Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Why "So Random!" will be cancelled

When Demi Lovato announced she was quitting Sonny with a Chance, Disney Channel scrambled to turn the show-within-a-show 'So Random!' into it's own show. After nearly six months of production, the new series premiered on June 5, 2011. With six episodes aired already, and a seventh episode set to air this Sunday, views and ratings have already plummeted. The most recent episode, which aired on July 17 went as low as just 2.7 million views. This was an all-time low for the series, and we're only six episodes in. We can easily tell that this series won't be back for a second season. Other shows that have been cancelled on Disney, like JONAS L.A. for example, had an all-time low of 2.8 million, which is still 100,000 more than the all time low for So Random!. Plus, despite the fact that no one's watching the show, it's just an unfunny show. Other critics have said it, and I'll say it, too: Without Demi, the show is nothing. The show also costs a lot of money to produce, considering only 13 episodes were ordered  for the first season, and it must cost an awful lot of money to get stars like Cody Simpson, Greyson Chance, Tony Hawk, and Selena Gomez to guest star. If nobody's watching, the ratings are down, and the production costs are up, than a cancellation is almost unavoidable. It won't be any more than 2 months before Disney pulls the plug on the show. And that's not a so random estimate.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Amy Winehouse Autopsy Inconclusive

It could be several more weeks before we find out the cause of Amy Winehouse's death. Police announced today that yesterday's initial autopsy was inconclusive, and additional toxicology tests were needed. According to The Assosciated Press, those toxicology screens could take two to four weeks to complete. Winehouse was found dead in bed at her Camden, England apartment on Saturday afternoon, and initial reports indicate that no drugs were found on the flat. Winehouse attended a doctor's appointment on Friday, and the doctor found no problems and was happy with her condition, but she was dead hours later. Amy had been reportedly been working on her third album at the time of her death, and she had supposedly recorded several new songs; songs that may never be heard. Winehouse's funeral has been scheduled for tomorrow.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sean Kingston performs for the first time since accident

Sean Kingston joined Nicki Minaj at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, last night. This was the first time he had performed since he was nearly killed in a jet ski accident, back in May. Kingston tweeted after the show, "Me and the beautiful @Nickiminaj on stage!!!!! Dont call it a comeback!"

Singer Amy Winehouse found dead

British soul singer, Amy Winehouse, who has been attempting a comeback over the last few years battling drug and alcohol addictions, has been found dead in her London home, Amy's record label confirmed, today.

Amy's record label, Universal released a statement saying they were "deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist, and performer." The record label added,  "Our prayers go out to Amy's family, friends, and fans at this difficult time."

London police issued a statement Saturday saying un unnamed 27-year-old female had been pronounced dead at a home in north London.

"Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained," said Metropolitan Police.

We're told an autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow.

We will keep you updated as new information becomes available, our hearts go out to everyone effected by this tragic death.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

"Cyrus" Review

Today, we're reviewing the newest film to hit DVD and Blu-Ray, Cyrus.

This comedy-drama film which stars John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, and Marisa Tomei follows an interesting-made-boring plot about 2 men: a boyfriend and a son, trying to win a woman's affection. Although the film does include some kind-of-good performances, the acting is so covered up with stupidness, it's gotten to a point where we forgot that there are actually a-list actors in this movie. Blantly unfunny, and stupidly boring, the film is annoying and unhonest, and seems like an actual funny short film that has been stretched out so much that we barely even remember what the plot was about, by the time the credits roll. This film doesn't meet it's full potential, and seems like much more of a drama film than a comedy film. The only thing funny about this movie is how bad it was.

Comedy: 0.1/10
Drama: 2/10
Acting: 2.5/10
Plot: 2.5/10

Overall rating: 1.5/10

"Mr. Popper's Penguins" Review

Today, we are reviewing the newest Jim Carrey film to hit theatres, Mr. Popper's Penguins.

The family comedy film, which stars Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Madeline Carroll, Maxwell Perry Cotton, and Ophelia Lovibond follows the story of Tom Popper, a divorced realtor who's dead father sends six penguins to his New York apartment. Tom plans to send the penguins to the zoo, but when his children fall in love with him, and him, his kids, and his ex-wife begin reconnecting because of the penguins, he decides to turn his apartment into a home for the penguins.

