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Ironic Moviegoers Come Out in Force

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Rambo, Spartans Overcome Awfulness at Box Office: Despite its impressively terrible Rotten Tomatoes score of 3 percent, the 300-spoofing Meet the Spartans ruled the weekend earning $18.7 million. Rambo was a close second with $18.1 million, a number so good Harvey Weinstein is already talking about another sequel, which will take place in an alternate universe where Rambo hasn’t already killed everyone. [Box Office Mojo]

Blender’s Britney Cover Beats Rolling Stone’s to Newsstands: The new issue of Blender magazine, featuring Britney Spears on its cover, is out now, beating Rolling Stone’s impending issue, also purportedly featuring the responsible celebrity. Spin is taking the high road this month, opting instead to feature the relatively straight-edge Pete Doherty. [Idolator]

The Pirate Bay to Be Charged: Swedish prosecutors have announced they’ll charge popular BitTorrent hub the Pirate Bay with “being accessories in breaking copyright law.” By the time this goes to trial, we bet you’ll have already downloaded the next Rambo sequel. [Reuters]

Lost Gets Pop-Up Video Treatment: On Wednesday, the night before Lost’s premiere, ABC will air an “enhanced” version of last season’s finale with “bonus facts” and “clues to the show” appearing in text bubbles in the screen’s lower third. Here’s a preview bonus fact: Lost doesn’t make any damn sense. []

Ever Wonder Whose Butt That Was on the Cover of the Strokes Album? This lady’s, apparently. [goldenfiddle]

Ironic Moviegoers Come Out in Force