A lot of things happen. You don’t need to know about them all, and you don’t need to know them in detail. Here, in digest form, is the important pop culture stuff so you can do…whatever else it is you do.
Amazon’s deal for the day is the complete Sopranos on DVD. It’s going for $119.99 today only–which is 60% off, it’s normally $300–and while stocks last. You can snag it here.
The Losers trailer is up. And it looks a bit jokier than I recall the comic being but the idea of Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana and Chris Evans in those roles is encouraging. And they kept in the “Pow” bit. So I’m already there.
Clark Gregg, who helmed the amusing adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke, will return to play Agent Coulson (who appeared in Iron Man) in both its sequel and Thor. Ah, Marvel. Remember when you made good comics? Now you seem to be able to make great movies. The world has gotten very weird, hasn’t it? Source.
Machete, the film that gives Danny Trejo top billing as the title character–and honestly, any film that has Danny Trejo as the title star deserves to get made just on general principles–has been made and is going to be distributed stateside by Fox. This is, of course, adapted from the fake trailer from the double-movie Grindhouse. Also in the film are Michelle Rodriguez, Rose McGowan and Lindsay Lohan. Can’t wait. Source.
Nikita is coming from The CW. Yes, it’s another La Femme Nikita TV show. In this one, apparently the original Nikita goes rogue and now we get Nikita II. Does this mean it’s a redo or a sequel to the original series? The article doesn’t say.
The Nutty Professor as a musical? Apparently so. And it’s going to be directed by Jerry Lewis. Right now the plan is for it to hit Broadway in 4Q of this year. Marvin Hamlisch (The Sting along with a crapload of other credits) has written eighteen songs for the show. Eddie Murphy could not be reached for comment. Source.
Real Deal Brazil is probably the most well-known hat company in recent cinematic history, at least among zombie fans. You see, they’re the people who made the hat Woody Harrelson wore as Tallahassee in Zombieland. You more than likely just collectively said, “Oh, that hat.” Having seen one of these hats up close and personal, I can tell you it’s like if Rory Regan was Indiana Jones. (And if you get that reference without Wikipedia, five points.) Now they’ve got something called the “Rio Sling,” which…well, you can see in the pic what it does. It’s a pouch. And the reason they’re “Real Deal” is because they recycle canvas used on cargo trucks in Brazil and thus no two hats (or slings) are alike. Why do I mention this? Partly because the hats are really cool. And partly because I have a sneaking suspicion they want Emma Stone wearing one in the 3-D sequel. Find them here.
Rockstar Roasted Espresso, 8oz. of coffee/espresso
Rockstar Energy Gum
Rockstar Energy Cola, which went away when they originally signed on with Coke for distribution
Rockstar Recovery for use after exercise
As the article states, “The entry will give PepsiCo colas at three caffeine levels. Pepsi and its many diet and flavor variations contain about 25 mg of caffeine per serving. Pepsi max contains about 46, and Rockstar Energy Cola contains about 80 mg per serving.” It will also give Pepsi a cola, at last, that could taste good.
Speaking of Pepsi, they filed five trademarks for new versions of Pepsi Max, four new versions of Mountain Dew, a new version of Diet Mountain Dew. AMP looks like it could moving into energy snack territory, and Pepsi also filed trademarks for Perk and Level Up, but nobody knows quite what those are yet. Source.
One man show An Evening With Ben Vereen opens tonight at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey. Yeah, who wouldn’t want to see that? Source.
Sam Worthington, who I suspect will be awesome if he gets in a good movie, is in talks to star in Dracula Year Zero at Universal, with Alex Proyas (I, Robot) helming. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are scribing–the guys who scribed the new Flash Gordon script. It’s, from what we can tell, a Dracula origin story, i.e. a fictionalized Vlad the Impaler biopic. I guess I’ll wait until I see the upcoming Wolfman redo before I decide how exactly Universal is frightening me with their horror legacy mining.
The gentlemen who brought you South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with the composer and lyricist of the excellent Avenue Q, are going to unveil a new musical starting in August at the New York Theater Workshop, Off-Broadway. The article says, “…it seems a sure bet the project will turn out to be the tuner about Mormons on which the three creatives have been collaborating for some time.” Well, it looks like I might have to head to New York again–because after the sheer genius of the South Park movie, I can’t miss anything these guys do…especially from a musical point of view. Throw in one of the guys behind Q and it’s a no brainer.
Walking Dead, the TV series, has gotten the greenlight for a pilot. I’m still apprehensive, as I can’t quite get my head around how you can properly get across the savagery of the comic without taking it to, say, HBO. As I’ve stated before, this comic has screwed with my head and that takes some doing. But at least it’s not setup as a feature film, which would be even worse, because they’d try to “resolve something” by the end. Source.
Speaking of stuff I’d like to see in New York, there’s a solo play about Zero Mostel called Zero Hour that’s headed for Off-Broadway starting February 24th. Source. Hey, look, here’s a bit of it: