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Colin Quinn: Maybe Mayans Were Right, World Really Will End in 2012 (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 25th 2011 6:30AM
Colin Quinn Talks ApocalypseWere the Mayans right? On 'Late Night' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC), Colin Quinn joked that they "nailed it" when predicting the world would end in 2012. Recent natural disasters and global events certainly aren't comforting.

"Next year is gonna be weird. Every time it rains for like more than 20 minutes, you're gonna go, 'Uh-oh, this is the end. Here it goes,'" Quinn said. Jimmy Fallon added, "Start building the ark!"

However, the comedian figured, "If there really is an Apocalypse next year ... we'll all be there during the fall of man," making us celebrities in heaven. According to him, such eyewitness access will trump the likes of William Shakespeare and Socrates in popularity.

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A Madwoman on 'Wipe Swap' Tries to Deal With the End of the World (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 11th 2010 9:50PM
A Madwoman on 'Wife Swap' Tries to Deal With the End of the WorldHi there! And welcome to the end of the world on 'Wipe Swap' (Fri., 8PM ET on ABC). Of course it's always kind of the end of the world on 'Wife Swap,' since the show specializes in throwing together inappropriate couples, and then forcing them into knock-down, drag-out, "end of the world" type fights.

On the latest episode, husband Harry must deal with wife Dawn -- and Dawn is very concerned about the end of humanity. Specifically, Dawn is a little obsessed with the Mayan prophecy that says that the world will be destroyed in the year 2012. (By the way, if you'd like to read about how this "2012" thing is a wacky hoax that has nothing to do with anything, feel free to go here or here.)

At any rate, Dawn is worried about the end of the world. So she forces her new family to all put on life vests, and to then sit out in a inflatable raft in the yard. (Since the end of everything on this planet is something that can apparently be avoided if you just have an inflatable raft.) No one is that excited by this experiment, and Dawn even puts a life vest on the family dog. The dog then promptly runs away. "Come on!" says husband Harry. "Even [the dog] thinks it's ridiculous, for God's sake!"

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Roland Emmerich's '2012' Series Shelved

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 24th 2010 10:02AM
2012 posterIt seems a potential disaster has been averted.

Director Roland Emmerich, known to some as Michael Bay's top rival in the "who can make the crappiest blockbuster?" contest, says a TV series based on his latest movie, '2012', has been shelved.

Speaking to Movieweb, Emmerich said budget constraints have halted pre-production on the show, which would have served as a direct follow-up to his special effects-heavy disaster flick. The series was described as being similar in theme to 'Lost'. The plot would have followed survivors of the events depicted in the movie attempting to rebuild in Africa.

"It was just too big for TV, what we wanted to do," Emmerich said.

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Star Trek sequel in 2012?

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 9th 2010 11:00AM
Star TrekIt was announced that the sequel to the recent Star Trek movie is going to be released on May 29th, 2012. This means we'll be able to catch the next Star Trek movie before the world ends, according to the Mayans.

Of course, a sequel was inevitable due to the fact that Star Trek was pretty much the biggest (and in my opinion the best) movie of this past summer. Paramount likely signed all the actors involved to multiple-movie contracts, so getting them back isn't an issue.

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Alec Baldwin announces his retirement one more time

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 30th 2009 8:02PM
alec_baldwin_30_rock"Hello, my name is Alec and I'm a retirement-holic. ...I don't know why, but I have this insatiable need to announce to the world again and again that I'm quitting the acting business. I don't know what I'm going to do."

Okay, that's not a real scene from the life of Alec Baldwin, but it might as well be. About a year and a half ago, Alec was kvetching about turning 50 years old and how he only cared about the Emmys honoring 30 Rock, and his plans to quit the business.

And now he's done it again. In an interview with Men's Journal, promoting his new movie with Meryl Streep and Steve Martin called It's Complicated, Alec Baldwin says he will quit acting in 2012 when his 30 Rock contract comes to an end.

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Palin causes the 2012 apocalypse, not the movie, the actual apocalypse

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 23rd 2009 9:02PM
If you thought the new 2012 movie about the end of the world was blown way out of proportion, wait until you see this.

Saturday Night Live
recut the trailer for the apocalyptic schlock-fest during last weekend's Joseph-Gordon Levitt episode featuring Sarah Palin as the new president in 2012 and well, just watch it and wait until you see who she picked as her running mate. That grumbling sound in the distance just might have been the apocalypse hungry for action.

And before all you Palin-ites getting your complaining fingers ready for typing, you should note that this parody video takes a much bigger swipe at the people who claim Palin and her ilk will bring about the end of the world as we know it. Remember that saying "You can't judge a book by its cover"? The same goes for blog posts and comedy sketches, even if they don't technically have "covers."



