Rowan Atkinson apparently did his “Amazing Jesus” sketch at the We Are Most Amused show last November for the Prince of Wales. And in doing so, pissed off a whopping 540 people who were part of a campaign to declare the thing blasphemous. I say again: Britain. You are making us Americans look sane. What the fuck, people? Anyway, the group’s statement included the following: “It would not have been clear to someone unfamiliar with the scriptures what was from the Bible and what was not.”
Here’s the bit. You tell me if you think somebody could get confused. And the sound’s a little jumpy, because this is the unedited version I could find. Somebody’s tried to edit bits out to make it like it’s really an affirmation of Christian beliefs, which is…amusing and sad, to say the least.
Focus Featureshas announced their 2009 dates. 9 (mentioned previously) will be opening September 9th. Go figure. Jim Jarmusch‘s The Limits of Control starts up May 22nd. The Brothers Coen have A Serious Man starting on October 2nd. Away We Go, directed by Sam Mendes and co-scribed by Dave Eggers, will start limited release on June 5th. And Ang Lee will bring out Taking Woodstock starting on August 14th. The other Nine, from Weinstein, the musical, (last mentioned here) is coming out November 25th. Shanghai, starring John Cusack, will go wide on September 4th–also from Weinstein.
God of Carnage is a great name that can be either a video game or a grindcore band. But until one of those happens, it’s a play heading for Broadway that stars Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden. “Plot of the comedy centers on two sets of parents who meet to discuss a playground fight between their young children.” That sounds promising. And a nice cast. Previews start February 28th; opens March 22nd.
Steve Martin is releasing an album called The Crow. It’s not a lost soundtrack to the Brandon Lee movie–because the rest of the title is New Songs for the Five-String Banjo CD. That’s right, it’s a serious banjo music album from Martin. It’s an Amazon exclusive and comes out on the 27th. If you notice on the page it says “This title may be manufactured ‘on demand’ using recordable media as authorized by the rights holder. Huh. So Steve Martin is doing the music-version of print on demand. Tsk. That means he’s not a real musician. Everybody knows that, he said, rolling his eyes right out of his goddamn skull. You can pre-order yours here. (The Martin CD, not my skull.)
A Moonlighting movie? Well, a TV movie for the show’s 20th anniversary. Variety’s bringing it up. If we can figure out how to make the last two seasons of the show have never happened, I’d be game.