December 5, 2008

Here's what's opening in theaters today. Not much to choose from...
* Punisher: War Zone – Dolph Lundgren and Thomas Jane played the Marvel Comics character on the big screen in the last two decades. Now, Rome actor Ray Stevenson takes over the role of Frank Castle, a.k.a. the vigilante known as The Punisher. A mobster, played by Dominic West, seeks revenge on The Punisher after the hero left him disfigured. Rated R.

* Cadillac Records -- The movie, set in Chicago during the 1950s, tells the story of Chess Records and its legendary artists. The cast includes Adrien Brody as label founder Leonard Chess, Beyonce as Etta James, Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters, and Mos Def as Chuck Berry. Rated R.

* Nobel Son -- The son of a Nobel Prize winner is kidnapped and held for ransom, but his dad isn't too eager to pay up. Bryan Greenberg, Alan Rickman and Mary Steenburgen star in this dark comedy. Rated R.

There's still some magic left in the Harry Potter phenomenon. The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a collection of five stories referenced in the Harry Potter book series, was released yesterday. While it hasn't drummed up nearly as much publicity as the seven Harry Potter books did, die-hard fans are excited to get their hands on it. J. K. Rowling celebrated its release by having a tea party with 200 schoolchildren.

The Dark Knight comes out on DVD this Tuesday, and while there's been no official announcement that another Batman movie will be made, fans aren't shy when it comes to letting their feelings known about who they'd like to see in it if a new one is made. Here are the most requested villains and casting choices for the next Batman movie:
Most Requested Villains
1. The Riddler
2. Harley Quinn
3. Cat Woman
4. The Penguin
5. Bane

Most Requested Casting Choices
1. Johnny Depp
2. Angelina Jolie
3. Natalie Portman
4. Edward Norton
5. Keira Knightley
6. Daniel Day-Lewis
7. Philip Seymour Hoffman
8. Viggo Mortensen
9. Kevin Spacey
10. Clive Owen

I asked STAR Artist Leona Lewis how she felt about her 3 Grammy nominations, “I'm so thrilled...I am totally floored. Wow! I am so lucky to have worked on this album with so many great people and it's such an honor to be's been an incredible year!”

STAR Artist John Mayer will cap off a week that saw him pick up five Grammy nominations and jam with his idol, B.B. King, by helping those less fortunate. This Saturday night, John will host his 2nd annual Holiday Acoustic Review at LA's Nokia Theater, and joining him on the bill will be special guest Adele, who picked up four Grammy nods of her own on Wednesday night. Proceeds from the solo acoustic show will benefit Toys for Tots and the L.A. Food Bank.

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