Liverpool Hope University

Some sites base their entire existence on regurgitating press releases at you. We just base one section. Saves everybody time and effort, I think.

  • Amazon has the first four seasons of Boston Legal for sale today and while stocks last for $80.49 on DVD, which is 65% off the usual price. You can snag yours here. Also, speaking of Amazon, Star Trek Season 1 is hitting Blu-Ray on April 28th. You can catch that here.
  • Just when you thought your degree was useless in the real world: Liverpool Hope University will give you a Master of Arts in The Beatles. I mean, seriously folks, I love The Beatles and grew up listening to them–but if that’s your degree, even a Burger King might think you were underqualified.
  • BTW, Astro Boy trailer.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    Thoughts?

  • Green Day: The Musical? Apparently so. American Idiot, their album, is being turned into a show. The band gets a musical credit on the show and Billie Joe Armstrong, frontman of the band, is co-writing the book with Michael Mayer. Yes, that would be Michael Mayer who directed Spring Awakening. The show will open at Berkeley Repertory Theater as part of their 2009-2010 season and while no Broadway plans have been set, you know it’ll probably end up there. The article reminds me that Pink Floyd: The Wall is in development as a stage musical as well. “The feel bad musical of the year!” Oh dear. Source.
  • Maurice Jarre–composer for a crapload of films including Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia and a score I really loved: Jacob’s Ladder–died of cancer this past Saturday at age 84. Source.
  • Did you hear Stacy Keach suffered a stroke? A mild one, but still. His condition was acknowledged on March 18th and he was back on tour with Frost/Nixon (the play, of course) on the 27th. Glad he’s feeling better. Source.
  • Kudos, the UK company that brought you Life on Mars, Hustle and Spooks is looking for partners on historical drama The Medici and a “13-part family sea-faring” showcalled The Scrimshaw Pirates. Did I mention they brought you Life on Mars, Hustle and Spooks? Yes, please and now. Source.
  • The subtitles for Let the Right One In have apparently been completely fubar’d. Icons of Fright has all the details.
  • Main Street, the last work by the late Horton Foote, is getting a helluva cast: Orlando Bloom, Ellen Burstyn, Patricia Clarkson, Colin Firth and Andrew McCarthy. And has a helluva director: John Doyle, who directed the Sweeney Todd and Company revivals on Broadway. The story “centers on a group of people in a small town in North Carolina whose lives are shaken up when a stranger arrives.” Production starts in North Carolina next month. Source.
  • As you may have heard, Marvel is hiring a stable of writers to develop more movies out of its stable of characters. I would just like to say that my Mort the Dead Teenager pitch WILL ROCK YOUR FACE OFF. (Don’t laugh, DreamWorks might still own the rights.) Full details here.
  • 1984 opened Off-Broadway this past week. No, just a straight play, not a musical. I’m sure you thought that’s where I was going with this. Source.
  • The Office is headed to Israel, its sixth foreign version. I agree with the TV Squad article: “Some day, I would like to see the pilot of every version of The Office shown back-to-back.” Well, we did put some bits over here if you want a taste.