Snoop Dogg from Singh is Kinng

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  • Snoop Dogg has a cameo in a Bollywood musical. No, honest. The film Singh is Kinng opens August 7th in India. I love this bit: "In crimson Punjabi shirt and a turban, Snoop performs the titular musical number alongside star Akshay Kumar in a segment that was lensed in Chicago. The Long Beach, Calif.-based rapper and the Bollywood actor apparently hit it off so well that they went on a 'kingly' shopping spree for the Indian garb seen in the shoot." Nice. And it worked, apparently: the soundtrack's sold 5 million copies in two weeks. I can't find their music video online but here's a sixty second taste of the movie, if you're interested. Note: Snoop does not appear in this clip... Source: Variety.

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  • A thirty minute tape of The Beatles cutting up and also trying to record "I'll Follow the Sun" is going up for auction on Tuesday with an expected final price of between £8,000 and £12,000. Which I think is a very conservative estimate. And if you read up on what the tape has on it, it sounds like a proto-Nuts on the Road, just with more actual talent.
  • Colin Firth and Ben Barnes are doing Dorian Gray, with Barnes as Gray and Firth as Lord Henry Wotton, for Ealing Studios. They say they want to make "a visceral, dark horror story and said the themes of stardom are as relevant as ever." Oh, but hell, here's some bad news--the same article states that Firth has just finished his part of a motion capture A Christmas Carol for Robert Zemeckis. Night of the Living Christmas Carol in the Uncanny Valley!! AHHHHH!!!!!! The Ghost of Christmas Future has never been more terrifying.
  • Edge of Darkness has Mel Gibson starring as a cop whose daughter is murdered as part of a conspiracy. Robert DeNiro is reportedly in talks to join the project to play the guy sent it to facilitate the cover-up. Martin Campbell (last seen in cinemas as the director of Casino Royale) is directing this adaptation of the BBC miniseries (which he also helmed). This would mark the first time Gibson and DeNiro have appeared on screen together and the first time for either actor to work for Campbell. Production starts this month. The last BBC miniseries to feature film that springs to mind is Traffik, which suffered in translation. Source: Variety.
  • Lost and Found is the latest attempt from Dick Wolf to get away from having a "Law & Order" in front of everything. It's about "an unconventional female detective who identifies anonymous murder victims, and then solves their crimes." The pilot's been greenlit, so it'll be interesting to see what happens. Bear in mind that both Trial by Jury and the tangentially-within-the-L&Overse Conviction were his last two attempts, and they crashed and burned. So. Source: Variety.
  • Bernie Mac is apparently in a Chicago hospital in critical condition with pneumonia.
  • The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time movie from Disney has started production, but instead of June 19th, 2009, the release date has been moved back to May 28th, 2010. Source: Hollywood Reporter.

  • For all two of you who were hoping for a third Scooby-Doo feature, you're getting it--but on TV and DVD. It's a prequel with Mystery Inc. getting together for the first time to solve the mystery of their haunted high school. All new cast, with Frank Welker (Darkseid) as the voice of Scooby. It starts shooting Monday. Source: Variety.
  • Stormtrooper designs are owned by Lucasfilm. At least in the U.S. A British court has ruled that Lucasfilm owns the rights and not Andrew Ainsworth, sculptor of the original helmets for the first film. The English copyrights have expired, so if this means that, just like DVDs, there are Region 1 Stormtrooper outfits and then All Region Stormtrooper outfits sold outside this country. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
  • Scared Straight is a prison flick that Nicolas Cage and John Carpenter are in talks to get involved with. Delinquent teens are incarcerated for a short time in the hopes that they can get "convinced" that crime doesn't pay. When a riot breaks out and the prisons take the kid hostage, Cage, playing a lifer, has to help him out. Cage will be held in a cell next to Carpenter's career. Might start production in October. Source: Hollywood Reporter.