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James Cameron May Have Committed Avatar Plagiarism

Monday, October 26 by

According to io9, James Cameron may have spontaneuously come up with the concept for Avatar after reading Poul Anderson's 1957 sci fi novella Call Me Joe, and then conveniently forgetting that he read it:Like Avatar, Call Me Joe centers on a paraplegic — Ed Anglesey — who telepathically connects with an artificially created life form in order to explore a harsh planet (in this case, Jupiter). Anglesey, like Avatar's Jake Sully, revels in the freedom and strength of his artificial created body, battles predators on the surface of Jupiter, and gradually goes native as he spends more time connected to his artificial body.Cameron is no stranger to accusations of plagiary.  After Terminator's release, writer Harlan Ellison sued the production company for ripping off two episodes he wrote for The Outer Limits.  The company settled and Ellison is acknowledged in the film's credits.As far as Avatar is concerned, at least Cameron had the creative insight to change the name of the title from Call Me Joe.  Sounds like a biopic of Joe The Plumber, who would undoubtedly be played by a bald Tim Allen. 

Paul Haggis Quits Scientology: Who is Next?

Monday, October 26 by

 Paul Haggis is best known as the Academy Award-winning writer and director of the 2004's Crash aka the Love Actually: Racist Edition. He's not as well known for his dance moves but trust me, dude does a sick robot. Anyhow, the writer/director/dance-fiend is in the news today because he has decided to end his 35 year relationship with Scientology. Incensed that the San Diego's branch of the Church has supported Propostion 8, the anti-gay marriage ballot, Haggis wrote an angry letter to church spokesman Tommy Davis. Here is an excerpt of the controversial letter:         "Why are you so dumb?" Oops. Sorry I paraphrased. Here's the actually excerpt: “As you know, for ten months now I have been writing to ask you to make a public statement denouncing the actions of the Church of Scientology of San Diego. […] I called and wrote and implored you, as the official spokesman of the church, to condemn their actions. I told you I could not, in good conscience, be a member of an organization where gay-bashing was tolerated. [...] The church’s refusal to denounce the actions of these bigots, hypocrites and homophobes is cowardly. I can think of no other word. Silence is consent, Tommy. I refuse to consent.”Many members of Hollywood were very vocal in their opposition to Prop 8. Will Haggis's leaving the Church inspire others to jump ship or will it inspire Hollywood to turn its back on Paul Haggis? When making your decision please note that unlike Xenu, Haggis doesn't have his own spacecraft. I think he has a Saab or something. [THR]

‘Heroes’ Actress Ali Larter

Monday, October 26 by

Ali Larter wore the whip cream bikini seen 'round the world.  We all remember, and it's the only time we ever wished we were James Van Der Beek.  Okay, maybe also in Dawson's Creek a few times when him and Katie Holmes got cozy, but that's it.  Ali's starred in Heroes as Nicky since the show's beginning, but as of yet has not donned a whip cream bikini in any of the episodes.  Hey Heroes producers, Sweeps is coming up soon.  Wink wink.  WINK!      A word from Ali: "I hate pretty-looking boys. I'd rather have a guy with a potbelly than one who's in the gym all the time and watches what he eats."Hmmmm, somehow I doubt this.  Ali recently got married and I'm almost positive the lucky guy doesn't resemble Artie Lange.  No one wants that, Ali.  No one.Evidence that someone's been going to the gym after the jump!

Men Who Stare At Goats Trailer Solidifies George Clooney’s Awesomeness

Monday, October 26 by

The second trailer for Men Who Stare At Goats has arrived, and it's clearly evident in it that Clooney is the man. Plus he's got a finely groomed mustache, which brings back fond memories of his hilariously over the top performance in O Brother, Where Art Thou? I was excited to see this movie after the first trailer, and now I'm giddy. Yes, just like a school girl.

11 Celebs in Baby Halloween Costumes

Monday, October 26 by

Halloween is just around the corner, as if you didn't know and… Ah screw it. We don't need to justify this post. I mean, look at them! Gah! Adorable!       

Arrested Development

Monday, October 26 by

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Mitch Hurwitz Weighs In On ‘Arrested Development’ Movie

Monday, October 26 by

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz has been silent thus far in the back-and-forth speculation on whether or not the cult favorite will find its way to the big screen. Until now. While appearing on a panel alongside series executive producer and Hollywood's beloved ginger Ron Howard, he was asked about the status of the film. Hurwitz confirmed that it is happening and he will be directing. When pressed for more details, Hurwitz only commented that the script will feature "a heavy jail presence." So there you have it. Once again, not much substantial info. The stars haven't been contacted and the project doesn't appear on any production schedules. So let's reclassify this one from a "Maybe" to a "Strongish Maybe Kinda". Don't let this one linger in Production Limbo too long. It very well may be our last chance to see Scott Baio on the big screen. (The Playlist)

