid.

D.J. Caruso's 'Y: The Last Man' Movie Struggling With its Script?

Coraline toys!; Watch Coraline Featurettes!

'The Room': Worst movie ever? Don't tell that to its suddenly in-demand star. "To be honest, after the piece came out, I was half expecting people involved in The Room to call up and complain that I’d ruined their careers. But instead you’re saying the article actually HELPED you?"

(More from EW: Site of the Day: TinyURL. 1) Way to be with the times, there. Enjoy the commenters calling EW on this fact as well. 2) This is convenient, because EW URLs are hideously long strings of gobbledygook, particularly if you click in from an RSS feed. 3) They used a Twilight link as an example. Of course they did.)

To Boldly Go There: A History Of Star Trek Porn, With Clips [NSFW]. And pictures, in case you thought you could just read and not play any of the videos (MY EYES).

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Maybe, maybe not. Recent example, albeit on a smaller scale: when the Dish network decided to pull my local ABC affiliate over contract negotiations gone sour, it was announced the night before it happened. I happened to hear about it via an emergency ticker scrolling across the bottom of the screen during Pushing Daisies; it didn't hit the news until the next day, at which point it had already been yanked. (I happen to get cable through Comcast, so I don't know how long that went on before somebody caved.) I've seen this happen a couple times, and basically what happens is that both parties squabble and fight and negotiate (messily) until the absolute last minute until it quote-unquote can't get resolved without someone throwing a big dramatic hissyfit. It'll get fixed, but the hissyfit stage is freaking annoying, and there usually isn't much warning.

(I also remember catching a bit of, as I recall, Regis & Whoever-It-Was-At-the-Time during a similar cable-company spat where they got pulled off the air in NYC, ranting about it and how they weren't quite sure what they were doing there if the show wasn't being broadcast. HELLO: THE REST OF THE COUNTRY STILL MATTERS, JACKASSES. but that's another rant. ;)

I could see there being not much warning, but it being the day after tomorrow, and apparently already hitting other information sources, I'm sure we would've found out today and nothing came through about it. I'm just hesitant to see people flip out over something that could potentially resolve itself or at least be extended tomorrow. We've had a lot of that going on with local news affiliates lately anyway, so I wouldn't have been the least bit surprised to see other channels going the way of the dodo.

It's definitely hitting the news more broadly by now, but still under "maybe," so yeah, I guess we'll see what happens. According to the AP they've got until midnight Wednesday to figure it out....

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