Marvin the Martian
  • Wow, this sounds like a terrible idea. Marvin the Martian is in development as its own feature. Which is the same sort of brilliant thinking that had a Venom movie in development at New Line, if you get my drift. If this next bit is accurate, you can see just what we have in store: the pitch was developed "as a Christmas story, with Marvin coming to Earth to destroy Christmas but being prevented from doing so when he's trapped in a gift box." Yeah. Source: Variety.
  • Chortle reports that George Carlin's ashes have been scattered around some of the New York nightclubs where he used to perform. Bravo.
  • Dark Horse provided a handy recap of all their San Diego announcements. It was too big to go in here so I just slammed it into the Press Release section. You can find it here. You might want to check it out: new Amano, the return of Creepy and Eerie, Neon Genesis Evangelion and more.

  • Robert Ludlum's game rights have been reacquired by Ludlum Entertainment. Ludlum E. has brought it back in house after the new gestalt-being Activision Blizzard didn't hold onto it. Now they can exclusively "develop, publish and distribute multi-platform games" based on the work of their late namesake. I'm thinking Bourne Kart...who's with me? Anyway, another casualty of this new merger-up is the Ghostbusters game, which is now seeking a new publisher. Source: Variety.
  • Planet of the Apes is hitting Blu-Ray. The "40 Year Evolution" has new stuff, including an unrated version of Conquest that hasn't been released here before with eight minutes of extra footage. In addition to that, you've got the first film, then Beneath, Escape and Battle. SRP is $160. They also say "the previously released Limited Edition Planet Of The Apes Ultimate Collection will be available in the uniquely packaged ape head just in time for the holidays at a more attractive price." So I assume they mean this, and I assume they mean they're just reissuing it because an ape-head is simply not as cool as say, this.

  • Brett Ratner is now at Paramount, but here's the only bits you care about (for better or for worse): he's still on board for Harbinger and also apparently for Beverly Hills Cop 4. Here's the one interesting bit--the scribes for the sequel? Michael Brandt and Derek Haas from Wanted. Everybody's gung ho for it (when translated into English from Hollywoodese this means nothing) and they want it for 2010. At this point, I don't care who helps Eddie Murphy. Just somebody help him. Source: Variety.
  • Rock Band is not just a game any longer. It's launching Rock Band Live Tour this fall with actual rock bands playing: Panic at the Disco, Dashboard Confessional, Plain White T's and The Cab. Rock Band game bands will compete for the chance to play the main stage between sets. Nice. For tour dates, check out the official site. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 8th.
  • Howard Stern is a busy bastard. He's producing a remake of Rock n' Roll High School, the Roger Corman-produced 1979 film featuring The Ramones, and Alex Winter (didn't we just talk about him--yes, actually, we did) is on board to script. In addition to remaking School, Stern is also on board to produce a Porky's remake, which is probably one of the few remakes we need less than a School remake. Although--I thought this was interesting, anyway--Winter has also scribed a movie about Shawn Fanning and Napster for MTV Films. Source: Variety
  • Image from Dave Windett.