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Weekend Reading: The Avengers, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dave Berg

The Avengers MovieNow, how many times have you already seen The Avengers? Doesn't it just kick movie butt? And what movie do you think we'll be talking about all summer? Avengers or The Dark Knight Rises?

Avengers Assemble...in line! Former Malibu Comics publisher and co-founder Dave Olbrich (now a manager at Space Goat Productions) and for Malibu Comics Editor-In-Chief Chris Ulm (now the head guy at Appy Entertainment), show up at the :20 mark in this report from AMC theaters in southern California.

Longbox Graveyard goes Marathoning and Assembling for Avengers and other Marvel-based movies. “Five of my favorite superhero movies, in a day-long sitting, followed by a midnight debut of The Avengers! Seventeen hours in a movie theater, ninety minutes in the car each way getting there, a day off work to do it and another day off to recover. Great for a twelve-year-old, not-so-great if you’re half a century old. So I found a couple twelve-year-olds and went anyway.”

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Freddie Mercury to Appear on Stage as an ‘Optical Illusion’

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Performances, Rock,

Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury is to appear on stage as an "optical illusion."

The late Queen front man - who passed away in 1991 - will seem to perform for an audience at musical We Will Rock You, which is based on the band's music, to mark the tenth anniversary of the show in London.

Queen guitarist Brian May told BBC news the new "effect" was "an optical illusion of sorts." He added, "People will come out saying, 'did we actually see Freddie?'" However, Brian said the effect used will be different to the hologram technology which made late rapper Tupac Shakur appear on stage and perform at Coachella festival in California last month.

"It's a little unfortunate they did that thing with Tupac as we've been trying to make Freddie appear on the stage for quite a while The hologram technique is something we've looked at ourselves but I think probably for a show that runs eight shows a week it's not really practical."

The special edition show of We Will Rock You will take place on May 14 at London's Dominion Theatre. Queen have previously made live appearances where Freddie appears to sing the band's hit "Bohemian Rhapsody" using a backing track and video footage of him singing the song.


Ryan Seacrest is Considering Marriage

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Music, Television, Dating, Engagements,

Ryan Seacrest and Julianne HoughRyan Seacrest and Julianne Hough are considering getting married.

The American Idol host and the Rock of Ages beauty have been dating for two years and now the 37-year-old presenter has admitted the couple have been discussing taking their relationship to the next level: "It's something we talk about," he said.

When asked if he would consider it in the near future, he added, "We talk about that, too!"

Ryan admitted the pair enjoyed celebrating their recent two-year anniversary as they took the time to reminisce over the period: "[On our anniversary] night we talked about the things that we'd done that year. I think I did everything right!"

Though he produces fly-on-the-wall reality shows such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its spin-offs - including the wedding of Kim Kardashian to Kris Humphries last year - Ryan insists he wouldn't want to televise his own nuptials.

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John Travolta’s Accuser Dropped by Lawyer

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Legal Issues, Rumors,

John TravoltaThe first masseur who accused John Travolta of sexual assault has reportedly been dropped by his lawyer.

The accuser - known only as John Doe # 1 - filed a $2 million dollar lawsuit against the Pulp Fiction actor claiming he made unwanted sexual advances towards him in Los Angeles on January 16, but after the masseur admitted earlier today that he got the date of the alleged attack wrong he is no longer being represented by Los Angeles attorney Okorie Okorocha.

"Okorocha did not feel he could represent John Doe #1 going forward anymore and recommend him finding another lawyer," a source told RadarOnline.com.

But Okorocha will continue to represent a second masseur - who is known only as John Doe #2 - who has also made sexual assault claims against the star, although John's attorney Marty Singer has vehemently denied both allegations.

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Beth Ditto: Lady Gaga is For Kids

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Style,

Beth DittoGossip singer Beth Ditto thinks Lady Gaga is important to "five year olds." The musician is a fan of the pop superstar but she doesn't think her songs can ever have as much of an impact on her adult fans as they do on children because it's completely new to the younger generation:

"I think her music is for five year olds. Like when I was five, for me it was Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Michael Jackson. Those people were iconic. I'm 31 so that was like 26 years ago. I think that for the five year old watching MTV right now Lady Gaga is going to be an iconic person. In 20 years, the people who are here and talking to journalists will be like, 'Oh Lady Gaga changed my life, Nicki Minaj changed my life.' They'll be saying who influenced them and it will be Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, artists like that. I don't think it's as relevant when a 31-year-old is saying the same things."

