Stuff: America Has the Pop Factor? What, Are You Nuts?

Peter Kay as Geraldine McQueen with Paul McCartney

Because there’s a lot of pop culture stuff out there. And you don’t need an entire website to cover it minute by minute. It’ll still be there when we get there. Trust us.

  • Peter Kay was in Los Angeles to snag an award and said he had been asked to make an American version of Britain’s Got the Pop Factor and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice. If you have seen it–and if you haven’t, you should by *cough* any means necessary–then you, like me, know that it would never, ever work in America. We’re still angsting over a tit from five years ago–I doubt if the wildly un-PC show would work even on cable. Kay seems not to be crazy about the idea for other reasons–he says he has no desire to “crack America”–but the show works in the UK and shouldn’t be imported. It just can’t translate. America’s just not mature enough for that level of genius. Source. (To get a bit of Peter Kay as Geraldine McQueen, we posted her Christmas single here.)
  • Technically, this Day The Earth Stood Still shirt isn’t something you need to know, but it’s nice to know about if you saw the remake and felt dirty afterwards and feel like you need to do something to make amends.
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    Stuff You Need to Know, Thursday, September 25, 2008

  • Hell yes, Chocolate‘s been picked up. North American rights by Magnet, a division of Magnolia Films. Why do you care? If you don’t already know the answer, watch:

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    Source: Hollywood Reporter.

  • Chocky, the sci-fi book from John Wyndham (Day of the Triffids) has had the film rights nabbed by DreamWorks with Steven Spielberg looking to direct it as his next project since Tintin looks to be on hold–or something. I can’t seem to get a straight damn answer from day to day. Anyway, this project is about a boy whose imaginary friend turns out to be an alien living in his mind. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
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    Win The Orphanage on DVD

    The Orphanage DVD cover art

    Okay, so little kids are creepy. You know it’s true. Any little kid is about two steps away from Village of the Damned territory. So when you’ve got “Guillermo Del Toro presents” in front of a movie full of creepy kids that includes the use of Scarecrow-esque masks…watch out. Here’s the story:

    Haunting secrets of the past resurface when a child mysteriously disappears in the supernatural thriller The Orphanage, a spinetingler with a jaw-dropping twist that will take your very last breath away! Produced by Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and directed by J. A. Bayona, The Orphanage arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on April 22, 2008, from New Line Home Entertainment.

    You can check out the official site here. I’d like to point out that there have been no substantiated cases of asphyxiation related to the viewing of this film. Anyway, the DVD comes with featurettes, info on the filmmakers and more. Want to win? Get to it!


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    Del Toro to Helm Holm in The Hobbit?

    Ian Holm wants you to say hello to his leetle friend.

    Okay, probably not Sir Ian, but it was too good a headline to pass up. And it could happen. De-aging CG technology is pretty good these days. Or…who knows.

    Anyway, yes, Guillermo Del Toro is reportedly in talks to direct The Hobbit and The Hobbit 2: Shire Harder (this is a working title). And no, don’t panic, they’re just chopping the story in half because it was so helpful with the quality of the The Matrix and Pirates trilogies…urg.

    Excuse me. I almost choked on absolutely nothing a moment ago. Back now.

    As this report makes clear, it’s not like Del Toro is hurting for projects. Hell, I still want to see his Count of Monte Cristo update that he was showing us concept art for about ten years and more ago. But will McKellen return to play Gandalf? Will any of the rest of the cast return for their cameos? Will Smaug be re-imagined as a giant bug-like creature with 114 eyes? Will Andy Serkis and Doug Jones fight each other with steak knives over who’s going to do the physical movements of certain characters? Only time will tell.



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