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Based on information provided by the Dark Horizons site and internet research, here are just some of the movies you can expect to see in movie theatres in May:

An Invisible Sign
Opens May 6

Mona Gray (Jessica Alba) is a 20-year-old loner who, as a child, turned to math for salvation after her father became ill. As an adult, Mona now teaches the subject and must help her students through their own crises. The cast includes Bailee Madison, J.K. Simmons, Chris Messina and Sonia Braga.

Jumping the Broom
Opens: May 6

Two very different African American families converge on Martha’s Vineyard one weekend for a wedding. The cast includes Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Julie Bowen.

Last Night
Opens May 6

A married couple (Kiera Knightley and Sam Worthington) is apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he’s attracted. While he’s resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love. Co-stars include Eve Mendes and Griffin Dunne>

Something Borrowed
Opens: May 6

A single Manhattan attorney and consummate good-girl (Ginnifer Goodwin) gets drunk on her 30th birthday and ends up sleeping with the fiancé (Colin Egglesfield) of her selfish best friend (Kate Hudson). As the mistake blossoms into a full-blown affair, she must decide between her life-long friend and the man of her dreams. The movie co-stars John Krasinski, Steve Howey and Ashley Williams.

There Be Dragons
Opens: May 6

Arising out of the horror of the Spanish Civil War, a candidate for canonization is investigated by a journalist who discovers his own estranged father had a deep, dark and devastating connection to the potential saint’s life. The cast includes Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley, Dougray Scott, Olga Kurylenko and Rodrigo Santoro.

Thor
Opens: May 6

Chris Hemsworth takes on the role of the powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor’s dad, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), casts his son down to live amongst the humans, where he meets a beautiful scientist named Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). But it’s no boring Earth existence for Thor when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the dark forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

Bridesmaids
Opens: May 13

A maid of honor begrudgingly finds herself competing with snobby, rich bridesmaids at every pre-wedding event before the nuptials of her best friend. Cast includes Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Dianne Wiest, Rose Byrne and Maya Rudolph.

Priest
Opens: May 13

Paul Bettany is a warrior priest who goes against church law to track down a band of renegade vampires who have kidnapped his niece (Lily Collins) with plans to turn her into one of them. He is joined on his mission by a young sheriff (Cam Gigandet) and a beautiful priestess (Maggie Q). The cast includes Stephen Moyer, Brad Dourif and Christopher Plummer.

Skateland
Opens May 13

Shiloh Fernandez plays Ritchie Wheeler, a 1970’s teen forced out of a job when his small-town roller rink shuts down. He has to face tough decisions about his future, his parents’ divorce and his complicated relationships with friends Brent (Heath Freeman) and Kenny (Taylor Handley), his sister Mary (Haley Ramm) and Brent’s sister Michelle (Ashley Greene). James LeGros and Taylor Handley co-star.

The Big Bang
Opens May 13

A private detective (Antonio Bandares) is hired to find a missing stripper. It seems like a simple job that turns complicated when everyone he questions ends up dead. Co-stars include Thomas Kretschmann, William Fichtner, Sienna Guillory, Delroy Lindo, James Van Der Beek, Rebecca Mader, Autumn Reeser and Sam Elliott.

Moonlight in Paris
Opens May 20

This Woody Allen film stars Owen Wilson as a writer who travels to the City of Light with his fiancée (Rachel McAdams); but during an evening stroll something enchanting, mystical and utterly incredible happens to him. Co-stars include Michael Sheen, Marion Cotillard and Kathy Bates.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Opens: May 20

Captain Jack (Johnny Depp) is hunting for the Fountain of Youth with Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), his longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, the enigmatic Angelica (Penelope Cruz) and the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane).

Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom
Opens: May 27

Jack Black returns to voice Po, who is now living his dream as the Dragon Warrior and protecting the Valley of Peace with his friends and fellow kung-fu masters; but a new villain has plans to use an unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. Other featured voices include Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Gary Oldman, Victor Garber and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

The Tree of Life
Opens May 27

The story centers around a family in the1950s that involves the maturation of a boy named Jack (played by Sean Penn as a grown-up) as he struggles between “the twin poles” of his parents played by Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain. The film co-stars Fiona Shaw and Jackson Hurst.

Movies coming out in June will be posted at the end of May.

Enjoy!