With a charming plot and some good performances, the film is good for all audiences - but that doesn't hide the fact that the film is thoroughly predictable, but, it's a family comedy movie - and that's exactly what they gave us: family comedy, but not much else.

Acting: 6/10
Plot: 6/10
Charm: 7.5/10

Overall rating: 6.8/10

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" Breaks Records Worldwide!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, which was released globally just 2 days ago is smashing box office records, globally. The eighth and final installment of the series, Part 2 grossed $475.6 million worldwide during opening weekend, smashing the previous record of $394 million during opening weekend, which was achieved by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince back in 2009. Part 2 has also broke the record for the biggest opening day gross in history, in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, and United Kingdom. With a foreign opening weekend of $307 million, Part 2 broke the previous record held by Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides of $262 million.

It has also broke several U.S./Canadian records: biggest opening weekend in history, biggest opening weekend during the month of July, biggest opening weekend during the Summer, biggest opening weekend for PG-13 movie, biggest opening weekend for IMAX, biggest opening day in history, biggest opening day on a Friday in history, widest 3D launch in history, highest gross in advanced ticket sales in history, biggest midnight release in history, biggest IMAX midnight release in history, biggest 3-day gross in history, fastest to $100 million in U.S. and Canada sales only (2 days), fastest to $150 million in U.S. and Canada sales only (3 days), biggest international opening weekend, biggest foreign opening weekend, and biggest 3 day UK weekend gross. If the gross keeps up at the same current speed, the film will have grossed $1 billion globally by Thursday, July 21st, 2011. Considering the grossing speed will likely decrease, First Stop News is expecting the film will reach $1 billion by Wednesday, July 27th, 2011.

The film has also been well-received by critics, with a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, an approval rating of 87% on Metacritic, and a 96% approval rating, here at First Stop News. You can read our review of the film, here.

Friday, July 15, 2011

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" Review

Today, we are reviewing "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2", the eighth and final film in the record-breaking film series.

This epic fantasy film, directed by David Yates and produced by David Heyman, David Barron, and J.K. Rowling continues Harry, Ron, and Hermione's quest to bring down Lord Voldemort, once and for all.

This 130-minute-long film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson and is packed full of incredible special effects and captivating acting, bringing the hit series to a spectacular, spell-binding close.

With dazzling visual effects, powerful acting, and incredibly thrilling, Deathly Hallows Part 2 is without a doubt the best installment in the series. This film is brushed with gorgeous tones and includes a terrifying showdown. This is iconic, monumental cinema, and those epic 3D effects remind us why we love going to the movies in the first place. Director David Yates brings the franchise to a genuinely amazing ending, and mark my words - Part 2 will become the most discussed and praised film of the year. The entire cast and crew brings the ground-breaking saga to a truly magical ending.

Special Effects: 9.7/10
Acting: 9.6/10
Storyline: 9.6/10

Overall mark: 9.6/10

"Insidious" Review

Today, we are reviewing "Insidious" which is from the creators of "SAW" and "Paranormal Activity".

This supernatural horror film, directed by James Wan (director of the 'SAW' series) and produced by Oren Peli (director/producer of the 'Paranormal Activity' series) focuses on - well, it's complicated. Basically, a family of five moves into a new home, one of the kids slips into 'a coma' after falling from a ladder and hitting his head, but the parents soon discover that he is not in a coma, but he has left his body (astral projection/out of body of experience) and has been taken to 'the further' and a demon is trying to take over his body, so that the demon can cause pain to others.

This 100 minute long movie stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, and Lin Shaye. The film had ourselves covering our eyes at some points, but also giggling over parts of the film that weren't very good. With kind-of good acting, some pretty cool special effects, some jumpy sound effects, and a well-thought-out plot, the film still doesn't seem to meet it's full potential. Granted, any movie-goers will get what they bargained for.

Special Effects: 6.5/10
Acting: 7/10
Storyline: 7.5/10
Scariness: 7.5/10

Overall mark: 7/10

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

'Harry Potter' earns an estimated $95 million already

You read that right. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 has grossed an estimated $95 million in advance ticket sales, already, in North America, alone. The film was released theatrically in Australia, today.

