03 August 2010

Passable Possibilities: Notes From The News

In the entertainment business, you're only as good as your last project, and only as noteworthy as your next one. So here's a look at what may or may not be noteworthy:

MGM, whose seemingly endless series of financial mishaps and gaffes have led it to kill the James Bond golden goose and to put The Hobbit on the fast track to a standstill, has decided to pin its dwindling fortunes on  . . . an adaptation of The Outer Limits. In fact, so enamored were they of this idea that they were willing to put up a six figure sum to pay for it. And the recipients of this generosity? Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who wrote (ahem) four of the seven Saw movies. Well I can certainly see how theyWHAHUH?

According to the LA Times, Robert Rodriguez is inching ever closer to the director's chair of the Deadpool movie. That's good. The script for the movie was written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who scripted Zombieland. This too is good. The negotiation is reportedly down to discussing deal points with Fox Studios, and ideally preproduction will start after Rodriguez finishes his next movie: Spy Kids IV. Which is maybe not so good.

The ever-interesting Nicolas Cage has taken his comic book collection and gone home. Yep, Cage has vanished from the set of Trespass, the Joel Schumacher-directed thriller, and bugged out to the Bahamas, apparently with no intention of returning. This comes after Cage decided to switch from playing Nicole Kidman's husband to playing the villain in the film, leaving Schumacher to make overtures to Liev Schrieber, who still hasn't accepted. Now Schumacher is left with two important roles uncast, and Kidman left without a co-star, just two weeks before the film was to start production. No word yet on what impact this will have on Cage (he was reportedly locked into a $7 million deal), but surely if things get tight financially he can always just sell his pyramid.

Say what you will about Katy Perry as an entertainer, the woman is stacked like a stacky thing. Congrats to that scraggly English dude what's-his-name for bagging her.And kudos to Rolling Stone for successfully continuing its quest to become Maxim's heavily breathing and slightly creepy uncle.

TMZ reports that Laurence Fishburne is "deeply hurt" over his daughter Montana's decision to appear in a porn video. "Deeply hurt" is most likely a euphemism for "ready to chew up nails and spit out thumbtacks." Montana (whose last name really, really ought to be "Wildhack") claims she will be meeting with her dad soon to hash things out, at which point she's no doubt going to discover that that red pill can be a real bitch.

The debate about whether or not comic books are worthwhile has been going on for decades now. Chalk up a win in the pro-comics column, courtesy of ABC. You might want to grab a tissue though, becuase this story is a hundred times more emotional and heartwarming than anything J. Michael Straczynski has written for the Superman comic thus far.

And I hate to end on a sad note, but original Fear bass player Derf Scratch has passed away at the ornery age of--well, however old he was. Nobody seems to know, exactly. But here's hoping that Derf met his maker with a hearty shout of "EAT MY FUCK!"

Out for now. Be good to each other!

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