The Hollywood 5 & 1 8.11.12: Alyson Hannigan vs. Christian Hendricks
Posted by Jack McGee on 08.11.2012
Christina Hendricks battles Alyson Hannigan and Charisma Carpenter takes on Iyari Limon in Vs, Bane gets left on the Dark Knight Rises cutting room floor, Joss Whedon is returning for The Avengers 2 and more!
The Part at the Beginning
Welcome back to the latest edition of the Hollywood 5 & 1. I am your humble correspondent, Jack McGee. We are back again to discuss the world of Hollywood, and as always there is a lot to discuss. As always, I want to thank you all for reading little part of 411, as I really appreciate you taking the time to both read and vote. Now much going in the McGee household this week, other than work, but so is life, right friends? But no one wants to hear about that, we have Hollywood stuff, hot women and more to discuss. Also today we shall continue our quest to crown the QUEEN of The WhedonVerse!!! Lets get on with the show…
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WHO IS IN THE HALL OF BANG?
~ Denise Milani
~ Stacey Dash
~ Salma Hayek
~ Jennifer Love Hewitt
~ Sofia Vergara
~ Mila Kunis
~ Scarlett Johansson
~ Keeley Hazell
~ Mya Jane
~ Susan Coffey
~ Holly Peers
~ Penelope Cruz
~ Arianny Celeste
~ Kate Upton
~ Sarah Shahi
~ Gina Carano
~ Bianca Beauchamp
THIS WEEK's BATTLE – The Battle For The WhedonVerse Continues!
A NOTE ON THE TOURNEMENT: Ok, now I know that no matter what I did, people would likely not be happy. But what I want you to do is read and see what happened. Again, I discussed the feature with the column's original owner "The Goose" and we decided that the best way to select the ladies was a blind draw from a hat. We also did the same with the NUMBER of competitors. We landed on 18 for that, which means this week you shall vote on the play in rounds, kind of like the NCAA tournament does now. And then, then we shall fully get the ball rolling. Also, the program I used to make the bracket allowed for "random seeding," which is what I selected and the bracket below is how the program placed the ladies. Again, I know that this isn't like many of you would have done, but I felt that added a fun element to everything as we truly did things random. Now, let's get to work and crown the QUEEN of The WhedonVerse!
Last week's voting: Last week, Charisma Carpenter defeated Michelle Trachtenberg 556 to 404, while Christina Hendricks defeated Jewel Staite 685 to 318. Thanks to everyone that voted, as we nearly had 2,000 total votes. This week, we begin the Elite Eight…
REMINDER: The photos are a mere representation, always vote for who YOU feel is the hottest woman
#17. Alyson Hannigan
#8. Christina Hendricks
#15 Iyari Limon
#7. Charisma Carpenter
ALL VOTING CLOSES ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT 9PM
FIVE – A LOT OF BANE WAS LEFT ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
The Dark Knight Rises was pretty much a big success. Sure the people that were going to hate it did so no matter what, just as the people that loved the franchise showed their love for it. The film has been open for around 21 days and as of this writing has pulled in $749 million worldwide. But one question about big movies like this is, "What was left on the cutting room floor?" Since The Dark Knight Rises was nearly 3 hours long not many have actually asked the question, but it turns out that there was some stuff left out, regarding Bane. This past week costume designer Lindy Hemming spilled the beans on a sequence involving Bane's origin…
"The other thing that you should have seen during that sequence is him being injured in his youth. So one of the fundamental things about his costume is that he has this scar from the back injury. Even if he hasn't got the bulletproof vest on, he still has to wear the waist belt and the braces. In that scene in the prison, where he's learning to fight the same way Batman learned to fight, he's wearing an early version of his waist belt. It's showing support, but it's not the finished one he eventually wears. He's also wearing an early version of his gas mask, all glued together...
If you look at the film, unless they've cut it -- and I'm sure they haven't -- there's a whole early section for Tom Hardy where he's fighting and being taunted by people. He's got chains on him, and he's standing on a wooden thing while people are attacking him. And in that scene, he's wearing a much more ragged, primitive version of the mask."
When she was informed that it was cut from the film, she thought that it was a shame and added, "I won't elaborate on it too much, because it isn't in the film, but there was another section that showed you why he had the mask and where it came from." I don't know about you, but when I heard this, all I could think of is, "DELUXE EXTENDED EDITION!" I hope that is the case, because for as much as I loved the movie, I feel that this would add greatly to the story. Hopefully it will be coming to a DVD-Blu-ray sometime soon.
FOUR – JOSS WHEDON BACK FOR AVENGERS 2
In what is being looked at as the best news of the week by many, Disney chief Bob Iger announced in the middle of an earnings call Joss Whedon will be returning to write and direct The Avengers 2. Whedon has said in the lead up to the first film that he wasn't totally sure if he would be up for returning, but apparently those concerns were not enough to keep him away from another go at the film. And why not? The film made $1.4 billion worldwide from a budget of $220 million, and was widely praised as an awesome movie. Marvel already has Captain America 2, Thor 2, Iron Man 3 in development, and with Whedon set to helm the sequel of The Avengers, there is honestly no reason NOT to be excited. Seriously, if someone is upset about this news, I just do not get it. Lets be happy kids!
HOW IS THIS NOT AN OLYMPIC SPORT?
THREE – WAIT…SO DAREDEVIL IS GOING TO DIRECT THE JUSTICE LEAGUE FILM?
