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Stuff: Jesse Custer, Brought to You By Sam Mendes

Jesse Custer's lighter from Preacher

Some sites do nothing but regurgitate the contents of press releases and the main Hollywood press outlets at you all day long. We just do it once a day, maybe. If there’s enough stuff of interest. And we do it in one fell swoop so you can get on with your lives. Who loves ya, baby?

  • Sweet creeping Jesus. Preacher lives. Preacher lives fucking big time. John August (who wrote what is probably my favorite Tim Burton film, Big Fish) is going to scribe it. And Sam Mendes (Road to Perdition) will direct–this after a bit of will he or won’t he–and apparently he will. Although I am afraid since the synopsis Variety gives is it “centers on the preacher of a Texas town who is struggling to get by and is driven only by his strong moral sense. When the city is decimated by an otherworldly force, he embarks on a journey across the country to take on the evil.” If by “take on the evil” they mean “seek out God to find out why he’s abandoned his post,” then I’m good with that. But you know that won’t fly. Not in a feature film. August is apparently also scribing Dark Shadows at Warner Brothers, which I could have sworn I mentioned before.

  • Hell yes. Dead Snow got picked up stateside by IFC while at Sundance. Also, if you’re in Germany, Benelux, the UK and Canada, you’re in luck: it got sold there too. Should be out this year in the U.S. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go here. Source.
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  • Roman Polanski‘s The Ghost, at first, was going to make me bleed from my earlobes. It’s got Jim Belushi, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Ewan McGregor, Tom Wilkinson and Olivia Williams in the cast. And it’s about “a former British prime minister who’s holed up on an island writing his memoirs when his aide drowns, triggering political and sexual intrigue.” I was about to hemorrhage because I thought it was based on the book by Thomas Harris, when instead it’s actually Robert Harris. So that’s okay then. Source.
  • Law and Order: Criminal Intent‘s new premiere has been delayed to the summer. So you’ll have to wait longer if you want to see the D’Onofrio/Goldblum quirk-off. Source.
  • For those who were unaware, Monster Cable had sued Monster Mini-Golf over their name. Because apparently anything with “Monster” in the name is fair game which is, as anyone can tell you, fucking ludicrous. I’ve been to Monster Mini-Golf. At no point did I think that by playing putt-putt there I would pay out the nose for putt-putt that isn’t really that much better than normal putt-putt. So in no shape or fashion would anyone ever mistake the two. Anyway, we post this as a reminder that when you throw lawyers off the conference call, things can be settled a helluva lot faster.

  • Well, it’s already started. Obama‘s in office and outgoing secretary of state Condoleezza Rice has signed with the William Morris Agency. And as for banking on the present administration, Michelle Obama’s hairstylist has gotten a deal for a reality TV show. I shit you not.
  • BBC’s Spooks is coming to public television, although I’m assuming they’ll use the American name MI-5. If you haven’t seen it, you should. It is rather badass. Source.
  • Patti LuPone (who played Mrs. Lovett in the recent revival of Sweeney Todd) has been tapped to play Frank’s mom on 30 Rock.
  • Top Gear has responded about the recent news that The Stig has been unmasked…er, or rather unhelmeted, by outing the true Stig. And it’s a whopper of a story.