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Stuff You Need to Know, Tuesday, September 30, 2008

  • Marvel has signed a deal with Paramount to distribute their next five films. This after they, you know, didn’t do too shabby working together on Iron Man. The films included? Iron Man 2 (May 7, 2010); Thor (July 16, 2010); the needlessly long-titled The First Avenger: Captain America (May 6, 2011); The Avengers (July 15, 2011); Iron Man 3 (TBA).

    I would like a commentary on the Captain America movie with the cast of this and the 1990 feature film. Just because.

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  • Ordinarily I wouldn’t care about Possible Side Effects, even though it’s a drama on Showtime and even though it’s got the excellent Tim Blake Nelson in it, and even though it’s written and directed by Tim Robbins, who blew me away with Bob Roberts and Dead Man Walking and then used up all of his cred with Cradle Will Rock. I know, I’m one of five people who didn’t fall all over that film, but what can you do? Anyway, Ellen Burstyn is starring. That’s got my attention. Source: Variety.
  • Has anyone heard of GolTV? Apparently they’re a full-on soccer channel that airs in the US. And they’re airing John Cleese in The Art of Football tomorrow at 8pm EST. Trouble is, he’s already done a Art of Football previously…but I think this is an updated version or something because that other version was 2006–and this opens with info on the 2008 UEFA Euro, which is a string of letters that might mean something to someone who knows soccer. Anyway, I don’t know if it’s the same bit but updated a little or what. But thought you’d like to know.
  • The Pony Express is looking to get a series on AMC written by Erik Jendresen (Band of Brothers) and with Robert Duvall attached to play a role. Duvall is another sure-fire way to get my attention. Script isn’t written yet, so we’ve got a while before we should start expecting it. Source: Variety.
  • William Goldman (The Princess Bride) and Mike Lupica, author and sports writer, are going to collaborate on a young adult novel due out from Philomel Books in 2010. It’s about “a boy who discovers a secret power and hero within himself when family tensions push them to the surface.” Source: Hollywood Reporter.
  • Grumpy Old Men: The Musical? Apparently so. But check out this cast: F. Murray Abraham, George Hearn, Marilu Henner and Carol Kane. Damn. They’re on board for a reading of the musical, which doesn’t mean–at least not inherently–that they’re the final cast that will hit the stage. Source: Variety.
  • MC Frontalot: Final Boss album cover art
  • MC Frontalot has a new album coming out November 4th: Final Boss. Tour schedule is at the bottom of this post. Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Jonathan Coulton and Wil Wheaton guest star on the album. Apparently if you pre-order the CD you can download it immediately. Nice.

  • Peep Show, the Brit comedy starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb, has had an American pilot shot for Spike TV. The one thing this might have going for it is that original scribes Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain wrote the script. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
  • Walt Disney: The Opera? Apparently so. Philip Glass has been tapped by the NYC Opera to create it. It will be based on The Perfect American, which “imagines the last months of Disney as seen through the eyes of a fictional Austrian cartoonist who worked for him.” The opera will premiere at the 2012-13 season. I would love to read a Michael Barrier review of that. Source: Variety.
  • Frontalot Tour:
    11/01: Long Island, NY @ Crazy Donkey
    11/03: Boston, MA @ Harpers Ferry
    11/04: Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live
    11/05: Albany, NY @ The Linda
    11/13: Boulder, CO @ Blacksheep
    11/16: Seattle, WA @ High Dive
    11/19: Oakland, CA @ The Uptown
    11/21: Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry’s
    11/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Jillian’s
    11/28: Austin, TX @ Flamingo Cantina
    11/29: Dallas, TX @ Double Wide
    12/05: Marrieta, GA @ Swayze’s
    12/07: Charlotte, NC @ Milestone
    12/09: Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
    12/10: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
    12/11: Doylestown, PA @ Siren Records
    12/12: Philadelphia, PA @ Khyber Upstairs
    12/14: Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s

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    • A couple of things. I thought George Hearn was dead. I like George I just thought he was gone. I am glad he is still with us.

      Phillip Glass, he is hit and miss. He wrote some nice music for a Cello Octet group and the Kronos Quartet. His soundtrack for Dracula is good as well. But an opera. I will have to tap my friends over at Opera Now for some feed back. It would be cool if the opera is based on the trashy Disney, the Dark Prince book.

      So in my version of the opera the “Austrian” would be non other than Verner von Braun, looking to be a spokesman for the World of tomorrow.

    • Other than the Variety article not much else is out there about Disney the opera. Michael from Opera Now will bring up Philip’s project the next time they record. Stay tuned.