Ah, “The Mummy 3″. Or as it’s officially known, “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”. I’ve heard a lot of grumbling, most of it centered around the fact that Rachel Weisz didn’t return in the role of Evie O’Connell, with the role having gone to Maria Bello. I’m not so much concern about that change in actress, even though, like a lot of people, I have come to appreciate and adore Weisz as the klutzy but nerdy-hot Evie O’Connell. But as they say, it is what it is, and Maria Bello isn’t all that big a step down from Rachel Weisz, acting-wise. Sure, the accent will be affected instead of genuine, but still, Maria ain’t exactly chop liver, boys.

Anyhoo, the plot:

Doomed by a double-crossing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh) to spend eternity in suspended animation, China’s ruthless Dragon Emperor and his 10,000 warriors have laid forgotten for eons, entombed in clay as a vast, silent terra cotta army. But when dashing adventurer Alex O’Connell is tricked into awakening the ruler from eternal slumber, the reckless young archaeologist must seek the help of the only people who know more than he does about taking down the undead: his parents.

Jet Li kicks some Caucasian ass August 1, 2008.

Poster via The Mummy 3 Blog.

Yes, that’s right. Rob Cohen simply posted the teaser on his production blog. He didn’t make us solve stupid puzzles or run around town looking for a movie theater or bowling balls, or engage in some viral marketing bullshit. Also according to Cohen, more images from the movie will be showing up tomorrow.

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Michael Rosenbaum

Lex Luthor apparently feels ready to exercise his evil tendencies on a bigger stage than Smallville.

The pre-Superman drama's producers have confirmed that Michael Rosenbaum, who has played the emotionally complex bald baddie since 2001, will be leaving the series at the end of the current season.

"It has been an honor and pleasure to work with Michael for the past six seasons," the CW and Smallville executive producers Darren Swimmer, Todd Slavkin, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson said in a joint statement. "He is one of the best actors on television and has never failed to bring a new layer to the character of Lex Luthor in every episode. While Michael won’t be a series regular and we won’t have the pleasure of working with him on a weekly basis this fall, we like to think that we haven’t seen the last of Lex Luthor. Stay tuned."

Meanwhile, Rosenbaum, ever the gentleman—minus his onscreen shenanigans, of course—also took time out to pen a personal note of thanks to his fellow cast and crewmembers and to all those devoted Clark, Lana and Lex fans out there.

"Your support is what has made Smallville so successful, and I appreciate you all more than you know," the 35-year-old actor wrote.

"That being said, it is time for me to start the next chapter of my life and career. I hope that I gave you some enjoyment over the years, and that you found my portrayal of Lex Luthor to be satisfying. I am truly grateful, as Smallville fans are the best fans out there. I sincerely hope that you will continue to follow my career through my hair growth period and beyond."

"Thanks crew. Thanks fans. Thanks Smallville," he concluded.

The CW announced in March it had renewed the cult-favorite series for an upcoming eighth season. Which, despite Rosenbaum's absence, doesn't promise to be a total letdown.

Per Swimmer, Slavkin & Co., two new villains—Doomsday and an as-yet-unnamed female nemesis—will be coming on board to keep Clark on his toes.


Chace Crawford teamed up with Jason Priestly to promote new Nintendo Wii game MarioKart over the weekend, posing with each other and with the cartoon plumber himself.

Both actors look rather disheveled, as Jason really needs a haircut and Chace either just woke up after a long night out or is totally stoned off his tiny rear.

Granted, I can't really say much. I probably look just as terrible after my night out last night at the Crest Whitestrips and Hollywood Life Magazine Young Hollywood Awards. The night was a doozy, so be sure to come back this afternoon and check it all out.

'Harry Potter: The Exhibition'

This won’t earn me any points with the ladies, but I remember back when “Star Trek” turned 25, I headed down to Washington DC to check out the traveling tour of props and uniforms from the movies and TV shows. Well, now you Muggles can do the same for your own fantasy franchise as Warner Bros brings a roaming circus of “Potter” memorabilia to a city near you.

Launching in Spring 2009, “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” is set to hit at least ten cities worldwide and will include 10,000 square feet of “elaborate displays” dedicated to the actual costumes, props and artifacts from the film. Among the items cited are the Gryffindor common room and Hagrid’s hut, as well as others from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The company says the exhibition will run over the course of five years; the final “Potter” film will likely hit theaters somewhere in 2011 or ‘12.

From IGN Comes a spiffy new poster for HULK 2. "THE INCREDIBLE HULK" kicks off an all-new, explosive and action-packed epic of one of the most popular superheroes of all time. In this new beginning, scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) desperately hunts for a cure to the gamma radiation that poisoned his cells and unleashes the unbridled force of rage within him: The Hulk. Living in the shadows -- cut off from a life he knew and the woman he loves, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler) -- Banner struggles to avoid the obsessive pursuit of his nemesis, General Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt), and the military machinery that seeks to capture him and brutally exploit his power. As all three grapple with the secrets that led to The Hulk's creation, they are confronted with a monstrous new adversary known as The Abomination (Tim Roth), whose destructive strength exceeds even The Hulk's own. And on June 13, 2008, one scientist must make an agonizing final choice: accept a peaceful life as Bruce Banner or find heroism in the creature he holds inside -- THE INCREDIBLE HULK.