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Before X-Men fans can start lining up to see Days of Future Past when it arrives in theaters in 2014, the cast needs to head back to Montreal and do some re-shoots. The news comes after it was recently reported by Hypable that the latest installment in the X-Men franchise is reportedly the second most expensive film 20th Century Fox has ever made, costing around $225 million. The only film that is more expensive? James Cameron's Avatar, which cost an impressive $237 million. But the ridiculously large price tag for the film got us thinking: is there anything out there that is ridiculously expensive and yet still cheaper than the new X-Men movie?
In honor of the film entering re-shoots and its massive price tag only growing bigger, we've found seven insanely expensive things that cost less than X-Men: Days of Future Past.
A NASA Space Shuttle and a Commercial Flight Into Space - $28,550,000If you ever dreamed about traveling into space, you can finally make those dreams a reality for the low price of $250,000. That's how much it would cost for a commercial flight into space, courtesy of Virgin Galactic. Of course, if you don't want to travel alongside other people, and would prefer instead to have a spacecraft all to yourself, NASA has started a program in which they sell used space shuttles for an asking price of $28.8 million. The best part? When you buy a shuttle, they throw in an engine for free. Now, that's a deal.
An Exact Replica of the Royal Wedding - Just over $32 million Prince William's 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton was a global event, watched by millions across the planet and the mobs gathered outside of Westminister Abbey. But if you're looking to plan a royal wedding of your own, it will only cost a little over $32 million. That includes the designer dress, the lavish ceremony, the custom designed cake, and of course, all of the security needed to keep Kate and William's special day from being ruined by over enthusiastic revellers. The entire cost was split between Kate's family and the royal family, so it should be no problem for the average millionaire to throw a similar spectacle.
A Chance to Be James Bond, Plus the Most Expensive Car in the World - $57,700,808 Being the most famous secret agent in the world isn't cheap: between cars, gadgets, designer suits and plenty of martinis — shaken, not stirred — 007 would probably cost British taxpayers just over $5 and a half million. Although, what's a few million when it comes to protecting the nation from maniacal super villains who cry blood? After you're done protecting your country and spending the night with beautiful, exotic women, it will come time to reward yourself. Why not buy yourself the most expensive car currently on the market, a Ferrari GTO? It'll only run you a cool $52 million, and you'll continue to be the coolest spy in pop culture history.
Charles Xavier's Westchester Mansion - $58,180,386 That's right, for about a quarter of the cost of the upcoming X-Men film, producers could have simply bought a Westchester mansion and turned it into the headquarters for Professor X. If you're a die-hard X-Men fan with a few million dollars lying around, why not treat yourself to a luxurious and high tech home where you can probably screen Days of Future Past in private. After all, it's got to be easier than attempting to turn yourself in Wolverine.
Actually Becoming Batman - $134,735,100 The best thing about Batman is that he is the kind of superhero that anyone can become. He doesn't need any radioactive spiders or gamma rays to become the hero that Gotham deserves, just lots and lots of cash. And if you've got that kind of money in the back, you too can treat yourself to a batmobile, costume, underground lair, and all of the weapons your heart desires and still come in under the budget of the new X-Men movie. Unfortunately, though, the price tag doesn't include trips to the doctor after you give yourself laryngitis with your growly bat-voice.
Paying the Salaries of Both the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks - $188,154,135 Currently, the Brooklyn Nets have the most expensive salary cap in the NBA, dividing a total of $101,291,208 amongst Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams and the rest of the boys. Their cross-town rivals the New York Knicks have the second most expensive payroll, and their roster — which includes Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Metta World Peace/Ron Artest — runs them $86,862,927. For less than it costs to make this film, you could pay the entire salaries for both teams, and still have money left over to spend on courtside seats and dinners at the 40/40 club. Becoming a sports mogul has never looked more affordable.
Your Own Hogwarts Castle - $204 million If you were the kind of child who cried when you didn't receive a letter from Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, but now have loads of money to spend on frivolous things, have we got some great news for you. For the low, low price of only $204 million, you can build your own School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and finally live your dream of being a wizard. Eat all of your meals in the Great Hall, sort your friends into their respective houses, sneak out of the dormitories and explore the dungeons, look after the three-headed dog sleeping on the third floor, and live just like Harry, Ron, and Hermione, but without that annoying threat of death. The price doesn't include a Forbidden Forest, but it would be hard to find a hippogriff to put in there anyway.
