"Man or Muppet" is one of two nominees for best song Oscar.
By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, NBC News
Ringo Starr supposedly was asked if he was the best drummer in the world, to which he replied "I'm not even the best drummer in the Beatles."
Dig out that old line for the Oscars best song category, which features a whopping two nominees. Hard to argue with "Man or Muppet," a hilarious tune that sneaks its way into your head and stays there. We picked this to win it all last month. If you've seen the movie, you get to picture "The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons as the human version of Muppet Walter, which makes it even better.
But its competition is "Real in Rio?" Seriously? In true Ringo Starr fashion, that's not even the best song in "Rio."
"Real in Rio" is the jaunty song from the Carnival scene of that fun animated film. But a much better choice would have been will.i.am's catchy "Hot Wings" or Ester Dean's delightfully dancy, "Let Me Take You To Rio." Actually, my favorite songs from that film are will.i.am's 'Drop It Low" and Jamie Foxx's "Fly Love."
No love for Elton John's "Hello Hello" or "Love Builds a Garden" from "Gnomeo and Juliet"? That flamingo separation scene was heart-wrenching! (Why does the Academy hate gnomes?)
"Cars 2" wasn't nominated for best animated film, which fits in with its largely negative reviews from critics (kids still enjoyed it), but its big song "Collision of Worlds," which pits British and American slang against each other, is a rollicking culture clash.
And don't even mention songs from non-kid movies ... seems like they weren't even considered. Madonna's "Masterpiece," from "W.E.," won the Golden Globe (much to David Furnish's chagrin), but it wasn't eligible for an Oscar nod, apparently because it's the second, not first, song in the film's closing credits. Does that sound like a dumb rule to anyone else?
Nominating only two songs seems silly to us, but in the end, "Man or Muppet" is going to win, and that's deserved indeed. Now the only question is whether Walter the Muppet will come up on stage to collect the award. He's a very manly Muppet.
Many were surprised that "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" made the best-picture nominee list.
By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, NBC News
There are nine Academy Award best-picture nominees this year thanks to a rule change requiring films to receive a certain number of first-place votes. Seven of them were completely expected. "War Horse" surprised some, and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" more than surprised many.
Here's a look at the nine nominees.
"War Horse" It's Spielberg. It's sweeping. It takes on the Big Events and how they affect the Little People. How could it not be on the list?
"The Artist" The novelty of it being black-and-white and silent aside, it's actually a really enjoyable film. You leave the theater happy. You tell your friends about this crazy silent movie you saw. Good chance of winning.
"Moneyball" May be the most simply enjoyable film on the list. You've got a big star (Brad Pitt), comic relief (Jonah Hill), baseball that's accessible for even non sports fans, a snappy Aaron Sorkin script and a little guy who triumphs over big money.
"The Descendants" Perpetual bachelor Clooney is not that believable as a dad, but this is a smart film that goes where viewers don't expect. Will be right up there competing for the trophy.
"Tree of Life" In the same vein as "2001: A Space Odyssey," it's the film whose meaning keeps being dissected and discussed even months after you saw it.
"Midnight in Paris" Woody Allen's back, and he's accessible! May be Allen's best in years, he's up for director, too.
"The Help" Sneer if you want, movie snobs, but this movie has been taken to viewers' hearts. Good buzz counts for plenty.
"Hugo" Presented as a kids' film, but not really. It's a film for film lovers.
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" The biggest stunner on the list. Even those who enjoyed it didn't see this coming. It won't win.
Vote for the film you'd like to see win Best Picture on Feb. 26, and tell us why in the comments.
Brad Pitt, "Hugo" and Melissa McCarthy are among the Oscar nominees.
By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, NBC News
The Oscar nominations came out Tuesday morning, and probably no surprise was bigger than "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" making the list of nine best-picture nominees. The film, about a young boy mourning his father who was killed in Sept. 11, wasn't that well-reviewed and didn't seem like Oscar fodder to most.
Another surprise? Melissa McCarthy of "Bridesmaids" got a supporting actress nomination. Many agreed she was the comic star of that popular film, but not many saw Oscar in her future.
Some were shocked that Ryan Gosling's intense "Drive" wasn't nominated, others expected Leonardo DiCaprio's "J. Edgar" to earn at least one nomination.
Monday night on "The Colbert Report," it was all about the weekend events. In South Carolina, Newt Gingrich emerged as the man of the hour (or rather, of the week) coming out on top in the South Carolina primaries after "feasting on the flesh" of CNN's Jon King when asked about his marital woes.
Colbert later showed highlights from the "Rock Me Like A Herman Cain" Rally on Friday, in which special guest Herman Cain broke out in song -- a Pokémon song, to be exact.
That wasn't it either. The sad part came when Colbert made a major announcement. With a heavy heart and a spastic colon he announced that he would be re-suspending Herman Cain's suspended campaign, and officially ending his exploratory committee to run for President of the United States of South Carolina.
The people of South Carolina spoke. The Colbert/Cain team couldn't rally enough votes to rattle any of the current GOPers' campaigns, despite the decent fifth place finish in the primary.
Colbert went on to thank his committee members -- NBC's own Chuck Todd, Will Smith as Bagger Vance, "Criss Angel: Mind Freak," and affectionately -- his roll of quarters for the laundry he hasn't done in a month or so.
The announcement begged the question -- what will Colbert do now? Take back the Super PAC, of course!
Unfortunately, it appears Jon Stewart has gone rogue.
Stewart sent this note to The Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC supporters, via The Huffington Post:
Dear Super PAC Super People,
Hey, it's Jon again. As you know, a while back, I took over this Super PAC so that my friend and business partner Stephen Colbert could explore possibly running for President of the United States of America of South Carolina (maybe).
Unfortunately, he never connected with voters, despite nearly a week of part-time campaigning, culminating in a massive rally at the College of Charleston.
Now, Stephen's exploratory phase is over. And like most exploratory phases, it was strange, awkward, and ended not long after he left campus.
Today he asked me if he if he could retake control of The Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC. I told him, with all due respect, to go take a long walk off a short go-f%¢#-yourself.
Are you kidding me? This thing is a pile of money, sitting on top of a heap of cash, sitting on top of a mountain of moolah. And I'm going to spend it. But in a legal, responsible way. For example, I just bought a jaguar! And I'm going to buy that jaguar its own Jaguar, and teach it to drive me around!
