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San Diego city officials and the company that puts on the huge pop-culture event will announce a five-year contract Friday morning.
The San Diego Union Tribune reports the contracts that Comic-Con negotiated for discounted hotel rates through 2015 were key to the decision.
Other cities that tried to woo the company with offers of cheap hotel rooms and convention space included Anaheim and Los Angeles.
They performed a medley of rap hits on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" Wednesday night when Timberlake was a guest on the show, promoting his latest film The Social Network, the most recent sign that he's well on his way to earning the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) badge of honour.
In the ensuing two days, the clip has become a viral hit.
Fallon and Timberlake started off with Sugarhill Gang's classic "Rapper's Delight" and then performed jams from artists including the Beastie Boys, the Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and Eminem.
Fallon, 36, said he's surprised by the success of the skit.
"We never know what's going to viral or get picked up, and this one's beyond what we thought it would do," he said Thursday in a phone interview with The Associated Press.
Though the clip looks all fun, he said, he took the time to get it right before taking the stage.
J.K. Rowling is leaving open the possibility. She told Oprah Winfrey in a recent taped interview that she may someday write another novel in the popular series.
Rowling says the characters are still in her head and she "could definitely" write several new books about them. She says: "I'm not going to say I won't." For now, she feels she's moved on to a new phase of her writing.
More than 400 million copies of the books about the boy wizard have been sold. Rowling says fame brought extreme pressures, including paparazzi and reporters searching her trash.
The Social Network, director David Fincher's drama about the quarrelsome creation of the online juggernaut, debuted as the No. 1 weekend film with $23 million.
Distributor Sony hopes for a long shelf life for the film, which has earned Academy Awards buzz and rave reviews. Rory Bruer, Sony's head of distribution, said The Social Network has a good shot at becoming a $100 million hit.
"It really is a great start for us. This is a movie that is resonating everywhere. The reviews are the best I've seen at our studio in my career," Bruer said. "It's just one of those movies that critics and audiences alike are embracing, and I think it's going to have a tremendous life."The weekend's other new wide releases had weak starts. Paramount's horror flick Case 39, starring Renee Zellweger, opened at No. 7 with $5.35 million, while Overture Film's vampire tale Let Me In, based on the 2008 Swedish thriller Let the Right One In, debuted at No. 8 with $5.3 million.
A federal judge in Los Angeles also ordered a $100,000 fine for McTiernan, who will be allowed to post bond pending an appeal.
Defense attorneys had sought a three-year probation term after the 59-year-old McTiernan pleaded guilty in July to two counts of making false statements to the FBI. He also pleaded guilty to one count of perjury for lying to a federal judge while trying to withdraw a guilty plea.
Pellicano was convicted in 2008 of wiretapping film producer Charles Roven for McTiernan and of bugging the phones of celebrities and others to get information for clients. Pellicano was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.
But The Hangover’s breakout star proves he’s more interested in who’s behind the lens than audience expectations with his upcoming dramedy, It’s Kind of A Funny Story.
“Really, it’s about if you get along with the directors and if they’re cool people…I mean, if I found a porno director that I really liked, I’d probably be in pornos,” he joked while in town last month for the Toronto International Film Festival. “I mean you gotta go to work with these people and you wanna have fun while you’re working and you wanna be loose. So [directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and I] talked about how the subtlety and the tone of their [previous] movies [Half-Nelson and Sugar] was dark…and this is the first time they’ve really touched on comedy.”
The 48-year-old former Bond girl plays a retired assassin haunted by her past life in the kung fu thriller Reign of Assassins, which opens in Asia on Thursday. Producer John Woo crafted the role in the $14 million picture for his longtime friend when both Hong Kong transplants were developing their Hollywood careers in Los Angeles.
Yeoh has focused on her career in the West since the global success of Crouching Tiger, appearing in a range of works including Memoirs of a Geisha, the third installment of The Mummy franchise and Oscar winner Danny Boyle's sci-fi thriller Sunshine. Many of these parts were dramatic roles.
The extended absence might have some fans wondering if the ballerina-turned-action star has lost her touch for the more physical screen performances she is known for in Asia.
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