What a week. Welcome to all the new followers enticed solely by a picture of Snoop Dogg and a sea lion. Every week I post a round up of the funniest, most insightful replies and reblogs so get commenting if you want to make it. As always I heartily recommend following any and all of these people.
"Quick roll a 20 to see if its a critical hit!" -emilyissparticus re: Comic Con/Hall H Stabbing
"I realized just how much I’m a part of the internet generation when I looked at this and apathetically passed on by as if this were not a picture of Snoop Dogg, dressed in a blue Adidas track suit, throwing up a gang sign while standing next to a gigantic sea lion rocking a chain and some wooden glasses, in front of a soda vending machine." -joeiscool re: Snoop and the Sea Lion
"Katy Perry’s forehead is freaking me out right now." -brave-slut re: Zooey Deschannel and Katy Perry pictured together
"If Zooey had a really sweaty, trashy, greasy sister who wasn’t half as cute with absolutely zero class… she would be Katy Perry. They only look alike in press photos when Katie’s been photo shopped to hell and back." -haveyouseenlottie re: Zooey Deschannel and Katy Perry PIctured together.
"I have the biggest crush on Daniel Craig so this news pleases me. I call him ugly/hot." -mikamendoza re: Craig cast in Girl With Dragon Tattoo
"Well, at least we know he’ll be kicking ass…" -specialbunny .. re: Terry O’Quinn in Lifetime TV movie Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story
“Kinda insulting, no?” one of the nominated writers approached for the gig said. “While we are upholding our current agreement with the WGA, we still wanted to find a way to include the VMC writers in the telecast as it is always an entertaining part of the show,” a spokesman for the TV Academy said.
Another keenly-anticipated fall film has been given a release date: Fox Searchlight will open Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours on November 5. That’s well in time for the film to make an impression on awards voters. I don’t even want to get into speculation about whether Boyle can repeat the success he had with Slumdog Millionaire. I just want 127 Hours to be good. The early buzz we’ve heard suggests that it could well be a solid effort.
127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued.
Forget allthose rumors: A new MJ album — featuring ten unreleased songs culled from the “hard drives filled with unheard music, much of it recorded during the King of Pop’s ’80s peak” that Jackson left behind — is now confirmed for November. That sounds kind of promising! On the other hand: The collection will most likely feature collaborations with Will.I.Am. [RS]
“Go into a movie theater any day of the week and watch as the audience sits listlessly through a series of lame, mechanical trailers for upcoming films that look exactly like the D.O.A. movies audiences avoided last week. More films about misunderstood mercenaries. More films about rogue cops. More films about the pivotal role of choreography in rescuing the underclass from its own worst instincts. More movies about congenial thugs from South Boston. More films about boys who do not want to grow up, ever, ever, ever.”—
While I can agree that Hollywood is putting out a lot of tired, repetitive shlock you can’t say this is the worst movie year ever when you’re only half way through. The best films always come at the end of the year anyway, and this summer has seen two outstanding movies.
A few minutes ago at TCA, NBC announced that 30 Rock will air a live episode in October. They’ll perform separate versions for viewers on both coasts, giving Tracy Morgan two chances to deliver lines exactly as written. In other Peacock news, Rob Lowe will join Parks and Recreation as a full-time cast member (he had previously only signed on for six episodes). And NBC has decided to debut a few shows early this fall, withParenthood now premiering September 14, Outlaw on September 15, and The Apprentice on September 16.
"I knew the guy who was the curator of films at the LA County Museum of Art, and I brought him to New York to oversee color correction. He’s telling us all these amazing stories, particularly about King Kong, because it’s his favorite film. Someone said, ‘Gee, we’ve got this extra sound track on the LaserDisc, why don’t you tell these stories?’ He was horrified at the idea, but we promised we’d get him superstoned if he did, and he gave this amazing discussion about the making of King Kong, which we released as the second sound track.” —Criterion Collection founder Bob Stein on the first-ever DVD extra [TripleCanopy]
The folks behind much-heralded Swedish music-streaming site Spotify promised the service would be available in the U.S. by the end of 2010, but negotiations with labels have stalled, and the goal may not be reached. Boo! Basically, the majors aren’t happy with Spotify’s setup of offering free unlimited streaming with ads as a way to entice users to paid unlimited streaming with no ads. Seeing as that’s pretty much the whole point of Spotify, negotiations “have reverted back to square one.” Can’t wait for the David Fincher movie about this! [Billboard.biz]
HBO is teaming with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez and actress Lizzy Caplan to develop a comedy series project based on actress/writer Julie Klausner’s memoir I Don’t Care About Your Band. The project is eyed as a potential starring vehicle for Caplan, who is coming off Starz’s cult comedy series Party Down. The book, a gritty but comedic look at what it’s like to navigate the dating world in your 20s, chronicles Klausner’s experiences from her preadolescent sexual awakenings through the unsavory details of sleeping with a gallery of losers throughout her 20s.