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go –- my official Super PAC Private Zeppelin is about to land and the pilot told me I have to turn off all electronic devices. Which sucks, I was about to score a bingo on Words With Friends. Oh, the H-U-M-A-N-I-T-Y!
In conclusion: I'm rich! Rich, I tell you, rich!
President For Life For Ever
The Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC
Kanye West performed at the Big Day Out Festival at the Gold Coast Parklands on Jan. 22 in Australia.
By Anna Chan, TODAY
Updated at 5:50 p.m. PT
Oh boy. Seems Kanye West does more than just blog in all caps -- he apparently soundchecks extra loud, too, and that did not go over well this past weekend.
The hip-hop star was in Australia to headline a set at the Big Day Out festival Sunday, but bad weather reportedly delayed his set. When Kanye finally took the stage 45 minutes late for his soundcheck, according to news.co.au, it was so loud that it disrupted the performances on neighboring stages -- including that of Soundgarden.
With Kanye's tunes spilling onto the band's mainstage performance, Soundgarden fans started booing, according to news.co.au. Frontman Chris Cornell was irked as well and didn't hide his frustration.
"Sounds like there’s children playing music there, retarded children, retarded as in held back," the singer said to fans. "There’s no other word for it."
Yikes. Perhaps not the best choice of words, regardless of the level of frustration.
But Cornell backed off a bit on Monday afternoon. In a message posted to Twitter, the rocker clarified, "My comments @ BDO were directed solely at inadequate tour production. Kanye had nothing to do with it! We love him."
But could the situation have been avoided?
According to Australia's Courier Mail, it wasn't really the rain that delayed Kanye's set. It was because the hip-hop star didn't want to share the spotlight with Tony Hawk, a source said. The skateboarding great was supposed to show off his moves at 6:30 p.m., but according to the Courier Mail, his performance was delayed for about two hours by a real downpour that made skating conditions dangerous. Kanye was originally scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m.
"The Princess Bride" turns 25 this year, but it's not getting a remake.
By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, NBC News
That article, I do not think it means what you think it means.
Twitter and the Internet went a little bit crazy Monday with rumors that 1987's beloved "The Princess Bride" was getting a remake. Links were posted to this article on a site called FamilyVideo.com claiming that Paul Rudd was going to play Cary Elwes' role of Westley, with "The Office" star Mindy Kaling as Buttercup, the role Robin Wright played.
Now more often than not, these remake rumors are true, and movie fans groan and complain at the thought of their favorite film being redone. But hold the groans -- this isn't happening.
A month ago, Rudd and Kaling did do a public table reading of the film in Los Angeles, meaning those actors (and Patton Oswalt and others) simply sat on a stage and read from the script.
Somehow that month-old news got twisted into a movie remake starring the table read cast. It's not true, but the joke quotes write themselves. ("You killed my remake rumor! Prepare to die!")
But maybe the flurry of interest in this classic film will inspire some fun events for its 25th anniversary, coming Sept. 25. Big-screen re-release, perhaps? Or a Bride Fest along the lines of Lebowski Fest? In the meantime, have fun storming the castle, and don't get involved in a land war in Asia.
2 Live Crew, the rap group famous for lewd party hits such as "Me So Horny," has reunited and will be touring this summer.
Rapper and producer Luther Campbell announced the news on Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, where he is promoting a short film called "The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke."
2 Live Crew’s 1989 album "As Nasty as They Wanna Be" gained notoriety as the target of a national anti-obscenity campaign, which culminated in the arrest of three of the group’s members in 1990. They were soon acquitted of the obscenity charges, partly on the strength of expert testimony from Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
The controversial album ended up selling more than 2 million copies, but the group’s popularity faded with subsequent albums, and members gradually went their separate ways.
"I just can't wait to just start practicing. That's going to be a blast,” Campbell, the 51-year old MC and recent Miami-Dade Mayoral candidate, told the Associated Press.
"We're going to perform the songs and everybody's going to be excited. Some of the older people of our generation will be able to tell their kids, 'You're staying home tonight, we're going to see 2 Live Crew and shake our booty!'"
However, TMZ later posted a statement from Morgan's publicist, Lewis Kay, which said: "Any reports of Tracy consuming alcohol are 100 percent false. From a combination of exhaustion and altitude, Tracy is seeking medical attention."
Morgan was diagnosed with diabetes in 1996. In 2010, he had a kidney transplant.
NBC News and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.
Steven Tyler's version of the national anthem might not have qualified him for his own show, "American Idol."
By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, NBC News
"American Idol" judge Steven Tyler found his own musical talents being judged Sunday after the Aerosmith frontman sang the national anthem at Sunday's AFC Championship football game in Foxborough, Mass.
Aerosmith is a Boston-based band, so choosing Tyler to sing at the New England Patriots-Baltimore Ravens contest seemed like a perfect choice. Tyler even showed his hometown team pride, clad in a sequined Patriots scarf. But some are still complaining about his rendition, which featured his trademark raspy scream.
ESPN commentator Skip Bayless had even more criticism for Tyler, saying in a tweet: "How could Patriots be inspired by that awful anthem sung by Steven Tyler? At least give him some screaming guitars to camouflage voice."
FOX News panelist Greg Gutfeld wasn't a fan, either, tweeting: "I went outside to put a raccoon out of its misery - then I realized my neighbor was watching Steven Tyler sing the Star-Spangled Banner."
Some complained that Tyler tweaked the lyrics in several places, including singing "as bomb bursting in air" instead of "the bombs bursting in air" and appearing to sing "oh the land of the free" instead of "o'er the land of the free."
But others appreciated Tyler's rendition. Country singer Jason Michael Carroll tweeted that he felt Tyler rocked the anthem, adding "I knew 'the scream' was coming! (Tyler) is always amazing!"
Vampires and werewolves lured moviegoers to theaters this weekend as the fourth "Underworld" movie topped box office charts with $25.4 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales, studio estimates released on Sunday showed.
"Underworld: Awakening" stars Kate Beckinsale as a vampire leading the charge in a battle against humans trying to drive her species and the werewolves to extinction.
The fourth movie, playing in 3,078 locations, opened stronger than two of the three earlier films in the franchise, which opened in 2003. Weekend sales finished "at the high end of where we hoped," said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution for Sony Pictures. Audiences were eager to see Beckinsale return to the lead role, he said. She had starred in the first two films but skipped the third.
"Awakening" is the first "Underworld" movie in 3D and cost about $70 million to produce. The movie fell flat with critics as just 24 percent gave a positive review on aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. But audiences polled by survey firm CinemaScore awarded the movie an A-.