To estimate global earnings, at this point, here are our calculations:
North American Advanced Ticket Sales(not estimated): $25 million
Advanced Ticket Sales in other countries (estimated): $30 million
Theatrical Sales in Australia (estimated): $20 million
Future Advanced Ticket Sales(estimated): $20 million
Total: $95 million

According to our calculations, this means that the film has already grossed $95 million, 12 hours prior to the global release.

Catch the film in theatres globally this Friday.

Demi Lovato "Skyscraper" Review

Today we are reviewing Demi Lovato's new single off her upcoming third studio album. The song is called Skyscraper and was released, yesterday.

So, the song is just over 3 and a half minutes long, and tells a story of self-empowerment and redemption, with truly emotional lyrics such as 'Do you have to make me feel like there's nothing left of me' and 'Would it make you feel better to watch me while I bleed', and then picks up with very powerful, inspirational words including 'All my windows are broken but I'm standing on my feet' and 'It's a long way down but I'm closer to the clouds up here'.

The song starts off slow, and builds to a strong, upbeat climax, marking the ending of a vocal masterpiece. Mainstream tunes have been packed with songs about self-empowerment, lately, but Lovato has been the only artist yet to bring the theme to such a personal, intimate level.

'Skyscraper' is truly an amazing, emotional comeback for the star, and Lovato couldn't have done any better on the track. The song is without a doubt the best song from the singer yet, and the best song we've heard in sometime.

Demi's Vocals: 10/10
Background Music: 9.5/10
Lyrics: 9.5/10

Overall mark: 9.7/10

Demi Lovato Releases 'Skyscraper'!

After weeks of anticipation and excitement, Demi Lovato has finally released her new single! The single, entitled Skyscraper premiered on 'On Air with Ryan Seacrest' yesterday. Little information about the song has been released, until now, and we have learned that the song was written by Toby Gad, Kerli, and Lindy Robbins. Lovato stated on the interview with Ryan Seacrest that the song was actually recorded before she entered the treatment center, and revealed that she attempted to record the song, again after the 3-month rehabilation stint, but she decided that her vocals on the original version were better, as they were "kind of a cry for help".

Upon the release of the song, several celebrities took to twitter to voice their support, including Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Pete Wentz, Ashley Tisdale, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria, Lucy Hale, Brittany Snow, Kerli (who co-wrote the song) as well as Jordin Sparks, who provided background vocals on the song.

A teaser for the official music video for the song, featuring Lovato in a desert was released on YouTube on July 8, and the full music video is scheduled to be released on July 13th at 7PM ET/PT and 11:30PM ET/PT on E! News. The music video was directed by Marc Pellington who has directed several music videos, including One by U2, We're In This Together by Nine-Inch Nails, Lonesome Day and Girls In Their Summer Clothes (Winter Mix) by Bruce Springsteen, Best of You by Foo-Fighters, Syndicate and How To Save a Life by Foo-Fighters, Hold My Hand by Michael Jackson, and Soul Mate by Natasha Bedingfield. He has also directed 7 episodes of Cold Case.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

'All My Children', 'One Life to Live' live on... the internet.

All My Children and One Life to Live, the ABC soap operas that were slated for cancellation have found new life on the internet, the network said Thursday.

ABC, which is owned by The Walt Disney Company announced today that it has licensed it's legendary soap operas to to Prospect Park, a production company that plans to distribute the 40-year-old shows over the Web, and internet-connected televisions. The deal has given Prospect Park the rights to the 2 shows more than a decade, and will earn Disney millions of dollars a year, as long as the show is still being produced.

ABC first announced they had cancelled the shows, back in April due to low ratings. The final televised episode of One Life to Live will air on January 20, 2012, and the final televised episode of All My Children will air on September 23, 2011. The shows currently air for one hour, Mondays through Fridays, and Prospect says they plan to air the series at the same format and length, and they are just beginning the process of meeting with actors and other people involved with the shows to see if they will stay on board.

This move has received some negativity from fans and viewers, with people saying the internet screening of the episodes will would exclude viewers who don't use the internet or don't own a computer. Disney nor Prospect Park has commented on these claims.

We'll keep you updated.

