Inside Pulse http://insidepulse.com A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:23:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse http://insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://insidepulse.com Poll Results: Who Do You Think Will Win on Fox Sports 1? http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/22/poll-results-who-do-you-think-will-win-on-fox-sports-1/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/22/poll-results-who-do-you-think-will-win-on-fox-sports-1/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:23:16 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2006542 Who did the readers predict?

  • Lyoto Machida (67%, 2 Votes)
  • CB Dollaway (33%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 3

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Box Office: The Hobbit Finale Rushes To $90 Million 5-Day Opening, Now At $335M Worldwide http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/21/box-office-the-hobbit-finale-rushes-to-90-million-5-day-opening-now-at-335m-worldwide/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/21/box-office-the-hobbit-finale-rushes-to-90-million-5-day-opening-now-at-335m-worldwide/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:00:18 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2006462 Hobbit dominates box office, while Reese Witherspoon's Wild gets a noticeable boost thanks to expansion. ]]> Last week I ended my box office report by asking how much The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies would earn its opening weekend. What I neglected is that its opening would be on Wednesday, not Friday. Nevertheless, the finale drummed up a healthy five-day haul of $90 million, including an estimated $56 million Friday through Sunday. Despite middling reviews, the opening was the second-lowest three-day total since the opening of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001. Worldwide it off to a strong start. The previous weekend it raked in $120 million and pushed those international grosses to $265M total after two weeks. The big question is if it will be able to reach $1 billion, which the first Hobbit installment was able to accomplish. Even The Desolation of Smaug was able to net $950M globally.

Opening in second place was Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. As the second sequel in the Museum franchise its $17.3 million weekend is the worst in the series. This is a franchise that started in 2006 when Night at the Museum opened up to $30 million on its way to $250M domestic. Three years later, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian had a monster $54M opening and finished with $177 million. It has been five years between sequels and it is obvious that the law of diminishing returns is weighed heavily. The bright side is that most kids will be on Christmas break for the next few weeks, so Secret of the Tomb will play well with families during the weekdays leading up to and after Christmas. The same can also be said of Sony Pictures’ Annie remake. It finished with $16.3 million.

As for last week’s #1, Exodus: Gods and Kings lost 66.6% (6-6-6, really?) of its first week audience as it plummeted from first to fourth place with $8 million. Less than $40 million its first two weeks for an epic that cost upwards of $140 million. And international numbers aren’t that hot, either.

The biggest mover and shaker in the top 10 is Fox Searchlight’s Wild starring Reese Witherspoon. Expanding to a little more than 1,000 theaters, its attendance jumped 171% from last week, and it grossed $4.1M in the process to finish in sixth place, between The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Chris Rock’s Top Five. The other newcomer to the top ten is the performance of the Bollywood release P.K.. Debuting on 272 screens, the 153-minute comedy-fantasy finished with $3.5M, and it had the second-best per-screen average of films in the top 10.

In limited release, Sony Pictures Classics’ Mr. Turner had a strong $21.8k per screen average from five theaters, and the GKIDS’ animated Song of the Sea scored $18k from one screen.

On tap for Christmas Eve are the wide openings of The Gambler, Into the Woods, Unbroken. And in limited release are Oscar hopefuls American Sniper (4 screens) and Selma (19 screens).


01. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — $56.2 Million ($90.6M)
02. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb — $17.3 Million
03. Annie — $16.3 Million
04. Exodus: Gods and Kings — $8 Million ($38.9M)
05. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 — $7.75 Million ($289.2M)
06. Wild — $4.15 Million ($7.2M)
07. Top Five — $3.57 Million ($12.45M)
08. Big Hero 6 — $3.56 Million ($190.4M)
09. Penguins of Madagascar — $3.52 Million ($64.17M)
10. P.K. — $3.5 Million
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Comics Nexus Flashback 12/21/2004: DC News & Views http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/21/comics-nexus-flashback-12212004-dc-news-views/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/21/comics-nexus-flashback-12212004-dc-news-views/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:00:50 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2006108 Inside Pulse launched on August 9, 2004, and has covered the world of comics for over a decade. Every day, we take a look back at what was happening in the world of comics 10 years ago, as reported right here at Inside Pulse!