In second place, World War Two story "Red Tails" far exceeded studio forecasts with $19.1 million in North America (United States and Canada).
"Red Tails" stars Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. in a drama about Tuskegee Airmen -- a black pilot group in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War Two. Producer George Lucas paid the film's $58 million production cost plus marketing expenses, and distributor 20th Century Fox had forecast $8 million to $10 million in domestic ticket sales for weekend.
"Never in our wildest dreams did we think we could pull off a number like this," said Chris Aronson, senior vice president for domestic distribution at 20th Century Fox. He said audiences clearly enjoyed the film, giving it an A grade in polling by CinemaScore. Critics' reviews on Rotten Tomatoes came in at 34 percent positive.
Last weekend's winner, thriller "Contraband" starring Mark Wahlberg, finished its second weekend in theaters in third place, grabbing $12.2 million domestically.
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," a drama about a boy trying to make sense of his father's death on 9/11, landed in fourth place with $10.5 million. The movie had opened in a small number of theaters on Christmas but expanded nationwide this weekend. The film stars Thomas Horn as the boy and Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock as his parents.
In fifth place, Steven Soderbergh-directed spy tale "Haywire" took in $9 million domestically, just beating distributor Relativity Media's projection of about $8 million.
"Haywire" features mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano as an operative who is double-crossed and becomes the target of assassins. While critics praised the film with an 82 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, audiences were not impressed. The film earned a D+ rating from CinemaScore.
Elsewhere this weekend, two movies that won Golden Globe awards last week expanded to more theaters.
Silent film "The Artist," winner for best musical or comedy film, doubled its sales to $2.4 million after moving into in 662 theaters from 446 last week.
"The Iron Lady," which won Meryl Streep best actress at the Globes for her role as Margaret Thatcher, dropped 32 percent from a week ago despite expanding by more than 800 theaters to 1,076 locations. The movie took in $3.7 million over the weekend.
The movie division of Sony Corp distributed "Underworld." Time Warner Inc unit Warner Bros. released "Extremely Loud." News Corp unit 20th Century Fox distributed "Red Tails." The privately held Weinstein Co. released "The Artist" and "The Iron Lady." Privately held Relativity Media released "Haywire" in the United States, and Alliance Films distributed the movie in Canada.
Katherine Heigl plays Stephanie Plum in "One For the Money."
By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, NBC News
At last, the movies are starting to get ... if not good, at least interesting. And last year's movies are starting to hit DVD and Blu-ray, so if you're snowed in, stock up on films for home viewing.
Movies Look around the next airport you're in and you'll see dozens of folks engrossed in books from the Stephanie Plum series. Plum is author Janet Evanovich's lingerie-saleswoman-turned-bounty-hunter, and the heroine of her numerically titled books. Now the first in that series, "One For the Money," is coming to the big screen, with the sometimes controversial Katherine Heigl as Plum. Book fans have high hopes, but we'll have to see if Heigl and the cast live up to the characters so many have already imagined in their heads. (Jan. 27.)
Does Liam Neeson really punch a wolf in the snout? In "The Grey," Neeson plays the leader of a group of plane crash survivors who are determined to make it out of the Alaskan wilderness alive. The trailer reveals that even those tiny liquor bottles they put on planes can be a weapon if you really need them to be. (Jan. 27.)
TV The third "Spartacus" series, "Spartacus: Vengeance," comes to TV this week. If you watched "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," you know the gladiators have killed their master and escaped his brutal school. But are the Romans going to let them get away without a fight? Don't bet on it. (Jan. 27, 10 p.m., Starz.)
DVD That poor family in the "Paranormal Activity" series! Apparently they've been cursed for decades, and in "Paranormal Activity 3," hitting DVD this week, we learn about how Katie and Kristi's growing up was more "Addams Family" than "Brady Bunch." The Bloody Mary sequence, where the girls stare into a bathroom mirror and try to summon the supernatural with that old slumber-party game, is jump-out-of-your-seat scary. (On DVD Jan. 24)
"Real Steel" also hits DVD this week, and it was a bit of a surprise hit at the box office. Sure, it looked like two hours of giant robots pounding each other, "Battlebots" style, but really it was a sweet family film. Hugh Jackman plays the dad and washed-up boxing promoter who gets to know the son he never really cared about as they try to fight their way up the rankings. (On DVD Jan. 27)
Heidi Klum and Seal at the Emmys in September 2011.
By Us Weekly
Updated Saturday at 5:16 p.m. ET: On Saturday, TMZ reported that Heidi Klum and Seal were heading for a divorce, and that Klum would be filing the papers citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for their split.
But Us Weekly has learned, exclusively, that the supermodel, 38, and her husband of six years, 48, are still together -- for now.
"Nothing is finalized or for sure. Seal flew back from the UK yesterday and he and Heidi are in the house together now," friend close to the couple tells Us. "They've had a very rough road lately. They're either madly in love or having crazy fights."
The friend goes on to say that the couple's recent trip to Aspen was full of tension, adding "they fought a lot. It was a very hard trip."
Seal, who's famous for his 1994 single "Kiss from a Rose" is set to spend the next month in Australia, where he will serve as a coach on the Aussie leg of the vocal competition show The Voice, alongside Joel Madden.
"It's been very hard. but there is a lot of love there, and any decision that will be made is a tough one because they have beautiful children who they both love very deeply," the friend says.
TV host Stephen Colbert and former GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain hold a rally in Charleston, S.C.
By Denise Hazlick
Late-night comedian Stephen Colbert brought his "exploratory committee" to South Carolina's College of Charleston on Friday and teamed up with former presidential candidate Herman Cain -- and perhaps more importantly, with Cain's bus.
Colbert announced on "The Colbert Report" on Jan. 12 that he was laying the groundwork for his possible candidacy for "president of the United States of South Carolina." One problem -- South Carolina does not allow for write-in candidates on its primary ballots. So in order to pursue his satirical campaign, he needed help. Enter Cain.
“Mr. Colbert could not get on the ballot. I could not get off the ballot. That’s how this came about," Cain said Friday. "And Mr. Colbert mentioned that there was one thing that I had that he did not have, which is a bus with my face on it. But there’s another thing that I have that Mr. Colbert does not have. ... He does not have my complexion perfection. .. That was a joke, y’all."