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It was another full night of new programming where the Friday night dramas are concerned. Here is how each of them fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
Smallville (The CW) – 2 million
Friday Night Lights (NBC) – 3 million

9 PM Shows:
Supernatural (The CW) – 2 million
Fringe (FOX) – 3.5 million

10 PM Show:
Blue Bloods (CBS) – 9.8 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

6 PM:
Eagle Eye movie on FX
The Notebook movie on Oxygen

7 PM:
Shrek (animated) movie on Cartoon Network
Underworld: Evolution movie on Syfy

8 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America
NCIS on USA Network
Batman Begins movie on ABC
The Princess Diaries movie on Hallmark
A Walk to Remember movie on TV Land

9 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America
NCIS on USA Network
Just Wright movie on HBO Signature
The Notebook movie on Oxygen
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans movie on Syfy

9:45 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO (Reair)

10 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

Happy Friday! Lots of interesting news, tidbits and some spoilers (tread lightly) to share with everyone:

TELEVISION

NBC is finally giving the long-delayed rom-com anthology series Love Bites a chance. The series, which stars Becki Newton (Ugly Betty), will begin a nine-week summer run starting on June 2 at 10 PM. But the odds of the series making it to a second season are long because Newton has already been cast in another pilot for CBS and if NBC completely believed in the series, it would have aired during the regular season. (Vulture)

Legendary actor Ed Asner will appear in a two-episode arc on Royal Pains as the grandfather of Hank and Evan. The medical dramedy will be back on the USA Network with new episodes on June 29 at 9 PM. (Nellie Andreeva at TV Line)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

It looks like the cable network Starz is ready to roll out its first original limited series, an adaptation of the Dean Koontz 1985 novel Twilight Eyes. The project centers on Slim MacKenzie, who uses his psychic powers, aka Twilight Eyes, to hunt Goblins — monsters that have the ability to mimic human beings. While the events in the book take place even before the 1980s, the adaptation will be set in present day. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Dwayne Johnson will star in and produce a box office film about black country music star Charley Pride. Pride was one of eleven children born to Mississippi sharecroppers who became a musician and went on to sell more than 70 million records. (Variety and Dark Horizons)

Actors Travis Fimmel (The Beast), Daniel Cudmore (X2) and Andre Braugher (Primal Fear) have joined the cast the upcoming box office film called The Baytown Disco, which follows the foibles of three redneck brothers (Fimmel, Cudmore and Clayne Crawford) who get more than they bargained for when agreeing to help a woman (Eva Longoria) get her son back from his seemingly abusive father (Billy Bob Thornton). Serinda Swan, Thomas Sangster and Meagan Good also star. (The Hollywood Reporter and Dark Horizons)

Now that actor Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) is out of the film adaptation of the Dark Horse graphic novel R.I.P.D. (or Rest In Peace Department), starring Ryan Reynolds, it looks like legendary actor Jeff Bridges is in talks to join the supernatural action comedy. Bridges would be playing Reynolds partner in the story of a dead cop who makes a deal to work one hundred years in divine law enforcement in exchange for a shot at finding who killed him. (Deadline and First Showing)

Two more newcomers have been added to the cast of the much-anticipated box office adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel The Hunger Games. Actors Chris Mark and Jackie Emerson will play the District 5 tributes. (Movie Web)

SPOILER ROOM (with Sandra Gonzalez from Entertainment Weekly)

SPOILER ALERT!!

YOUR ‘CASTLE’ QUESTIONS ANSWERED!

First, I was completely blown away by the great response and the volume of questions y’all sent in for Andrew Marlowe. So I figured I’d poke out three of the most spoiler-ific questions for today’s column for a super-sized Castle item. Rest assured, you’ll be getting several more answered as we head toward the finale!

Question: Any further scoop on the upcoming L.A. episode would be fun…. shared hotel suite…. sportscars… palm trees… bikinis that episode is already looking like it’s going to be a fan favorite! — Cheryl

Answer: I’d be willing to say it’ll be a fan-fave — especially if you enjoy rogue Beckett! “She’s not a cop in L.A. She’s not working under any authority, so she has to go a little rogue, which I think both delights Castle, but also makes him a little bit nervous,” says Marlowe. “In New York, she’s always there as a safety net to make sure things go as planned. But in L.A., they’re flying blind.” But Marlowe is humbled when I tell him fans are building this one up. “Well, we hope we don’t disappoint. I don’t want to build it up too much,” he says, laughing. So modest!

Question: I hope this is an appropriate question as I have never posted one before: I am wondering if Marlowe and/or fellow writers see all the storyline theories for the L.A. episode or season finale posted on sites like the ABC message boards? I read them and have to chuckle, wondering if the powers that be read them and laugh at how off base they are or be amazed at how correct they are. Thanks. — Rayna

Answer: There’s absolutely no right or wrong question to ask, Rayna! Fear not. But you should fear that information you’re writing online is getting back to Marlowe. He’s a busy guy, so he doesn’t always have time to read it himself. But trust me when I say, he hears it. And you know what? Some of the theories you’ve pondered about the finale are correct! “Certainly there are people out there who are flirting with various elements of what we’re doing who have gotten some things right,” he says.