DC News & Views

When I mess up, I take responsibility for it. Last week, I messed up. I thought Nightwing: Year One wrapped up in time for the book to come back from hiatus in March. Thus, if the solicitations for March were Nightwing free, it would lend fuel to the “oh goodness, he is very dead,” rumors in reference to the Countdown cover. As it turns out, March is the month that Nightwing: Year One wraps up. Thus, no fuel could be added. My apologies.

That ugliness behind us (I really must learn to count better, mustn’t I?), it is time for the last column before the Christmas holiday. And you know what that means, don’t you? That’s right…absolutely nothing. So let’s get to it.

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Pulse Movies Flashback 12/21/2004: X-Men News, Doom Writer Speaks http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/21/pulse-movies-flashback-12212004-x-men-news-doom-writer-speaks/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/21/pulse-movies-flashback-12212004-x-men-news-doom-writer-speaks/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:00:35 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2006136 Inside Pulse launched on August 9, 2004, and has covered the world of movies for over a decade. Every day, we take a look back at what was happening in the world of movies 10 years ago, as reported right here at Inside Pulse!

Doom Writer Addresses Fans Concerns

Screenwriter Dave Callahan had been the focus of lots of game fanantics’ anger in recent weeks, when news leaked of significant changes made from the game to the feature film adaptation of Doom, which is currently filming in Prague.

The movie, directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak from Callahan’s script, apparently dismisses any reference to Hell, takes the setting away from the moon, changes the Space Marines team to S.W.A.T, and switches the demonic creatures to Resident Evil-like mutants. This, of course, had legions of fans on their feet and asking for blood, especially the writer’s.

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X-Men News

20th Century Fox has given an update on the status of the X-Men franchise, and mostly the third movie. Although there’s still no news on a director or even a plot, the studio seemed insistant on addressing some strong rumours.

One big issue, aside from Bryan Singer, is the pending return of Oscar winner Halle Barry as Storm. Since her profile has grown as lot in recent years, the lady has made it publicly known she wouldn’t bother unless she gets a little more to do in number 3. The studio won’t take any chances, apparently, as they are wirting the part with her departure in mind. It seems the plot-drive behind Storm would easily be shifted elsewhere should the character be written out. A simple cameo as well as re-casting are options not dismissed by Fox.

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Pulse Music Flashback 12/21/2004: Dame Dash/Roc-A-Fella Records Situation http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/21/pulse-music-flashback-12212004-dame-dashroc-a-fella-records-situation/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/21/pulse-music-flashback-12212004-dame-dashroc-a-fella-records-situation/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:00:34 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2006135 Inside Pulse launched on August 9, 2004, and has covered the world of music for over a decade. Every day, we take a look back at what was happening in the world of music 10 years ago, as reported right here at Inside Pulse!

[Beats] Hip-Hop News Bites

In an interview with Angie Martinez of Hot 97, mogul Dame Dash clarified the situation with Roc-A-Fella Records. With reservation, Dash divulged that former partner Jay-Z now owns the name Roc-A-Fella while he and partner “Biggs” Burke would continue with a new recording situation. “The Roc is in the building. It’s just not Roc-A-Fella I’m happy for Jay-Z, I’m [not owning the name] didn’t sit well with me,” Dash said. “Jay articulated our movement”¦we’re always going to be friends. It’s an evolution of a movement. The only problem I have is that we don’t own the name.” Dash said that he’s retained many artists like Beanie Sigel, Cam’ron, Joe Budden, Nicole Wray, State Property and other. Young Gunz, who are rappers in S.P., have expressed interest in staying with Def Jam.

