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<p>Yes, we are still talking about 'Prometheus,' and if you have an issue with that, I will pull your head off so you'll look very silly in the sequel.</p>

Yes, we are still talking about 'Prometheus,' and if you have an issue with that, I will pull your head off so you'll look very silly in the sequel.

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Compare the Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts drafts of 'Prometheus'

An interesting lesson in the evolution of a franchise film is available online

I am always slightly horrified to watch when fandom decides to turn on someone.  And to be fair, I know it's never a group decision, but rather a ripple effect, and that it's just a percentage of people when something like this goes down.  Even so, it can feel like everyone thanks to just how vocal people get and how unrelenting the negativity can feel sometimes.

It felt like a few years ago, Damon Lindelof had been embraced by fandom at large and he was one of those names everyone was talking about.  When it was first announced that he'd gotten the gig rewriting what became "Prometheus," it seemed to be a pretty popular choice.  These days, things have changed so much that he swore off the AICN talkback last week on Twitter.  He's a whipping boy, and much of it is based on something that I think is very hard for people to judge, which is his contribution to the film.  I like Lindelof, though, and I think a lot of this pile-on is unfair and ridiculous.  I don't think he deserves to be the one person that fanboys attack over "Prometheus" or "Lost," and I think he is swinging for the fences when he works.  Whether he actually hits that home run or not, he's trying to do the sort of big-idea big-entertainment movies that I love dearly, and I like that he's in the mix, trying to amaze.

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<p>Christina Aguilera on &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Christina Aguilera on "The Voice"

Credit: NBC

Watch Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green debut 'Make the World Move' live

How's 'Lotus' doing with sales so far?

Before I start in on Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green's live debut of her "Make the World Move" duet, a couple things:

1) People are doggin' on Xtina for the weight gain, and have for a while. I've always thought she looks mega-fine, the added pounds or not. Criticisms of her appearance have frequently preceded any salient thoughts on her talent, which is ever-impressive.

2) CeeLo Green operates best with specific confines. Give him a retro sound, and he's brilliant. Give him a costume concept and he's all in. Give him 10 minutes aggregate of a TV talent show and he's unstoppable. CeeLo doesn't dance. He grooves and gets out of the way.

3) "Make the World Move" is a generally likeable song off of "Lotus."

Now. The television performance of "Make the World Move" on last night's "Voice" (Nov. 13) was positively batty.

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<p>Matthew McConaughey talks about &quot;Magic Mike,&nbsp;&quot;Bernie&quot;&nbsp;and losing 60 pounds for &quot;The Dallas Buyers Club.&quot;</p>

Matthew McConaughey talks about "Magic Mike, "Bernie" and losing 60 pounds for "The Dallas Buyers Club."

Oscar contender Matthew McConaughey reveals how he lost 38 pounds and ponders a 'Magic Mike' sequel

He knows exactly what he's going to eat when it's over

BEVERLY HILLS – I’d seen the pictures. I'd seen the news reports.  I’d heard about Matthew McConaughey’s amazing weight loss for his role in the new independent film “The Dallas Buyer’s Club” from all aspects of social media.  It was another thing, however, to shake the hand of a man that looked like he’d lost half of himself since we last talked just five months before.  

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"Jersey Shore"

 "Jersey Shore"

Credit: MTV

Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Adam Levine set to 'Restore the Shore'

The stars come out to support Seaside Heights, New Jersey

The stars are coming out to help "Jersey Shore" and MTV raise funds to rebuild Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, the area will benefit from the one-hour fundraising special "Restore the Shore," set to air Thurs. Nov. 15 at 11:00 p.m. ET.

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<p>Hmmmm... something seems to be wrong with your fireplace...</p>

Hmmmm... something seems to be wrong with your fireplace...

Credit: Walt Disney Company

Second 'Oz The Great and Powerful' trailer sells the world and the women

Can Sam Raimi make this feel like real magic?

"The Great and Powerful Oz" has not been an easy film for Disney to make, but as they kick their campaign for the film into a higher gear, they're doing their very best to send out an air of confidence about it.

This new trailer certainly shows us more of the world than we've seen before, and it's pretty plain why earlier trailers couldn't show us any of this stuff.  In a movie where so much of the environment and so many of the characters are computer generated, it's hard to have footage ready to show early.  Even now, I'm betting we're seeing much of the finished work, and the movie itself still has a lot of rendering and final tweaking to do before it's ready.  There's also a heavy emphasis this time around on Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz as the various witches of Oz, and all I can say about that line-up is that Sam Raimi has exquisite taste.

For a film that has to be based on the Frank L. Baum books and not the classic 1939 film for legal reasons, this sure does look like the 1939 film.  Much of the iconography seems to have been lifted directly from the classic Warner Bros. version of the story, including that spooky shot of the Wicked Witch that I pulled the image from that is at the top of this story.  The Munchkins, the Emerald City, the Flying Monkeys… these are all very recognizable here.

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<p>Madonna and Psy</p>

Madonna and Psy

Watch: Madonna and Psy combine on stage for 'Gangnam Style'

It is finished

Psy's "Gangnam Style," with all its idiosyncrasies, will go down in the annals as epically robbed at No. 2 on the Hot 100, never to see No. 1, occupying the eternal runners-up prison where Boyz II Men's "Water Runs Dry" and Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" sit, shivering.

That is, unless Madonna's endorsement helps that last strong push. (Or not.)

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<p>Adam Pally and Damon Wayans Jr. in &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Adam Pally and Damon Wayans Jr. in "Happy Endings."