Question: Please give us some theories on the possible game changer for Castle and Beckett!!! Is someone he knows involved in Beckett’s mom’s murder? Beckett pregnant by Josh? I need something significant from the finale to get me through the summer! PLEASE!!!!! — Jade

Answer: Pregnant? I think not. And my game changer theory? Per Marlowe, “There’s a moment where the two of them talk about their feelings for each other and really get to express where they think they’re at in the relationship,” Marlowe says, making my heart flutter. “I think fans will be really interested to see how that information comes out.”

‘SUPERNATURAL’ EP SERA GAMBLE TEASES SAM’S CRUMBLING WALL, ‘SHOCKING BEGINNING’

Last week I teased the first hour of Supernatural’s two-hour finale (airing May 20), and now, I come with intel on the show’s second hour, which EP Sera Gamble says opens with “a bang,” as the wall in Sam’s mind that protects him from his darkest memories falls down. “You see Sam in a state he’s never been in before pretty much at the top of the episode,” she says. “Structurally, he does a couple of pretty interesting things in that episode.” Um, I’m worried. Nay, pleasantly terrified. “I will say that hopefully it’s entertaining. It’s like when you start to think about what that could be in your imagination — something completely spun out in all directions — except hopefully we give you something you were thinking and some unexpected twists,” she says. “We like to throw stuff at the boys that they weren’t prepared for as much as possible.” I only hope we’re prepared for the trauma. Probably not. But that’s the fun of it.

Q&A SECTION (with Sandra Gonzalez from Entertainment Weekly):

Question; NCIS L.A.? – LG

Gonzalez: I am so glad you asked. And I also hope you’re a Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) and Kensi (Daniela Ruah) fan for two reasons. (1) The May 3 episode is going to be awesome because not only does it delve deep into Deek’s twisty backstory, but it also finds Deeks undercover in a way we’ve never seen before. “[Kensi] has never seen him be intimate with a woman before — not in real life and not undercover. She’s confronted for the first time with seeing him in a big, big kiss with his past lover, and it’s interesting how she’s able to react to that. She has to keep her cool,” says Ruah. But for Olsen, the best part of the episode was seeing Deeks go to a “darker place” than we’ve seen before, and subsequently “how Kensi navigates his fall.”

Question: The Glades — do you know when it’s going to come back on? All the website says is “coming soon.” I think it is one of the BEST newer shows. Please tell me the slime ball getting out of jail IS NOT going to stop the divorce! Jimcal are great together. Have not seen that much chemistry between 2 actors in a long time.— Dana S from Texas

Gonzalez: The Glades returns June 5 for its 13-episode second season, that, as you mentioned, finds Callie’s husband, Ray, out of the slammer. And while I totally agree that “Jimcal” (that’s a new one to me!) are a great pair, Ray’s presence will definitely complicate things — especially in the episode where Callie finds herself stuck in a safe house with Ray and her son, Jeff. It’s almost like they’re… a family again. Rest assured the Jimcal story is far from done, though.

That’s it. Enjoy!

Have a terrific weekend!

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Spring is upon us and summer is only a few months away. What better way to celebrate the warmer weather than by getting some new “stuff” for your closet or maybe a great new piece of artwork for your home.

The following websites are just a sample of some of the cool websites where you can buy t-shirts and other apparel as well as artwork and collectibles for many of your favorite TV shows (and they are not just sci-fi based shows either):

Shop the Shows – This online store has it all (or pretty close to it). T-shirts for most of the popular (and even obscure) TV shows, coffee mugs, bobble heads, stuffed animals and much, much more.

Jason Palmer – One of the most renowned artists on the convention circuit and within the art community, you can find Jason’s artwork here as well as his new line of t-shirts and hoodies.

My Tee Spot – You can find t-shirts for much of pop culture along with accessories like key chains, buttons and patches.

Her Universe – This site is Star Wars oriented with t-shirts and apparel and some newly launched jewelry.

TV Store Online – You can find a wide range of t-shirts and costumes for TV shows and movies right here.

ThinkGeek – This site was first started as a way to market products to people who were passionate about technology and the Internet. The company’s product line has grown since then to include t-shirts and apparel, electronics and gadgets, kids’ gifts and toys, edibles and stuff for your home and office.

Geekdom Wear – They specialize in bags and cases, signs, comic books and apparel geared toward the geek in us all.

Get out there and enjoy all the great items!

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It was a full night of new programming last night. Here is how each of the Thursday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Show:
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) – 2.6 million

9 PM Shows:
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – 10.3 million
Bones (FOX) – 9.8 million
CSI (CBS) – 10.5 million
Nikita
(The CW) – 1.8 million

10 PM Shows:
The Mentalist (CBS) – 13.3 million
Private Practice (ABC) – 6.7 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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The folks over at Entertainment Weekly have your first look at the “hopefuls” wanting to land a 7-episode gig on the popular musicomedy Glee.

You can read all the details here.

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