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President Crazy McCrazyton — a.k.a. Gregory Itzin’s Charles Logan — returns to 24 this January
Gregory Itzin‘s Charles Logan — or rather, the unstable president who fans first loved to hate in season 4 — will make a multi-episode comeback when 24 returns for its eighth season on Jan. 17. Itzin, who currently has a recurring role on The Mentalist, checked in with EW while he was preparing to meet with 24 producers. ”One of the things I’ll want to know is, which Logan do they want?” says Itzin, whose character will return to assist Cherry Jones‘ President Taylor with an escalating diplomatic crisis. ”The man was many things. He was a loving husband, and yet a terrible husband, a good leader and terrible leader! I will ask them which muscle I’ll be exercising…hopefully all of them.” Logan was last seen in season 6 getting stabbed to near-death by his former wife Martha (Jean Smart — no word on whether she’ll return). ”I knew I wasn’t going to die, so I had a chance to come back,” says Itzin.

Now that newcomer Gabourey Sidibe is drawing rave reviews for playing a physically and mentally abused teen in Precious (opening Nov. 6; see review here), she’s setting her sights on the small screen by costarring opposite Laura Linney in the Showtime pilot The C Word. ”It is a show that is somewhere between a comedy and a drama, although it is dark because it is about a woman who gets diagnosed with cancer,” Sidibe told EW. ”Laura Linney is a fantastic actress. I am getting to learn from the best people.”
Lynette Rice, with additional reporting from Carrie Bell

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An alternate frontier: The way Star Trek could have begun
”Space, the final frontier.” So starts the iconic opening monologue by Captain James Kirk (William Shatner) in the original 1960s Star Trek series. But did you know those famous words were almost lost in space? An alternate, unaired speech (”We are leaving that vast cloud of stars and planets which we call our galaxy…”) from a rarely seen version of the series’ pilot will be available for purchase for the first time as an extra on the Blu-ray of the show’s third season (out Dec. 15). The episode, titled ”Where No Man Has Gone Before,” also has act cards, an extended action sequence, and altered music, giving Trek fans a glimpse of how things might’ve turned out if the Starship Enterprise had charted a different course in TV history.
Adam Markovitz

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By now everyone knows that Paranormal Activity, the horror flick shot for just $15K, is the breakout hit of the year. Here’s how it stacks up against other surprise blockbusters in terms of percentage return on investment — or, you know, bang for the filmmakers’ buck. (Budgets are estimates and exclude the studios’ marketing costs.)

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: 573,233%
Budget: $15,000*
Earnings: $86 million so far

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT: 215,284%
Budget: $65,000
Earnings: $140 million

MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING: 4,720%
Budget: $5 million
Earnings: $241 million

STAR WARS: 4,081%
Budget: $11 million
Earnings: $460 million

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL: 4,042%
Budget: $10.5 million
Earnings: $435 million
Nicole Sperling

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