Tuesday evening, a plume of black smoke rose out of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, signifying that the first round of balloting to elect a new pope had passed without any nominee receiving the necessary two-thirds majority.
The recent 'Amazing Spider-Man' and the upcoming 'Man of Steel' seem to get all the attention regarding studios' attempt to "reboot" franchises, but that's pretty much the same thing as what's going on with 'Oz the Great and Powerful.' If it succeeds at the box office, we may end up with a new version of 'The Wizard of Oz' at some point very soon, even though the producers have said that's not their goal.
Also opening this week is a dark tale of blackmail and revenge.
This week we have four new releases, covering four different genres and targeting four different audiences: fairy-tale action epic, a coming-of-age (21) comedy, supernatural horror, and a submarine thriller.
Last week, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it had targeted about 400 identity thieves across the country. The thieves were using stolen Social Security numbers to file false tax returns and then claim the refunds.
In stunning news, Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday morning from the Vatican that he will resign his position as head of the Catholic Church, effective on February 28. This has already set off a flurry of speculation, largely because no pope has voluntarily done so since the year 1415.
The news is still coming in, but here's what we know so far:
It's Super Bowl weekend, traditionally not a huge one at theaters, but this weekend sees three new films all going for different audiences. One is a supernatural-teen tale reminiscent of 'Twilight,' the next brings a longtime action star in for another round, and the last is crime story featuring three very fine actors.
This weekend, a classic fairy tale gets a modern twist, one of the biggest casts we've ever heard of assembles, and Jason Statham does his Jason Statham thing. Fantasy-action, comedy and Jason Statham (who is his own genre) provide a nice range of choices at theaters
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