Rapper Future has fuelled speculation his new fiancee Ciara is pregnant after failing to confirm or deny reports the singer is expecting his baby. The Goodies beauty, who is known for showing off her abs onstage, sparked claims she was with child last month (Oct13) after sporting what appeared to be a small baby bump under her loose-fitting leather halter top while performing at the Paper Magazine Nightlife Awards in New York.
The gossip only heated up this weekend (02-03Nov13) when she performed at the Beats on the Beach festival in the United Arab Emirates, where she was again snapped with an apparently bloated belly.
Ciara has yet to address the reports, but Future did little to put a stop to the speculation during a Connecticut radio interview recently when he was quizzed about the couple's family plans live on air.
Asked by DJ Jenny Boom Boom if there was any truth to the pregnancy claims, he vaguely replied, "A rumour is a rumour!"
Future proposed to his girlfriend of one year late last month (Oct13) as they celebrated Ciara's 28th birthday in New York.
The R&B star has previously been linked to rapper Bow Wow, basketball ace Amar'e Stoudemire and 50 Cent
If the couple is expecting its first child together, it won't be Future's first - he recently agreed to pay child support to ex-girlfriend Jessica Smith after she proved he had fathered her 10-year-old son, and in February (13), he was hit with a second paternity lawsuit by a Georgia woman who claimed she had given birth to his lovechild last December (12).
R&B star Ciara's ex-boyfriend and basketball star Amar'e Stoudemire celebrated his recent nuptials to wife Alexis Welch during an extravagant bash in Miami, Florida on Saturday (29Jun13). The couple legally wed in December (12) and marked the special occasion over the weekend with a handful of celebrity friends, including Timbaland, Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz.
Basketball star Amar'e Stoudemire will forever remember the magical 12-12-12 date after exchanging vows with his fiancee Alexis Welch on Wednesday (12Dec12). The New York Knicks ace, who previously dated R&B singer Ciara, wed his new wife on the rooftop deck of their Manhattan home.
It was coworkers' night out on The Mindy Project tonight, and Dr. Lahiri was on the hunt for a man. After word got out around the office that the hottest club in town was opening its doors for Dr. Lahiri and Shauna the receptionist, pretty soon the whole crew was on board for the ride.
And Mindy wasn't the only one on the hunt for a mouth-on-mouth playmate: both Jeremy and--TWIST!--Danny ended up finding some ladies to spit some game to (or in Danny's case, lay down some seriously sweet dance moves). And while Shauna realized she might only have eyes for Danny, Betsy can't hold her blue booze, and Morgan found his calling (or at least $36) playing Bathroom Attendant, it may be Mindy who got something she wasn't expecting. Tonight we met Josh, a sports agent (to some very impressive basketball players and surprise romantic comedy lovers, Amar’e Stoudemire, Danny Granger and Baron Davis) and try-to-hard-but-possibly-endearing fellow hoping to catch Mindy's interest.
So what dating advice did we learn from Mindy and Co. tonight? Read on to find out!
1.) Do Go Clubbin': It's a great way to meet pedators.
2.) Don't Be Afraid to Leave Your Coworkers Behind: Make sure they know the rules. See you Monday.
3.) Do Play-Up Your Assets: Literally, mostly.
4.) Do Ask NBA Players About Their Favorite Rom-Coms: You never know who's going to love Sleepless in Seattle.
5.) Don't Let Your Friend End Up with the Creepy Bouncer: Because she WILL end up like the other girls.
6.) Do Stick With Your Girls: You're a team, remember!
7.) Don't Count Out The Nice Guy: He might try a little hard to impress, but maybe he just really likes you. At least, enough to spend $500 getting your pashmina back from Amar'e Stoudemire.
8.) Do Take The Limo: Hey, if a guy sends a limo to get you home, you take that f**ker on a joy ride.
9.) Do What Makes You Happy: And don't be afraid to listen to your friends when they call you out for bad behavior.