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Pulse TV Flashback 12/21/2004: Chappelle’s Premiere Delayed, New ABC Pilot http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/21/pulse-tv-flashback-12212004-chappelles-premiere-delayed-new-abc-pilot/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/21/pulse-tv-flashback-12212004-chappelles-premiere-delayed-new-abc-pilot/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:00:33 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2006134 Inside Pulse launched on August 9, 2004, and has covered the world of television for over a decade. Every day, we take a look back at what was happening in the world of television 10 years ago, as reported right here at Inside Pulse!

Producer Tells ‘Amazing Race’ Contest To Cool It, ‘CSI’ Leads CBS To Ratings Win, ‘Swan’ Winner Declared

Unpredictable behavior by contestants is the lifeblood of unscripted TV series, and producers are usually pretty happy to document it, edit it and show it to the viewing public, without intervening.

On the current edition of “The Amazing Race,” however, executive producer Bertram van Munster says he felt compelled to talk to contestant Jonathan Baker after an incident that shocked fans of the show and sent message boards buzzing.

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Chappelle’s Premiere Delayed, AFI Picks ‘Friends’ Finale & Jon Stewart As Top 2004 Moments, New ABC Pilot

The third season of “Chappelle’s Show,” originally scheduled to premiere in February, has been pushed back to March or April. The late launch for the Emmy nominated Comedy Central hit has been traced back to its star’s health problems.

According to the New York Post, Dave Chappelle has been suffering from the flu and borderline walking pneumonia.

“Dave — and his entire production crew for that matter — got a bit of a late start on writing season three,” Tony Fox, the executive vice president of corporate communications at Comedy Central, tells the Post. “We’re behind on the writing. He was recently sick for more than a week. There had been a built-in hiatus in the production schedule for the holidays.”

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This is Where I Leave You DVD: List of Blu-Ray Exclusive Features http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/21/this-is-where-i-leave-you-dvd-list-of-blu-ray-exclusive-features/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/21/this-is-where-i-leave-you-dvd-list-of-blu-ray-exclusive-features/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:24:01 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2006348 When This is Where I Leave You hits blu-ray and DVD, these are the extras you can expect.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

“This is Where I Leave You” Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • The Narrative Voice: A Discussion with Shawn Levy and Jonathan Tropper
  • The Narrative Voice: A Commentary with Shawn Levy and Jonathan Tropper
  • The Gospel According to Rabbi Boner
  • Points of Departure
  • “This is Where I Leave You” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

  • The Gospel According to Rabbi Boner
  • When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

    Inside Pulse movies will have an exclusive review up this week!

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    Comics Nexus Flashback 12/20/2004: Cable/Deadpool #10, Adventures of Superman #635, Batman Gotham Knights #60 http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/20/comics-nexus-flashback-12202004-cabledeadpool-10-adventures-of-superman-635-batman-gotham-knights-60/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/20/comics-nexus-flashback-12202004-cabledeadpool-10-adventures-of-superman-635-batman-gotham-knights-60/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:00:58 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2006110 Inside Pulse launched on August 9, 2004, and has covered the world of comics for over a decade. Every day, we take a look back at what was happening in the world of comics 10 years ago, as reported right here at Inside Pulse!

    What has made Daredevil one of the most consistently great books to come out of the Marvel Universe this decade? Is it the art by the stylistic Alex Maleev? Well… yes, but that’s not all. Is it Bendis’ ability to give you a great Matt Murdock who sits and realizes that his moral high ground isn’t as important as protecting Hell’s Kitchen? Yes, but there’s still more. Is it their ability to blend Maleev’s stylistic ‘grit’, and change it at the drop of a hat? You know what, it’s all these things and so much more.

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    Cable/Deadpool #10 Review

    He’s a man with the power to raise cities from the ground and turn them into citadels. He can kill with a thought, and wields his power into a force that no man can take away. He is a mutant. He is Nathan Dayspring Summers, better known to the world as Cable.