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2' Premieres in London

The world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 took place, today in London. This event marks the final premiere for the Harry Potter series, as Deathly Hallows Part 2 will wrap up the record-breaking film franchise, that has enchanted millions for over 10 years.

8,000 fans poured into Trafalgar Square in London to watch the cast and crew of the film make their debut on the red carpet, which was three quarters of a mile long. Among the crowd was Scott Beaudet who flew halfway across the world, from Vancouver, British Columbia to see the red carpet premiere. Beaudet was the first person to be let into the red carpet area at Trafalgar Sqaure, and camped out for 8 nights.

The entire premiere was streamed live on Livestream.com, for nearly 4 hours, and at one point reached over 20,000 viewers.

The star-studded premiere was coined "very, very emotional" by author of the series, J.K. Rowling. Cast members Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint as well as dozens of other cast members signed autographs, met fans, answered questions and posed on the red carpet before heading over to Leicester Square, where the film was screened.

We tuned into the live-stream, and we were crying our eyes out.

The 7 films in the franchise have earned over $6.3 billion in global sales so far, with the total gross expected to exceed $7 billion with the 8th film's release. All 7 films appear on the list of 30 highest-grossing films of all time. The Harry Potter franchise is the highest-earning film franchise of all time, with just seven films - earning more money than the 22 James Bond films and the 6 Star Wars films. The Harry Potter films have so far earned nearly 4x the amount the Twilight series has.

Potter fans haven't seen the last of the stars, though, because after the Harry Potter series, Daniel Radcliffe will star in The Woman in Black, a remake of the 1989 film, scheduled to be released early 2012. Emma Watson will star in My Week with Marilyn, scheduled to be released in November 2011, as well as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, scheduled to be released in 2012. Rupert Grint will star in Comrade, scheduled to be released in 2012.

The new film will be the first to be released in 3D. It is scheduled to hit theatres in Canada and U.S., next Friday.

"It's the end of an era."

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Demi Lovato -- "My New Single..."

Demi Lovato has announced details about her new music. Lovato confirmed, Monday that her new single will be called Skyscraper. The song will be Lovato's first single in over a year and a half, and will be off her upcoming third album. Lovato's last album, Here We Go Again was released back in Summer '09, and this will be Lovato's first album since she got out from her treatment center, which she admitted herself into back in October citing "physical and emotional issues" she had been "dealing with for sometime". Lovato checked out of rehab in late January, and almost immediately went into the studio. She announced she would not return to her Disney hit show, Sonny with a Chance in April.

Rumours have circulated that the song will be released on July 19 on iTunes, however Lovato has not stated anything concrete, as of yet. Lovato announced on her twitter account on July 6 that her single is "coming sooner than you think".

#LovatoSingleSkyScraper and #Skyscraper have both been recent Trending Topics on Twitter.

We'll keep you updated on this exciting news.

Charlie Sheen -- New TV Show!

As we recently reported, Charlie Sheen has been working on a new television series, and we have learned that the new show will be based on the 2003 movie Anger Management which originally starred Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson.

We're told that Sheen will be playing the Jack Nicholson character. Charlie's character will be an ex-jock who got his master's degree in social work during the offseason.  He becomes a counselor to defendants in the criminal justice system with anger management problems.  But, of course, Charlie's character will have anger issues of his own.

The deal with Lionsgate is reportedly still not done, but the show is in the final stages of negotiations. There is not a deal with any network to air the show, yet.

We'll keep you updated on Charlie Sheen, as well as this soon-to-be-trainwreck.

Eminem 'Recovery' Sells 1 Million Digital Copies!

American rapper, Eminem has officially become the only artist to sell 1 million copies of a digital album, with his massive hit record, Recovery.

Billboard.com has announced that 1,001,000 digital copies of the album have been sold. Recovery is the best-selling album of 2010, and is now the best-selling digital album of all time.

Recovery has also earned the rapper a Grammy award for Best Rap Album. The album sold 741,000 copies in it's first week, alone.

This milestone is very big, as only 12 titles have reached the 500,000 digital sales mark. Right behind Slim Shady is Adele, who's 21 album is expected to reach 1 million digital sales by next week.

Together, anywhere between 3.9 and 5.7 million copies of the album have been sold, including the digital sales.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

July 2011 ~ Movie Preview !

