LOS ANGELES, July 19 (Reuters) - The sixth movie in the formidable "Harry Potter" franchise whipped up the biggest worldwide opening of all time, selling an estimated $396.7 million worth of tickets during its first five days, distributor Warner Bros. Pictures said on Sunday.
The old record of $381.7 million was set by "Spider-Man 3" in 2007.
I've received word, from what looks to be a legit inside source, that Sean Bean has been cast as Eddard Stark in the Game of Thrones pilot. The source mentioned that it happened yesterday but does not know when it might be officially announced.
For more than 50 years, Raymond Chandler sat unnoticed in a hallway in "Double Indemnity," neglected by film fans and readers alike. But the Guardian has reported that earlier this year, two careful watchers -- one American, one French -- each discovered what they thought to be Raymond Chandler making a secret cameo.
"It's just unmistakeably him. I'd lay money on it," says Judith Freeman, author of "The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved."
NBC will be hunting terrorists in a new reality show: "THE WANTED." The show teams a 60 Minutes producer (who also worked as a lawyer for the CIA), a former NAVY SEAL, a former Green Beret, a reporter and a war crimes prosecutor to hunt terrorists alive and well and living among us.
Like a cross between "To Catch a Predator," the NBC Dateline series that confronted accused sex offenders on live TV, and Jack Bauer's "24." Bringing the mainstream media's commercial exploitation of geopolitical fear and internecine xenophobia to entirely new, PKDickian levels. The preview, linked above, is a masterpiece of unintentional self-parody. Simultaneously so hilarious and so horrifying that I fear my Zeitgeist irony governor may now be permanently damaged.
Though considered by many to be one of the best novels of the last half-century, Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex was seen as too sprawling and difficult for a film adaptation. Now, HBO is prepping a more relaxed, one-hour drama series based on the book, which will presumably allow a more relaxed unfurling of Eugenides’ magnum opus, as well as the certainty of new scenes and characters extrapolated from the source. The adventures of Callie Stephanides, a hermaphrodite coming to terms with her family history and sexual identity in a Detroit suburb, should make for compelling viewing in the right hands.