    He’s a mercenary who is at the top of his game. He’s saved the world, fired a sheep gun, and defeated the Taskmaster using sheer sarcasm. Add to this, he has a mouth that is quicker than most people can think, and Wolverine’s healing power. He is Wade Wilson, better known to his victims as Deadpool.

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    Adventures of Superman #635 Review

    Reviews seem to be very mixed these days for the Superman books. And it appears that the much hyped revamp the books went through last spring has been a bit of a disappointment. The book that I hear the least about though is this one. Every month Greg Rucka turns out a very satisfying Superman tale, one without too much hype or expectations. He’s not as hated as Chuck Austin, nor does he have the buzz of Jim Lee, so this book is a bit under the radar, and that’s just fine.

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    Batman Gotham Knights #60 Review

    I was not expecting to like this story. Not at all. I wasn’t even going to buy the issue. But for whatever reason, I did. And I liked it. A lot.

    I really like the way Lieberman has turned around the Hush story. It was not bad at all, but he has made it even more interesting. Hush is now a very sinister person, and thanks to this issue, we don’t even know who that person is. My only question about him right now is why he can’t get a better outfit. He looks like a homeless man right now. And we just can’t have that. If I was Batman, I wouldn’t be able to take a homeless man seriously if he wanted to fight me. Really.

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    Pulse Music Flashback 12/20/2004: RIAA Isues New Wave of P2P Lawsuits http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/20/pulse-music-flashback-12202004-riaa-isues-new-wave-of-p2p-lawsuits/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/20/pulse-music-flashback-12202004-riaa-isues-new-wave-of-p2p-lawsuits/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:00:46 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2006130 Inside Pulse launched on August 9, 2004, and has covered the world of music for over a decade. Every day, we take a look back at what was happening in the world of music 10 years ago, as reported right here at Inside Pulse!

    [Beats] Hip-Hop News Bites

    Self-proclaimed gangster Styles P. of The Lox plans to exhibit a gentler, more conscious side by expanding his lyrical material for his upcoming sophomore album Time Is Money, the Yonkers-bred rapper announced. “This album, I didn’t want to be as street as I usually am,” Styles told MTV.com. “Before, I was more wild. I’m trying to be more grown, I’m trying to go deeper. I don’t want to be classified for the same thing all the time.” Styles’ tentative first single is the Alchemist-produced “I’m Black,” which Styles said examines the often neglected experience of being black in society. “Sometimes people forget about who they are and where they came from,” Styles said. “Whatever happens, I’m black. I’m being conscious nowadays, being in the position I’m in to give consciousness to the kids.” That said, Styles collaborates with the ever-conscious Talib Kweli on a song that speaks to “the first generation of crack babies,” according to Styles. Havoc and Scott Storch also lend production to the album, expected to release in March 2005.

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    [Tech] RIAA Isues New Wave of P2P Lawsuits

    A recording industry trade group said Thursday that it has filed another wave of lawsuits against 754 people it suspects of distributing songs over the Internet without permission. The Recording Industry Association of America has now sued more than 7,000 people for distributing its songs over “peer to peer” networks like eDonkey and Kazaa, in an effort to discourage the online song copying that it believes has cut into CD sales. The RIAA typically settles copyright infringement suits for around $5,000 each. Despite more than a year of headline-grabbing lawsuits, peer-to-peer use has not declined. An average of 7.5 million users were logged on to peer-to-peer networks in November 2004, up from 4.4 million in November 2003, according to the research firm BigChampagne. The four major labels — Vivendi Universal, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, EMI Group Plc and privately held Warner Music — have recently begun to license their songs to a new generation of online services as a way to slash distribution costs and reach out to fans. But recording-industry officials remain at loggerheads with software makers like Grokster and Morpheus that allow users to freely copy their songs. “With legal online retailers still forced to compete against illegal free networks, the playing field remains decidedly unbalanced,” said RIAA president Cary Sherman in a statement. Courts so far have declined to declare peer-to-peer software makers like Grokster and Morpheus illegal because, like a photocopier, they do not permit copyright infringement but merely make it possible. The Supreme Court will hear the entertainment’s case against Grokster and Morpheus in March. The latest round of lawsuits included students at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Old Dominion University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Under pressure form the RIAA, many schools have taken steps to limit file sharing and at least 20 schools give students free access to industry-sanctioned download se

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    The Nutcracker? Sweet!

