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Short Attention Span Theater: Important Harry Potter facts learned from J.K. Rowling’s live web chat today (and if you consider these spoilers, well... ):

1. Does Voldemort have children? "Voldemort as a father... now that's not a nice thought."
2. Snape is not a vampire (?).
3. Draco is an only child.
4. The Marauders were definitely sorted into Gryffindor.
5. Draco and Hermione will not end up together (??).

Daily Digest LJ feed:
“Might the Oscars come even earlier next year?”

New images

Coming Soon: Bai Ling in Sky Captain

Empire Movies: Day After Tomorrow poster

IMPA: posters for Sky Captain, Ella Enchanted

Trailers and multimedia

Apple: The Day After Tomorrow

CHUD: Able Edwards

Empire Movies: I Robot, Troy, The Day After Tomorrow, Shaun of the Dead, Soul Plane, Taking Lives TV spots, Starsky & Hutch clips

The Movie Box: Troy, The Day After Tomorrow, I Robot webisode, Shaun of the Dead

Official sites:
I, Robot; Sky Captain

Trailer Park: Beauty Shop, Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation, Connie & Carla, Good Bye Lenin, Around the World in 80 Days

Casting calls and future films

Release dates

The Girl Next Door:
pushed back to April 9 (Cinema Confidential)

Quick casting

Firefly: Are Ron Glass (Book) and Alan Tudyk (Wash) not going to be in it, or are the contracts just not finalized? (Cinescape)

Mrs. Harris: Ben Kingsley, Annette Bening, Ellen Burstyn, Chloe Sevigny, Cloris Leachman, Mary McDonnell, Michael Gross, Philip Baker Hall, Bill Smitrovich. Premise: the story of “Jean Harris, headmistress of a girls academy who murdered her boyfriend, Scarsdale diet doctor Herman Tarnower.”

Possession: Star Trek: Nemesis dir. Stuart Baird. Premise: “A supernatural thriller about a young man who, after being killed in an auto crash, reappears to his mother to reveal a dark secret.” (Coming Soon)

Semper Occultus:
Jason Statham; Jennifer Aniston (as a villain)? (Moviehole)

Wanted: Eminem? Premise: “The [comic] follows a nerdy office worker who's routinely taken advantage of by his cheating girlfriend and abused by his boss at work. He's a hypochondriac and basically an all-around loser. Except he's just found out that his father, who abandoned him when he was a baby, was one of the most powerful supervillains in the world. And now that his father had died, his powers are transferred to his son - a geek who now becomes more powerful than he ever could've imagined.” (Jo Blo)

More films

Bloodrayne: Yet another Uwe Boll video game adaptation. Seriously, the guy’s gonna have nothing left but Pong pretty soon. (CHUD)

Constantine: Update: Turns out Alan Moore isn’t as pissed as everyone thought he was—he’s refused movie money ever since someone accused him of writing League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with a movie deal in mind. And this is straight from Neil Gaiman’s web journal. (NeilGaiman.com)

The Dinner Party: Basically, it’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? in reverse: Ashton Kutcher comes to Bernie Mac’s house for dinner with his future in-laws. No word on who’ll play the fiancée/daughter. (Coming Soon)

The Grudge:
Smilin’ Jack Ruby begins a set visit report. (CHUD)

Indiana Jones 4: Steven Spielberg says that, despite George Lucas trashing Darabont’s script, the fourth movie is still on. Now, whether it will happen this decade or not… (About.com)

Jurassic Park 4: Joe Johnston (Hidalgo, JP3) says he probably won’t be directing the fourth one—but that “there is a story now that…takes the franchise in a completely different direction.” (Coming Soon)

Prince of Persia: Because what we need is another video game movie. (Jo Blo)

Reviews (Here be spoilers!)

AICN: Secret Window

CHUD: Starsky & Hutch, The Reckoning

Starsky & Hutch

Film Jerk: Hidalgo, Starsky & Hutch

IGN: Batman Begins (script)

Jo Blo:

Latino Review: Hidalgo, Starsky & Hutch

Moviehole: Batman Begins (script), Eulogy

Upcoming DVDs

DVD Fanatic: Cold Creek Manor; release date for X-Files S9

DVD File:
Running Man, Fresh Horses, Nell

DVD Talk: Little House on the Prairie - The Complete Season 4, Deacons for Defense, Sadomania

IGN DVD: Gothika; 21 Grams extras removed

Jo Blo: DVD covers and release dates

Interviews and profiles

About.com: Snoop Dogg (Starsky & Hutch)

Viggo Mortensen (Hidalgo)

Jack Black (School of Rock)

Jo Blo:
Vince Vaughn (Starsky & Hutch)

Sci-Fi Wire:
Thomas Jane (The Punisher), Brian Yuzna (Rottweiler)

Other news

Jackson bids to recover memorabilia; Celine's ad role is cut; Recovered Holden going back on stage; Rowling may conjure up 8th Potter book; Beyonce's band foils carjack bid; Burglar shoots at model Jodie Kidd

CNN: Godzilla taking a break -- for now; The Awards Awards: For more is more; The golden time of a great guitar; The odds on 'Sopranos' whackings; Spielberg: Won't comment on 'Passion'

IMDB: Janet Jackson: My Apology Was Edited; Seagal's Lawyers Want To Ditch Him; Gray's Family Waits in Hope; Stallone Trying for Fourth Child; Affleck Sings for Real; Slater To Make Film About Affleck's Strip Exploits?; Winslet Calls Time Out on Movies; Alec's Post-Oscars Bash; Elton To Wed Furnish; Simpson's Pregnancy Check

Jam Showbiz: Baldwin, Basinger resolve custody issue

USAToday: Those ‘70s shows: Campy movies headed your way; Plenty of ‘Passion’ to go around; More Harry Potter?

Commanders Lecture Cadets Over 'Passion'; Police Seize Bootleg 'Passion' DVDs in Pa.; Filming Starts on New `Batman' Movie; Cool Cast in 'Starsky' Movie Zooms Into Theaters

Zap2It: Hidalgo Horseman Spurs Mortensen; FBI Lands Man Pirating 'Big Fish'; Win a Magical Harry Potter Trip; Whedon Space Saga 'Firefly' Revived for Big Screen; 'Schindler's List' Hits DVD Market; Eisner Loses Disney Chairmanship, Remains CEO; Oldman Joins Forces with 'Batman'

Fun and games

…of charm and strange: Eric’s thoughts on the Oscars (Renée Zellweger's dress: "She looks like a paper airplane”)

X-Entertainment: Critters 4 review

Short Attention Span Theater: Not much today, just a couple of bits on the Harry Potter web chat. Oh, and Ethan Hawke being an ass

Parting shot

IMDB: “Simpson's Pregnancy Check”

** Dizzy blonde pop star-turned-reality TV queen Jessica Simpson was so convinced she was pregnant after she reading she was expecting in America's gossip magazines, she insisted on a check-up. The singer admits she fell for the rumors about herself after gossips mistook her longing for a pet dog as a strong hint she was about to become a mum. She says, "I think I said I wanted a dog and people thought I wanted a baby. I began to believe the rumors because I was very very sick. I ended up going to the doctor and being hooked up to an IV. I wasn't pregnant." **

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