[via The Hollywood Reporter]

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George Segal Heads to TV Land's 'Retired at 35'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 16th 2009 12:30PM
George SegalAt an age when many actors would be thinking about slowing down, George Segal continues to set the bar high in both TV and film. The 'Just Shoot Me' alum is returning to the small screen in a starring role on TV Land's half-hour pilot, 'Retired at 35.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story follows a successful young businessman who decides to leave the New York fast lane and move into his father's Florida retirement home. Don't look for Segal's character, the father, to be sitting around playing Canasta, though. He'll play a former insurance executive who's all about partying and having fun.

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'2012' and 'Zombieland' Coming to FX

by Scott Harris, posted Nov 16th 2009 12:15PM
The world is about to end just the way you would expect -- televised on FX.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, FX has snagged the television rights to the budding blockbuster '2012', which follows the story of a group of average civilians trying to escape a world-ending disaster foretold by the ancient Mayan calendar. Directed by apocalypse auteur Roland Emmerich ('The Day After Tomorrow', 'Independence Day'), '2012' opened to an impressive $225 million worldwide over the weekend.

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Did Cusack cuss?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 13th 2009 5:50PM
Hey guys, remember when you were a kid and you really wanted to see a boobie but your parents had Cinemax blocked and your house did not yet have the ability to magically access the bottomless reservoir of nudity on the Internet? Your mind would do whatever it could to see a boobie. It would trick you into thinking two conveniently placed melons were boobies. It would make you think that the Calgon commercial accidentally showed a boobie. It would get you to watch every episode of Benny Hill with the hope of seeing a boobie.

That's how I feel of this recent news post at Newsbusters that claims 2012 star John Cusack uttered a rather nasty word on a recent episode of The Early Show. And no, it wasn't boobie.

Maybe it's just my hearing. Can you hear the word? It's supposed be towards the end of the video after host Harry Smith asks Cusack "Does it seems like 20 years ago already?" in reference to the 20 year anniversary of his classic film Say Anything.

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2012: Startling New Secrets sells a preview of Armageddon

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Oct 24th 2009 9:01PM
The new movie 2012 tells the story of a disaster picture gone horribly wrong.The new Columbia Pictures disaster epic, 2012, proposes what many New Age folk believe is inevitable. The Roland Emmerich movie looks ahead to December 21, 2012 as the end of the world because the Mayan Calendar cycle ends on that day.

So, the cinematic seas rise, and the ground shakes -- sending scores of mid-range stars scrambling for their lives. Syfy previews both the movie and its long-held cataclysm theory on a new special, 2012: Startling New Secrets. Premiering Sunday, November 8 at 9 p.m., the two-hour show "delves into the Mayan Mystery surrounding 2012."

I'm going out on a limb here and predicting the show will fail to ask the obvious question: If the Mayans were so adept at looking centuries into the future to predict the end of the world, why weren't they clairvoyant enough to foresee the end of their long-extinct civilization and prevent its collapse?

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Syfy conspiring with the Mayan calendar for a new mini-series

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 6th 2009 3:00PM
SyfyAt first glance, it looks like a blend of the forthcoming apocalyptic film 2012, and the mysteries and intrigue of The Da Vinci Code. Syfy is developing a six-hour mini-series inspired by the Mayan calendar; you know, the one that's the inspiration for all that "end of the world in 2012" rhetoric we'll start hearing more and more often.

The untitled project has Brian Singer (The Triangle) attached. but we don't really know much more about it. Let's ask Brian. "Our story will explore whether we are truly alone in the universe, and other related mysteries, all of which are set against the backdrop of an incredibly exciting and fast-paced adventure." Ah, well that clears that up. Thanks.

Considering how The Triangle turned out, I'm thinking we're going to find out the Mayans were actually an ancient alien race that came to our planet long ago, but went into hiding as the Harlem Globetrotters. In our hour of greatest need, they will reveal themselves and perform basketball stunts to warm the world's hearts. We'll chuck our nuclear arsenals into the deepest reaches of space and sing "We Are the World" with our new friends!

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The BBC still isn't sure about a dedicated HD station

by Richard Keller, posted Oct 22nd 2007 11:02AM

The BBC ponders the near future of BBC HDIt seems Auntie Beeb -- that's the BBC to all of us blokes here in America -- can't make up its mind whether or not to step into the 21st century earlier than planned and go HD. That's according to our colleague Matt Burns over at EngadgetHD, who reports that a decision has yet to be passed down on some ongoing high-definition tests.

The dedicated high-def station currently in trial, BBC HD, is a mixture of programming from all current BBC stations. Fifty percent of its material comes from BBC One, thirty comes from BBC Two, and twenty percent comes from the company's digital networks, Three and Four. The tests seem to be garnering a great deal of support. Yet, it looks like BBC HD's trial service will end in November and not return until the British digital switchover of 2012.


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