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11Final 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Trailer Released (Video)

The third and final trailer for "X-Men: Days of Future Past" has finally been released.

The latest chapter of the franchise will see characters from the original film trilogy joining with their younger selves. In order to change a major historical event in the future, the X-Men must fight between two time periods for the survival of their species.

The film cost an estimated $225 million to make, and is the second-most expensive film ever produced by 20th Century Fox.

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender will reprise their roles as Charles Xavier and Magneto. Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry and Anna Paquin will also be rejoining the cast. Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage will join on as the evil scientist Bolivar Trask.

The film will be released on May 23 in the U.S.

Sources: Telegraph, The Verge

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11New Film 'Heaven Is For Real' May be Fake (Video)

The soon-to-be released film "Heaven is For Real" is based on a bestselling book of the same title.

"Heaven is For Real" chronicles the claims of a 4-year-old boy, Colton Burpo, who says he went to heaven during a near death-experience in a hospital during emergency surgery for a burst appendix, notes the Daily Mail.

Colton, who is now 13, has been promoting the film (trailer below) with his parents Todd and Sonja Burpo.

However, several questions have arisen about Colton's heavenly claims.

First, there is his claim that everyone in heaven wears wings.

However, there is no mention of wings in the Bible.

Christian high school teacher Kevin Probst asks on his blog MinistryMaker.com, "Why would we need wings? Is there gravity in heaven? There is a broad misconception that when humans are transported to heaven they become angels. This is not true."

Lynn Vincent, who ghost-wrote "Heaven is for Real,” was initially reluctant to include the part about people in heaven having wings.

“If I put that people in Heaven have wings, orthodox Christians are going to think that the book is a hoax,” Vincent told New York Magazine, reports the New York Post.

Probst also notes that Colton claims people in heaven are all young, 20s and 30s, which is actually an Islamic teaching. This would seem to contradict Colton and his parents' Christian faith.

Probst mentions that Colton claims people have swords in heaven to keep the devil away, but adds, "A sword is a man-made instrument used to defend against or do battle with other human beings. In a spirit world it would be ineffective."

Todd Burpo, who is a Christian minister, recalls the sword in this part of the book:

"'Hey Colton, I bet you asked if you could have a sword, didn't you?' I said. At that, Colton's smile melted into a dejected frown, and his shoulders slumped toward the floor. 'Yeah, I did. But Jesus wouldn't let me have one. He said I'd be too dangerous.' I chuckled a little, wondering if Jesus meant Colton would be a danger to himself or others."

That raises the question, how could someone in heaven injure dead people with a sword?

"Heaven is For Real" also claims Colton somehow knew about his mother's miscarriage, which his parents did not tell him about.

But Colton has an older sister Cassie who reportedly did know and could have told him.

Christian theologian John MacArthur also dismissed the book/film on his website:

For anyone who truly believes the biblical record, it is impossible to resist the conclusion that these modern testimonies—with their relentless self-focus and the relatively scant attention they pay to the glory of God—are simply untrue. They are either figments of the human imagination (dreams, hallucinations, false memories, fantasies, and in the worst cases, deliberate lies), or else they are products of demonic deception.

In addition to their bestselling book and upcoming film, the Burpo family has traveled around the country giving speeches on the afterlife, which cost $20 a seat in the present life, noted StarHerald.com.

Sources: New York Post, StarHerald.com, MinistryMaker.com, Gty.org, Daily Mail

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11Gwyneth Paltrow Complains About Her 'Difficult' Career Compared to 'Office Job'

Earlier this week, actress Gwyneth Paltrow announced that she and husband Chris Martin were separating.

In a blog post entitled "Conscious Uncoupling," Paltrow wrote, "We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner."

Paltrow did not define "conscious uncoupling," which raised hackles on the web.

An interview that Paltrow did with EOnline.com before she announced the separation was equally strange as she lamented her career as a wealthy actress compared to someone who works an "office job."

"I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening," stated Paltrow.

"When you're shooting a movie, they're like, 'We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,' and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult," added Paltrow. "I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it's not like being on set."

According to USA Today, Paltrow has never had an "office job." She is the daughter of Hollywood director Bruce Paltrow and actress Blythe Danner. Growing up, she went to private schools and has been an actress since she was 18.

Sources: Goop.com, Wikipedia, USA Today, EOnline.com

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11Fox News ‘Expert’ Says Plus-Size Disney Princess Would be Like 'Princess Cancer' (Video)

This morning on "Fox & Friends," self-described obesity expert MeMe Roth argued against Disney's creating plus-size female characters because it would "glorify obesity."

According to MediaMatters.org, Roth runs the National Action Against Obesity website and blog, whose tagline is "MeMe Roth: Reporting From FATOPOLIS."

