'Superman Returns' director on what went wrong
April 18th, 2011
07:02 PM ET

'Superman Returns' director on what went wrong

With so much buzz surrounding Zack Snyder's upcoming "Man of Steel," it's almost easy to forget director Bryan Singer's 2006 reboot "Superman Returns." Singer himself admits that his film didn't exactly soar at the box office.

"I know it’s hard to blame the time, but there’s a bit of an expectation for a summer movie. I think that 'Superman Returns' was a bit nostalgic and romantic, and I don’t think that was what people were expecting, especially in the summer," he tells VoicesFromKrypton.com of the film, which starred Brandon Routh in the title role.

"What I had noticed is that there weren’t a lot of women lining up to see a comic book movie, but they were going to line up to see 'The Devil Wears Prada,' which may have been something I wanted to address," he says.

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April 18th, 2011
06:42 PM ET

A look back at some literary hoaxes

Author and activist Greg Mortenson is in the headlines for his writing, but not for the right reasons.

Mortenson is defending his 2006 book "Three Cups of Tea" amid allegations that key stories in it are false, including his supposed 1996 kidnapping near the Afghan-Pakistani border.

The debate over whether Mortenson's tale is truth or fiction brings to mind some literary hoaxes that took the publishing and media industries by storm:

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Kanye West cries during Coachella set
April 18th, 2011
04:15 PM ET

Kanye West cries during Coachella set

"This is the most important show to me since my mom passed," Kanye West revealed, as a hush fell over the capacity crowd on closing night of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

In the middle of a powerful hits-filled set that also featured cuts off his current album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," the 33-year-old hip-hop superstar suddenly had a confessional moment.

"When I made the album, I was in a really dark place in my life...losing everything that was dear to me," he told the audience from center stage. "To still love me after everything you've seen me say on TV...to still have fans...I really appreciate you all tonight, because I'm only trying to say and do what's right."

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Fans campaign to send M. Night Shyamalan to film school
April 18th, 2011
03:58 PM ET

Fans campaign to send M. Night Shyamalan to film school

If you've been disappointed with the movies M. Night Shyamalan has turned out ever since his 1999 blockbuster "The Sixth Sense," you're not alone. Three former fans have launched a campaign to send the Razzie winner back to film school.

According to PopEater, author/copywriter Chris Baker and his two pals are trying to raise $150,000 to help Shyamalan become a better filmmaker. Baker got the idea when he saw a trailer for "Devil" last year and the audience laughed at the phrase "From the mind of M. Night Shyamalan."

After learning that Shyamalan was planning to make the futuristic thriller "1000 A.E." with Will and Jaden Smith, Baker and his buddies launched M. Night School, a website where fellow concerned fans can donate funds to help the writer/director finesse his craft.

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(Fake) Trailer arrives for 'Monopoly' movie
April 18th, 2011
03:28 PM ET

(Fake) Trailer arrives for 'Monopoly' movie

When “Alien” director Ridley Scott announced that he’d be doing a movie based on Monopoly, members of the sketch comedy group Half Day Today shook their heads. First Liam Neeson in “Battleship,” now another film based on a classic board game?

“Our goal was to get a trailer out before the studio [released] theirs,” director Matthew Stubstad said. “We wanted to make fun of how Hollywood is kind of grabbing anything they can to make a movie out of it.”

So the same creative minds that brought us the “Oregon Trail” trailer and the Tiger Woods Voicemail Slow Jam produced a trailer for the “Monopoly” movie. Except this one stars Half Day Today actors Al LeVine and Evan Bregman, and is featured on FunnyOrDie.com instead of on the big screen.

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Ryan Gosling to play the Lone Ranger?
April 18th, 2011
01:42 PM ET

Ryan Gosling to play the Lone Ranger?

Who was that masked man? It could be Ryan Gosling, now that the actor is in talks to play the title role in "The Lone Ranger."

According to The Wrap, Gosling is being eyed to join director Gore Verbinski's ("The Pirates of the Caribbean") reboot about the fictional masked Texas Ranger, his white stallion and his sidekick Tonto, to be played by Johnny Depp.

Originally a 1930s radio series, "The Lone Ranger" spawned several films and a popular TV series that ran from 1949-1957.

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