Yes, we’re back. The pop culture world moves quickly. But there’s no reason we should. The news will still be there when we arrive.
One of the best commercials ever is officially twenty-five years old today, according to TV Squad. I think we are all allowed to feel a little old at the moment. Except you kids. Now get the hell offen my lawn.
In addition to the aforementioned Preacher, John August is also adapting Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie short into a full-length feature. (The original can be found on I think all versions of the Nightmare Before Christmas DVD.) The film will be live action in 3-D and black and white with stop-motion animation–which is cool because digital 3-D is FANtastic. This is at Disney and is slated for 2011. Source.
The Ice Creams‘ single, “My Friend Frank,” is available for free download on their MySpace. Catchy tune about what it’s like to have a friend who’s put together from bits of corpses. I think we’ve all had a friend like Frank at one time or another.
London Boulevard is the directorial debut of William Monahan and stars Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley. Anyway, “Farrell will play a South London criminal who, after release from prison, tries to give up the gangster life by becoming a handyman for a reclusive young actress.” Apparently that means it’s NOT a period drama. Amazing. Source.
Oscar noms are out. Heath Ledger is up. Downey is up. Find the full list here. And I love some of these reactions. Josh Brolin said “I just got a call from Javier Bardem in Spain and he was flipping out and screaming.” How would you like to start your day with a call from a flipping out screaming Javier Bardem?
Blame Alvin and the Chipmunks for a lot of cartoons working their way towards the big screen. In addition to Robert Rodriguez being attached to The Jetsons (which leads me to wonder who Danny Trejo is going to play–the mind just can’t cope with the possibilities), there’s Tom and Jerry. It’s the same CG characters in a real world deal as Alvin, and “reveals how Tom and Jerry first meet and form their rivalry before getting lost in Chicago and reluctantly working together during an arduous journey home.” Start dreading it now and avoid the rush. Source.
Abigail Breslin is joining Johnny Depp in the aforementioned Rango. At least we know what the hell Rango is: a “household pet who goes on an adventure to discover his true self,” which is Johnny Depp, apparently. She’s also the lead in the animated The Wild Bunch, which is described as “a team of common wildflowers and plants that are attacked by an evil army of genetically modified cornstalks.” I guess this film is being financed by an organic food consortium? I’m betting also that you thought for a moment, as I did, that somebody was doing a remake of the Sam Peckinpah film but with vegetation. But stand down. Also in the cast are Willem Dafoe, Elizabeth Hurley, Chris Klein and Willie Nelson. If Willie Nelson is playing the lead villain cornstalk, I will watch the hell out of that movie. One can hope. Also, Breslin might be joining Zombieland. Source.