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Stuff You Need to Know, Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Goonies Musical!

  • So this is…somewhat alarming. I read an article on Variety about Richard Donner and how The Goonies has had such staying power and a rabid fanbase. And then, out of the blue, Mr. Donner threw even a curveball at my head: “I’m in the process of trying to get it done as a musical on Broadway. Wouldn’t that be great?” You’re kidding, right? The article: “The director has already met with former Broadway entertainment attorney John F. Breglio, and Donner seems confident things are moving in the right direction.” Wait. You’re not kidding? “[Donner’s] even figured out where to break for intermission: right after the kids fall through the hole, with the second half unfolding underground.” Wow. You are seriously not kidding. Wow.
  • Amazon has got an Amazon sale for Halloween. DVDs start at $4.99. Including Monsters Crash the Pajama Party. Nice. See the sale here.
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  • For our American readers, you don’t need to know this, but it might make you feel better: the British government, because it’s fixed all of the other problems facing its citizens, is apparently trying to outlaw amplified sounds in places that serve alcohol. Also, mandate the display of “sensible drinking” messages on all the tables and restrict the naming of cocktails. You can read about it here. Our friends across the pond, you have our sympathies. There’s no problem quite like the government trying to step in to fix problems, is there?
  • The title of the Shahrukh Khan “Spider-Man” feature we mentioned before? Ra.1. Reported by io9, and they get points for having pics of Aishwarya Rai starring in the new film Ostrich Woman. Or…something. The title of the film doesn’t actually matter with Rai in it. Sorry, but it’s true.
  • An anime film about the famous swordmeister Musashi is being developed and scribed by Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell). Musashi Miyamoto: Dream of Riding With Two Swords is the English title. Mizuho Nishikubo is helming and you saw his stuff in Kill Bill: Volume 1–he was animation director of the O-Ren anime flashback sequence. Source: Variety.
  • Wow. Sorry, I’m still processing the idea of a Goonies Musical. Do you think he was serious? I mean…he sounded serious. Anyway, sorry. Moving on.
  • First Showing reports that Rendezvous With Rama has gone further into development hell (as it had not crawled out to begin with). Not helping things was the recent injury of Morgan Freeman and certainly not what was related by David Fincher (who had been attached)–that they never even got past the script stage.
  • Those of you waiting to see if The Road would be the feel-bad movie of 2008 are going to have to wait until December instead of November–if it shows up this year at all. It’s in post-production and simply might not have enough runway. Now the article states that it might not be as critical awards-wise, at least for the Weinstein Company, to get this on the 2008 Oscar slate. But I’m not sure that’s a wise strategy. If they pull off the movie, then that’s a nom for Viggo–regardless. Then noms for at least writing, directing and picture depending on if the voters’ therapy is done in time for them to actually vote. If they actually put the book on the screen, I don’t think I’d be able to sit through the movie. That book is a brilliantly written piece of prose that I do not want to allow in my house, much less read again. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
  • Anyone looking for the Sleeper movie: two things. One, Brad Ingelsby is scribing. Two, Variety reports in the body of the story that DiCaprio and Ridley Scott are attached to Ingelsby’s last script sale: a project called Low Dweller. However, the subheading makes it seem like they are in Sleeper instead. The New York Times appears to agree with how I read the story, anyway. So don’t get confused. No matter how hard they try.
  • Well, shit. I had bid ninety cents on TV Guide but MacroVision ended up selling it for a dollar to OpenGate Capital, who I swear were using sniping software. Source: Village Voice.

    • What makes the Goonies musical even worse is they’ll have to cast adult in the kid roles. It be too expensive to cast actual kids.

    • On the British loud music ban: Britain has a serious drinking problem. While the rest of Europe has decreased their consumption of booze, England’s has increased. With that increase comes the associated health problems, roadway crashes, and domestic violence.

      But drinking is such a part of the culture, the government response has been limited to sill stuff like this.

    • Wes: Don’t get me wrong. To compare it to something else: it’s like the movie REQUIEM FOR A DREAM. Amazing, stunning, brilliant. Get it away from me. I have heard from others who weren’t as floored as I, nor as disturbed as I–but then again, I have a vivid imagination that an author like McCarthy can really screw with.

    • Scott: I can’t speak for England, but over here we already have laws on the books to deal with drunk driving and domestic violence. If England is like here, we have laws that aren’t even enforced, so the answer is not to then pass MORE laws that will be ignored or misused. As for the health problems, the government over here can’t reliably teach children where England is on a map, so it has no business telling me how to take care of my body.