Beth believes it is harder for artists, including Gaga, to reach and inspire older music fans because they have been influenced by so many different types of music already.

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Balfour Found Guilty in Jennifer Hudson Case

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Music, Legal Issues,

William BalfourA jury has found Jennifer Hudson's former brother-in-law William Balfour guilty of murdering her mother, brother and seven-year-old nephew.

Balfour, 31, was found guilty of three counts of murder and four other counts related to the 2008 killings and he now faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison. He had pleaded not guilty to shooting to death the singer's mother Darnell Donerson, 57, her brother Jason Hudson, 29, and her seven-year-old nephew Julian King on October 24, 2008, as well as home invasion, residential burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle related to the killings. His attorney argued there was no forensic evidence linking him to the murders.

The panel took 18 hours deliberating on the case after it went to the jury yesterday at Cook County Court in Chicago, before finding Balfour guilty of triple murder. The actress - who attended every day of the testimony - arrived at court shortly after it was revealed that the jury had reached a verdict.

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iOS 6 to feature new Apple-powered Maps, eliminating Google

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Google, Rumors, Software,

iOS 6 Maps

Google Maps has been a mainstay on in iOS since the birth of the original iPhone back in 2007. For us, the Maps app is one of our most used apps on the device, and we'd bet that this is the same for many others. However, Apple need Google Maps anymore. The company has purchased multiple mapping companies in the past couple of years, including C3 Technologies, Poly9, and Placebase. We haven't really seen the fruits of these acquisitions yet, but that may all be changing with iOS 6.

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Blink 182 Cancels US Tour

Blink 182Blink 182 have canceled a series of tour dates after Travis Barker had to undergo emergency surgery.

The "All the Small Things" band's drummer had have an urgent medical procedure on his tonsils, forcing them to cancel all further shows in their current US tour, which runs until the end of the month.

"The band apologizes for any inconvenience as a result of these cancellations and thanks their fans for their ongoing support," a statement on the band's website reads. The note added Travis' "recovery period is expected to extend beyond the scheduled tour dates."

It is not yet known if the band's later dates in the UK and Europe, starting in June, will be affected by Travis' condition. The group - which also includes Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge - have already had to reschedule their tour once, after it was originally supposed to start in July last year, but dates were pushed back in order to allow the group to finish sixth album Neighborhoods.


Christopher Nolan Feels Responsibility to Batman Fans

Christopher NolanChristopher Nolan feels a "tremendous challenge and responsibility" to finish his Batman trilogy in a satisfactory way.

The director is preparing for the release of The Dark Knight Rises, the third and final installment in his series of films, and he admitted the pressure the getting to him.

"We feel a tremendous challenge and responsibility to finish our story. We have to give the audiences something they haven't seen before, but also fulfill their expectations of what they enjoyed in the first two films. That's the tricky balance," he said.

The movie was filmed across the globe with locations in the US, UK and India and Christopher revealed this was a conscious decision because he wanted a "broader canvas."

"With a sequel there is always the challenge of trying to meet or indeed exceed expectations. And some of those are based on the size, scale and world of the film. We traveled to many different places because we wanted to give it a broader canvas," he added.


Anna Faris is Pregnant

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Pregnancies,

Chris Pratt and Anna FarrisAnna Faris is pregnant with her first child.

The What's Your Number star - who is married to actor Chris Pratt - is expecting a baby which is due in the autumn, her representative has confirmed.

Anna has previously said she would love to have a large family, but was not sure when she and her husband of three years would begin: "I would love to have eight kids! We want to populate. I hope I wouldn't get lazy, but I love being around kids. Sometimes I relate to them in an adult manner, which is a little annoying, but I would love to be a mother at some point."

Anna and Chris were only engaged for six months before getting married in 2009, having met on the set of movie Take Me Home Tonight. Speaking about him previously, she said, "He's awesome, he's a great, great guy. I feel really lucky."

Chris is not Anna's first husband - she was previously married for three years to Ben Indra, but they officially divorced in 2008.


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