In making the announcement, Mr. Horn stated, "Our reasons for shifting 'Half-Blood Prince' to summer are twofold: we know the summer season is an ideal window for a family tent pole release, as proven by the success of our last 'Harry Potter' film, which is the second-highest grossing film in the franchise, behind only the first installment. Additionally, like every other studio, we are still feeling the repercussions of the writers' strike, which impacted the readiness of scripts for other films—changing the competitive landscape for 2009 and offering new windows of opportunity that we wanted to take advantage of. We agreed the best strategy was to move 'Half-Blood Prince' to July, where it perfectly fills the gap for a major tent pole release for mid-summer.""Also, we are going to be totally screwed when The Dark Knight is no longer around to mint us money and we have fuck-all to release next year. Summer '09 it is!"
ETA: No, I don't think it has anything to do with Twilight coming out a couple of weeks later, and here's why.
From spectralbovine: JULIA CHILD WAS A SPY.
Birthing Stars Tear Into A Nebula With A Fierce Beauty [Space Porn].
Problems hit Netflix shipping centers.
'Virgin' actor held on $10M bond in stabbing; ‘40-Year-Old Virgin’ actor pleads not guilty.
Chinese news service reported that gold medal gymnast was 13; Maybe They Have a Time Machine? [We're Gonna Need A Bigger Gymnast] (I just really liked this headline); 13 Medal-Worthy Olympic Stories.
Octopuses have six 'arms' and two 'legs.' Octopi make the soles of my feet crawl. Look, I don't know. Maybe I imagine stepping them or something (nnnnngghhhhh) GO TO THE HAPPY PLACE, GO TO THE HAPPY PLACE
So! Happy shiny jewelry place! I happened to stumble across a jewelry site last night--I was trying to find a ring for something I'm writing, and I'm just lame enough to look for a real-life equivalent--and DAMN. This is some srs bsns jewelry. Like, "the prices are so high, the website doesn't always list them" srs. Wish I'd realized that before I fell in love with the hexagonal ring. Although I wouldn't turn down the round design either. So preeeetty.
Ask Tom Wolfe Anything.
Fables 10: the Good Prince: fairyland's armies mass for the final (?) battle.
Lunchtime Quiz: Fairy Tales.
The History Of Xenu, As Explained By L. Ron Hubbard Himself In 8 Minutes.
Clues To 'Lost' Season Five: Who's Back, Who's Dead And What Does It Mean?
Two Men Enter, One Man Leaves -- The Ten Most Gruesome Scifi Death Sports.
Images: New 'The Duchess' photos (man, I love it when Keira Knightley rocks the bitchface); Official Dragonball Pics (God, Emmy Rossum looks so bad in this. Those bangs are just really not working for her); First Looks at Charlize Theron in Arriaga's 'The Burning Plain.'
Trailers and clips: Exclusive Clip: 'A Girl Cut in Two'; 'The Spirit' Isn't Impressing Anyone with Its Trailers. You know what? I'm going to be really mad if 'The Spirit' looking like a complete 'Sin City' ripoff is going to hurt the chances for the actual 'Sin City' sequel. Because I want to see someone playing Ava Lord, and I want to see it before I die.
trailer_spot: Body of Lies, Burn After Reading, Momma's Man, I've Loved You So Long, Appaloosa, Role Models.
'Dark Knight' Sequel Won't See Two-Face; Fan Made: 'Dark Knight' Sequel Poster (let me repeat, this is FAN MADE, in case you see it floating around the intarwebs); From 90210 To Gotham City? Brian Austin Green Makes Pitch For Riddler Casting; Christian Bale will not face assault charges; Bale to get 'caution'; Gary Oldman doesn't think he brings sexiness to his work, is crazy.
Update: 'Tropic Thunder' Opens Poorly?; Exclusive: 'Tropic Thunder' Writer Stops Making Fun Of Mentally Challenged People Just Long Enough To Let Us Interview Him; Instructions for Boycotting 'Tropic Thunder.'
‘Twilight’ Web Site Controversy Inspires Strong Reactions (" 'I don’t agree with how the Lex blames it all on [Breaking Dawn] haters,' user Sarah wrote. 'I think its much more than that. It was Lex haters!' " OH NOES NOT THE LEX HATERRRRS YOU GUYYYYS); Dear Entertainment Weekly: You're gonna need a bigger mailroom; Reason #423 why I love Robert Pattinson:
I’ve spent a long time thinking, “How can I take the whole [Edward is] beautiful thing as an interpretation?” And I realized that it’s just Bella saying he’s so beautiful and she’s just in love with him and obsessed with him so he could be like a piece of cheese and she would think the same thing.'Watchmen' Posters Compared to Original Ads for Easier Complaining; The Real Face of Rorschach.
Watch This: Darth Vader Does Michael Jackson's Thriller; The Hopes of a Long Suffering 'Star Wars' Fan.
Fan Made: Becoming Iron Man.
‘He-Man’ Movie Will Go Realistic: ‘We’re Not Talking About Putting Nipples On The Trapjaw Suit.’ Will She-Ra be in it? Don't talk to me unless She-Ra is in it.
Remember the Orlando-Bloom-in-Sarajevo project from yesterday? Liam Neeson and Orlando Bloom are 'Fools'; Neeson, Bardem Also 'Rush In.'
New Picture from "Revolutionary Road"; "An awkward love triangle: Kate, Leo and Sam Mendes."
Johnny Depp's 'Rex Mundi' Has Script, Needs Director.
Edgar Ramirez to Play Pablo Escobar in Two Films?!
Bryan Singer's 'Valkyrie' Returns to December from 2009! Which means it's better than they thought it was going to be! BUT I AM STILL NOT CONSOLED FOR THE LOSS OF HARRY POTTER.
Scoop: Cruise was never set to star in Jolie film. Note: My tag for this movie is "edwina salt," rather than "edwin a. salt," because I'm probably going to have to change it anyway, and it cracks me up that you can eliminate a space and a period and have a completely adequate gender-switched title.
Cruise's partner Paula Wagner quits; Paula Wagner Returns to Producing.
Mike Myers Joins Tarantino's 'Bastards.' I don't even really care about Tarantino films, and I literally said "OH NO" out loud.
Have No Fear, Whit Stillman is Still Here!
Heineken's 'Quantum' Campaign To Feature Olga Kurylenko.
Screen Gems Gets an 'Easy A.'
Crash Co-Writer to Pen 'Lucky,' about Lucky Luciano.
Laughter, sadness over Bernie Mac's lion in 'Madagascar'; Katzenberg Planning 3rd 'Madagascar,' 2nd 'Kung Fu Panda.'
Luke Wilson Skeptical About Returning To ‘Royal Tenenbaums’ Character.
Is ‘Anchorman 2’ Headed To Outer Space? Paul Rudd Weighs In.
‘Evil Dead 4’ Won’t Rely On Younger Sidekick, Says Bruce Campbell.
"Your Whole Body Will Be Different Now" [Found Footage]. After the operation, the nun-headed stripper approaches Dr. Ood with new desires . . . for things like cigarettes and porn. Read that sentence a few times over. Savor it. Me, I'm gonna bronze it and set it on my mantelpiece.