May 28th, 2010
02:12 PM ET

Lionsgate keeping 'Killers' from critics

As evidenced by a number of recent releases - “Transformers,” anyone? - a movie doesn’t have to rely on solid critical reviews in order to turn profit at the box office. If fans want to see it, they’ll pay for the ticket, whether critics say it's garbage or not.

And, as we saw with “The Blind Side,” word of mouth is just as important these days – critics were middling on Sandra Bullock’s vehicle – which ended up winning the actress her first Oscar – but the social media buzz was strong, and so was the box office gross.

Lionsgate is hoping that they can accomplish something similar with “Killers,” starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher as newlyweds who find out their next-door neighbors are assassins aiming to kill them. The movie opens June 4, but Lionsgate isn’t screening the movie for critics.

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Filed under: movies
May 28th, 2010
12:36 PM ET

Which network was the most-watched in 2009-2010?

It probably goes without saying that it wasn't NBC.

Turns out, a lot of you were tuning in to CBS: the network finished the 2009-2010 television season with an average of 11.77 million viewers, according to CBS.

The network also had seven out of 10 of the most watched dramas on TV, including “NCIS,” “The Mentalist,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Good Wife” and “CSI: Miami," as well as the top two most-watched comedies, "The Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men."

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Filed under: television
May 28th, 2010
11:35 AM ET

Is Kanye West staging a comeback?

Yo, Kanye West, we're really happy for you and we’re gonna let you finish but ...

OK, perhaps it is time to let the beleaguered rapper live down his now infamous, spotlight-stealing moment at last year's MTV Video Music Awards.

West, who has been mostly off the scene since interrupting Taylor Swift last year during her acceptance speech at the VMAs, appears to be venturing back to music.

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May 28th, 2010
11:14 AM ET

Lindsay Lohan’s porn star biopic movie posters hit web

And now for your daily dose of Lindsay Lohan news, this time not involving alcohol-monitoring bracelets, court appearances or lost passports: Suggestive movie posters featuring the actress as porn star Linda Lovelace have surfaced, but to be honest, they’re not as bad as you might think.

According to E!, Lohan had been doing promotion for “Inferno” - the Matthew Wilder-helmed film that tells the story of the 1972 “Deep Throat” star - in Cannes, and perhaps these images will help stoke additional interest in the biopic.

One photo is a close-up on the brunette Lohan, sitting on the edge of a bed with her knees drawn to her chest as what appear to be the torsos of two men linger in the background. The other features Lohan splayed on her back in retro undergarments.

The images were crafted by Tyler Shields, the same photographer who also captured Lohan wielding a gun back in April.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Lindsay Lohan • movies
May 28th, 2010
10:16 AM ET

M.I.A. tweets NYT writer's phone number

M.I.A. has no qualms about using Twitter to express her distaste, and this time she aimed and fired at NYT Magazine contributor Lynn Hirschberg.

The artist –- who made headlines in April with a violent video for “Born Free” –- doesn't appear to care for the feature Hirschberg wrote about her for the publication. She tweeted the reporter’s phone number to her thousands of followers Thursday.

Her tweet read, “CALL ME IF YOU WANNA TALK TO ME ABOUT THE N Y T TRUTH ISSUE, ill b taking calls all day [expletive] ;),” which of course caused Hirschberg’s phone to blow up with callers expecting to get in touch with the music artist.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Music
May 28th, 2010
08:57 AM ET

Wows and woes as 'SYTYCD' premieres

Entering season seven of "So You Think You Can Dance," we know the drill by now. We're going to see many amazing dancers, very few of whom are actually going to make it into the final competition.

Every year, I try not to get too attached to these people during the auditions, but it's certainly not easy. This season, the cuts are going to be even tougher to take with the knowledge that only 10 will make it out of Las Vegas to dance with the "all-stars" for the title of "America's Favorite Dancer." (It will certainly be interesting to see how this new format turns out.)

In the meantime, season seven kicked off in New York with newly-minted permanent judge Mia Michaels joining Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman for the auditions. My first "wow" moment came 10 minutes into the season, as "Burn the Floor" ballroom dancers Henry and Giselle tore up the stage. Just thinking of what these two might do when paired with Pasha or Anya gave me chills. Of course, they got one of the much-desired tickets to Vegas.

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