Roth and the Fox News co-hosts were discussing teenager Jewel Moore's Change.org petition, which calls for a “positive representation of plus-size females in the media” that would help "women who struggle with confidence and need a positive plus-size character in the media."

Roth strongly opposed the idea, notes RawStory.com (video below).

“It’s dangerous, it’s unhealthy and we don’t want to glorify obesity,” said Roth. “I understand that many people are overweight, but having a princess represent that is really not a great message.”

However, Emme, a plus-size model, said that the Change.org petition was not calling for obese princesses.

“She would like to have a princess that’s a little bit more realistic, more normalized in size, so that more kids that represent the America will not feel left out in the kingdom,” said Emme. “She’s really hitting home that it’s important to have more diverse representations of beauty for kids.”

Roth countered, “If you’re going to do a storyline with obesity, then you’re going to need to do a Princess Diabetes, Princess Cancer, Princess Fertility Problems. She specifically asked for a plus-size princess.”

"She's not asking for an obese," said Emme before she was interrupted by Roth.

“She’s asking for a plus-size princess!” Roth exclaimed. “Let’s just stop and pause on that request! It’s the same as asking for an anorexic princess. It’s the same! ... You shouldn't be trying to identify with a cartoon character! That in itself is an odd thing."

Fox & Friends co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck later asked, "Is plus-size obese?"

"It's unhealthy. If you like cancer and diabetes, if you want fertility problems, then plus-size is beautiful," Roth said.

Sources: MediaMatters.org, RawStory.com, Change.org

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11'Devil Baby' Terrorizes New Yorkers (Funny Video)

The producers of the upcoming horror film "Devil's Due" recently pulled a hilarious stunt on the streets of New York City.

According to Examiner.com, Thinkmodo, the ad agency behind the "Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise" for last year's film "Carrie," came up with the mechanical "devil baby" stunt (video below).

"Our devil baby was covered and a hidden speaker inside the stroller would play looped audio of a crying baby," Thinkmodo co-founder David Krivicka told Yahoo! "It was an interesting social experiment to see how many people would bother to check an abandoned stroller."

Using a remote control, Thinkmodo was able to make the baby "cry," which caused concerned New Yorkers, mostly women, to walk over to the baby carriage.

That's when the mechanical devil baby popped up with an evil grin, moved its head and made scary noises.

Hidden cameras recorded people's shocked reactions when confronted with the demonic infant robot.

The video, entitled "Devil Baby Attack," already has 300,000 views in one day on YouTube.

Sources: Yahoo! and Examiner.com

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11Martin Lawrence Movies

Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence is an actor, comedian, film director and producer. He established his Hollywood career in the 1990s with films like House Party, Bad Boys, and Big Momma's House. He has starred alongside such actors as Eddie Murphy and Danny DeVito. In January 2013, it was announced that Lawrence will star in a comedy show for Lionsgate TV.

1. Bad Boys (1995)

2. Death at a Funeral (2010)

3. House Party (1990)

4. National Security (2003)

5. Life (1999)

6. Big Momma's House (2000)

7. Open Season (2006)

8. Wild Hogs (2007)

9. Boomerang (1992)

10. Nothing to Lose (1997)

11. Blue Streak (1999)

12. Black Knight (2001)

13. Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins (2008)

14. Rebound (2005)

15. College Road Trip (2008)

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11Director John Schnepp Confirms Boba Fett Star Wars Spinoff

A spin-off movie featuring the beloved Boba Fett is in the works, according to Metalocalypse director John Schnepp.

“One of them is Boba Fett. It is. I know. I know for a fact,” Schnepp said. “I will never reveal my source, but it is the one written by Lawrence Kasdan.”

Ever since Disney bought the Star Wars franchise, fans have been dying to know how the series will continue. While episodes seven through nine were confirmed early on, it was unclear what the spin-off movies might detail. Boba Fett was a likely character considering his popularity, despite having little actual screen time.

Many have considered that the movie may not be an origin story so much as a story chronicling Boba Fett’s growth toward becoming a ruthless bounty hunter.

Some plot theories include Boba Fett knowing that most of the Empire’s army are clones of his father, or the bounty hunter making a deal with Darth Vader.

Though Disney has kept casting a secret, it is rumored that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher will return to play their original roles.

The first franchise movie is expected to hit theaters in 2015.

Sources: The Inquisitir, Den of Geek

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11Meryl Streep Slams Walt Disney for Discriminating Against Women, Anti-Semitism

Walt Disney, the man, has had a squeaky clean reputation much like the entertainment empire that he founded.

While there have been reports of Disney being a union buster, racist and anti-Semitic, his name is still synonymous with wholesome entertainment and family values.

Actress Meryl Streep questioned his legacy at the National Board of Review dinner last night, noted Variety.

