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The Avengers passes $500M foreign; Now past $700M worldwide at $744.1M

The Avengers had yet another strong weekday performance yesterday, grossing $17.7M domestically and $24.3M overseas for $42.0M. That pushes the film’s worldwide box office to $744.115M through just 14 days of release (just five in the US). The current breakdown is $244.015M domestic (5 days) / $500.1M foreign (14 days).

Source: Box […]

Britney Spears joins The X Factor as judge

E! Online is reporting that Britney Spears will join Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid as a judge on The X Factor:

Spears finally inked her deal this week, E! News has exclusively confirmed. As we previously reported, Spears will get $15 million for one season’s worth of work. She had agreed in […]

AMC renews Comic Book Men and Talking Dead for second seasons

AMC announced today a second season pick-up for its unscripted series “Comic Book Men” and “Talking Dead.” “Comic Book Men” is executive produced by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy), Charlie Corwin’s Original Media (LA Ink, Storm Chasers, Swamp People) and Elyse Seiden (Red State). The series continues to delve into fanboy culture by following the antics in and around Smith’s New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. “Talking Dead,” the network’s first live after show that serves as a platform for discussion for AMC’s series “The Walking Dead,” is executive produced by Michael Davies and co-executive produced by Jen Kelly from Embassy Row. Chris Hardwick (Nerdist; G4) is the host. Season two of both series consists of 16 half-hour episodes.

The complete press release is inlcuded after the jump.

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VH1 picks up Mob Wives for a third season

Season 2 of VH1’s hit reality series, “Mob Wives” is ending just as it began…on an emotional roller coaster as all the ladies end up in the same room for the first time this season. The explosive 2-part reunion special, hosted by The View’s Joy Behar, is set to air on May 20th and 27th and will reveal even more laughter, tears and drama than was already packed into the 17 episode season. And for the millions of “Mob Wives” fans out there, there will officially be a season 3 premiering in early 2013.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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NBC renews Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for a 14th season

NBC has closed a deal with Dick Wolf to renew Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for a 14th season. Also, as part of the deal, the network has given a series order to Wolf’s firefighter drama pilot Chicago Fire.

Pictured to the right, Chicago Fire stars Teri Reeves, David Eigenberg, Charlie Barnett, Lauren […]

The Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon writes note thanking fans for their support

The Avengers director/writer Joss Whedon has written a note to fans expressing his thanks for the huge success of the film. Here’s an excerpt:

Well, it’s been quite a weekend. Someday, long from now, I will even have an emotional reaction to it, like a person would. I can’t wait! But before I become blinded by this “emotion” experience, there’s a few things I’d like to say. Well, type.

People have told me that this matters, that my life is about to change. I am sure that is true. And change is good — change is exciting. I think — not to jinx it — that I may finally be recognized at Comiccon. Imagine! Also, with my percentage of “the Avengers” gross, I can afford to buy… [gets call from agent. Weeps manfully. Resumes typing.] …a fine meal. But REALLY fine, with truffles and s#!+. And I can get a studio to finance my dream project, the reboot of “Air Bud” that we all feel is so long overdue. (He could play Jai Alai! Think of the emotional ramifications of JAI ALAI!!!!)

What doesn’t change is anything that matters. What doesn’t change is that I’ve had the smartest, most loyal, most passionate, most articulate group of — I’m not even gonna say fans. I’m going with “peeps” — that any cult oddity such as my bad self could have dreamt of. When almost no one was watching, when people probably should have STOPPED watching, I’ve had three constants: my family and friends, my collaborators (often the same), and y’all. A lot of stories have come out about my “dark years”, and how I’m “unrecognized”… I love these stories, because they make me seem super-important, but I have never felt the darkness (and I’m ALL about my darkness) that they described. Because I have so much. I have people, in my life, on this site, in places I’ve yet to discover, that always made me feel the truth of success: an artist and an audience communicating. Communicating to the point of collaborating. I’ve thought, “maybe I’m over; maybe I’ve said my piece”. But never with fear. Never with rancor. Because of y’all. Because you knew me when. If you think topping a box office record compares with someone telling you your work helped them through a rough time, you’re probably new here. (For the record, and despite my inhuman distance from the joy-joy of it: topping a box office record is super-dope. I’m an alien, not a robot.) So this is me, saying thank you. All of you. You’ve taken as much guff for loving my work as I have for over-writing it, and you deserve, in this our time of streaming into the main, to crow. To glow. To crow and go “I told you so”, to those Joe Blows not in the know. (LAST time I hire Dr. Seuss to punch my posts up. Yeesh!) Point being, you deserve some honor, AND you deserves some FAQs answered. So please welcome my old friend and certainly not-on-my-payroll reporter/flunky, Rutherford D. Actualperson!

Read the complete letter after the jump.

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We tv renews Mary Mary for a second season

WE tv has ordered a second season of its original series MARY MARY just six weeks into the debut season’s successful run. The series stars Erica and Tina Campbell, Sisters and musicians in the three-time Grammy® award winning Gospel duo, “Mary Mary.” The second season begins production this month; 10 one-hour episodes will premiere on WE tv in early 2013.

The second season will follow the Sisters through the birth of Tina’s fifth child, their latest album release – “Go Get It” – a family wedding, a cross-country album tour and countless appearances and events, all while balancing their busy, growing families.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Confirmed: Kick-Ass 2 moving forward

Earlier this week “Kick-Ass” illustrator let slip that a sequel was in the works, and now Heat Vision | THR has confirmed the news, reporting that Universal Pictures planning to distribute Kick-Ass 2 with filming eyed for September confirming . Matthew Vaughn, who co-wrote and directed the 2010 film based on the Mark Millar-John […]