So why did Cain become Colbert's willing foil? In order to help Americans "lighten up," and also to further his campaign mission to "take back America." During Friday's rally, he invited the crowd of 3,300 to help him continue that drive.
"This event ... helps to bring attention to the crisis of the situation we are in," Cain said. "Every vote counts. Now Stephen Colbert asks you to vote for Herman Cain. I’m going to ask you not to vote for Herman Cain. I don’t want you to waste your vote. ... Because every vote counts and you count, which has been my message."
And why did some of the crowd turn out?
Drew Katchen / msnbc.com
A Stephen Colbert fan shows her support during the comedian's rally in Charleston, S.C., on Friday.
“I thought it would be interesting to come," said Adam Harris of Charlotte, N.C., "The way they’re doing the whole Super PAC thing, it’s just amazing how they’re shedding light on how it all works.”
“I just wanted to see what was going on," said Dale Erickson of Charleston, who identified himself as a fan of Colbert's, but not of the Republican Party.
“My mom told me to skip class for the rally,” said Caroline Reppe, 19, a College of Charleston student.
Colbert has used his "presidential" run as part of his continuing comedic attacks on campaign finance, and Super PACs in particular. Saturday's South Carolina primary falls on the second anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission decision, which removed the limit on how much corporations and unions could give to campaigns, which has in turned powered the rise of PACs. Colbert didn't miss the opportunity to make the connection.
"Now some of you might be too young to remember, but years ago, back in 2010, there were still limits on how much corporations could spend on elections," Colbert said. "... And faced with this tragic lack of corporate influence in our government, two years ago, five courageous, unelected justices on the Supreme Court took a stand. … They ruled, since corporations are people, and people have the right to free speech, and money equals speech, corporations have the constitutional right to spend unlimited money on political speech.
"With the stroke of a gavel, these brave men leveled the playing field, and then sold the naming rights to that playing field to Bank of America.
"But these wise men know there had to be some reasonable restrictions, to protect all that innocent money from the corrupting influence of politicians. So they declared that unlimited corporate and union and billionaire bucks had to be completely independent of the campaigns, and so Super PACs were born unto us," Colbert said.
He went on to explain how he had his own Super PAC -- and read a legal disclaimer reminding all that his former Super PAC had nothing to do with Friday's rally.
"Giving up that Super PAC was not easy," he said. "It was like giving up my baby. Do you know who hard that is? Now imagine that baby had a whole lot of money."
Colbert has been criticized by some for using the primary as the backdrop for a running joke on his show. He addressed that criticism during Friday's rally.
"If they are calling being allowed to form a Super PAC, and collecting unlimited and untraceable amounts of money from individuals, unions, and corporations and spend that money on political ads and for personal enrichment, and then surrender that Super PAC to one of my closest friends while I explore a run for office, if that is a joke, then they are saying that our entire campaign finance system is a joke. And I don't know about you, but I have been paid to be offended by that.
"We fought a great Civil War to ensure that all people are people. Like Abraham Lincoln said at Gettysburg -- give me some money."
Colbert said a vote for Herman Cain would ensure that rights of corporations, and would serve as a thank you to the Supreme Court on the Citizens United anniversary.
As for what the voters of South Carolina will do? We'll find out Saturday.
Additional reporting from Drew Katchen in Charleston, S.C.
Jessie Misskelley, Jr., James Baldwin, and Damien Echols were set free in August after serving nearly 20 years in prison.
By Kurt Orzeck, The Wrap
Peter Jackson's "West of Memphis" documentary reveals fresh allegations in the 1993 murder case of of three young boys in Arkansas.
In the documentary, screening at Sundance Friday, three new witnesses undergo polygraph tests. They declared under penalty of perjury that the nephew of Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of the young victims, told them his uncle was behind the murders.
According to lawyers working on the so-called West Memphis 3 case, three friends of Michael Hobbs Jr. came forward a few weeks ago after seeing a "48 Hours" special on the case. Damein Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. have long professed their innocence of the killings, and the case, and fight for their release has been chronicled in a trilogy of documentaries, most recently "Paradise Lost."
In August 2011, they were freed after nearly two decades behind bars and intense celebrity lobbying for their release.
Lonnie Soury, part of the investigative team being financed in part by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, told TheWrap that the new information came from a Dec. 11 call on the confidential tip line set up three years ago.
"Three eyewitnesses placed Terry Hobbs with the children immediately before they disappeared," Soury said.
This contradicted Hobbs' statement under oath that he didn't see the children the day they were murdered. The team quickly brought the witnesses to Washington, D.C. for polygraphs, he told TheWrap.
"This is critical new information," Stephen Braga, an attorney for Echols, said. "With the secret now out, let’s hope that someone in the Hobbs family has the heart, the soul and the courage to come forward to tell the truth directly."
Braga has given the new investigative materials to a district attorney for review.
The earlier convictions were not overturned completely. Rather through a legal maneuver, the three men will maintain their innocence, while acknowledging that there was enough evidence against them for a murder conviction.
A district court judge said the men had served their time, but issued a 10-year suspended sentence against them.
Soury said that the information was released Friday in advance of the screening, because the film covers some of the recent developments. "Once the information was out there, it would not be confidential."
According to an account by law firm Ropes & Gray, one witness that recently came forward said Hobbs Jr. picked up his friends in his truck.
"He was very quiet and upset," the witness said. "Michael then said to us, ‘You are not going to believe what my dad told me today. My Uncle Terry murdered the three little boys.’ According to Michael, his dad called this ‘The Hobbs Family Secret,’ and he asked us to keep it a secret and not tell anyone.”
Another witness recounted said that, while playing pool with Hobbs Jr. in his basement, he made the same revelation.
A third witness said that, while he was at Hobbs Jr.’s home in 2003 or 2004, he was told he couldn't go to the basement to play pool because Michael Hobbs Sr. and Terry Hobbs were talking. The witness said he “ listened with Michael Jr. at the top of the stairs. I heard two men talking. One appeared to be very upset even crying and he said ‘I am sorry, I regret it.’ The other man was trying to console him and said, ‘You are in the clear, no one thinks you are a suspect, those guys are already in prison.’ ”
Eyewitnesses have said they saw Hobbs Sr. with the three boys on the day of the murders. DNA consistent with Hobbs was found in the knot of a shoelace that was used to tie another one of the victims.
Hobbs has insisted he's innocent, saying he didn't see the boys the day they were killed.
Kate Beckinsale sat out the third "Underworld" film, but returned for the fourth.
By Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
The fourth entry in this profitable B-movie series helpfully brings its viewers up to speed with a quick recap of the first two movies (conveniently skipping the third, which star Kate Beckinsale sat out). The comely British actress — also currently being seen in theaters as the wife-in-peril in "Contraband" -- has returned to once again don the skintight black latex outfit that is these films’ biggest draw to fanboys. More aggressively violent and thankfully less mythology driven than previous installments, "Underworld Awakening" is strictly for the converted.
This film begins with vampiress Selene waking up after being in a cryogenically frozen state for 12 years, a convincing plot element since the 38-year-old actress doesn’t seem to have aged a day. Apparently we humans have gotten hip to the preponderance of Lycans — werewolves, to the uninitiated — and bloodsuckers in their midst, and have made determined efforts to eradicate them.
Busting out of the lab, Selene takes no prisoners. Indeed, the character seems even more ruthlessly violent and murderous than in the previous films, perhaps the result of having been woken up from a nice long nap.
Accompanied by a hunky vampire (Theo James) and a young woman (India Eisley) awakened from a similarly frozen state, Selene finds herself in an endless series of violent battles with both humans and Lycans — who are, in many cases, one and the same. Along the way, a sympathetic cop (Michael Ealy) tries to help out, with unfortunate results.
The actress goes through her energetic paces and an awful lot of wire work with the requisite athleticism and steely facial expressions. When she’s not actually fighting, her performance consists of little more than striding purposefully towards or away from the camera: “I’m not good with feelings,” Selene accurately points out.
Swedish directors Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein — they’re billed by just their last names in the credits, which admittedly looks cooler — keep the pace frenetic enough that the film clocks in at just 89 minutes. This is the first of the series to be done in 3D but -- considering the monochromatic, blue-grey palette, the frenetic editing and the general darkness — it only results in making the proceedings harder to see in an additional dimension.
As is customary for the series, there are veteran British actors on hand to pick up a quick paycheck. Here, replacing such predecessors as Bill Nighy and Derek Jacobi, are Stephen Rea as an evil scientist and Charles Dance as the head of a vampire coven. Both look despondent that they’ll no longer be any "Harry Potter" movies to provide an alternative form of financial security.
When Jennifer Lawrence was first cast in "The Hunger Games," some people were upset.
The 21-year-old actress has been called too old and too glamorous for the role of Katniss Everdeen, 16, although those who saw her play Appalachian teenager Ree in "Winter's Bone" will disagree completely. She's got the intensity and strength needed to survive not only the woes of her life in that film, but to survive the Arena in "Hunger Games."
The new poster for the movie captures that intensity, as she prepares to shoot an arrow straight at the audience.
"The Hunger Games" opens in theaters on March 23. Work in Hollywood has already begun on the sequel, "Catching Fire." Simon Beaufoy, who won a screenplay Oscar for "Slumdog Millionaire," is reportedly writing the script.
Etta James' performance of the enduring classic "At Last" was the embodiment of refined soul: Angelic-sounding strings harkened the arrival of her passionate yet measured vocals as she sang tenderly about a love finally realized after a long and patient wait.
In real life, little about James was as genteel as that song. The platinum blonde's first hit was a saucy R&B number about sex, and she was known as a hell-raiser who had tempestuous relationships with her family, her men and the music industry. Then she spent years battling a drug addiction that she admitted sapped away at her great talents.
The 73-year-old died on Friday at Riverside Community Hospital, with her husband and sons at her side, De Leon said.
"It's a tremendous loss for her fans around the world," he said. "She'll be missed. A great American singer. Her music defied category."
Etta James in 1965.
She had been hospitalized earlier in the year. although she had returned home on Jan. 5. James had been ill for some time.
James' spirit could not be contained — perhaps that's what made her so magnetic in music; it is surely what made her so dynamic as one of R&B, blues and rock 'n' roll's underrated legends.
"The bad girls ... had the look that I liked," she wrote in her 1995 autobiography, "Rage to Survive." "I wanted to be rare, I wanted to be noticed, I wanted to be exotic as a Cotton Club chorus girl, and I wanted to be obvious as the most flamboyant hooker on the street. I just wanted to be."
Despite the reputation she cultivated, she would always be remembered best for "At Last." The jazz-inflected rendition wasn't the original, but it would become the most famous and the song that would define her as a legendary singer. Over the decades, brides used it as their song down the aisle and car companies to hawk their wares, and it filtered from one generation to the next through its inclusion in movies like "American Pie." Perhaps most famously, President Obama and the first lady danced to a version at his inauguration ball.
The tender, sweet song belied the turmoil in her personal life. James — born Jamesette Hawkins — was born in Los Angeles to a mother whom she described as a scam artist, a substance abuser and a fleeting presence during her youth. She never knew her father, although she was told and had believed, that he was the famous billiards player Minnesota Fats. He neither confirmed nor denied it: when they met, he simply told her: "I don't remember everything. I wish I did, but I don't."
She was raised by Lula and Jesse Rogers, who owned the rooming house where her mother once lived in. The pair brought up James in the Christian faith, and as a young girl, her voice stood out in the church choir. James landed the solos in the choir and became so well known, she said that Hollywood stars would come to see her perform.
But she wouldn't stay a gospel singer for long. Rhythm and blues lured her away from the church, and she found herself drawn to the grittiness of the music.
"My mother always wanted me to be a jazz singer, but I always wanted to be raunchy," she recalled in her book.
She was doing just that when bandleader Johnny Otis found her singing on San Francisco street corners with some girlfriends in the early 1950s.
"At the time, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters had a hit with 'Work With Me, Annie,' and we decided to do an answer. We didn't think we would get in show business, we were just running around making up answers to songs," James told The Associated Press in 1987.
And so they replied with the song, "Roll With Me, Henry."
When Otis heard it, he told James to get her mother's permission to accompany him to Los Angeles to make a recording. Instead, the 15-year-old singer forged her mother's name on a note claiming she was 18.
"At that time, you weren't allowed to say 'roll' because it was considered vulgar. So when Georgia Gibbs did her version, she renamed it 'Dance With Me, Henry' and it went to No. 1 on the pop charts," the singer recalled. The Gibbs song was one of several in the early rock era when white singers got hits by covering songs by black artists, often with sanitized lyrics.
After her 1955 debut, James toured with Otis' revue, sometimes earning only $10 a night. In 1959, she signed with Chicago's legendary Chess label, began cranking out the hits and going on tours with performers such as Bobby Vinton, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Everly Brothers.
