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Stuff: Catholic League On Board With ‘Angels and Demons’ Marketing Strategy

Angels and Demons book cover art

Some sites spend all their time and energy making you think everything pop culture-related is important. And if you’ve got nothing but time on your hands, then that’s fine. Some of us, though, have lives. Not us at the site, you understand. We mean you guys out there. We take what they need an entire site to cover and do it in one post. Have some of your day back. Enjoy.

  • Furthering evidence for my theory that the Catholic Church and Dan Brown are in cahoots, The Catholic League has announced it’s going to fight Angels and Demons, ensuring that everybody and his pet squirrel named Fred will see it. You’d think if anybody could appreciate the notion of a self-fulfilling prophecy… Source.
  • Amazon has Wiis back in stock, for those interested. Find Wii-ness here.
  • Anybody wanting Coke with real sugar, eyes forward. It’s coming up on Passover. If you live in a big city, keep your eyes open and buy whatever you want because I guarantee you that stuff will be gone the next time you walk in the store. Last year I couldn’t find a single bottle. Coke’s price hikes and my desire to cut back on sugar finally broke my Coke addiction, but I still maintain that Coke is missing a trick. Reminder via The Consumerist.
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  • A Couple of Cops will be Kevin Smith‘s first directing job for Warner Brothers, starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. Originally Robin Williams and James Gandolfini were to to star when it was to be made at Gold Circle. The new title is not great, but an improvement over A Couple of Dicks, the original title, which sounds like a Farrelly Brothers project. Source.
  • Those of you thought that Megan Fox was the only thing to enjoy in Transformers, know that she’s coming on board two comic book properties. She’s in talks to join Josh Brolin and John Malkovich in Jonah Hex and she’s officially attached to Fathom, which, you know, is pretty good casting. Wait, you have to hear the plot of Hex:

    Fox will play Leila, a gun-wielding beauty and love interest of Hex (Brolin), a scarred bounty hunter tracking a voodoo practitioner (Malkovich) who wants to raise an army of undead to liberate the South.

    I dunno, I like pretty much everything about that. Hex starts production next month and is directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!). As for Fathom, the film is in the scribe stages, with Jordan Mechner (Prince of Persia) tapped. The article points out that luckily, Fox will be in the Transformers sequel, giving us something nice to look at, since robots kicking ass appears to be third or fourth on the list of the filmmakers’ agenda. Fools.

  • How do you follow up bending the worldwide box office over, then spanking it and calling it Becky? Well, if you’re Christopher Nolan, you do it with Inception. Leonardo DiCaprio is in talks to star and the article lists the project as “a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind.” Which, when translated into English, translates into that sound you make when you’re trying to sing along with something you don’t really know all the lyrics to, so you just sort of mumble something on pitch.
  • Wasn’t I just talking about Chuck Jones? Well, the Tom and Jerry: Chuck Jones Collection has been announced for June 23rd. Thirty-four remastered theatrical shorts and some docus. You can pre-order yours here.
  • Never Let Me Go is a “sci-fi thriller” about “a trio who grew up in a boarding school with no contact or knowledge of the outside world until they discover they are clones grown for the sole purpose of organ donation.” Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) is helming and with Keira Knightley on board we’re basically looking at Merchant Ivory’s The Island, right? Alex Garland scribed it and it starts production next month. Source.
  • That “major retailer” Prince was in talks with about his next albums? Target. All three of them, LOtUSFLOW3R, MPLSoUND, and the Bria Valente album (which was called Elixir) are being released together for $11.98. It becomes available at Target B&M stores and on their site on March 29th. Source.
  • Top Shelf has announced their 2009 schedule. Lots of good stuff–of particular note: Vol. 3 of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen; new paperback of Alan Moore’s Voice of the Fire; a single-volume version of Lost Girls; new Surrogates stories; an Eddie Campbell Alec omnibus; a definitive collection of Marshal Law. Christ, that’s a lot of kickassery. Go give them love. Tell them we said hi.
  • George Clooney is a guy who obsessively collects frequent flyer miles. Jason Bateman has signed on to play his boss. I’m really itching to now type “They Fight Crime!” Instead, the project is called Up in the Air and it’s based on the novel by the same name, adapted and to be helmed by Jason Reitman (Juno). Source.
  • The new U2 album is available on Amazon MP3 for $3.99. Snag yours here. Thanks to BeacoupKevin for the headsup.
  • The six remaining Virgin Megastores in the U.S. are set to close by this summer. Not another sign of the death of the traditional music industry, they say, but just because they figure they can use the real estate to make better money with different tenants. Really? In this economy, who exactly did you guys have in mind? Source.