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Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger at The X Factor press conference on December 19 2011 in LA

That was fast. Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger are out, as is host Steve Jones.

Simon Cowell and L.A. Reed will stay.

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Who are you picks for the Oscars?

Oscar season is hear, so it’s not just sports fans who are looking at odds and making their picks. Of course the Super Bowl is all the rage this week with the New England Patriots and the New York Giants getting all the attention, but between that and March Madness, the biggest event for people who like to bet is probably The Academy Awards.

This year, the huge favorite is “The Artist” which definitely qualifies as a unique and extraordinary accomplishment. Who would think that a silent film would be generating all the Oscar buzz in the 21st Century?

If you do some research on the odds, this film is definitely a huge favorite, though “The Help” nabbed a big award last night, so perhaps you might see a long shot emerging as a real possibility as well.

Between the Oscars and thee Super Bowl, this is a huge season for betting and online games and office pools. People get into the mood to play and then it spills over to other games. People get the games fever and then go online to search for more action like bingo. To know more about the latest updates and offer on free bingo, visit super free bingo sites. People who got o Vegas to bet the Super Bowl definitely end up playing all the table games as well. And people who get geared up for their Oscar pool get the buzz for fantasy sports as well.

So do you research, and even if the Best Picture category seems locked up, all the other awards will be harder to predict.

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Dream House

Months before its late-September release date, we received notification that “Dream House” would be screened in our area. And then, at the last minute, the screening was pulled. The screening for a movie that starred Daniel Craig, Rachael Weisz, and Naomi Watts…was pulled. That is not a good sign, to say the least. It speaks to a sudden lack of confidence in your product, and the studio has gone into damage control mode in order to preserve whatever box office potential it may still have.

Good call, as it turns out, though that’s not to say that “Dream House” didn’t have a wealth of promise. Will Atenton (Craig) quits his job to spend more time with his wife (Weisz) and kids while writing the Great American Novel, but almost as soon as he’s home, his family is threatened by a mysterious stalker. His neighbor Ann (Watts) is sympathetic, but she’s the only one. Once Will discovers that a mass murder took place in his house, he decides to find out more about the crime in question, only to discover that the trail leads directly back to him.

That’s a pretty damn good setup – the only question is where you go from there, and that is where “Dream House” loses its way. There are a myriad of paths the story could have taken, but damned if they didn’t take the simplest option available. Seriously, the explanation for why things went down the way they did is just head-slappingly dumb, and it kills us that we cannot explain why. Add just one more layer to the story, and this could be one of those “Jacob’s Ladder”-type movies where you never really know what is real and what is fantasy. Instead, they took the easy way out. Sometimes it’s better to keep it simple. This, however, is not one of those times, not when you begin the movie by pulling the wool over the audience’s eyes. If your movie is high-concept, then see it through to the very end.

Anyone who grew up watching M. Night Shyamalan movies – and are therefore always on the look for the hook or the twist – will not miss the clues in “Dream House,” which form a veritable trail of bread crumbs. Hopefully the three leads will make another movie down the road, because goodness knows that under better circumstances, they could create something special. (Universal 2012)

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Gina Carano stars in “Haywire”

Get ready to learn more about Gina Carano. The former Strikeforce fighter is getting plenty of buzz, and “Haywire” is getting some great reviews.

Check out this Gina Carano slideshow for some great photos from the film, along with this great gallery from Maxim.

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“Mad Men” is back on March 25th

“Mad Men” will be back soon, and here’s one the of the new promo posters. Mad Men fans will be thrilled and we’re expecting a great season, so get ready to break out the Canadian Club!

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Ricky Gervais is back at the Golden Globes

They brought him back again, and Ricky Gervais kills it again. Check out his opening monologue above.

The ratings for the Golden Globes slipped a bit this year but Ricky was still hilarious.

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