"We would travel on four buses to all the big auditoriums. And we had a lot of fun," she recalled in 1987.
James recorded a string of hits in the late 1950s and '60s including "Trust In Me," "Something's Got a Hold On Me," "Sunday Kind of Love," "All I Could Do Was Cry," and of course, "At Last."
"(Chess Records founder) Leonard Chess was the most aware of anyone. He went up and down the halls of Chess announcing, 'Etta's crossed over! Etta's crossed over!' I still didn't know exactly what that meant, except that maybe more white people were listening to me. The Chess brothers kept saying how I was their first soul singer, that I was taking their label out of the old Delta blues, out of rock and into the modern era. Soul was the new direction," she wrote in her autobiography. "But in my mind, I was singing old style, not new."
In 1967, she cut one of the most highly regarded soul albums of all time, "Tell Mama," an earthy fusion of rock and gospel music featuring blistering horn arrangements, funky rhythms and a churchy chorus. A song from the album, "Security," was a top 40 single in 1968.
Her professional success, however, was balanced against personal demons, namely a drug addiction.
"I was trying to be cool," she told the AP in 1995, explaining what had led her to try heroin.
"I hung out in Harlem and saw Miles Davis and all the jazz cats," she continued. "At one time, my heavy role models were all druggies. Billie Holiday sang so groovy. Is that because she's on drugs? It was in my mind as a young person. I probably thought I was a young Billie Holiday, doing whatever came with that."
She was addicted to the drug for years, beginning in 1960, and it led to a harrowing existence that included time behind bars. It sapped her singing abilities and her money, eventually, almost destroying her career.
It would take her at least two decades to beat her drug problem. Her husband, Artis Mills, even went to prison for years, taking full responsibility for drugs during an arrest even though James was culpable.
"My management was suffering. My career was in the toilet. People tried to help, but I was hell-bent on getting high," she wrote of her drug habit in 1980.
She finally quit the habit and managed herself for a while, calling up small clubs and asking them, "Have you ever heard of Etta James?" in order to get gigs. Eventually, she got regular bookings — even drawing Elizabeth Taylor as an audience member. In 1984, she was tapped to sing the national anthem at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and her career got the resurgent boost it needed, though she fought addiction again when she got hooked on painkillers in the late 1980s.
Drug addiction wasn't her only problem. She struggled with her weight, and often performed from a wheelchair as she got older and heavier. In the early 2000s, she had weight-loss surgery and shed some 200 pounds.
James performed well into her senior years, and it was "At Last" that kept bringing her the biggest ovations. The song was a perennial that never aged, and on Jan. 20, 2009, as crowds celebrated that — at last — an African-American had become president of the United States, the song played as the first couple danced.
But it was superstar Beyonce who serenaded the Obamas, not the legendary singer. Beyonce had portrayed James in "Cadillac Records," a big-screen retelling of Chess Records' heyday, and had started to claim "At Last" as her own.
An audio clip surfaced of James at a concert shortly after the inauguration, saying she couldn't stand the younger singer and that Beyonce had "no business singing my song." But she told the New York Daily News later that she was joking, even though she had been hurt that she did not get the chance to participate in the inauguration.
James did get her accolades over the years. She was inducted into the Rock Hall in 1993, captured a Grammy in 2003 for best contemporary blues album for "Let's Roll," one in 2004 for best traditional blues album for "Blues to the Bone" and one for best jazz vocal performance for 1994's "Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday." She was also awarded a special Grammy in 2003 for lifetime achievement and got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Her health went into decline, however, and by 2011, she was being cared for at home by a personal doctor.
She suffered from dementia, kidney problems and leukemia. Her husband and her two sons fought over control of her $1 million estate, though a deal was later struck keeping Mills as the conservator and capping the singer's expenses at $350,000. In December 2011, her physician announced that her leukemia was terminal, and asked for prayers for the singer.
In October 2011, it was announced that James was retiring from recording, and a final studio recording, "The Dreamer," was released, featuring the singer taking on classic songs, from Bobby "Blue" Bland's "Dreamer" to Guns N' Roses "Welcome To the Jungle" — still rocking, and a fitting end to her storied career.
The American public expects a lot from its president, but no one expected what he delivered Thursday night.
During a fundraiser at New York's legendary Apollo Theater, President Barack Obama broke into the opening lyrics of Al Green's hit, "Let's Stay Together." And the mini-performance was shockingly good. (Vote: Who did it better?)
The crooning commander in chief took to the stage at the famed Apollo Theater for a fundraising event and surprised the crowd with his take on Al Green's "Let's Stay Together."
Sure, President Obama delivered only the "I ... I'm so in love with you," portion of the song, but compared to the recent batch of primetime singers on the new season of "American Idol," it would have been enough to get him through to the Hollywood rounds.
Or, as TODAY host Matt Lauer put it when reviewing the footage this morning, "That makes up for him blocking (New York) traffic last night."
The performance wasn't just a surprise to the audience, but to Obama's handlers in the wings as well. After singing, the president pointed offstage and said "Those guys didn't think I would do it! I told you I was gonna do it!"
He also joked, "The Sandman did not come out," referencing the late Howard "Sandman" Sims, an Apollo mainstay who would famously give failed acts the hook and usher them offstage.
"Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe is set to guest co-host morning talk show "Live! With Kelly' on Tuesday, Jan. 31. It will be the actor's first time in the program's hosting seat. The gig comes at a busy time for Radcliffe, but it all works out publicity wise. His new film, "The Woman In Black," opens nationwide on Feb. 3, so expect a bit of talk about the upcoming ghostly tale.
The show has had a revolving door of celebrities joining Kelly Ripa as guest hosts since the exit of original host Regis Philbin on Nov. 18, 2011. Upcoming famous faces set to join Ripa include "Twilight" star Peter Facinelli, Dan Abrams, Howie Mandel and more.
Gina Carano and Ewan McGregor a\star in "Haywire."
By Alonso Duralde, The Wrap.com
Not unlike one of those mattresses that allows sleepers to choose their own firmness level, director Steven Soderbergh's movies come in a variety of flavors for moviegoers to choose, whether it's All-Star Extravaganza ("Traffic," the "Ocean's" movies) or Oddball Indie Experiment ("Bubble," "And Everything is Going Fine").