10.) Don't Be Afraid to Fake Crazy Diarrhea : Shuts it down. Every time.
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Last year director Garry Marshall hit upon a devilishly canny approach to the romantic comedy. A more polished refinement of Hal Needham’s experimental Cannonball Run method it called for assembling a gaggle of famous faces from across the demographic spectrum and pairing them with a shallow day-in-the-life narrative packed with gobs of gooey sentiment. A cynical strategy to be sure but one that paid handsome dividends: Valentine’s Day earned over $56 million in its opening weekend surpassing even the rosiest of forecasts. Buoyed by the success Marshall and his screenwriter Katherine Fugate hastily retreated to the bowels of Hades to apply their lucrative formula to another holiday historically steeped in romantic significance and New Year’s Eve was born.
Set in Manhattan on the last day of the year New Year’s Eve crams together a dozen or so canned scenarios into one bloated barely coherent mass of cliches. As before Marshall’s recruited an impressive ensemble of minions to do his unholy bidding including Oscar winners Hilary Swank Halle Berry and Robert De Niro the latter luxuriating in a role that didn’t require him to get out of bed. High School Musical’s Zac Efron is paired up with ‘80s icon Michelle Pfeiffer – giving teenage girls and their fathers something to bond over – while Glee’s Lea Michele meets cute with a pajama-clad Ashton Kutcher. There’s Katherine Heigl in a familiar jilted-fiance role Sarah Jessica Parker as a fretful single mom and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as the most laid-back cop in New York. Sofia Vergara and Hector Elizondo mine for cheap laughs with thick accents – his fake and hers real – and Jessica Biel and Josh Duhamel deftly mix beauty with blandness. Fans of awful music will delight in the sounds of Jon Bon Jovi straining against type to play a relevant pop musician.
The task of interweaving the various storylines is too great for Marshall and New Year’s Eve bears the distinct scent and stain of an editing-room bloodbath with plot holes so gaping that not even the brightest of celebrity smiles can obscure them. But that’s not the point – it never was. You should know better than to expect logic from a film that portrays 24-year-old Efron and 46-year-old Parker as brother-and-sister without bothering to explain how such an apparent scientific miracle might have come to pass. Marshall wagers that by the time the ball drops and the film’s last melodramatic sequence has ended prior transgressions will be absolved and moviegoers will be content to bask in New Year's Eve's artificial glow. The gambit worked for Valentine's Day; this time he may not be so fortunate.
There's been a lot of back and forth between T.I. and the big house. First he was released to a halfway house, then he was taken back to jail, only to be later sent to the halfway house again. It all seems like a huge waste of time and a lot of unnecessary gas mileage (we're trying to Go Green here people). But it looks like we no longer have to worry about the rapper being a human ping pong game anymore because he was just released from an Atlanta halfway house earlier this morning. So after spending almost a year in federal prison for a drug-related parole violation, the hit artist is now a free man....let's hope it stays that way.
What does he plan to do with his new-found freedom? First, he and his wife will be going to his mother's home in Atlanta for a private celebration. "We just want to be together as a family tonight," said his mother-in-law, Diane Pope. He will also be teaming up with Amar'e Stoudemire to host the A King of Oneself brunch on Sunday, which will celebrate men's fashion and hip-hop. Guests of the event will have the pleasure of watching a documentary all about T.I., called Salute the King, which includes videos submitted by his fans. And let's not forget about his VH1 reality show coming out in December. Looks like he has quite the busy schedule lined up. Set your DVRs accordingly.
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The filmmakers are regularly seen sitting courtside at the fabled Garden, cheering on their favourite NBA team at their home games.
But their loyalty will be tested later this year (11) when the cost of their season tickets jump up 20 per cent, from $3,000 (£2,000) each to $3,600 (£2,400). Allen holds four season tickets to seats at the centre of the action.
Building bosses claim the new pricing system is the result of the $850 million (£566.7 million) renovation currently taking place, and not directly related to the improved performance of the Knicks following the recent acquisition of star players Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.
Other celebrities occasionally spotted at the Knicks' home games include actress Chloe Sevigny and rap superstar Jay-Z, who ironically is part-owner of rival team the New Jersey Nets.