According to online gossips, FOX and Idol producers have finalized deals to have Tyler and pop star Jennifer Lopez join lone original A.I. judge Randy Jackson at the table when Idol returns for its 10th season in Jan. 2011.
This news is coming in too fast to report. I think this is the fourth ‘Idol’ post in a 12 hour period. They couldn’t announce all this at once? Anyway, if this is true it’ll be interesting. A complete overhaul, but at least the new judges have solid music industry experience.
Two months after the end of Lost, Terry O’Quinn is returning to TV.
The 58-year-old actor, who recently snagged an Emmy nomination for best supporting actor in a drama for the ABC series, has signed on to star opposite Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson in the Lifetime TV movie Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story, E! Online reports.
So Lost fans, is the late John Locke enough to make you watch a Lifetime TV movie?
Paul Tarascio, who worked for 14 years as a stage manager for “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and joined Fallon’s show when O’Brien left for “The Tonight Show,” says he has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the first step before initiating a lawsuit.
According to the statement, Tarascio worked on the show’s launch, helping to coordinate stage activities, aiding the director in communicating with staff, and helping make decisions on wardrobe, lighting and make-up.
From the outset, he claims, it was clear to him that show executives preferred to fill his job with a woman. David Diomedi, the show’s director allegedly told him, “You know Jimmy. He loves his women.”
Tarascio was replaced by Nicka Tolmafoff, who he says was ”a less qualified woman.”
After being demoted, Tarascio continued to complain, and says he took his grievances to union reps. At that point, Tarascio says the show’s coordinating producer became hostile towards him and stopped speaking to him. He says an effort was underway to get him terminated, and he took his concerns to NBC HR, which allegedly failed to investigate.
Two weeks later, he says he was fired and given a list of job failures.
“We have yet to see any of the charges,” an NBC spokesman said. “Any claim of sexual discrimination is without merit.”
Ellen DeGeneres has decided to bow out from her role as a judge on AMERICAN IDOL next season. DeGeneres served as a judge during the ninth season of IDOL, the No. 1 hit series on television.
“A couple months ago, I let FOX and the AMERICAN IDOL producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me,” said DeGeneres. “I told them I wouldn’t leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next. It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for. I also realized this season that while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings. I loved the experience working on IDOL and I am very grateful for the year I had. I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be.”
“We love Ellen and understand and support her decision to bow out of IDOL,” said Peter Rice, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Networks Group. “We were fortunate to receive the humor, energy and love for talent that she brought to the show.”
“It was a joy to work with Ellen,” added Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “She brought an incredible spirit to IDOL and was a great new addition to the team. While we’re saddened by her decision, we are very appreciative that she gave us ample notice so that we could work through it together.”
“I loved Ellen’s passion for the artists and her nurturing skills,” said IDOL creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. “She brought honesty and optimism to our judging panel and I will miss her greatly.”
“We will miss Ellen, she has been the consummate professional throughout her time on the show, and she’ll always be part of the AMERICAN IDOL family,” added Cecile Frot-Coutaz, IDOL executive producer.
AMERICAN IDOL is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc. and Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.
Thoughts: I like Ellen, I thought she was kind of funny on the show. Though as she said it was never really the right fit. All in all, the Idol judges table is going to look very different next season, and considering they don’t have much time left til the judges actually, you know, have to judge - they better get a move on soon. Personally I think they should go back to three judges.
Len Wiseman is in final negotiations to direct a “contemporized adaptation” of Total Recall, which was based on the story, “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick - the book that spawned the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger film. Last year, Columbia Pictures hired Kurt Wimmer to pen the remake. Neal H. Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner (yes, a company called Original Films is in the remake business).