Credit: ABC

The Morning Round-Up: 'Happy Endings,' 'The Mindy Project' & 'Go On'

Max and Brad do the Hora, Mindy and Danny try to outdo each other, and Ryan and Owen get close

It's morning round-up time, with quick reviews of last night's episodes of "Go On," "Happy Endings" and "The Mindy Project," all coming up just as soon as I hate your regular voice and non-Mutombo persona...

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<p>A scene from &quot;The Painting,&quot; one of GKIDS' four Oscar hopefuls this year.</p>

A scene from "The Painting," one of GKIDS' four Oscar hopefuls this year.

Credit: GKIDS

Roundup: Can GKIDS crash the animation Oscar race again?

Also: Phoenix makes amends, and the most deserving Best Actor no-hopers

GKIDS was scarcely a blip on the radar when, nearly three years ago, they scored a shock Best Animated Feature Oscar nod for the very first film they distributed, "The Secret of Kells." Last year, they announced themselves as a force to be reckoned with when they pushed two of their foreign toons into the race, at the expense of, among others, blockbuster "The Adventures of Tintin." This year, as they jostle with four exotic offerings in the Oscar hunt, Rebecca Keegan looks at the rapidly rising profile of a company determined to bring some independent spirit and cultural diversity to the US animation market. "We haven't needed a $3-million Oscar campaign," says chief Eric Beckman. "Animators in L.A. are following what's happening outside the country. We show them the films and they either win people's hearts or they don't." [LA Times]

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<p>Julia (Erika Christensen)&nbsp;bones up on her Spanish on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Julia (Erika Christensen) bones up on her Spanish on "Parenthood."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Together'

Kristina struggles with feeling powerless, Amber and Ryan gets closer, and Drew visits Amy

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I regift a cancer patient's gift basket...

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<p>Marion Cotillard talks about her new role in &quot;Rust and Bone.&quot;</p>

Marion Cotillard talks about her new role in "Rust and Bone."

Marion Cotillard says Katy Perry's 'Firework' helped her performance in 'Rust and Bone'

Oscar winner talks about difficulty working with whales in captivity

BEVERLY HILLS - Marion Cotillard really wanted to work with Jacques Audiard.  In fact, she was so committed to the director's follow up to his acclaimed drama "A Prophet" that she dropped her normal required prep time to make sure "Rust and Bone" fit into her schedule.  The Oscar winner was already locked into shooting Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" for much of 2011, but then immediately transitioned to "Bone" when it was over. And, for Cotillard, taking away that chance to really research and study a role is a big, big deal.

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<p>Lou... you should look... right over there... Lou... LOU?!&nbsp;LOOK&nbsp;OUT!&nbsp;AAAAAHH!</p>

Lou... you should look... right over there... Lou... LOU?! LOOK OUT! AAAAAHH!

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Film Nerd 2.0: To Scare or Not To Scare

We go from (Bud) Abbott to (Twilight) Zone to discuss what scares the boys

One of the conversations we have ongoing right now at Casa De McWeeny is "how scary is too scary"?

It's an important question to ask.  My wife is of the opinion that no scary movies is just about the perfect amount for kids who are 7 and 4 years old, respectively.  I disagree.  I think kids crave stories about monsters and that being scared is an important part of our maturation process as we start to digest the stories we're told. 

I don't think you should jump right to "Dawn Of The Dead" for a 3-year-old, of course, but I do think there's a certain amount of anxiety and fear that is enjoyable, especially at a young age when films have a special power over us.  You feel films in a different way as a kid.  You're still learning about how the world works, and you're still trying to figure out adults, and you're using movies as one of the ways you start to really put those puzzle pieces together.

The question at the start of things is how do you introduce scary material to your kids, and we've experimented with it on several occasions.  At the bottom of this article, you'll see links to where I wrote about an early screening of "The Dark Crystal" that absolutely infuriated two-year-old Allen.  I wrote about scaring the crap out of both of them in a good way with "Jurassic Park," and their fascination with dinosaurs has only gotten more pronounced since that screening.  I wrote about the existential fear that creeped in around the edges of a screening of "Close Encounters," and how I was unprepared for the fear that hit them.  I wrote about both the Tim Burton LACMA exhibit and the first screening we had of "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure," and how those scares worked on them.

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How do Kellan Lutz & Jackson Rathbone go from talking 'Twilight' to 'Joey' and 'We Bought a Zoo'?

How do Kellan Lutz & Jackson Rathbone go from talking 'Twilight' to 'Joey' and 'We Bought a Zoo'?

The conversation starts with action scenes and goes in unusual directions
I'm going to insist that you watch this interview with Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone all the way to the end. 
 
Yes, the two members of the "Twilight" Cullen family have a lot to say about "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" and actually getting to take part in some serious action for the first time in the franchise.
 
The bulk of the interview is, in fact, focused -- without any real spoilers -- on The Scene We Can't Discuss from "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," the scene that distinctly isn't a part of Stephenie Meyer's book, specifically how they decided upon the appropriate fighting styles for Emmett and Jasper. 
 
But at the very end of the interview, we discussed what possible spinoffs built around their characters would be like and Rathbone's initial answer, and the pause as Lutz realizes the somewhat absurd reference his co-star was making, is kinda priceless. And unlike a lot of things from these "Twilight" interviews, I get the feeling that this isn't a conversation they had several dozen times during the junket day. 
 
Check it out!
 
I've already posted my "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" interviews with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner and Elizabeth Reaser & Nikki Reed. Expect more as we get closer to Friday's (Nov. 16) premiere...
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