In the sort of smart move that we could only attribute to some of the funniest men in on the planet, Monty Python has launched its own YouTube channel and will be replacing “crap quality videos” with high quality ones. All they ask in return is that you buy their stuff.
CSI, in a desperate but brilliantly insidious attempt to get me to watch their show, are in talks with Laurence Fishburne to take the lead after William Petersen exits, as we mentioned was coming. In an attempt to…I’m not sure what this is for, but here’s the character description: “a doctor/scientist outsider to the CSI unit who has the same genetic profile as a serial killer but hasn’t previously acted on any homicidal impulses.” Um…okay. Each episode can start with, “Larry–kill anybody today?” Anyway, they’re so desperate to get me to watch, they have as their other top choices John Malkovich and Kurt Russell. They’re evil, evil bastards, I’m telling you. The producers–not Russell and Malkovich, mind you. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
Woodstock is getting an extra hour. The 40th anniversary is next year and on July 28th, Warner Brothers is releasing a new version with an extra hour of footage. This will contain unreleased performances by Joan Baez, Joe Cocker and The Who. It will hit Blu-Ray as well as an ulty collector’s edition of some unknown magnitude and “will come with a companion doc, “The ’60s and the Woodstock Generation,” and memorabilia likely including replicas of handwritten notes by festgoers and a draft card from that era.” Here’s what’s fascinating, though: they found eight hours of concert footage, so are they saving another hour for the 50th, or what? It might be rights issues–they’re trying to get Hendrix worked out as well as others. And CCR and the Grateful Dead have apparently never granted the rights for their performances to be issued. Which means, I assume, that there are bootlegs of this stuff floating around. Source: Variety.
Christopher Knight, formerly Peter Brady of the original Bunch is going to host the syndicated of the new Trivial Pursuit: America Plays TV game show. It starts September 22nd. Previously there was a game show where any country could play, simply called Trivial Pursuit, hosted by Wink Martindale. It appeared on The Family Channel. Here’s a taste, so you can see Wink at his most insincere:
Jackie Chan is on board The Spy Next Door, an action comedy where he’s babysitting kids and must confront secret agents after one of the kiddies gets hold of a secret code. Huh. I had no idea they were remaking The Pacifier. Source: Holllywood Reporter.