October 8th, 2010
05:07 PM ET

Who's seeing 'Secretariat' this weekend?

Disney’s spin on the story of Secretariat, the horse that became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years in 1973, is what many critics are fondly referring to as “square.” But if you’re in the mood for a wholesome family film – or just want to admire the beauty of a racing horse – then you should place your bets on “Secretariat” this weekend.

The film stars Diane Lane as Penny Chenery, a woman who finds herself with a winning stallion after she takes over her father’s Virginia horse farm. While the plot unravels the familial tension caused by Chenery’s decision to fight her way through the world of racing, some argue that the real winner of the tale is, of course, Secretariat.

Roger Ebert assures viewers in his review that “This isn't some cornball formula film,” noting that “It doesn't have a contrived romance.” "Secretariat," Ebert says, “takes none of those mundane paths. It is a great film about greatness, the story of the horse and the no less brave woman who had faith in him.”

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3-D fail for 'Harry Potter'
October 8th, 2010
04:22 PM ET

3-D fail for 'Harry Potter'

It looks like the planned 3-D release of the "Harry Potter" grand finale (well, the first part at least) is kaput. A press release put out on Friday states, "Warner Bros. Pictures [owned by Time Warner, the owner of CNN] has made the decision to release 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1' in 2D, in both conventional and IMAX theaters, as we will not have a completed 3D version of the film within our release date window."

This will almost certainly be a disappointment for fans of the movies, especially those who have seen the last few in IMAX 3-D. The release goes on to say, "Despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality."

Earlier "Potter" releases included several scenes in 3-D for IMAX theaters, but this time trailers and ads for the film promised the entire movie in 3-D, perhaps in response to the success of "Avatar" last year.

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Universal pulls 'gay' quote from Vaughn trailer
October 8th, 2010
02:45 PM ET

Universal pulls 'gay' quote from Vaughn trailer

A clip showing Vince Vaughn jokingly using the term "gay" is being removed from the trailer for his upcoming film, "The Dilemma."

On Friday, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced that Universal Pictures would be pulling the trailer's scene, in which Vaughn says "Electric cars are gay."

"Universal Pictures decided to open the trailer for their new Ron Howard-directed feature 'The Dilemma' with the phrase, 'Electric cars are gay' in an attempt at humor, but it’s hardly a joke for LGBT audiences growing increasingly frustrated by use of the word 'gay' as a pejorative," GLAAD said.

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'Shamy' is the cat's meow on 'Big Bang Theory'
October 8th, 2010
02:17 PM ET

'Shamy' is the cat's meow on 'Big Bang Theory'

The casting of "Blossom's" Mayim Bialik as Sheldon's not-girlfriend Amy on "The Big Bang Theory" has been a stroke of genius. More than enough genius, in fact, to warrant an honorary membership in the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science, if you ask me (and certainly worthy of an Emmy nomination for Bialik).

On Thursday night, "Shamy," as Penny calls them, had their first lover's tiff (though as Sheldon will continue to remind everyone, the relationship is purely intellectual) and very matter-of-factly broke it off. As Sheldon explained it, she was a girl who was his friend, and is no longer his friend. "Wow, it's like the worst country song ever," according to Penny.

This led to Sheldon suddenly becoming extremely interested in cats, all of whom he named after members of the Manhattan project, except for Zazzles: "He's so... zazzy!"

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'Real Housewives of D.C.': That's it?
October 8th, 2010
01:25 PM ET

'Real Housewives of D.C.': That's it?

Finally, Bravo's "Real Housewives of D.C." got to the good stuff: The White House state dinner crashed - or not - by the Salahis.

They'd been alluding to it the entire season, and the Salahis avoided talking about the whole situation, claiming the show was keeping them from speaking up. So, we should’ve heard it all with last night’s show right? Nope - that didn't happen.

They picked up with Michaele and Tareq in the limo calling Stacie to tell her about their invitation to the White House state dinner. Funny how Stacie asks how they got the invitation, and funnier still how Michaele didn't really answer. (That non-answering gets to be a way of life with her and her husband.)

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A bad Situation on 'Jersey Shore'
October 8th, 2010
12:56 PM ET

A bad Situation on 'Jersey Shore'

Was anyone else supremely disappointed with last night’s episode of “Jersey Shore?”

Angelina left, taking the “bad aura” with her, and Snooki attempted to save a lobster by storing it in a tiny bowl of tap water. Needless to say, the hour started out promising.

So what happened?

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