Streep was not there to accept an award, but rather to honor fellow actress Emma Thompson who played “Mary Poppins” creator P.L. Travers in the Disney film “Saving Mr. Banks.”

After praising Thompson, Streep slammed Disney for his reported sexist and anti-Semitic positions, which are not mentioned in “Saving Mr. Banks," noted Entertainment Weekly.

“Disney, who brought joy arguably to billions of people was, perhaps, or had some racist proclivities," stated Streep. "He formed and supported an anti-Semitic industry lobbying group and he was certainly, on the evidence of his company’s policies, a gender bigot.”

“Some of his associates reported that Walt Disney didn’t really like women,” added Streep, who quoted Disney animator Ward Kimball: “He didn’t trust women or cats.”

Streep then quoted a 1938 letter in which the Walt Disney company rejected a female animator and informed her that only men worked on their cartoons.

“When I saw the [Saving Mr. Banks], I could just imagine Walt Disney’s chagrin at having to cultivate P.L. Travers’ favor for the 20 years that it took to secure the rights to her work," said Streep. "It must have killed him to encounter in a woman an equally disdainful and superior creature, a person dismissive of his own considerable gifts and prodigious output and imagination.”

Sources: Variety, Vulture.com, Entertainment Weekly, NPR.org

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11SeaWorld Accused of Rigging Online Poll Against Documentary 'Blackfish'

A 2013 documentary about SeaWorld, "Blackfish," is a serious contender for an Academy Award nomination this year.

The film includes interviews with numerous former SeaWorld trainers who described the small holding pools for killer whales, the early separation of killer whale babies from their mothers, misinformation read to the public by Sea World employees and the numerous attacks on  trainers by killer whales that are not made public by SeaWorld.

The focus of the film was on the killer whale "Tilikum," who killed senior SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010 and another trainer in Canada years earlier.

Before "Blackfish" even debuted, there was a massive PR campaign by SeaWorld to discredit the film, which SeaWorld officials refused to appear in.

SeaWorld claimed that the film "exploited" the death of Brancheau, but couldn't explain why Brancheau's sister appears in the film.

In response to the film, numerous musical acts have canceled their concerts at SeaWorld, including Willie Nelson, Heart and Barenaked Ladies, reports The Guardian.

SeaWorld responded to the film by citing its contributions to "education and science," as well as its own research papers in an email interview with CNN.

Now, SeaWorld is being accused of rigging an online poll to show fake support for the company over the film, notes the Orlando Business Journal.

The poll, created by the Orlando Business Journal, asked "Has CNN's 'Blackfish' documentary changed your perception of SeaWorld?"

On Jan. 2, about 99 percent of those responding to the poll claimed that the film had not changed their view of SeaWorld.

But more than 54 percent of all the votes came from one Internet Protocol Address that is owned by SeaWorld.com and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

“Our team members have strong feelings about their park and company, and we encourage them to make their opinions known,” said SeaWorld Spokesman Nick Gollattscheck.

However, after this story about the possibly poll-fixing got out, the numbers drastically changed with 79 percent saying the film has changed their perception of SeaWorld.

Sources: CNN, The Guardian, Orlando Business Journal, MagPictures.com, Theorcaproject.wordpress.com

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11'Duck Dynasty’ Creator Starred in Film About Gay Porn (Video)

Scott Gurney, the creator and producer of the A&E reality TV show “Duck Dynasty” starred in a 2001 independent film about the gay porn world entitled “The Fluffer.”

According BuzzFeed.com, Gurney played a drug addict who acts in porn videos (video below).

Gurney’s character becomes the object of obsession for a male film student (played by Michael Cunio) whose job is to keep Gurney aroused on porn sets, reports RawStory.com.

Currently, "The Fluffer" appears on Gurney’s IMDB page and on the film's IMDB page.

While working as actor, Gurney also made appearances on "Beverly Hills 90210," "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and "Baywatch."

Buzzfeed.com called Gurney's production company, but was told by Gurney's wife Deirdre that no one talks to Scott on the phone and to email him, which Buzzfeed.com did.

"Duck Dynasty" has been in the headlines because of star Phil Robertson's derogatory remarks about homosexuals and his claim that black people were "happy" under Jim Crow laws in a GQ magazine article.

Ironically, Illinois Republican congressional candidate Ian Bayne sent out an email today proclaiming, "Duck Dynasty Star is Rosa Parks of Our Generation,” even though Parks fought against Jim Crow laws.

Ignoring his own contradiction, Bayne added, “In December 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand against an unjust societal persecution of black people, and in December 2013, Robertson took a stand against persecution of Christians.”

Sources: IanBayne.com, GQ, IMDB, RawStory.com, BuzzFeed.com

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