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SEWARD: Too bad we won't be able to go to the Count's for dinner tonight--I have to meet Van Helsing at the station.

LUCY: Dinner? Count? What?

SEWARD: Oh, it must have totally slipped my mind, and I'm sure Harker didn't mention it because he's a jealous goob. Anyway. Dinner. Count's. Tonight. Can't make it.

LUCY: No, no, you go meet Dr. Van Helsing and I'll go be dinner for the Count.


LUCY: I said, I'll go have dinner with the Count.

SEWARD: Oh. Okay. Well, clearly, we're extremely progressive Edwardians who don't mind young women hanging out with their fiancés while in their nightgowns, so I can't imagine why I'd object to you having dinner with a sexy vampire all by yourself. Have fun!

WOLVES: *howl sexily*

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Richard Biggs of Babylon 5, Days of Our Lives, Any Day Now, Strong Medicine, and Guiding Light. (CNN)

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AICN: Destroy All Monsters

Cinescape: Meet the Fockers

Coming Soon: seven pages of Harry Potter pictures

IMPA: posters for The Village, The Incredibles, Catwoman (int’l)

Jo Blo:
The Day After Tomorrow premiere pics

Latino Review:
Garfield, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, posters for The Village, The Incredibles, Catwoman

Synergy set pics 

Z Review:
Catherine Zeta-Jones in Ocean’s Twelve, Two Brothers, Raising Helen

Trailers and multimedia

Apple: Alexander

Movieweb: House of Wax footage

The Movie Box: Alexander, Stepford Wives (clip), She Hate Me, I Robot (int’l)

Trailer Park trailer reviews: Alexander

Casting calls and future films

Quick casting

Batman Begins: Larry Holden says that neither he nor the character of the Gotham DA are in the movie (IGN)

Dukes of Hazzard:
Jessica Simpson says she’s not Daisy yet, but it’s “getting closer and closer” (Coming Soon)

Fantastic Four:
There’s a casting call out for the two leads—polish up your resumes, kids (Latino Review)

The Gypsy’s Curse: Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis. Premise: “The film tells the tale of a disabled man who falls under the spell of a devious temptress and is warned of his fate by Depp” (Ananova)

Henry Cavill for sure? Selma Blair or Rose Byrne (“My bet is on Byrne”) for Lois Lane? Adam Brody for Jimmy Olsen? Johnny Depp for Lex Luthor (his screen test was “f**king amazing”)? (Dark Horizons)

Syriana: Matt Damon, George Clooney. Premise: “The story centres on an oil executive (Damon) who is about to sign a major oil deal when he is hit by a family tragedy. Clooney, who will play a former CIA agent, will also produce the film along with Steven Soderbergh. Traffic scribe Stephen Gaghan will write and direct "Syriana," which is inspired by Robert Baer's book See No Evil: The True Story of a Foot Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism.” (Jam Showbiz) Killer Movies adds that Amanda Peet will costar.

More films

His Dark Materials: Chris Weitz? Chris “American Pie” Weitz? Please see the link to my blog for more, because I have to go hose myself down with Nerd Spray before I have a fangirl conniption. (SAST)

Lunch at the Gotham Café: Another Stephen King property, this one a story from Everything’s Eventual. Premise: “It tells the story of how a marital spat turns seriously deadly as a maitre d' loses his cool.” (CHUD)

Sex and the City:
Ain’t gonna be one. (Killer Movies)

Shrek 3 and 4:
Oh, come on. You knew this was going to happen. (SciFi Wire)

Reviews (Here be spoilers!)