His latest, "Haywire," sees Soderbergh operating in Gritty '60s/'70s Crime Thriller Mode; like "The Limey," also written by "Haywire" scribe Lem Dobbs, it's the kind of film that hearkens back to lean-and-mean revenge movies like "Get Carter" and "Point Blank."
But with famous faces like Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum and Bill Paxton in the cast, the film also scratches the director's All-Star itch.
Top billing goes to first-time actress Gina Carano, a champion in the world of Mixed Martial Arts and a veteran of "American Gladiators." And while she may not be the most seasoned of actresses, the decidedly un-slick vibe she brings to the movie actually works in her favor; she's playing a somewhat emotionally disengaged hired gun, so it's not like the character has full access to her emotions, either.
What Carano does bring to the role is a ferocity and physical presence that makes her more than the match of the many men she flattens like pancakes over the course of the movie. Carano is to violence in "Haywire" what porn star Sasha Grey was to sex in "The Girlfriend Experience," a previous example of Soderbergh casting a non-traditional leading lady to interesting ends.
Carano stars as Mallory, whom we first see trekking across the frozen wasteland of upstate New York. At a diner, she has a rendezvous with Aaron (Channing Tatum), who has been instructed to bring her in, and when she refuses, the two of them get into a knock-down-drag-out male-on-female fight, the likes we haven't really seen since Russ Meyer's classic "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!"
Hapless by-stander Scott (Michael Angarano) comes to Mallory's aid, and she commandeers his car. As the two drive off, Mallory tells him - and the audience - just what's going on, a tale that involves her work as hired muscle for the government and her betrayal by her boss and ex-boyfriend Kenneth (McGregor).
The plot of "Haywire" is essentially one enormous McGuffin that allows Carano ample opportunities for fight and/or flight. The nearly wordless sequence in which Mallory eludes Irish authorities over several city blocks (sometimes she uses the front door, other times she leaps from roof to roof) winds up just as exciting as the many scenes in which Carano connects fist or foot to face.
Audiences are more likely to leave the theater remembering Carano and Michael Fassbender walloping the tar out of each other in a glass-shattering, bone-crunching hotel room fight than debating the finer points of the plot or any of the performances. But what "Haywire" lacks in artifice, it more than makes up for with adrenaline and bravado.
Carano may or may not have a film career ahead of her, but for the 93 minutes of "Haywire," there's no question that she's a movie star.
Janis Joplin would have turned 69 today. Jim Morrison would have just blown out 68 candles, and Jimi Hendrix would be staring down 70 come November.
Rolling Stone links to this photo of Joplin on their cover in August 1970. She looks as real as her lyrics. You wouldn't see a face this normal on Rolling Stone's cover today -- it seems a part of being a musician, at least a female one, is to be nipped and tucked and brushed and curled and made up till your album cover runs the risk of being confused with a fashion magazine.
Joplin wasn't like that, and it's one of the many reasons her talents and personality are so missed.
And also: It's one thing to write a birthday post about someone who's still with us (hello, Mary Tyler Moore and Betty White). But remembering someone who died so young is different. You can't help but wonder what their life would have brought had they lived.
Not just Joplin, Morrison and Hendrix, but John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, and so many others.
Where would their talents have brought them? Who would they have touched? What musical memories would we now be carrying in our hearts alongside the hits they had time to give us?
World War II fly guys (from l. David Oyelowo, Elijah Kelley, Leslie Odom Jr., Michael B. Jordan, Nate Parker and Kevin Phillips) face racism in "Red Tails."
By Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
The experience of black American aviators in World War II gets a whitewash in "Red Tails." The story of the 996 pilots (and some 15,000 ground personnel) who distinguished themselves in the air in the face of institutional racism is a great one and, at least, will come to the attention of more people due to this long-gestating project from Lucasfilm. But every character here is so squeaky clean, and the prejudice as depicted is so toothless and easily overcome, that the film feels like a fantasy version of what, in real life, was an exceptional example of resilient trail-blazing. The tale's considerable built-in inspirational value will move and impress black audiences of all ages and would do the same to a wider public if sufficiently promoted, but the determinedly simplistic approach will curtail interest among any viewers hungry for some real history. The anticipated low interest level for this material overseas is cited as a major reason the project took so long to get off the ground.
A key signal of how much you can trust any contemporary movie about either of the 20th century's world wars is how, and even if, it depicts smoking; if, like this one, it buckles to current fashion and scarcely depicts soldiers smoking at all in a period when cigarettes were part of ration kits, then it's frankly not to be trusted in any other respect either. Here, Cuba Gooding Jr.'s major sucks thoughtfully on a pipe and one hot-shot pilot sports a stogie in one scene but, otherwise the environs are as smoke-free as the Brigham Young University campus.
Showing its action-slanted hand at the outset, two pilots in P-40 fighters, “Easy” (everyone has a nickname like that) and “Lightning,” make easy work of a German munitions train in Italy. Right away, the film plays fast and loose with period by enabling their buddies back at the base to watch footage of the explosive strike, as if every plane were equipped with a camera that could provide nightly ESPN-style highlights. Talk about kowtowing to a younger generation that supposedly requires instantaneous and repeated gratification.
“Easy” (Nate Parker) is the flight leader whose secret vice is the bottle, while “Lightning” (David Oyelowo) is his fearless wingman who also has the brass to court a warm signorina (Daniela Ruah) from the nearby picture postcard village. At this stage of the conflict, in the summer of 1944, the all-Negro 99th Fighter Squadron remains far from the center of action, restricted to “mopping floors” in the battle against fascism when the men are ready and eager for real missions.
The problem lies, specifically, at the just-built Pentagon and, of course, with society at large, neither of which is ready to accept blacks on an equal footing with whites. The military, as with so much else, is strictly segregated and a line or two of dialogue makes the point that the common assumption is that blacks simply aren't up to the demanding job of combat aviation.
Throughout the film, however, all opposition to the universally sympathetic protagonists falls like so many bowling pins. The first time one of the fliers ventures into the whites-only officers' club in Italy, he slugs a guy who calls him the n-word and remarkably isn't court-martialed; the next time, a bunch of the squadron members is invited in with drinks all around. Later, when bomber crews notice their new escorts are “colored,” they express startled dismay but, after one successful run, one young flier exclaims, “I hope we meet up with those Red Tails next time!” No relentless and unrepentant redneck characters played by James Woods in this film. And when a Nazi fighter pilot disdains his “African” opponent, you know he'll be biting the dust in short order.