Not only is Summer-time a great time to relax in the sun, but it's also packed full of movies!

Here's your exclusive movie preview for the month of July 2011!

Larry Crowne
Cast: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts
Genre: Comedy
Rating: PG-13
Plot: Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he's worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start over.
Release Date: July 1, 2011

Monte Carlo
Cast: Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rating: PG
Plot: A young woman, her uptight step sister and her best friend use their savings for a long anticipated dream trip to Paris, which turns out to be a big disappointment. When they decide to take a break from their lousy tour and duck into the lobby of a five-star hotel, one of them is mistaken for a spoiled British heiress. Before they get the chance to reveal their true identities they are wrapped up in a whirlwind of paparazzi, private planes, couture gowns, storybook romances, and a vacation in Monte Carlo.
Release Date: July 1, 2011

Horrible Bosses
Cast: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Anniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx
Genre: Comedy
Rating: TBD
Plot: For Nick, Kurt and Dale, the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers -- permanently. There's only one problem: even the best laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them.
Release Date: July 8, 2011

Cast: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Cher
Genre: Comedy
Rating: TBD
Plot: In "Zookeeper", the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo love their kindhearted caretaker, Griffin Keyes (Kevin James). Finding himself more comfortable with a lion than a lady, Griffin decides the only way to get a girl in his life is to leave the zoo and find a more glamorous job. The animals, in a panic, decide to break their time-honored code of silence and reveal their biggest secret: they can talk! To keep Griffin from leaving, they decide to teach him the rules of courtship - animal style.
Release Date: July 8, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter
Genre: Adventure
Rating: PG-13
Available in: 3-D
Plot: In the final installment of the worldwide phenomenon, Harry, Ron, and Hermione go back to Hogwarts to find and destroy Voldemort's final horcruxes, but when Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.
Release Date: July 15, 2011

Winnie the Pooh
Cast: John Cleese, Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, Tom Kenny, Travis Oates, Bud Luckey
Genre: Family
Rating: G
Plot: With the charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical "bear of very little brain" and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo-and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. "Well a tail is either there or it isn't there," said Pooh. "And yours isn't? there." Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some hunny.
Release Date: July 15, 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger
Cast: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, Dominic Cooper, Stanley Tucci
Genre: Action, Adventure
Rating: TBD
Plot: "Captain America: The First Avenger" will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes and Peggy Carter to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull.
Release Date: July 22, 2011

Friends with Benefits
Cast: Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman, Bryan Greenberg
Genre: Comedy
Rating: R
Plot: Dylan and Jamie think it's going to be easy to add the simple act of sex to their friendship, despite what Hollywood romantic comedies would have them believe. They soon discover, however, that getting physical really does always lead to complications.
Release Date: July 22, 2011

Cowboys & Aliens
Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Rating: PG-13
Plot: 1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution.The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde. It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.
Release Date: July 29, 2011

Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Cast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Drama
Rating: PG-13
Plot: At forty-something, straight-laced Cal Weaver is living the dream-good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily, has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his "perfect" life quickly unravels. Cal is taken on as wingman and protégé to handsome, thirty-something player Jacob Palmer. Jacob opens Cal's eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style that can't be found at Supercuts or The Gap. Cal's son is crazy about his 17-year-old babysitter, who harbors a crush on Cal. And despite Cal's makeover and his many new conquests, the one thing that can't be made over is his heart, which seems to keep leading him back to where he began.
Release Date: July 29, 2011

The Smurfs
Cast: Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, Katy Perry
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Rating: PG
Available in: 3-D
Plot: The Smurfs make their first 3D trip to the big screen in Columbia Pictures'/Sony Pictures Animation's hybrid live-action and animated family comedy, The Smurfs. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the Smurfs out of their village, they're forced through a portal, out of their world and into ours, landing in the middle of New York's Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.
Release Date: July 29, 2011

Teen Choice Awards 2011 Movie Predictions

Today, we're predicting the winners of the 2011 Teen Choice Awards for the Movies category. As a side note, most of our predictions have been calculated by revenues, ratings, and fan-bases.

Best Action Film
Fast Five
Scott Pilgrim
The Tourist

Choice Actor Action
Dwayne Johnson - Fast Five, Faster