AICN: The Brothers Grimm

Dark Horizons: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Thunderbirds, Raising Helen, Bad Education, Undertaking Betty

No Dawn for Men:
The Day After Tomorrow

Upcoming DVDs

CHUD: Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation

DVD Fanatic: Game of Death II, Starship Troopers 2; The Good, The Bad and the Ugly; Lord of the Rings: Return of the King; news on Jersey Girl, THX-1138, Futurama V4, Johnson Family Vacation, Predator: CE

DVD File: Mystic River, Flirting with Disaster

DVD Savant: The Weather Underground, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Mr. Klein, The Tin Star, Cyrano de Bergerac, What Price Glory

DVD Talk: Flirting with Disaster: CE, Charlie’s Angels S2, Van Helsing: The London Assignment, Troy: Unearthing the Legend, The Magnificent Seven Ride, Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril, Lone Wolf and Cub 3: Baby Cart to Hades

IGN DVD: Dates for Scooby Doo 2, Predator: CE, The Ladykillers

Jo Blo: Paycheck, Torque, Sex and the City S6, Monster

Interviews and profiles

AICN: Broken Lizard

Cinema Confidential: Snoop Dogg (Soul Plane)

Dark Horizons: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

IGN: Snoop Dogg (Soul Plane), Ralph Bakshi

Latino Review: Jake Gyllenhaal (The Day After Tomorrow)

SciFi Wire: Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Emmy Rossum (The Day After Tomorrow)

Other news

Cattrall refuses to hold out for Sex and the City film; Passion of the Christ wins ethnic award; Depp and wife team up for new film; New Harry Potter 'the best yet'

Chicago Sun-Times:
A mountain of 'Ring' memorabilia

CNN: Who will 'Idol' be: Diana or Fantasia?; Madonna re-invented ... again; Tom Clancy wrestles with Iraq war; Phish breaking up; The not-so-angry Avril Lavigne; 'Babylon 5' actor dies

Empire Online: Fries with that? McDonalds launching McDVDs

IMDB: Jackson "Is a Flight-Risk" Argues Prosecutor; Courteney Cox: I'm Expecting a Girl; 'Catwoman' Was Therapy for Heartbroken Halle; Reeve Tells Bush Off; Kirk Douglas Remarries; Hudson Ready To Quit; Beckham: I'm Putting My Family First From Now On; Theron Gets Broody; Love Forced Out of Her Home;  Snoop Dogg To Divorce

Jam Showbiz: 'Sex and the City' film scrapped; Damon, Clooney sign for 'Syriana'; Gleeson cast in new 'Potter' film

Salon: “Wail Watching” (cf. “Our Lady of Soundtrack Sorrow” in Troy in Fifteen Minutes)

USAToday: Art imitates life for 'Raising Helen' star and new mom Kate Hudson; Get your Gollum: Return of the King arrives on DVD Tuesday; Snoop seeks divizzle: Rapper/actor to end seven-year marriage

Yahoo: Lions Gate Nabs Marvel DVDs; Young Actors Can Complete Potter Series, Director Says; Kim's Pull-Out Kills "Sex" Movie; Blockbuster Expands All-You-Can-View Plan; Steve Martin the Toast of Hollywood; Researchers Link Alcohol to Seeing Movies; UK Police to Help Probe Filmmaker's Death in Gaza; Korean Cannes Winner Sees Asia Film Wave Growing; Indian Film Academy Holds Awards

Zap2It: Weaver Fits 'Greatest Game' to a Tee; 'Shrek' Success Spawns Sequels; Goodwin Weds Johnny Cash Biopic; Martin Honored by American Cinematheque; Weitz to Turn on 'His Dark Materials'; Damon Gets Political with 'Syriana'

Fun and games

CHUD: Win a signed Baadasssss! poster

Movieweb: Win a signed Raising Helen poster

Short Attention Span Theater: Madonna reinvents herself upside down; the big Days of Our Lives twist (“NOOOO! I KILLED YOU WITH DONUTS!”)

Parting shot

IMDB: "'Catwoman' Was Therapy for Heartbroken Halle"

* Catwoman helped Halle Berry cope with her husband Eric Benet's cheating ways because the character helped her escape her messy private life. Appearing on Oprah Winfrey's chat show in America tomorrow, Berry will reveal reports of her estranged husband Eric Benet's philandering were true - and she used her Catwoman character as therapy to deal with the heartache. She says, "I so needed to be Catwoman in that moment. I so needed to make some tough life decisions for myself, and putting on that suit made it a whole lot easier." Berry also tells Winfrey that she'll never wed again after two failed marriages to baseball player David Justice and soul singer Benet. She adds, "I always hate to say never to anything, but I will never marry again. It's probably the first time the tabloids got my life right." *
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