The big news this week on the Justice league film is that Warner Bros has considered signing Ben Affleck to direct the film. Affleck has been sent the latest draft of the screenplay by Will Beall to gauge his interest. This is an interesting call; Affleck has had success as a writer and director, and would bring name value to the project. But while that is all well and good, I still have the feeling that Warner Bros is going about this the wrong way. Do not get me wrong, I am beyond thrilled that they are going to move forward with the project, but I also feel that they are really rushing things. The facts are that Marvel has proven how to properly build the Superhero Ensemble film, and how to do it almost perfectly. Numbers do not lie…
* Iron Man: $585 million worldwide from a budget of $140 million (+ $445 million)
* Iron Man 2: $624 million worldwide from a budget of $200 million (+ $424 million)
* Captain America: The First Avenger: $368 million worldwide from a budget of $140 million (+ $228 million)
* Thor: $449 million worldwide from a budget of $150 million (+ $299 million)
* The Avengers: $1.4 billion worldwide from a budget of $220 million (+ $1.1 billion)
I didn't include the Hulk movies, because technically they were not part of the bigger plan, and the star changed. These movies were strategically laid out; they attempted to establish the main characters as well as the actors playing them. It was successful, and The Avengers was proof of that. And now we look towards Captain America 2, Thor 2, Iron Man 3 and The Avengers 2. And Marvel will laugh all the way to the bank, and we will enjoy more cool movies.
What exactly is DC-Warner's plan again? Exactly, they don't have anything solid laid out. They know that they own a shitload of great comic properties, but outside of Nolan's Batman films, there haven't been a lot of successes lately. Nolan is gone from Batman, Green Lantern failed, they can't get Wonder Woman off the ground on TV or film, no one is sold on Man of Steel yet, "Green" Arrow is on CW, but they do not seem to be adding him to that universe, and they have nothing on The Flash but years of rumors. At this particular time, I just do not have high hopes for this. I really hope that I am wrong.
TWO – BEST AND WORST OF THE WEEK
BEST OF THE WEEK –: All Access: Ronda Rousey debuted on Showtime this week, and I thought it was a tremendous little show. So much in fact that you HAVE to wonder why Showtime doesn't do this for more fighters (especially Gilbert Melendez, who they continue to claim is a huge star for them). Anyway, the first of the two part series debuted and I loved it. Rousey came off very well, they put her over very well, they got some heat on the upcoming fight with Kaufman, and overall I thought it was a big win. You can watch the entire 30-minute show below…
WORST OF THE WEEK – BJ Penn vs. Rory MacDonald Postponed: Rory MacDonald vs. B.J. Penn has been postponed, and that is a damn shame because I was really amped up for that fight. MacDonald suffered a major cut in training, which is over his right eve and will keep him out of the fight. This shit was so bad that he needed nearly 40-stitches. There has been some battle over when they will now meet, but MacDonald's manager Lex McMahon stated that the two could now face off at December's UFC on FOX 5. Whenever they do meet, it should be one hell of a fight.
ONE – WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKENDg
#1 – Saturday – Matinee – The Campaign: The tour of "possibly bad comedies" continues as I shall see some friends and watch The Campaign this weekend. It is sad that guys like Stiller, Ferrell and Sandler used to make me laugh so easily, but in past years their efforts have gotten progressively worse. Last weekend's trip to see The Watch was a waste, as it turned out to be a hastily thrown together buddy comedy with some alien CGI and unfortunately not many laughs. Anyway, here is the synopsis for the weekend adventure…
Two powerful CEOs pit a blundering congressman against an unlikely political newcomer in order to seize control of a crucial North Carolina district in this satirical political comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. On the eve of an upcoming election, incumbent congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) makes a misstep that threatens to end his career in politics. Recognizing the opportunity to gain influence in the aftermath of the public gaffe, a pair of scheming CEOs handpick credulous tourism-center director Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) as Brady's political rival, quickly shaping him into a viable candidate with the help of a seasoned campaign manager. As Election Day draws near, Brady and Huggins cast ethics aside to engage in the brand of hysterical mud slinging that's sent contemporary politics straight down the toilet.
#2 – Saturday at 10PM ET on PPV – UFC 150: The UFC returns to PPV on Saturday night, and as with most UFC cards, there is a certain level of excitement. I will freely admit that I am not buying it at home, I will be watching at the Tilted Kilt with some associates. Guinness, the garlic Parmesan fries, Guinness, Gaelic Chicken, Guinness, and oh yeah, watching the fights. Here is the card for the PPV portion of the event…
* Champ Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar (for lightweight title)
* Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard
* Jake Shields vs. Ed Herman
* Yushin Okami vs. Buddy Roberts
* Justin Lawrence vs. Max Holloway
PS: I go with Henderson, Cerrone, Herman, Okami and Lawrence.
#3 – Sunday at 8PM ET on PPV – TNA Hardcore Justice: TNA returns to PPV this weekend with what could end up being a very strong card. The main focus (outside of the World Title match) is the Bound for Glory Series, which has been done rather well. This will be a purchase at home for me, and here is the card below….
#4 – Sunday at 8PM ET on CBS – Big Brother 14: THERE MAY BE SPOILERS IN HERE: My girl Danielle won the HOH and POV, but it was Boogie that ruled the house. Boogie was not happy about being put back into the game, but he pulled a huge power play, forming the silent six (Dan, Danielle, Frank, Boogie, Brittany and Shane) and got Janelle put up on the block. She got the boot 8-1 in the voting, and then Frank scored the new HOH and once again, we have a whole new game. Joe appears to be the target this week, in what has been a very enjoyable season.
This week's & 1 model of the week is Shannen Doherty…