When Morgan Freeman got into a car accident, the blogosphere was declaring The Dark Knight a cursed film. When Issac Hayes died immediately after Bernie Mac, some observed that Samuel L Jackson might be next due to the trio’s connection through the upcoming movie Soul Men. I don’t think anyone actually believes in these things, do they?

Now Defamer is declaring The Curse of Billy Bob Thornton. The latest death watch conspiracy theory involves the many co-stars of Thornton who have have suffered death, injury or sickness. John Ritter, Bernie Mac, J.T. Walsh, and Heath Ledger all died prematurely. Morgan Freeman and Shia LaBeouf both suffered car accidents, and Patrick Swayze got diagnosed with cancer. And there is also Jim Varney, best known for his character Ernest, whose final film before he died was Thorton’s Daddy and Them.

And while we’re at it, something tells me Kevin Bacon could be connected to any of these people within three degrees…

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Bernie Mac Is Dead at 50

Comedian and actor Bernie Mac, who has starred in films and television shows such as Transformers, Soderbergh’s Ocean’s series, and The Bernie Mac Show has died. CNN reports that Bernie Mac had been hospitalized for more than a week due to a lung infection and that he died early Saturday morning from complications relating to pneumonia. He was 50 years old at the time.

In my own experience, I have always found him to be able to bring levity to whatever project he was involved in. Most recently, I look back quite fondly on his his creepy salesman role in Ocean’s Eleven; that forceful handshake still haunts my dreams, in a hilarious way. That his talent has been taken away from us so soon is as tragic as it is shocking. Rest in peace, Bernie. You will be missed.

Movie Review: Transformers

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Transformers is a movie based not on a television show, comic book character, novel or cartoon, but instead a line of toys. Sure, Transformers has been there, and done that – but it all started as a toyline. It amazes me that Hollywood has to reach that far to find the next “sure thing.” But thankfully the concept is a good one. How can you go wrong with big alien robots fighting each other? Answer: You really can’t. Truth is, Transformers is the film I’ve been looking the most forward to in this summer of threequels. And it didn’t disappoint.
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New Ocean’s 13 Movie Trailer

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Ocean’s Eleven was such a fun movie. And Ocean’s Twelve was the exact opposite. Judging from the new trailer for Ocean’s Thirteen, Soderbergh has rediscovered the series roots. But don’t take my word for it:

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Ocean’s 13: Fifteen New Production Photos

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Earlier this week we posted a few new photos from Ocean’s 13. Well today we’re back with more – 15 new photos to be exact! Beware of spoilers, and left click for slightly higher resolution versions.
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New Oceans 13 Photos Revealed

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Update [3/29/07]: Click here for 15 New Photos from Ocean’s 13!

The full length Ocean’s 13 movie trailer will hit the web on Thursday, March 29th. In anticipation of the new trailer, Warner Bros has released a bunch of new photo stills from the movie.

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The third film stars stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Ellen Barkin, Al Pacino, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner and Elliot Gould.

Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s 13 will premiere at the 60th Cannes Film Festival in May, and will open nationwide on June 8th 2007.

Pride

Terrence Howard plays Jim Ellis, a charismatic teacher who founds and coaches the Philadelphia Department of Recreation Swim Team. With the help of P.D.R. custodian Elston (Bernie Mac), the all African-American team must face racial discrimination, urban violence, and unsympathetic city officials on its way to the state championships.
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Bruce Willis in Ocean’s Thirteen

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Looks like Bruce Willis will return to the series with yet another cameo.

“Bruce Willis is in this one too,” Bernie Mac revealed to MTV.

In Ocean’s Twelve, Willis made a cameo appearance as himself. It has not been revealed if he will be playing himself again, or a new character. I would assume that he will be back in the same role as a reoccurring joke.

Willis has been making a lot of cameos as of late. Most recently he was featured in The Astronaut Farmer in a multi-scene uncredited role. Willis will also make an uncredited appearance as Lt. Muldoon on the Planet Terror segment of Grindhouse.

Ocean’s Thirteen
hits theaters on June 8th 2007.

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