    Most great music is in some way based on the dramatic aspects of being human. It makes sense, if you think about it. If the composer is trying to make the listener feel something, the easiest way to achieve that is to draw from something that the listener might have experienced. Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony, for example, is a harrowing evocation of isolation, failure, loss, and sorrow. Listening to a good performance of the symphony puts you through all of those emotions, and it can be a very powerful experience.

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    Summertime Blues, News, and Views: The Danger of Simplicity

    I have actually heard precious little holiday music this year. In fact, I believe I have heard Adam Sandler’s “Hannukah Song” more than any Christmas songs. I can’t figure it out for the life of me; I live in a very Catholic town, and we’re mere days from the biggest holiday of the year. When I go shopping, the music is still a healthy mix of pop and holiday tunes. Even when I work out, the Christmas CD isn’t always playing. Although I have exchanged most of my gifts for the year (and am quite enthusiastic with what I have received, as well as the reactions of those for whom I bought presents), it still doesn’t seem like there is less than a week before everything is done and overwith.

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    Pulse TV Flashback 12/20/2004: Rudolph Vs. The Grinch: The Ultimate Showdown http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/20/pulse-tv-flashback-12202004-rudolph-vs-the-grinch-the-ultimate-showdown/ http://insidepulse.com/2014/12/20/pulse-tv-flashback-12202004-rudolph-vs-the-grinch-the-ultimate-showdown/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:00:45 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=2006129 Inside Pulse launched on August 9, 2004, and has covered the world of television for over a decade. Every day, we take a look back at what was happening in the world of television 10 years ago, as reported right here at Inside Pulse!

    Mr. Coogan’s So-Called Television Column

    Mr. Coogan’s Top 10 TV Shows of 2004

    1. The Simpsons – To be honest, I’m tired of these The Simpsons geeks that insist that the show has “tailed off” or “gotten worse” in the last several years. Or even worse, they’ll say something asinine like “It was at its best between seasons 9 and 13. Since then, it’s been all down hill.”

    Are you kidding me?

    The bottom line is The Simpsons is still one of the sharpest, funniest written sitcoms on television. And if you don’t think the show can stay relevant, keep in mind the story of the episode being aired on the day of the Super Bowl, “Homer and Ned’s Hail Mary Pass.” Homer and Ned choreograph a tasteful Super Bowl halftime show /p>
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    My T.V. Reality: Rudolph Vs. The Grinch: The Ultimate Showdown

    I hate Christmas. As a staunch athiest, I really don’t need a holiday that rubs Jesus in my face to remind me of who has the power in this country. My side is weak and without enough power to get anything done. Do I want to celebrate the bitter smell of continuous defeat? When Christmas isn’t about pushing religion down our throats, it’s about the other great American pastime, bloodthirsty consumerism. I hate the commercialism of it all, the fear people get about buying presents, the viciousness that comes out of the holiday weeks before it, and the depression that can come hours after it. Is it any surprise one of the days of the year with the highest amount of suicides is December 26th? There is so much pressure put into this one day, that it really is enough to destroy lives. Not to mention all those shitty Christmas albums artist put out to make an extra quick buck before the years over. Clay Aiken I expected, (He is flaky) but the Barenaked Ladies? Don’t those Vh-1 specials pay enough to keep them afloat? Is there some Canadian economic crisis I’m unaware of? I digress.

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