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'MythBusters' to settle 'Titanic' debate this Sunday: Did Jack have to die? -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

On Oct. 7, MythBusters hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman take on the most requested myth in the Discovery show’s history: Did Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) needlessly die in James Cameron’s Titanic, or could he and Rose (Kate Winslet) have both survived on that wooden board? Cameron himself appears in the episode, explaining that rereleasing the film in 3D reignited the heated debate and he’d like to know whether he or the fans are right, and providing key information for the experiments. Adam and Jamie have to test whether the board could have supported both Jack and Rose until they were rescued (you don’t want to miss “Jack Savage” and “Rose Hyneman” in the water), but also whether Jack and Rose would have died from hypothermia regardless. In our exclusive clip below, Adam and Jamie prepare for the latter test — which will involve ThermoMan, a dummy Jamie creates with gelatin flesh and a heated copper cardiovascular system that is rigged to monitor body temperature. ThermoMan doesn’t make the clip, but trust us, Adam is right when he describes him as “creepy, and upsetting, and awesome all at the same time.”  READ FULL STORY

ABC's 'Titanic': Linus Roache on why filming the miniseries was actually the hardest he's laughed in years

This weekend, ABC premieres its four-part miniseries Titanic from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, who frames the tragedy in his upstairs-downstairs approach to storytelling to include every class of passenger and crew. The first three hours air Saturday (starting at 8 p.m. ET) and the final hour on Sunday (9 p.m. ET), marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking on April 15, 1912. We won’t spoil it and tell you whether first class passenger Hugh, Earl of Manton, played by Linus Roache (Law & Order: SVU, Batman Begins), lives or dies. But we can tell you that Roache wasn’t concerned about his fate when he signed to star in the project. And that was a good thing, it turns out. “I think I only had two episodes to go on when they sent it to me, and then I had a conversation with the director and he actually said at that point, it was still up for debate whether I was gonna live or die,” Roache tells EW. “Because I’m a fictitious character, they had license to go whichever way they wanted. So there was a lot of back and forth, apparently, about what was the right tone to strike.”

As you’d imagine, the lifeboat sequences are his main memory from the shoot, especially because they get revisited in every episode as the story shifts perspectives. One sequence, for instance, in which the Earl demands a woman and her children be put into a lifeboat, was a three-and-a-half-day shoot, he recalls. “They became like mini-movies in their own right,” he says. “It’s interesting. You do a character-driven piece, but my memory as I leave the set was all of running around a lot in a big winter coat in the middle of summer in Budapest trying to act like it’s cold while dripping with sweat with a wonderful bunch of people. The camaraderie and the sense of humor on the set was incredible. I hadn’t laughed that much in years.”

So what kept the cast in stitches? READ FULL STORY

Julian Fellowes' 'Titanic' miniseries: How will it compare to James Cameron's big screen saga?

Next month marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and the date of the historical event isn’t going unnoticed by the entertainment world. In addition to the 3-D rerelease of James Cameron’s Oscar-winning epic, Downton Abbey‘s Julian Fellowes will also commemorate the Titanic centennial with a four-part miniseries that will air on ABC.

While certain similarities are inevitable (after viewing the latest trailers for the Titanic miniseries, it’s nearly impossible not to get that sinking feeling you’ve watched this tragedy all unfold before on the big screen, from the class discrimination to the awe-inspiring shots of the doomed liner), Fellowes assures there are some major differences. According to the UK’s Daily Mail, the Oscar-winning writer (Gosford Park) said, “James Cameron’s was [a] wonderful film, but that is a love story set against the sinking of the Titanic.”


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