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Stuff You Need to Know, Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Goddamn Batman

Because sometimes a few sentences about a pop culture story tells you all you need to know.

  • From the “Are You Sure This Isn’t a Story From The Onion?” Department (the answer to which is no, frankly), Variety reports that the mayor of Batman, Turkey, is suing Warner Brothers and Christopher Nolan because they used the name of the city without permission. Since Batman the character has been around for going on seventy years now–why they’ve waited so long to mention this problem is beyond us. I would love to see this tried on The People’s Court, though…wouldn’t you?
  • The Cheech and Chong Concert Movie is coming from The Weinstein Company. Because when you can’t market a film about sex, fall back on a film with lots of drug references in it, naturally.
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  • Here it comes. Game of Thrones, the series based on the first book George R. R. Martin’s most excellent Song of Ice and Fire series, has been greenlit for production for HBO. Please don’t fuck this up, HBO. You have a tremendous opportunity. Source: Variety.
  • From the “Completely Run Dry of Ideas” Department, Columbia wants to remake The Karate Kid. The new Macchio? Jaden Smith–the kid from Pursuit of Happyness. Yes, Will’s son. I’m sort of surprised this is not becoming a musical, considering how many others are going to the stage. Source: Variety.
  • Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are back together for Paul, a comedy they wrote about two British guys on their way back from San Diego Comic-Con who run into an alien at Area 51 named Paul. Production starts in April…or March, depending on which paragraph of the article you read. Greg Mottola (Superbad) is helming. Where’s Edgar Wright? Executive producing.