And so it goes in a a script that doesn't begin to show what these young men were really up against and how patient and stoical they had to be in the face of so much resistance. Screenwriters John Ridley and Aaron McGruder neglect, or perhaps assume too much common knowledge of, the key component of struggle at the heart of all social drama. There are no difficulties at all in the romantic subplot, as Lightning's inamorata is smiley and sweetly compliant at all times; the squadron's Washington-based representative (Terrence Howard) negotiates pretty successfully on its behalf against dubious superiors and the men themselves are all strictly one-dimensional, without the sorts of characterizing details or personal demons that were commonly found among the men who populated even routine WWII films at the time. Beyond that, there's far too little sense of sacrifice, of something profoundly meaningful earned at significant cost.
But perhaps George Lucas, who reportedly developed this project for 23 years, always saw this as an uncomplicated and uncomplex action film and, in this regard, at least, the results are pretty good. Just a few years ago, the technology would not have produced the sort of a vivid and realistic renditions of airborne warfare that visual effects supervisor Craig Hammock has commandeered here. The planes (most impressively the glistening silver B-17 bombers), the firepower, the crashes and all the pyrotechnics look pretty darn real; we're past the time when, as in “The Battle of Britain” or “The Memphis Belle,” all the world's air-worthy vintage warplanes had to be collected and sent aloft one more time for the purposes of restaging dogfights and bombing raids. The hits made by the Red Tails, so named for the paint jobs applied to the rear-ends of the hot new P-51s, seem too easily achieved at times, but the aerial footage is pretty cool throughout. The most explosive sequence is a raid on a German airbase that goes down as one of the squadron's most notable successes.
Gooding, who appeared in "The Tuskegee Airmen," the 1995 TV film on the same subject, postures through his role here as a major required to keep his men inspired and focused, while Howard can never relax from his part's uniform-bound official functions. Like his character, Oyelowo has by far the best time here as a flier whose recklessness is surpassed only by his cockiness. The rest make momentary impressions but should have been supplied by the writers and debuting director Anthony Hemingway (whose TV credits include "The Wire" and "Treme") with more personalizing traits, backstories and idiosyncracies.
In the end, it's the flashy action and innate inspirational elements that make a measure of impact here. But you just know there's so much more to this story.
Based on the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat air squadron during WWII. Opens Jan. 20.
Have you found yourself singing along with the chart-topping British singer Adele lately? If so, you're certainly not alone.
Adele completely dominated pop music last year thanks to her album "21" and songs like "Rolling in Deep" and "Someone Like You." This mashup of 71 random covers of "Deep" offers a hint at what the singer was inspiring with her soulful sound.
All of those covers make sense when you hear that "Someone Like You" was the top karaoke song in the UK in 2011. Rolling Stone says the "heart-melting ballad ... was selected by one in four karaoke singers in the nation." Poor Axl Rose. What's a karaoke bar without every other wannabe belting out "Sweet Child O' Mine"?
With all that Adele love going around, it's hard not to link to this great "Saturday Night Live" sketch with actress Emma Stone: "Karen, stop, stop. I know you were listening to Adele's 'Someone Like You' and crying."
The 2012 presidential campaign: It just keeps getting better and better. Or, depending on your perspective, weirder and weirder.
First, the Super PAC formerly run by "The Colbert Report's" Stephen Colbert (and now overseen without any coordination whatsoever by "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart) released a new attack ad yesterday -- against Colbert!
Yes, that's Samuel L. Jackson appearing in the voiceover, asking important questions about the talk show host like, "And come on, why is the 'T' in his name silent? What else is he silent about? Letting murderers out of jail?"
Jackson then launches into a "Snakes on a Plane"-esque tirade: "Enough is enough! I have had it with these money-grubbing Super PACs messing with our money to buy the elections!" before endorsing Herman Cain for president.
Well, yes. But that doesn't mean he's gone for good: Last night, Colbert announced on "The Colbert Report" that he will hold a rally on Friday in South Carolina, one day before the primary featuring special guest ... Herman Cain!
In support of their non-candidacies, the event, entitled "The Rock Me Like a Herman Cain: South Cain-olina Primary Rally" is set to take place at 1 p.m. at the College of Charleston.There will be speeches, there will be cheerleaders, there will be a marching band and a gospel choir.
Colbert promised this rally will be better than the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" (because, as he said, Jon Stewart won't be there).
In a release from Colbert's "campaign" as seen on Buzzfeed, Colbert explained, "Herman is the only former candidate who truly shares my values. It's like our values were separated at birth. And our ethics are at least first cousins."
He then went on to say he wanted “all undecided voters to vote for Cain" and “9-9-9.”
Kathy Hoekstra, Cain's Director of Media Relations, told Fox News yesterday that Colbert's people "got in touch" with the Cain camp last week to alert them of something happening soon. She confirmed Cain would be taping a segment with Colbert on Friday in South Carolina.
No word yet on whether Cain will sing during that segment. But that's something people would probably vote for.
According to a new Harris poll, as reported on Deadline, Depp -- who in 2011 played Capt. Jack Sparrow yet again, a journalist and an animated lizard named Rango -- is ranked as America's Favorite Actor for the second year in a row. Second place is a tie between Denzel Washington and Clint Eastwood, while fourth place goes to Tom Hanks.
But things get less predictable after that. Number 5? John Wayne. Yep, The Duke has been on the list every year since rankings began in 1994.
The poll doesn't discriminate for gender, but Sandra Bullock was the only woman to crack the top 10, coming in at No. 7. Angelina Jolie -- who was No. 5 last year, is off the list entirely, while Julia Roberts fell out of the top 10 after being at No. 6 last year.
Harris Interactive surveyed 2,237 adults between Dec. 5-12, 2011, and also looked at how age, region, gender and political parties affected different choices. Men prefer Eastwood while women choose Depp; everyone from 18-65 also loves Depp, while the 66-and-older contingency prefer George Clooney (No. 6 this year). Republicans and Independents also pick Depp, but Democrats go for Washington.
But what about your favorites from television? The Harris folks haven't forgotten about you: Mark Harmon of "NCIS" comes in at No. 1 as America's Favorite TV Star; Ellen DeGeneres is No. 2 and Jon Stewart moves up into the No. 3 position, with Bill O'Reilly and Jay Leno rounding out the Nos. 4 and 5 slots.
So who is your favorite movie actor? Weigh in with the attached poll and let us know, then head over to Facebook to discuss the results!