Photobomb Fridays: Fool’s Gold + Bearsharktopus

Friday, October 23 by

Above photo taken right before Donald Sutherland destroyed BearsharktopusHere are your carnivorous hybrid links!25 Famous Unscary Ghosts (HolyTaco) Marisa Miller Thinks Derrick Rose Is Sexy (TotalProSports)If ESPN Designed Movie Posters (TheChive)The New A-Team Looks Photoshoppy (FilmDrunk)The Human Jump Rope Looks Painful (SuperTremendous)5 Most Empowered Females Currently On TV (Pajiba)Kim Kardashian Needs To Consider The People Below Her (CelebJihad)'Left 4 Dead 2' Trailer (Unreality)5 Crazy Cool Mental Illnesses (Asylum)Celebrate By Setting A Phillies Fan On Fire (BustedCoverage)6 Ways The Internet F's Up Your Life (RegretfulMorning)In Defense Of Living in Seattle (MadeMan)Dale Earnhardt Jr. Petition (AllLeftTurns)Times Square Badass Fist Fight (NothingToxic)Streaking Obama (Atom)

What’s On TV This Weekend: Friday, October 23rd – Sunday, October 25th

Friday, October 23 by

This weekend on television, MTV makes reparations while Mad Men builds up to its season finale. CHECK OUT WHAT TO WATCH AFTER THE JUMP NOTE: ALL TIMES EASTERN & PACIFIC!!!

20 Movie Villain Pumpkin Carvings

Friday, October 23 by

Our friends at Walyou.com and some people we don't know (but whose work we admire) at Pumpkin Gutter have assembled a rogue's gallery from the gourd family just in time for Halloween, and we've picked the best of the best. Every photo links back to the source page in case you want to keep exploring. Walyou alone has put together a mega gallery of 130 Pumpkin carvings that feature likenesses of video game characters, geek celebs, and more. So check em out when you're done cowering at the sight of these fruity monstrosities. (Yes, pumpkins are fruit.)

CASTLE

Friday, October 23 by

Network: ABCCast: Nathan Fillion, Stana KaticSynopsis: A famous mystery novelist works with a bright and aggressive female detective to solve crimes.

Nathan Fillion Makes Joss Whedon Proud in Scene from ‘Castle’

Friday, October 23 by

Nathan Fillion finally has a hit that isn't a cult hit!  Well Castle isn't so much a hit as it is a procederial with a steady viewership.  Personally, I'm a big fan of the show, and as always, Fillion flaunts his wit and impeccable timing.  In the clip he makes his former boss proud by donning the Captain Mal duster from Firefly while referencing Buffy, and a little Underworld thrown in there for good measure.  And all in under two minutes!  I'm sure Whedon is beaming in between frowns due to Dollhouse's eminent death.

‘Avatar’ Bootleg Trailer

Friday, October 23 by

Sorry for the crappy bootleg version, but it's the best quality that exists online right now. You'll have to go to the theaters this weekend to see a better version of this three-minute Cliff's Notes epic on the big screen. Then… AND ONLY THEN… can we fairly judge the film's entire worth. 

5 Real World Fails That Need a Movie

Friday, October 23 by

A quick trip over to Rotten Tomatoes will show you that Amelia, which opens this weekend, has a favorable rating of about 20%. For those of you who don’t know, that percentage means the movie sucks on a collective level. But you probably didn‘t need some Tomatometer, scientific as it is, to tell you that. After all, does the real life story of the first woman to not fly around the world sound exciting? Christ, why didn’t they just make a movie about my grandma? She didn’t fly around the world either, but unlike Amelia Earhart, she didn’t have a butch haircut. Plus, my grandma made some delicious pierogi.  All Amelia made was a wrong turn.*My point is this: if for some reason you are going to make a movie about someone who didn’t do something, there are a lot more impressive failures to choose from.  Here are five of them.Marv Levy and the Buffalo Bills – Not Winning Super Bowls

‘Saw VI’ Actress Tanedra Howard

Friday, October 23 by

 Tanedra Howard was the winner of Scream Queens on VH1 this past season, and her prize?  A part in the new Saw movie.  That Saw movie?  Saw VI.  Let's hope her performance as a woman in distress attached to a medieval torture device skyrockets her to fame and fortune.  Or at least lands her a role in Saw VII as a woman in distress attached to a medieval torture device. A word from Tanedra: "I like drama, and I would love to do action. Blow me up, throw me from a plane, let me jump off a building."That's stunt work, not acting.  It may be easier to find employment, but the Academy won't recognize you as an integral and award-worthy element of cinema.  You ever see Meryl Streep get thrown out of a plane, save the infamous scene from Kramer Vs. Kramer?Check out more scream queen pics after the jump (out of a plane)!

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