Hank Azaria has joined Christopher Guest in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. He’ll be playing the Egyptian pharaoh Kahmunrah. I like Azaria in just about anything. I wish his mummy would go fight Brendan Fraser, as a matter of fact.
Werner Herzog is directing a remake, not a reimagining dammit, but a remake of Bad Lieutenant. Nicolas Cage is in the Harvey Keitel role with Val Kilmer as his partner. Also in the film are Xzibit and Eva Mendes.
The Berkeley Pit was thought to be so terribly toxic that nothing could live there. Fish died. Birds who just stopped by to ask directions died. Things that were already dead came back to life just to die again. But–! They found 160 species of extremophiles living in there. Which is exactly 14 more than in most male-only dorm rooms. Source.
The Goon is headed for the big screen as a CG-animated film. Eventually. David Fincher will produce and creator Eric Powell is scribing it. It’s put out by Dark Horse and it’s one of the few comic books I still buy. Please do so as well. You won’t be sorry.
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When Dirk Gently gets his Radio 4 return with Long Dark Teatime of the Soul, there will be a crossover with the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. They’re not pulling this out of their arse, apparently it’s from Douglas Adams‘ notes “for the third [unfinished] Dirk Gently book which at one point he thought might be a Hitchhiker’s book.” This from the mouth of Dirk Maggs who’s in charge of adapting the thing, and this reported by SFX. What I want to know is where are the rights to the Dirk Gently movie? Last I heard from my Corona days is that Adams himself was scribing it with Michael Nesmith set to produce…and you can see how long ago that was. Source.
This Hellboy II bit might just be the teaser trailer of the year. Source.
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Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) has joined Life on Mars U.S.. I wish I could say something funny about this, but Rob and Tuffley just look so goddamn sad. It just kicks the life right out of me.
Freakonomics writes about Maghound, a Netflix for magazines. Basically you sign up, you pay, and you can swap out magazines each month as you desire. Naturally, the readers of the blog there starting chiming in with ways to improve upon this idea. I hope Time Inc. is reading them. Find Maghound here. If you try it, report back to us, would you?
Happy birthday, Natural Selection! We’re only a day late. But as long as we’re faster than you, dear reader, then we’re fine.
Split Reason has a very important shirt. Study it well. Because it’s Step 3 that usually gets people killed. Re-read above item on natural selection if necessary.